KENNEBUNK — The Cheverus/Old Orchard Beach/Kennebunk girls hockey team put together another successful campaign this winter, qualifying for the playoffs once again in the South conference.

The Stags were led by Lilly and Caitlin Wolff, who provided one of the best 1-2 punches in the state at both ends of the ice.

Lilly, a senior captain, provided Cheverus/OOB/Kennebunk with an experienced attack while Caitlin, last year’s Journal Tribune Rookie of the Year, built on her strong freshman campaign and quickly became one of the state’s premiere offensive players.

Despite not reaching the state finals, Lilly was pleased with her performance, and was also proud of the team.

“I am satisfied with my performance this season, but feel I could always do better,” said Lilly. “I am very sad that this has to be my last year of high school hockey. Our team has improved so much over the past season, with the help of coach (Scott) Rousseau, and I cant wait to see them improve even more next season. We have a lot of strong, positive players on our team and I will miss them all.”

Caitlin was also proud of the team’s improvement this past season, and felt that she too progressed as the year wore on.

“Our team in the beginning had a slow start, we weren’t really working as a team yet. As the season went on, our coach Scott Rousseau made us realize our potential,” said Caitlin. “Towards the end of our season, we were beating top teams and playing very well. My season started a little slow as well. I became more confident and started to have more success in scoring as the season went on.”

The two sisters also enjoyed playing alongside each other in multiple sports at Kennebunk. The duo’s relationship not only grew, but they also pushed each other to be the best they could be.

“I was very lucky to be able to play with Caitlin for the last two years,” said Lilly. “I think that being on the same team as Caitlin for the past two years, for all three sports seasons, has brought Caitlin and I even closer than we were before high school. Caitlin and I are very competitive when it comes to sports. She pushes me to be the best I can be and without her I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

“I look up to my sister a lot and I’m going to really miss playing with her — she was a great teammate and an even better captain,” said Caitlin. “We would always count who got the most goals or who had the best play of the game. The best part of having my sister on the same team as me is that she was always cheering me on no matter what. After every game and every practice I started swallowing the fact that this will be the last year I will ever play with my sister.”

Although Lilly is sad to see her KHS tenure come to a close, she will remember the good times she had on the field and ice, and will appreciate the lessons learned during her four-year career.

“I am very glad I got to play for the Rams the past four years. It has been a great experience and I wish it wasn’t over so soon. From freshmen year to senior year, I have improved greatly thanks to the help of my peers and coaches,” said Lilly.

The Stags look forward to the 2017-18 Winter, and Caitlin hopes to take a step forward and compete for a state championship.

“Our team is going to be ready for another tough season. Our season ended kind of suddenly and we felt as though we didn’t finish how we were hoping for,” said Caitlin. “Some of my goals for the upcoming years are to have a winning season in all of my sports. For hockey I’d like to reach my goal of competing for a state title. Overall our team is going to come back ready to compete.”

— Associate Sports Editor Alex Sponseller can be reached at [email protected] or at 282-1535 ext. 323. Follow the Journal Tribune Sports Department on Twitter @JournalTsports.

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