Kayla Smith Hoping to Lead Tanners to Glory
The girls hockey senior is among the best players in the state, and is hoping to add a state title to her resume.
Kayla Smith isn’t the most vocal player on the Woburn girls hockey team, which is ranked No. 1 in the state. Instead, she lets her play speak for her.
The Woburn senior is one of the top players in all of girls hockey. Last season Smith was fourth in the state in scoring with 57 points and tied for fourth with 31 goals, according to ESPNBoston.com.
“She’s a game-changer for sure,” said head coach Bob MacCurtain. “She’s quiet, she plays the game hard, and that’s what the kids take from her.”
Smith is one of seven seniors on the team, and she fills her role of captain in more of a lead by example style as opposed to being a vocal leader, according to her head coach.
The senior will be a critical piece for the Tanners in upcoming weeks. Woburn polished off the regular season with an overall record of 16-0-3, including a 13-0-2 mark that was good for a Middlesex League regular season title.
Entering the postseason, the team is widely considered among favorites to take home the Division 1 crown. The team seeks redemption after last season, when the Lady Tanners fell in a shootout to eventual champion Arlington Catholic.
In the previous campaign, Woburn was knocked off by Acton-Boxboro in the semifinal round, a 2-1 loss.
“I think it’s the entire season leading up to this that really has made the difference with this year’s team,” said Smith. “We’ve worked as hard as we possibly could this year, and hopefully it pays off.”
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