Molly Coyne was a freshman phenom for Chatham-Madison last season. But as a super sophomore in 2018-19, the center added a whole new set of superlatives to her résumé.
With 23 goals and 18 assists this season, including a hat trick in a 5-2 victory over Kent Place in the Morris-Union Girls Ice Hockey League Championships at Union Sports Arena on Feb. 14, Coyne is The HockeyClan Girls State Player of the Year.
“She is the rock of our team and brings a great attitude and love for the sport every time she hits the ice,” Chatham-Madison coach Kevin Hannon said.
“Molly was the “Rookie of the Year” last year with 50 points as a freshman,” Hannon said. “She had another excellent season capped off with a hat trick to lead us to victory in our MUGIHL championship game.”
Coyne took the state by storm, recording a team-leading 29 goals and 21 assists for 50 points as a freshman in 2017-18. Goaltenders still had no answer for the left-handed pivot her sophomore season, once again pacing her Chatham-Madison co-op affectionately nicknamed “Chatison” with 23 goals and 18 assists for 41 points in 21 games this season.
“I couldn’t do it without my linemates, Daniella Groh and Lauren Arias, as well as our awesome goalie, Ginger Boles, and a great coaching staff,” Coyne said.
As a line, Coyne-Groh-Arias combined for 44 goals and 82 points for Chatham-Madison, which went 19-1-1 this season. Highlights include a 3-2 victory over Morristown-Beard during the regular season before a 5-1 triumph over Pingry in the semifinals leading up to its win over Kent Place in the MUGIHL finale. It also won back-to-back games against Oak Knoll and Princeton Day in the PDS Invitational in January.
Coyne scored a goal in all but six games this season, registering at least one point in all but three. The sophomore netted two hat tricks, including a three-goal, season-high five-point game against Pingry on Dec. 21.
Congratulations to Chatham-Madison, they are the 2019 Morris-Union GIHL Champions! 🏆
— FiOS1 New Jersey (@FiOS1NewsNJ) February 15, 2019
“Molly is a big part of our early Chatison success with our program — she’s extremely coachable, she’s a great teammate, she shows up to the rink with a healthy positive attitude and she’s constantly looking for ways to make herself and her team better,” Hannon added.
“Last year Molly was voted “Rookie of the Year,” she followed up again this season with a really solid season and I as her coach am very excited to see what she can bring her upperclassmen years as a junior and senior. I think the sky is the limit.”
2018-19 HockeyClan Honors
2017-18 HockeyClan Honors
Written by John Christian Hageny / @JCCSPORTS
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Main Image: Molly Coyne, at left, celebrates a Chatham-Madison goal. (Photo courtesy of Marco Catini)
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