Sydney Herrington of Bishop Brady: Girls hockey player of the season

  • Sydney Herrington scored 87 points during her senior season. Courtesy

  • Brinity West forward Sydney Herrington moves through two Hanover players in the third period on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at the Tri-Town Arena.

Monitor staff
Published: 4/20/2018 11:09:30 PM

Let’s start with the numbers: 51 goals, 36 assists, 87 points. That’s a scoring clip of more than four points per game for Sydney Herrington in her senior season with the Bishop Brady-Trinity-West girls’ hockey team.

These were some of the games that ballooned those figures: six goals and three assists in a 9-4 win against Lebanon, four goals and two assists in a 7-5 win over Oyster River, five goals in a 5-4 win over Oyster River, four goals and three assists in a 10-4 win over Berlin.

The numbers show how important Herrington has been to her team on the ice. Perhaps more important is the person behind the numbers. That’s what coach Dan Earley would rather talk about.

“Sydney is an exceptional leader and an exceptional person,” Earley said. “She accepted every girl on our team regardless of ability. The girls that could barely skate, she treated them like superstars.”

Brady-Trinity-West finished the regular season in third place and earned a first-round bye in the tournament. The team finished 16-3-1 and reached the semifinals, where they were dispatched by Hanover.

Herrington will follow in the footsteps of her older sister, Shelby, with the Northeastern women’s hockey team next year. Herrington comes from a family of puck fanatics and will be the fourth of her siblings to reach the college ranks. Shelby captained the Huskies to their first Hockey East championship this year.

“They’ve done a fantastic job with Shelby,” Earley said. “(Sydney) has already been in the locker room with those girls.”

Herrington skated alongside Lauren Trippiedi and Mary Anne Wiley. The trio combined to be an aggressive scoring first line with Herrington serving as both a scorer and playmaker.

“She's always been the quarterback but her vision of the ice kept maturing,” Earley said. “This year she could hit a stretch pass from the far blue line. Her teammates knew where to be.”

Herrington will play forward in college, her natural position on the ice. She slotted a fair amount of time on the blue line with Brady, often the area where an especially good skater is needed against a strong opponent. 

Herrington’s game has improved through her high school career particularly in the physical areas of the ice, which will help her at the college level. She grew into a stronger forechecker and was more aggressive on the puck.

“That’s what’s going to happen in college, more people in her face,” Earley said. “She’s ready for college hockey.”

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