The Billerica/Chelmsford scorer hit the milestone this week with special guests rooting her on.
After spending 10 years as an assistant coach at Shrewsbury High School, Ray Munroe took over as the new head coach for the Billerica/Chelmsford girls’ co-op hockey team and he knew that the team was fairly young, but had one talented player returning, junior Samantha Fantasia.
“First game of the season, she scored a hat trick in the first period against Beverly/Danvers,” said Munroe. “I had heard a lot of good things about her, but first game of the season, first period she gets a hat trick — that was a pretty good way to start things out.”
That was game No. 1. Nineteen games later, Fantasia scored a goal and added two assists in the team’s 5-0 win over Winthrop played this past Saturday. The goal was career point No. 100, while the assists gave her 101 and 102 points coming in her fifth year with the program. She has 102 points in exactly 100 games played.
“I’m not sure when the last person (in the program) did it or if anyone else ever has, so it’s pretty cool,” said Fantasia.
Over the years, whether it’s been the co-op team or just Billerica alone, there’s been some talented players who have gone through the program including goal scorers Claire Conway and Christie Caliendo, as well as a defenseman named Amanda Fantasia, a three-time MVC All-Conference player and older sister to Samantha.
“My first year with the program, I was in seventh grade and Amanda was a senior on the team,” Samantha said. “Having her there helped me a lot.”
Amanda since graduated and is now a senior captain on the Salve Regina College Women’s team. She was on hand for a few of Samantha’s games prior to Saturday, hoping that she would reach that three-digit plateau.
Samantha had 98 points and an assist in a loss to Tewksbury/Methuen, didn’t have a point against Westford Academy, and then on the final game of the year she reached the 100-point plateau with her parents, as well as older brothers Nick and DJ in the stands, both were former standout players at Billerica as well.
“We all grew up playing hockey so I was always at the hockey rink watching the three of them play,” said Samantha. “My sister kept coming to the games hoping I would get the 100th (point). Then I kept not getting it. (On Saturday) she couldn’t go because she had a game, but then both of my brothers surprised me as they both went. I was on the bench and just shocked when I saw them, especially Nick because he lives in Florida.”
Both Nick and DJ stopped playing hockey after high school, while Amanda kept going. Samantha has one year left of high school and she is already looking at some schools. Munroe firmly believes that she can play at the next level.
“She’s a leader by how she conducts herself on the ice,” said Munroe. “Without fail, we know that if she is on that day, we have a very good chance of winning. I think she is definitely a college hockey player (after she graduates next year) and she is one of the best players in the entire state in my opinion and I know I’m not the only one who thinks that. She is a lot of fun to watch.”