Annie’s life hasn’t been much different. The 5-foot-5 junior defenseman returned from a shattered knee cap that caused her to miss her entire freshman season, and went to work with her dad in the backyard until skating backward felt as natural as trash-talking at a family dinner.
“I committed myself,” she said. “I decided to get in better shape and become the best hockey player I could be.”
Fontas uses Annie as the go-to person on the power play. Her dad had her practice with 10-pound weights instead of 6-ounce pucks, powering up a slap shot that has been clocked in the yard at 48 miles per hour. She’s tallied 12 goals and 10 assists in 15 games (she missed Acton-Boxborough’s first two due to a broken wrist) all while being a shutdown defenseman and an “ultimate penalty-killer,” Fontas said.
The pressure of having Messuri printed on the backs of their uniforms hasn’t gone unnoticed, Annie and Megan are both quick to point out. But with Acton-Boxborough at 12-4-1 and Arlington Catholic at 12-2-2 through Monday, there’s a chance the two cousins could face off in the postseason.
They’d have to rent a private bus just to transport family members, Dave said, only half joking.
But the grandparents would be torn.
“They’re all for the public schools,” Annie said.
Naturally, Megan countered: “No, they’d root for me.”
There’s only so much room on the refrigerator.
Jason Mastrodonato can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.