WINTHROP (CBS) — Medway-Ashland’s girls high school hockey team lost their appeal of their playoff loss Friday, after a parent was tossed from the game for aiming a laser pointer into the eyes of their goalie.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Rod Fritz reports

Winthrop beat Medway-Ashland 3-1 on Wednesday at Larsen Rink.

The score was tied 1-1 in the third period when the father of a Winthrop player was caught pointing the laser at the Medway-Ashland goalie.

It’s kind of like when you look at the sun and then you look away you see that spot and you can’t see for a couple of seconds. You shake your head and try to get it out of the system and just keep focusing, but it’s difficult,” Medway-Ashland goalie Kathryn Hamer told WBZ-TV.

Winthrop assistant superintendent Lisa Howard went into the stands and ordered the parent out of the arena.

Parents of the Medway-Ashland players asked that the third period be replayed.

Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association spokesman Paul Wetzel told WBZ the appeal was rejected Friday afternoon.

Web Exclusive: Read The Appeal Rejection Letter (.pdf)

Winthrop will play Braintree as scheduled Saturday.

Winthrop superintendent John Macero said the father has been barred from all events involving Winthrop High School.

“I don’t know what the person was thinking,” Macero told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Friday.

“Why would you do that to both teams? Both teams, they’ve earned the right, Medway girls, the Winthrop girls, to have this opportunity to perform in a game and for someone to come in and do that inappropriate action was uncalled for.”

WBZ-TV’s Jim Armstrong reports

“I think it’s important for Medway to understand that we are just as upset at this situation too, because it kind of puts a black eye on Winthrop and those kids don’t deserve that, neither does Medway.”

Macero said he may explore the possibility of criminal charges against the man.

Comments (314)
  1. Tannerjack says:

    There is a God. Winthrop lost to Braintree today! Hope you have a good lawyer Loserdad. You’re gonna need one!

  2. KP says:

    Upon reading the appeal rejection, THAT is what’s really infuriating. Stupid people like this dad are to be expected, but that’s where common sense needs to come in. It obviously wasn’t fair, so it needs to be played again. Period.

  3. Confused says:

    How the heck are you people turning this into a political debate?

  4. Matt Thompson says:

    BLINDNESS CAN OCCUR: For those of you poo pooing this as being an alarmist, over-the-top reaction, here is a warning taken directly from the Star Pointer, an astronomical pointing laser like the one shown in the picture accompanying this article: 1/4 second exposure is claimed as all it takes to result in permanent damage.

    So seriously, doesn’t anyone have family in Chelsea that could take care of this all quiet like?

    “Safety Precautions

    Safety precautions must be followed when using the SkyPointer™. The beam should never be allowed to enter the eye. Although instant permanent blindness will not occur with a momentary, glancing exposure, visual damage could occur if the beam is allowed to enter the eye and fall upon the same area of the retina for more than about 1/4 second. This is an unlikely occurrence, given the aversion and blink reflex, however, all precautions should always be followed to avoid direct eye exposure.”

    1. Cat fight says:

      The masses are lost ..glazed over from tech talk.
      Star Pointer tm… doe’s nothing as well as mentioning wavelength to people
      if your not a lab scientist or not in optical work. they will ALL have NO clue.
      how dangerous all lasers are i brought up the .95mw laser as one of the weakest commercial made devices as an analogy .. which still was lost to most…

      thats why people who one would assume like a doctor or optical scientist would chime in on this …

      its not being over the top. and even the news brings this up and does a good job reporting these things when it happens..

      whats needed is a voice from media , scientists , lab workers, , doctors, and air line unions need to say what they think of this issue . all lasers are NOT toys. and anyone not taking this is anything but serious . is endangering people

      lasers are not toys , cat toys (even worse), amusement play toys.

      lasers are all scientific devices . and used in products unfortunatly made for the general public…

      Concentrated light is concentrated light.. its powerful and any medical professional will tell you that.

      But so much can only seep through in a haze of beer.

  5. truth says:

    The absolute AHOLE father that did this should be arrested also. And whats his name it should be made public?

  6. UnfortunatelyIcanBelievethis says:

    What this parent did is wrong. And should be held accountable.
    However – the MIAA could have corrected this, by letting the teams replay the contest. An AWFUL decision by the MIAA – but they are better than the rest and untouchable.
    At this point, only the administration of Winthrop can do the right thing, and teach their athletic scholars a BIG lesson, by not attending the next playoff game out of protest. That should get their point across to the MIAA big wigs.

  7. Me says:

    Why didn’t Winthrop lose the game? He could have blinded that girl…automatic disqualification.

  8. mark says:

    wow. bostonians truly are beyond racist. no matter what the story. no matter who was involved. no matter what the incident. it’s always obama’s fault. you people are why the country is failing. it’s because of you, look in a mirror. you voted for bush, gave him a pass for 8 years with his illegal wars, human rights violations and terrible economic policies and kept quiet. only now do you and the tim tnomas’ of the world speak up, but it’s nothing to do with obama. it’s about his socialist policies. i doubt if any of you even know what socialism really is. i’m also sure if mccain was president he wouldn’t have gone to the white house because he’s so principaled. sure, and i have a bridge to sell you in brooklyn.

    1. Matt Thompson says:

      Your command of the subjunctive underlines your salient points…not everything is a political platform. If you’re going to be a Paul supporter, you must have grown a thicker skin than this by now…personal responsibility is apolitical.

    2. bigbill says:

      Didn’t happen in Boston, and Mass is the most liberal state in the nation, no one here defends Bush or his 8 year “illegal” war, we defend America, and no this event has nothing to do with Obama, but the nation is weakening to a point where things like this happen because the USA has lost its direction and its soul under a socialist.

      Your comment is ridiculous and incorrect, do your homework before you pass judgement, Mass. is ruled by Democrats, ever heard of the Kennedys? and Boston is the center of learning in the nation, which, it appears, you need some of

  9. mark says:

    ron paul 2012.

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