Defending Division 2 state champion Wellesley will be the team to beat in the Carey Division, but keep an eye on Natick. Brookline has a stand-alone team this year, with Newton South now entering a co-op program with Newton South. Framingham will be in the mix as well.
With some talented players at each position, the Raiders will certainly be in the challenge for D2 supremacy, coming off last season’s state title run. “Wellesley will look to continue on last year’s success of playing an up-tempo game with a relentless forecheck and disciplined defensive zone coverage,” said coach Paul Donato.
The Raiders should again be solid on offense, led by returning junior Mackenzie O’Neil (28 pts) and junior Emily Rourke (13 pts).
Defensive cornerstones will be junior Erin Flemming (15 pts) and junior Lauren Burke (8 pts).
Wellesley also has the luxury of a returning varsity-tested goaltender with junior Liddy Schultz (1.12 gaa) back in the fold.
New to the Carey Division this year, the Redhawks will be an interesting team to watch. They should be able to put the puck in the net on a regular basis. If the team can play a solid defensive game as well, Natick will be a tough opponent.
Senior captain Molly Burnes (44 pts), a two-time Bay State League all star, will be a focal point on offense for coach Bruce Ihloff, as will junior Jacqueline Poulack and junior Nicole Schnair. Senior captain Nicole Maxwell and sophomore Claire Maxwell will contribute up front as well.
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Defensive book-ends will be the junior tandem of Caroline O’Connell and Erin Quirk. Back in the cage is junior Lily Fangel.
NEWTON CO-OP (1-17-0)
A new co-op has formed resulting in the two Newton high schools combining forces. The team will also have new co-coaches in Amy Severance and Scott Heslin. “Many of our players were together in youth hockey and now have a chance to play together again and represent their city,” Severance said.
Senior Sarah Zeiden will be the offensive catalyst. Captain Emma McKee headlines the blue line group.
“We are excited to welcome a talented freshman class to the program and expect them to contribute immediately to the team,” Severance said.
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Scoring will come from junior Georgia Parker (32 pts) and seniors Kaylee Hall (15 pts) and Tess Lawson (21 pts). Freshman Logan Steele is ready to show what she can do.
Sophomore Rachel Marinofsky, who could see time at forward, and senior Kiley Dustin are two top blueliners back for the Flyers. Freshman Ava Sullivan provides depth.
In goal, juniors Kallea Whitney and Hailey VanAelstyn should both see action.
The Warriors are a stand-alone program once again and they are excited about it under new head coach Nick Sama, who says his club should be strong defensively.
Hoping to generate the necessary offense are senior Casey Ferrigno, junior Emily Autor and sophomores Drew Dwyer, Candace Gardner and Clemmie Hawkins. New freshman Caroline Driscoll will have an impact.
Solid defense comes from senior rock Willa Frantzis, and senior Allie Carew. Junior Casey Terranova, junior Gabby Boyd and sophomore Nina Luby all have varsity experience as well.
The Warriors also have two seasoned goalies in senior Daphne Frantzis and junior Caroline Davis.