Girls Bay State League: Herget title a dogfight again

Gary Demopoulos
Gary Demopoulos
Gary Demopoulos has been covering prep school hockey for the HNIB News for over 30 years, and has been the editor of the HNIB News since 2005. A former sportswriter and news editor at the Woburn (MA) Daily Times Chronicle, he has been the HNIB News' key reporter for Mens Prep School hockey since 1988, as well as womens hockey, both at the prep school and high school levels. for almost 20 years. Gary also helps organize and oversee HNIB's many summer tournaments and festivals for scholastic players.

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Carey Division

NEEDHAM (13-5-3)

The Rockets will need to overcome the loss of five key seniors from last winter’s tournament-bound club. Last year’s team featured six sophomores and four freshmen, so Needham will be young. “Our experienced players will have to assert themselves,” said coach Allisyn Furano-Foster.

Leadership will come from junior captain Kendall Milligan, who will backbone things defensively.


Katie Puumala Framingham
Katie Puumala

The Flyers just missed the post-season a year ago, and if they can capitalize on their good team spped and an aggressive forecheck, they could be in the hunt for both a Carey title and a tournament berth.

Coach Ashley Means will rely on a trio of sophomore forwards to get the job done in front in Katie Puumala, Bailey Horne and Ava Lopez.



Creating more scoring opportunites will be a focus for the Tigers this winter.

Up front, coach Robert MacDougall will have experience to work with in seniors Rachel Hamilton, Meg Lenihan, Amanda Smith and Alexa McAuliffe (can also play defense). Freshmen Lucy Verdone and Emma McKee hope to contribute.

Junior Olivia Ferry is a key returning defenseman. Freshman Sarah Zeidan looks to crack the rotation.

BRAINTREE (4-14-2)

Dierdre Burchill Braintree
Dierdre Burchill

The Wamps will have a short roster this winter, and coach Kevin Burchill says his club will need scoring from the second line and all 10 players will have to play smart.

Junior captain Dierdre Burchill (30 pts) will power the offensive attack, along with junior Annie Lee (25 pts) and junior Katie Yaxter (24 pts). Freshman forward Meg Stimpson will have a role up front.

Senior captain Hannah Fenton will log a lot of minutes on the Braintree blue line in front of senior goalie Molly Devlin, also a captain.

Julia Kibrick Brookline/Newton South
Julia Kibrick
Brookline/Newton South


Hard work and hustle will be staples of theWarrior Lions as they try to compete in the tough Carey Division.

Coach Meg Lloyd will look for sophomore forward Julia Kibrick to be a key component. A newcomer to watch is freshman forward Casey Ferrigno.

WEYMOUTH (4-12-4)

The Lady Wildcats project to be stronger this winter, with a solid group back for another season. Coach Dan McGlone says his club his determined to have a better season.

Forwards back are senior Olivia Noll, juniors Emily Skocik, Nicole Cowan and Susan Dimateo, and sophomore Alivia Hearon.

Defensively, juniors Neive Doyle and Rebecca Heath will have key roles in front of new freshman goalie Peyton Beady.


Herget Division

DEDHAM (10-4-7)

Christina Maloof Dedham
Christina Maloof

Seven seniors have moved on, including high-scoring forward Sam Girard, so there are plenty of opportunities for the younger players to step up and earn some playing time.

There is still some firepower up front, with the return of senior Christina Maloof (30 pts), senior Melissa Celata, and juniors Sarah Stapleton (19 pts) and Cassandra Grant. Junior Cassidy Sullivan returns to the Marauders and will provide help as well.

Senior Bridget Coakley and juniors Sam Hickey (16 pts) and Maria McDonagh are back on defense for coach Christine Gurskis. Junior Isabella Gentile projects to take over in goal.

Newcomers looking for open some eyes are Courtney Abber and Maggie McIsaac, and freshman Bridget Crowley.

WELLESLEY (19-3-3)

Kiely Noonan Wellesley
Kiely Noonan

Some key players from a club that was an overtime goal away from winning a D2 state title last March have moved on, so the task at hand for coach George Campbell is to fill those spots with quality replacements.

Senior captain Kiely Noonan (27 pts) is back to power the Raiders offensive attack. Seniors Carly Boyle (15 pts) and Sophie Vernon (12 pts) will be go-to forwards as well. Junior Amy Dore and sophomore Phoebe Lawrence are back as well.

On defense, senior Dani Hickman headlines a group that also will have junior Cat Donahue and sophomore Katie Hawkinson. It will be either junior Alyssa Cimino or sophomore Caroline Bedrosian to replace the graduated Meghan King between the pipes.

The Wellesley roster could have as many as eight new faces.

Elena Kapolis Milton
Elena Kapolis
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Meghan McDougall Milton
Meghan McDougall
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Laura Hill
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Julia Scannell
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Kat Buchanan Milton
Kat Buchanan

MILTON (17-4-3)

The Wildcats established themselves as a D2 power last winter, proving they could play with anyone. With five of their top six scorers back, Milton should be right up there again, provided they can replace the graduated Sarah Park in goal. “This year the key for success is team defense,” said coach Bob Dwan. “We need to play all three zones and control the puck to be successful.”

A potent offensive attack will feature junior Elena Kapolis (32 pts) and sophomores Julia Scannell (31 pts), Kat Buchanan (30 pts) and Laura Hill (25 pts).

Senior Meaghan McDougall (15 pts) will anchor the blue line. Senior Kate Driscoll (12 pts) will have an important role, and senior Caroline Johnson is back as well.

The job of replacing Park in goal will go to freshman Mary O’Connell.

NATICK (1-12-3)

The Redhawks found some tough sailing in the Herget Division last season and look to reverse their course this year.

Key players for coach Bruce Ihloff project to be senior defensemen Rachel Kutok (12 pts) and senior Laura Sears (11 pts). Freshmen looking to contribute are Lauren Jackson and Molly Burns.

NORWOOD (12-5-5)

Erin Kelly Norwood
Erin Kelly

The Mustangs will be in rebuilding mode this season with a young team after saying good-bye to their top five scorers.

Coach Tim Coskren does return a key defenseman in senior Erin Kelly (20 pts). Sophomore goalie Janelle Kelleher is also back.

Forwards to count on will be seniors Sam Shea, Hannah Gillis and Casey MacDonald.

WALPOLE (6-7-6)

The Rebels were tough to play against last winter and should be again this year. They should be stronger offensively.

Seniors Olivia MacMillan and Kate Hamilton, freshman Meghan Hamilton and sophomore Amanda Janowicz are back up front for coach Joe Verderber. Freshman Audra Tosone hopes to have an impact.

Senior Brooke Carde, junior Cam Johnson and sophomore Lauryn Hallet form a defensive nucleus in front of returning junior goalie Franky Bonanno. Freshman defenseman Madison Ryan will look for minutes.


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