Girls Bay State League Preview: Needham in good position

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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BRAINTREE (13-7-1)

The Wamps will be very young, with 10 sophomores and three freshmen on the roster. So, coach Kevin Burchill says his team will need to play solid defense and protect the net.

Meg Stimpson

Junior forward Meg Stimpson (21 pts) is the top returning scorer, followed closely by sophomore Abbey Holland (18 pts). They will be go-to forwards for Braintree.

Sophomore Delia Lee (7 pts) will have a major role on defense, a group that will be bolstered by freshmen Fiona Hume and Delia Walsh.

Newcomer Juliey Barney joins returning sophomore Ellie Foley in the Wamps goaltending rotation.


The Flyers will lean on a small group of core returnes to help lead them to some more wins this winter.

Gracie Bruno

Sophomore Georgia Parker is back up front after a solid 28-point freshman season. Senior co-captain Ava Lopez also returns after missing all of last season with injury. Look for freshman Rachel Marinofsky to make an impact in the lineup.

Senior co-captaiin Jess Despres will be key defensively, and chip in offensively, Sophomore Kallea Whitney-Blair is primed to take over in goal.

Elizabeth Phalen

NEEDHAM (22-1-2)

The lone loss last winter for the Rockets came in the state final at Boston Garden. Many of the core members of that squad are back, and be sure they are hungry for a return. Continuing the positive work ethic will be a key, says coach Allisyn Furano.

Juniors Gracie Bruno and Elizabeth Phelan should pick up where they left off last season and continue piling up points on the scoresheet.  Sophomore Celia Blaszkowsky also returns and should contribute even more this winter.

Senior captain Rose Evans, senior captain Meghan McQuillen (who can also play forward) and junior Brooke Reilly will be the keys on the Needham blue line.

Another positive? A return of a starter in goal as junior Melissa Strauss is back.

WEYMOUTH (10-8-1)

It will be a rebuilding year for the Lady Cats, who waved good-bye to 10 seniors via graduation. The remaining players coming back will be bolstered by the post-season experience they received last year.

Senior Alivia Herron and senior Maeve Dana will be counted on heavily in the offensive end of the ice, as will sophomore Sam Cain.

Sophomore Marissa Ferrara is a key returning defenseman for coach Dan McGlone. New freshman Emily Long looks for time.

The Lady Cats return their starting goalie as junior Payton Beady is back for another season.

Newton North and Brookline/Newton South will also be competing in the Carey Division this winter.


MILTON (13-8-3)

With the loss of some key players, the Wildcats will need everyone to pitch in and play in all three zones this season. Good team defense will be needed.

Julia Scannell

Up front, senior Julia Scannell (77 pts) returns just eight points shy of the Milton scoring record and just 13 shy of the 200-point plateau. Senior Kat Buchanan (13 goals) will have an increased role, as will sophomores Avery Blasdale and Anna Kennedy, both returners. A pair of freshmen forwards gunning for varsity time are Maggie Stockbridge and Rory Flynn.

Bella Calcagno

Juniors Lee Sullivan and Bella Calcagno are cornerstone defensemen for coach Bob Dwan. New senior Meghan Doherty returns from prep school, and freshmen Maggie Mitchell is in the group as well.

Junior Mary O’Connell returns in goal for the Wildcats and will be pushed by new freshmen Maeve Corcoran and Lindsey Dunn.

WALPOLE (12-9-2)

The Rebels have a great deal of experience in their lineup, and that is something that can only help navigating the tough Bay State League waters.

Senior forward Amanda Janowicz will serve as a tri-captain this season for coach Joe Verderber. Returning juniors Meghan Hamilton, Olivia Malone and Audra Tosone are also back. Four freshmen – Emily Desimone, Kerrin MacMillan, Emma McInerny and Katie Meehan – could make the roster.

Senior tri-captains Lauryn Hallett and Sarah Feeley will be anchors on the blue line for the Rebels with junior Madison Ryan. Freshman Elizabeth Desimone will press for time.

Heading into the preseason the goalie job is open with the graduation of veteran Franky Bonanno.


Allie McDonough

NORWOOD (6-14-2)

The Mustangs are looking to return to the post-season and have a nice mix of returners and newcomers to accomplish just that.

At forward, coach Tim Coskren can look to senior assistant captains Madison O’Rourke and Megan Quinn, junior Rose Campbell and sophomores Allie McDonough and Allie Martin. New sophomore Noell Connolly should crack the lineup.

Senior captain Frankie De Vingo and assistant captain Alyssa Naumann backbone the defense that also returns sophomore Erin Wagner.

Katie Hawkinson

New sophomore Jenna Mazzola takes over in goal for the Mustangs, who welcome five freshmen – Kayla Clifford, Viv Sharkey, Maggie Curran, Kate Rodgers and goalie Mary Lee.

 WELLESLEY (14-5-3)

Keep an eye on the Red Raiders this season, as they return an impressive core of players.

Coach P.T. Donato has several options in the offensive end of the ice with senior captain Phoebe Lawrence (12 pts), senior Elise Coakley (13 pts), junior Devin Chapman (15 pts) and the sophomore duo of Emily Rourke (18 pts) and Mackenzie O’Neil (16 pts).

On the blue line, senior captain Olivia Vernon is a returning All League defenseman. Another defensive veteran back is senior Katie Hawkinson.

Molly Burnes

Newcomer Liddy Schultz takes over the goaltending position for the Red Raiders.

 NATICK (8-11-1)

The Red Hawks intend to be in the rugged Herget Division race and will need to play a disciplined team defensive system to accomplish that.

Offensively, coach Bruce Ihloff will look to junior Molly Burnes (14-12-26) and sophomore Jacqueline Pollack (14-10-24) to lead the way. Nicole Schnair is expected to have an increased role up front as well.

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