AUSTIN PREP (16-4-2)
Strong in all areas of the game, the Cougars will be in the running for another CCL title, and have the potential to make a deep run into the post-season. They did win the 2016 Mass. D1 state title.
Returning forwards for coach Stephanie Wood are juniors Ella Sarracco and Maeve Crehan. The defense looks solid with senior mainstay Kendra Currier and sophomores Frankie Frelick and Shannon Burke. Junior Hannah Aveni also returns in goal.
Newcomers looking for varsity roles are Elyse Lyons, Monique Lyons, Jillian Fisher, Julia Blaschuk and Maeve Carey.
ST. MARY’S (14-5-3)
With the most players expected at pre-season tryouts in many years, things are very positive at St. Mary’s, which returns a good group from last winter’s playoff club.
Offensively, the Spartans should score, with the return of junior Codi Butt (28 pts) and eighth-grader Aylah Cioffi (28 pts). Other key forwards back are senior Natalie Mellen (18 pts), sophomore Zoe Solomons (16 pts) and freshman Marina DiBiasio (15 pts). Senior captain Alex Iacoviello looks to contribute.
All Leaguer Mady Hentosh (22 pts), a junior, will anchor things defensively for coach Frank Pagliuca. Sophomore Kelsey Sullivan will log plenty of minutes, while senior Rose Callahan will be a solid blue line contributor as well.
A key will be goalie play, as St Mary’s will have a new starter that will emerge from preseason camp.
ARLINGTON CATHOLIC (5-13-1)
The Cougars have a new bench boss in former player Kristin McKenzie, who inherits what will be a young team looking to rebuild. McKenzie is expecting good things from her returning cast.
Junior defenseman Molly Simmons projects to be a key player for the Cougars. Freshman goalie Quinn Mustone looks to earn the starting job between the pipes.
After many years as an independent, the Warriors join the Catholic Central this winter and look forward to the challenge with the tougher schedule. Expect Matignon to be a different team this winter, but a little more balanced.
A good nucleus returns up front for coach Mark Wall with seniors Courtney Hardy (35 pts), Maeve Leahy (22 pts) and Kayla McKim (15 pts), junior Carolyn Mahoney (28 pts) and sophomore Lexie Turner (16 pts). Two freshmen hoping to crack the lineup are Alaina Aiello and Molly McConnell.
On defense, the Warriors allowed just 30 goals last year and welcome back the junior tandem of Emma Brennan (10 pts) and Brigh Cote, and the sophomore duo of Ciara Dauer (10 pts) and Lily O’Connell. Freshmen Erin Bennett and Kyleigh Green add depth.
Junior starter Dana Smullen (1.34 gaa) is back in goal as well.
ARCHBISHOP WILLIAMS (10-10-0)
With virtually everyone back from last year’s tournament club, expect the Bishops to be a tough team to play against, one that will feature good team defense from the goal out.
Up front, senior captain Hannah Bell (14 pts) will be a catalyst for coach Mark McHale. Fellow seniors Chelsea Taxter (16 pts) and Maggie Leonard (10 pts), and junior standout Mackenzie Heath (21 pts) will provide adequate scoring prowess as well.
Senior captain Kim Dunn (11 pts) anchors the defense for the Bishops. New sophomore Ava Brady looks to contribute. Junior Ali Delmonte is back to man the nets.