Canton reached the MIAA Division 2 state final last winter, and the Bulldogs look to be a big concern in the Hockomock League this winter.
Last year’s D2 state finalist will continue to play its stingy defensive game with a veteran back line. The hope is to have that help the forwards generate more scoring opportunities.
Up front, coach Dennis Aldrich can count on seniors Lauren Fitzpatrick (27 pts) and Maggie Malloy (30 pts), and sophomores Ellie Rae (10 pts) and Lizzie Tassinari. Sophomore Rose Malloy adds to the mix.
Continued strong defensive play comes from seniors Leah McClellan (10 pts, +32) and Katie Trerice, and juniors Meg Aldrich and Alexa Maffeo (9 pts, +25).
In goal, senior Ava Pacitti looks to take over for graduated standout Colleen Kelleher.
KING PHILIP (11-9-2)
It has been five straight tournament appearances for the Warriors, who are poised to get to the post-season again despite graduating five seniors.
Coach Jack Unger will rely heavily on senior tri-captains Allison Meehan (13 pts) and Meghan Gorman (25 pts) to lead the KP offensive attack. Sophomores Jordyn Remmes and Avari Maxwell look to make waves.
Senior Nicole Connor (26 pts), a tri-captain, will backbone the defense, and get heavily involved offensively. Seniors Lilly Worthington and Madelyn Kelley are returning veterans as well.
The Warriors will also have two experienced goalies in senior Lily Potts and sophomore Cristina Coleman.
The Panthers had a solid season last year. Looking ahead, they project to be solid on the blue line. If they can get contributions from their young offense, they will be a tough lot.
Senior Regan Patterson (27 pts) will spearhead the offensive attack. Junior Jordan Dwyer (12 pts) and sophomore Victoria Quinn (17 pts) will be relied on as well by coach Margi Burke.
An experienced blue line will be headed by senior Cassi Ronan and the junior trio of Tina Pisano, Gina Vignone and Gianna Cameron. Last year’s goalie – Natalie Stott – has moved on to prep school, opening the door for sophomore Gabby Colace.
A couple of newcomers looking to challenge right away are freshmen Olivia Stoller and Charlotte Sanfason.
MANSFIELD/OLIVER AMES/FOXBORO (11-6-3)
New head coach Roy Bain takes over a squad that graduated six seniors, but has nine incoming freshmen. A strong core of returning players is also back.
Seniors Isabelle Shanteler (16 pts), Mackenzie Fraser and Lindsay Corning all return up front for the Warriors. Others coach Bain is banking on include sophomores Lily O’Brien, Test Luciano, Ella Waryas, Emma Garland and Alex Ledin.
The defensive leadership includes seniors Emma Pereira and Danae Reager, and sophomore Melissa Shanteler. Newcomers Skylar Sharfman and Megan O’Hara join the defensive rotation.
In goal, look for freshman Jess Widdop to take the job.
- Stoughton is also competing in the Hockomock League this winter.