Seven teams will be classified as Independents this winter in Mass. Girls HS Hockey. Here is a look at the clubs:
NOTRE DAME HINGHAM (14-7-2)
Longtime Hingham HS assistant John Findley becomes the Cougars third coach in three years and is looking for his players to have a great experience.
Senior Alexa Graziano will drive NDA’s offense. Freshman Danielle Longuemare, a transfer from Pembroke, will be a welcome addition up front.
A defensive leader will be senior Natalie O’Brien. Last year’s starting goalie – Erin Murray – has moved on to prep school, so a preseason battle looms for the starting position.
ST. JOSEPH PREP/MT. ALVERNIA (1-17-0)
It is year three of the program for the Phoenix, who look to improve with a bit more depth.
Senior Katie Honan and sophomors Emma Grady and Grace O’Donnell are key returners at forward for coach Taya Latham. New freshman Abigail Ryan will add her talents.
In the defensive end, senior Annie McElroy and sophomore Kerry McMullan are back. Freshman McKenna Wech will step in to a blue line position.
ST. PETER MARIAN (9-10-2)
The Guardians debuted as a varsity program last winter, and with their small, young roster earned a D1 tournament berth. Coach Jay Monfreda is optimistic about a post-season return in year two.
Freshman Annabella Chaves (16 pts) and eighth-graders Gina Richard (27 pts) and Gretchen Swartz (16 pts) will drive the offense. New eighth-grader Emily Hamann joins the roster.
Junior Hannah Marmor will bring stability to the Guardians blue line. A newcomer ready to go is eighth-grader Mia Kondylis.
Freshman Mia Dang played every game in goal last winter and is back for another campaign.
URSULINE ACADEMY (8-11-1)
Another young team this winter will be the Bears, who will roster just two seniors.
Returning offensive players for Ursuline are senior Abigail Daly, juniors Bridget Popkin and Mary Kate Rusnock, and freshmen Meghan Foley and Emily McHugh.
Junior Sarah Manning and sophomore Hannah Daly are back on the blue line for coach Tom Keady.
Newcomers ready to challenge for spots are senior Hannah Riordan, freshman Alexandra Wright and eighth graders Fiona Daly, Gwendolyn Walsh and Angela Bussard.
OAKMONT REGIONAL (3-12-3)
This young squad hopes to compete by maintaining a strong defensive zone coverage and capitalizing on offensive opportunities.
Junior Abigail Shea hopes to have a big year up front for coach Joelle Vatour. Eighth-grader Annaka Gendron could be a factor.
Freshman Jordan Pond and sophomore Heather McHatton will see a lot of ice time on defense.
Newcomer Ashley Bourn, an eighth-grader, projects to take over in goal.
BISHOP FENWICK (9-10-2)
The Crusaders reached the post-season a year ago, and look for a return, albeit with a young club.
To help offset the graduation of the program’s all-time leading scorer – Amanda Blanchette, senior captain Jil Mattucci will move to forward from her defense position. She will team with senior Lexie McNeil and sophomore Gabby Davern to lead the offense. Freshman Emma Perry should step right in as well.
Sophomore Allison Countie will be relied on in a big way on the blue line for coach Doug Anderson. A trio of freshmen – Catherine Salvo, Laura Diranian and Grace Morey – will see a good amount of minutes.
Returning junior starter Cailyn Wesley is out for a while with an injury, so junior Daphne Jalbert gets the call to start the season.
- Shawsheen Tech will also be an Independent team this winter. Bob Roach as returned as head coach.