Two-time defending state champion Woburn was hit hard by graduation, but do not underestimate the Tanners. They, along with Arlington and Reading, should battle it out.
A lot of players that were instrumental in back-to-back D1 state championships for the Tanners have moved on. So it looks like this will be a rebuilding year of sorts, with plenty of new faces in the lineup.
Senior Stephanie Buckley and sophomores Mackenzie Russo, Kelsey Ficociello and Bella Shaw will need to take on bigger roles offensively for coach Bob MacCurtain.
Defense will be a strongpoint, as senior Angie Moore (11 pts), junior Erin McComiskey and sophomore Sophia Gregory all saw significant time in last year’s title season.
Another positive? the return of junior starting goalie Amanda Essigmann.
Second-year coach Alexa Hingston is banking on her upperclassmen to lead the way as the Rockets set their sights on a post-season berth. The majority of last year’s roster is back.
Senior captain Kat Paradis, who led the team in scoring last year (28 pts) will be a key offensive player, as will linemates Ainsley Cohen (14 pts), a senior, and captain Mari Verrier (13 pts,), a senior. Senior Abby Collins (15 pts) and junior Sydney Conte are two more scoring options.
On defense, senior Katie Costello (14 pts), senior Courtney Cutone and junior Lindsey Joyce form a solid nucleus.
Taking over in goal for the Rockets will be sophomore Casey Machera.
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This year’s edition of the Sachems will be one of the youngest in coach Craig Seabury’s career. They need to find some scoring and dependable goaltending.
Sophomore Nikki Micciche (11 pts) is coming off a solid freshman campaign and will be an offensive leader. Juniors Whitney Krayer and Issy Brissette will be stepping up. Freshman Isa Healey will fight for a role.
New sophomore Arianna O’Rourke looks to fit in on defense,while sophomore Amy Scali, last year’s backup, is ready to inherit the starting goaltender’s job.
A bunch of underclassmean saw some valuable playing time a year ago and coach Arianna Rigano is banking that that experience will be a big plus for this year.
Senior co-captain Ellie Geldart (8 pts) is expected to play a big role in the Minutemen’s offensive scheme. Junior Lilia Dawson will help out as well.
Junior Maddie Bryant is back on defense, and could see time at forward. In the nets, senior co-captain Abbie Ortyl is back for another season.
If everything falls into place, the Spy Ponders could have a very good season. They definitely are in the mix for the ML Liberty title. “Defensively, we will be good,” said coach Jeff Mead. “Offensively, we will skate hard and work hard. Hopefully we can make a little run in the Middlesex League.
There is plenty of experience up front to handle the scoring department in the senior quartet of Erin O’Brien (21 pts), Elizabeth Liakos (16 pts), Emily Benoit (9 pts) and Erika Siegel (11 pts). Sophomore Makayla Doherty is ready for a bigger role. New freshman Gabriella Russo bears watching.
On the blue line, senior rock Molly Flynn (12 pts) is back and will anchor the group for coach Jeff Mead. Sophomores Fiona Johnson-MacDonald and Shea O’Day both got valuable varsity experience last winter.
Senior Jordan Toomey is back in the Spy Ponders net. Freshman Elise Budd is in the goaltending rotation as well.
The Marauders caused opponents fits a year ago but will start the new year a bit behind the eight-ball, with injuries to last year’s leading scorer, Emma O’Donovan, and to forward Catherine Cunningham putting the club a bit shorthanded up front.
That means coach Ken Murphy will be relying more on the likes of junior Katie Guden and junior Jenna Crowley up front.
Junior Meaghan Noone and senior Jordan Lettiere will be vital to the Belmont defense.