A good core of returning players will make sure that the Warriors will be competitive again this winter. Also, as many as 50 players were at preseason tryouts.
Forwards ready to breakout years are seniors Emma Gilmartin and Allison Wright, juniors Emily Wagner and Callie Wiley, and sophomore Hannah Rowe.
A solid group of defensemen are back for coach Kevin Drew in senior Gabrielle Vaccaro, juniors Katie Adams and Laura Olson, and sophomore Sara Carleo.
Kate Gemell is another returning player, as is starting goaltender Sean D’Urso.
HAVERHILL/PENTUCKET/NORTH ANDOVER (12-7-2)
Strong team defense, consistent goaltending and an abundance of offensive weapons highlights this year’s HPNA squad that faces a more challenging schedule with the move to the MVC/Dual County Large Division.
Coach Gary Kane will have senior captains Rebecca Harty (31 pts), Keelin Rogers (13 pts) and Amanda Regan will spearhead the offensive attack, a group that returns juniors Gina Albano (23 pts) and Kerrin McLaughlin, senior Jade Julius and sophomore Hannah Keating. Freshman Brooke Rogers looks for a spot.
Sophomore Eliana Kane and senior veterans Tamara Hoar (14 pts) and Maddie Fredo will form a solid veteran trio on the blue line. New freshman Elena Albano and Rachel Neyman add quality depth.
In goal, sophomore Jenny Hubbard is a returning starter.
Like HPNA, the Red Rangers also move up to the Large Division and eagerly await the challenges of doing so. Coach Sarah Oteri feels confident in her solid returning group.
One of those returners is senior forward Kelly Golini (72 pts), who will be tough to stop. She will be joined up front by junior Carolyn Curley (33 pts), senior Riley Cote and junior Megan Forbes, who could see time on the blue line. New junior Cassidy Gruning will be an added plus.
Sophomore Brenna Greene (14 pts) will be a mainstay on defense for the Red Rangers, who also welcome back sophomore Kaia Hollingsworth for another season between the pipes.
WESTFORD ACADEMY (16-4-2)
With two returning first line forwards and most of its defense back, the Grey Ghosts will be more than ready to face what coach Bob Ware labeled one of the most challenging schedules the program has ever faced.
Up front, senior Hannah Keefe (34 pts) and junior Kaleigh Butler (34 pts) will be one of the league’s top offensive duos. Seniors Katie Popp and Kylie Gray are two more key forwards.
On defense, senior Kerry Bolivar (16 pts) projects to be amongst the league’s top blue liners. Look for senior Tyler Pacifico and junior Jackie Ricko to be cornerstones on the Westford Academy blue line as well.
And in goal, sophomore Allie Dean, who took over as a starter last year when senior Alyssa Lopez went down, starts out as the #1 netminder.
Coach Brian Fontas’ club will be very young again this winter, after missing the post-season for the first time in 11 years last season. And, three top underclassmen have left for prep hockey.
The Colonials will have two veteran leaders to power the offensive attack in senior Nicole Sedler (32 pts) and junior Corlene Guenard (27 pts). Senior Mitsuko Koyama, injured all of last year, is back and will lead the defense and play big minutes.
In goal, look for returning eighth grader Madigan Anderson, who started every game as a seventh grader last season, and new seventh grader Avery Callison to handle the duties.
It is year two of this combined program. Coach Tina Carrabba says her team has a great work ethic and will come to battle every game.
A good group returns up front, led by seniors Clare Conway, Maya Dube, Julia Maybury and Kayleigh O’Mahoney. Junior Shannon Curran and freshman Sam Fantasia are back as well.
A pair of sophomores – Grace Flanagan and Taylor Jones – will be cornerstones on the blue line.
Senior Kirsten DiCicco gives BC a solid presence in the nets.