This loop produced a Division 1 state finalist in Methuen/Tewksbury, which projects to be a potent outfit again this winter. There will be no easy marks this year in the MVC/Dual County Large
It was quite the first year in D1 for the Red Rangers, who not only won the league title, but reached the MIAA D1 state final. “We hope to repeat what we accomplished last year, however, with a bit more,” said coach Sarah Oteri, a cool 58-6-8 in her three seasons at the helm. “We know what it takes to go deep into the playoffs so we want to stay focused this year on our small goals to ultimately accomplish the long-term goals.
Despite the graduation of All Scholastic forward Kelly Golini (now at St. Anselm), the Red Rangers have the makings of a powerful offense. Seniors Carolyn Curley (31 pts) and Cassidy Gruning (24 pts) contributed in a big way, as did junior Lydia Pendleton (16 pts) and junior Ryan Quinn (12 pts). Add to the mix new senior Julia Masotta, who should have an impact right away.
Junior Brenna Greene (13 pts) will anchor the M/T defense with senior Megan Forbes and junior Madi Sjostedt.
In goal, junior Kaia Hollingsworth (0.94 gaa) is back for her fifth varsity season and should be amongst the top goalies in the division.
HAVERHILL/PENTUCKET/NORTH ANDOVER (13-7-2)
HPNA lost a bunch of key people to graduation, but nevertheless still return a good number of players who contributed to last year’s success.
Junior Hannah Keating (27 pts) and Gina Albano are back to lead the offense for coach Gary Kane. Kerrin McLaughlin, Morgan Whitlock and Deanna Bosco return as well. As many as seven freshmen could make the varsity roster at forward.
On defense, junior Eliana Kane (13 pts) is the anchor of a group that also has Caitlyn Mazzocchi, Elena Albano and Liv Cole back. Freshman Ally Albano is ready to show what she can do.
Jenny Hubbard is a returning starter in goal, and that will be a plus for HPNA.
With only two seniors and two juniors, the Colonials will be young again. The potential is there for an improved season. “Despite our record last year we worked hard every day and were compettive in a lot of games,” said coach Brian Fontas, beginning his 20th season with the A-B program.
One of those seniors – Corlene Guenard (34 pts) – is the offensive catalyst. Sophomore Jillian Loebs (20 pts) and freshman Calley Ryan (17 pts) are two more offensive weapons.
Sophomore Ella Cormier (13 pts), senior Lizzy Hardy and eighth-grader Rebecca Kniker have varsity experience on the blue line.
Eighth-grader Avery Callison is back in the nets for the Colonials.*
* The HNIB News Mass. Girls D1 Preseason Top 10 right here
WESTFORD ACADEMY (11-6-4)
A lot of depth up front will be a big positive for the Grey Ghosts, who hope to rely on their team speed to achieve success this season.
Leading that deep offensive attack for coach Bob Ware will be senior Kayleigh Butler (26 pts), and sophomore Val Crory (30 pts). A host of underclassmen are back and should inherit increased offensive roles.
Senior Jackie Ricko (16 pts) will be one of the league’s top rearguards. Sophomore Meghan Mulhern (10 pts) provides sold blue line play as well.
Ali Dean, Ali Kingsley and Carlene Jannle will battle for time in the Westford net.
Keep an eye on the Golden Warriors this year. They should be tough to beat if they can put the puck in the net on a consistent basis.
Offense for coach Kevin Drew will go through a trio of returning seniors in Emma Gilmartin (15 pts), Callie Wiley (16 pts) and Emily Wagner (9 pts). Senior Sami Sylvester and freshman Lauren Adams will have roles.
On the blue line, senior standout Katie Adams will be a key component. Veteran senior Sean D’Urso (1.37 gaa) is back in the nets. She gives the Golden Warriors a chance to win each time out.
Team chemistry is always important, even more so with a co-op program. If B/C can get together from the beginning, it should be a successful season.
Coach Tina Carrabba’s offense will feature some young guns up front, led by sophomore Samantha Fantasia (21 pts), freshman Kelly Harty (15 pts) and eighth-grader Mackenzie Graham (12 pts). Sophomore Brenna Murray, senior Emily Robinson and new eighth-grader Victoria Apostolakes will contribute.
Junior Grace Flanagan and freshman Rylie Jones are cornerstones on defense. Adding some important depth is freshman Lea Gaspar.
Freshman Sarah Noyes projects to start in goal for B/C. Senior Caitlin Faria will be in the netminding mix as well.
* Check out MassHSHockey.com for team schedules, rosters, game results, etc.