MVC/DUAL COUNTY LARGE
With solid goaltending and a good defensive core, the Colonials will be able to play an aggressive style in the offensive end of the ice, which could spell problems for their opponents.
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Coach Brian Fontas will have one of the state’s top lines in senior captain Leah Cardarelli (43 pts/ a UMichigan recruit for field hockey), and juniors Olivia Keefe (42 pts) and Megan Barrett (55 pts).
On defense, senior captain Alex Loblundo and sophomore Alex Macrides will be the cornerstones.
The Colonials also return two seasoned varsity goalies in juniors Cali Loblundo and Melissa Bambery.
Numbers are a bit of a problem for the Indians, but coach Tina Carrabba says that her players are hard-working and with talent and will can win on any given day.
The team is also young. Junior Macy Vercellini will be a vital cog in the offensive attack, a group that will include junior Samantha Ginsburg, freshmen Kayleigh O’Mahoney, Alyssa Burgos and Clare Conway, and eighth-grader Samantha Lawler.
On the blue line, junior Amanda Fantasia is a rock. Sophomore Madison Dechristoforo brings key varsity experience. In goal, junior Amanda Burns is a returning starter.
Former assistant Jason Fletcher takes over the head coaching position for the Lions, and inherits a talented team that could mean business if certain things fall into place.
The offense could be explosive with the return of seniors Julianne Sheehan (53 pts) and Rachel Bossi (47 pts). Seniors Sara Squeri and Shannon Nagle, juniors Erin Doonan and Devon Livingston, and sophomore Julie Squeri also return up front.
Defensively, senior Caitlin McCabe and junior Siobhan Bowser are solid in their own end. Juniors Sophie Eppolito, Rachel Hopkins and Ellie Farrel, and sophomores Cortney McCann and Allison Beals all return as well on the blue line.
In goal, sophomore Jessica Hopkins is ready to take on the starting job.[one_fourth] [/one_fourth] [one_fourth] [/one_fourth] [one_fourth] [/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last] [/one_fourth_last]
CENTRAL CATHOLIC (3-16-1)
The Raiders program continues to grow, so much so that they have bumped up to the MVC/Dual Large division this winter. Coach Jeff Marggraf is hoping his club can surprise some teams this year.
There is some talent up front. Juniors Emily Forcione and Lexi Stanisewski are both coming off solid years, as is sophomore Mary Lambert. They will be joined by new junior Meggan Rodriguez to lead the offense.
On the blue line, senior Julia August and junior Lillie Bibeau are key holdovers. Expect new freshman Mikala Magner to have a key role.
Battling for playing time in the goal will be new junior Carissa Gordon and sophomore Nicole Brennan.
WESTFORD ACADEMY (12-8-2)
The Grey Ghosts certainly look forward to the challenge the upcoming season presents in the tough MVC/Dual Count Large Division.
A go-to player up front for coach Todd Fletcher projects to be senior Kathryn Walker (22 pts). Also back amongst the forwards are senior Bridget Schofield, senior Rebecca Legro, junior Alayna Serpa and sophomores Katie Hargrave (6 pts).
Juniors Alison Benedict and Roselyn Reagan return on the blue line, along with sophomore Kelly DeMarco (7 pts). Back between the pipes is senior Kerry Pouliot.
As many as six freshmen could see time: forwards Katie Popp, Kylie Gray and Hannah Keefe, and defensemen Erin DeMarco, Kerri Bolivar and Taylor Pacifico.[one_fourth] [/one_fourth] [one_fourth] [/one_fourth] [one_fourth] [/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last] [/one_fourth_last]
New head coach Kevin Drew takes over a team that was pretty solid last winter. Although it suffered some key departures, this club is still a legitimate threat in the league. Andover has already knocked off Arlington Catholic early on.
The Warriors will look to seniors captains Jessica Leone and Caroline Hughes, and senior Joanna Olson to power the offensive attack. Brianny Deloury, Caroline Curtin, Hayley Driscoll and Emma Ploude are also back.
Defensively, juniors Jillian Hughes and Brenna Keefe will be cornerstones. Sophomore Katherine Devaney is back as well.
Senior Megan Johnson is a returning starter in goal.
MVC/DUAL COUNTY 2
The Red Rangers have a stupendous season last winter, a year cut short by an early-playoff exit. This year they have a new head coach in Ariana Rigano.
Tewksbury/Methuen also has one of the premier offensive talents in the state in senior forward Amanda Conway, who set the record last winter with an amazing 66-goal season. She will get help from the likes of seniors Hayley McCarthy and Kelly Blackwell, sophomore Amanda Mambro, and eighth-grader Carolyn Curley, coming off a 19-point season as a seventh grader.
Junior Kathleen LeFebre (20 pts) is a key on defense. Sophomore Niamh Cote is another solid blueliner back. The team will have a new goaltender with the graduation of Taylor Lirakis.
BOSTON LATIN (4-16-0)
Former St Joseph Prep coach Tom McGrath joins the staff as co-coach with Mary Balaconis. The team is pointing toward a .500 season.
The Wolfpack will be led by senior tri-captains Brenna Galvin, Hannah Silva and Amanda Stefura, all forwards.
It will be new digs this winter for the Falcons, who move into the MVC/Dual County Small division. They hope to make an immediate impact.
Key contributors for coach Katelyn Greene will be junior forward Katelin McCallum (10 pts), sophomore defenseman Kaleigh Conte, and sophomore goaltender Bella Jaffe.
The Hawks expect to be in the thick of things in the MVC/Dual County Small race, as long as they can play well defensively.
Coach Ryan Foley will count on the likes of senior Ashley Sampson, and freshmen Karly Aguirre, Rachael Pouliot and Emma Doherty to be key performers up front. Junior Jennie Cicconi will have a role.
Eighth-grader Sydney MacPherson could see key time on the blue line, where Sampson, Aguire and Pouliot could also play.
Senior Alie Longmoore gives the Hawks a veteran presence in the nets.
A playoff team a year ago, the Warriors will need to find a replacement for graduated goaltender Sarah Provost. Coach Paul Hardy listed “sound positional play and a willingness to take chances on offense” as keys to success.
Two senior forwards that will lead L-S into battle are Julia Reinhold (18 pts) and Julia Provost (11 pts). A couple of eighth-graders to keep an eye on up front are Danni Lu and Kerri Maron.
Coach Barbara Southcote fully expects her club to improve this winter and a key to that will be strong team chemistry.
Junior Carmen Braceras returns as the Patriots leading scorer and will spearhead the offense along with fellow juniors Audrey Hunt and Bethany Colleran.
The C-C offense will be anchored by senior Avalon O’Shaughnessy.
HAVERHILL/NORTH ANDOVER (4-8-7)
It was a pretty successful first varsity campaign last winter. The team didn’t lose anyone to graduation.
Key returners for coach Gary Kane in the forward ranks include seniors Maggie Belanger and Alyson Ruzycky. Kim Carroll, Katherine Capobianco, Rebecca Harty and Jess Chicko are returning as well.
Captain and league all star Alex Casale headlines the blue line group, while junior Michaela Kane is back to do the job between the pipes.[one_third] [/one_third] [one_third] [/one_third] [one_third_last] [/one_third_last]
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