Large School Division
WESTFORD ACADEMY (11-7-3)
An experienced blue line and goaltending will be what dictates how well the Grey Ghosts fare this winter.
Up front, senior Alyana Serpa (40 pts) will drive the attack for coach Bob Ware. Senior Emily Earl will be a key factor as well in the offensive end of the ice.
Defensively, junior Kelly DeMarco (14 pt) headlines a group that will also include senior Roselyn Regan and senior Ali Benedict.
Junior Alyssa Lopez returns in goal for Westford Academy and should take over the starting position.
It certainly will be a different Colonials team that takes the ice this winter, after the team lost a lot of its offensive firepower. However, coach Brian Fontas said he will have some talented newcomers. They will need to contribute on what projects to be a small roster.
A-B does have senior Megan Barrett (61 pts) back, though, and she will be an offensive catalyst. Junior Lisa Kidd (16 pts) will be expected to contribute in a big way. Youngsters looking to step it up front include freshman Corlene Guenard and seventh graders Lilliana Zavolas and Jilian Loebs.
Senior returner Emma Bartle will backbone the defense. Look for freshman Elizabeth Hardy and eighth-graders Alicia Souliotis and Haley Sundstrom to have roles.
The Colonials will be strong in goal with the return of the veteran duo or seniors Cali Loblundo (1.61 gaa) and Melissa Bambery (1.10 gaa).
With few, if any weaknesses, expect the Indians to be a serious challenger for the league crown.
Scoring will come from the likes of senior Samantha Ginsburg and Macy Vercellini, and sophomores Clare Conway and Kayleigh O’Mahoney. Providing depth are sophomores Marissa Jones and Alyssa Burgos, and eighth-grader Jill Capraro.
Defensively, senior Amanda Fantasia and junior Madison Dechristoforo give coach Tina Carrabba a solid duo on the blue line. Freshman Caitlyn Faria will chip in.
The Indians are also in great shape between the pipes with all-league goalie Amanda Burns back for her senior season.
CENTRAL CATHOLIC (4-15-1)
Now in its fourth year as a program, the Raiders have become more competitive each season. This year a goal will be to turn some of last year’s close losses into wins and qualify for the D2 tournament.
A host of talent returns up front, led by senior captains Lexi Stanisewski (28 pts) and Emily Frocione (26 pts). Senior Caitlin Menzies (12 pts) and junior Mary Lambert (11 pts) will have important roles as well.
On defense, senior captain Lillie Bibeau will be an anchor, with junior Emma O’Neill and sophomore Mikala Magner. Freshman Michela Ferris hopes to get some minutes.
In the nets, senior Carissa Gordon will be joined by junior Nicole Brennan and new freshman Julie Thing in the rotation.
With their three top scorers having graduated, expect the Warriors to be involved in more low-scoring games this season. Special teams will play a key role.
Coach Kevin Drew hopes to get adequate production up front from the likes of seniors Krystal Brighton, Caroline Curtin and Jillian Hunter and sophomore Hannah Littlewood.
On the blue line, senior Brenna Keefe and junior Caroline Ingram will see a lot of time. New sophomore Allison Wright will be a key.
Four freshmen – forwards Callie Willey and Emily Wagner, defenseman Kathleen Adams and goalie Shauna D’Urso – look to chip in.
Second-year coach Jason Fletcher is excited about the upcoming season, as he reports the Lions have several players new to the program that bring a great deal of skill.
Returners up front include seniors Erin Doonan, Devon Livingstone, Rachel Hopkins and Meghan Fitzgibbons, along with sophomore Julia Maybury.
On defense, senior Sophie Eppolito, senior Siobhan Bowser and juniors Alison Beals and Courtney McCann will have key roles. Also back are both goaltenders – senior Ellie Farell and junior Jess Hopkins.
Youngsters ready to make their mark are freshman Kirsten DiCicco and eighth-graders Kylie Briand and Riley Roche.
Small School Division
HAVERHILL/NORTH ANDOVER (13-5-3)
With all but two players back, things look pretty good for this co-op program. And, an influx of several talented freshmen add depth to the program.
Scoring will come from the junior trio of Jess Chicko (18 pts) and Katherine Capobianco (15 pts), and sophomore Rebecca Harty (20 pts).
Defense will be strong with junior all star Andrea Albano (15 pts), along with captains Emma Johns and Alex Casale.
Senior captain Michaela Kane (1.29 gaa) is back in goal. She played every minute last winter.
BOSTON LATIN (7-10-3)
The Wolfpack fully expect to improve this winter and maybe jump up a spot or two in the league standings.
Senior Emma Curran and junior Rachel Tassinari (18 pts) will be asked to be offensive leaders for head coach Mary Balaconis.
Senior Lauren Coughlin anchors the defense in front of returning senior goalie Callie Richman.
With 13 players back in the fold, the Patriots are poised for success this year as they look to make the post-season.
Having your top scorer back at forward is a big help, as senior Carmen Braceras (36 pts) returns to lead the offense. Senior Bethany Colleran returns as well. Newcomers hoping to fit right into the lineup include sophomore Emma-Sofia Wipper, freshmen Abby Versaggi and Meaghan Bernardin, and eighth-graders Skylar Rice, Christina Klinoff and McKenzie Campbell.
On defense, senior Audrey Hunt (16 pts) is back and will be heavily involved in the offense as well.
New head coach John McCue inherits a very young team that he says “will need to rely on each other to pick each other up and work together to be successful.”
Senior Jennie Cicconi, sophomores Karly Aguirre and Emma Doherty and freshman Caroline Guden will be expected to lead the offense for the Hawks.
Junior Cora Casteel is a key returning defenseman. Eighth-grader Janice O’Neil hopes to break into the defensive rotation, while seventh grade goalie Caitlyn Burke will be in the hunt for the starting job between the pipes.
With the graduation of super scorer Amanda Conway, things will have a different look this winter. The Red Rangers also have a new head coach in former Andover HS star Sarah Oteri.
Freshman forward Carolyn Curley, along with junior Amanda Mambro, sophomores Riley Cote, Camry Beaulieu and Amanda Downing and eighth-grader Katelyn DiMambro will have increased offensive roles. Sophomore Kelly Golini returns to the club and will be an offensive spark.
Senior Kathleen LeFebre will be on the league’s top defensemen on the blue line, highlighting a group that also includes junior Niamh Cote, sophomore Jessica Marchand and freshman Megan Forbes.
Eighth-grader Kaia Hollingsworth is a returning starter in goal for the Red Rangers.
A playoff team a year ago, the Warriors will need to play solid defense and capitalize on their scoring opportunities is they want to repeat as post-season participant.
Solid offense should come from freshmen Danni Lu (27 pts) and Kerri Maron (19 pts), and senior Ally Marcoux (18 pts). Three eighth-graders ready to contribute for coach Paul Hardy are Izzy Acquaviva, Kylie Oblak and Fiona Tobin.
Junior Alyssa Lee (2.73 gaa, 4 SO) gives L-S experience between the pipes. Eighth-grader Alyssa Beradino hopes to crack the lineup.
Hoping to make some noise in the MVC/Dual County Small are the Falcons under coach Katelyn Greene.
Senior forward Katelin McCullum (18 pts) and junior forward Adrienne Ashe (19 pts) are keys up front, while junior Bella Jaffe returns between the pipes.