The graduation of some top offensive talent will see the Panthers transit to a more defensive oriented club this year as they look to defend their league title.
Senior Natalie Gesualdi will be a key on defense. Senior Jess Barthelmess (14 pts) can play defense or forward and will be vital to the success. Senior co-captain Madison Jalbert (1.20 gaa) gives coach Brian Seabury a solid veteran presence between the pipes.
Senior co-captain Marlee Hamor (15 pts) and seniro Erica Haibon will have huge roles offensively for the Panthers.[one_third] [/one_third] [one_third] [/one_third] [one_third_last] [/one_third_last]
The Chieftains were the darlings of the post-season last winter, advancing to the D1 semifinals, knocking off defending champion Austin Prep along the way. With the bulk of that team returning, things are looking very positive for the upcoming year.
Masco will be deep up front, with the return of seniors Sami Kelleher (16 pts), Kate Irons (16 pts) and Lexi Rosenbaum (12 pts) and juniors Mikayla Vincent (15 pts) and Abby Gendron (19 pts). Add Matignon transfer Charisse Flanagan to the mix to give coach Ryan Sugar a solid group up front.
Senior Riane Vatcher will be a defensive backbone in front of returning sophomore goalie Molly Elmore.
Improvement in both zones is on the docket in the early going for the Vikings, and coach Anthony Martucci is confident he has the players to accomplish both.
A good chunk of last year’s offensive production is back with senior McKayla Norris (31 pts), senior Catie O’Shea (31 pts), junior Emma Carleton (28 pts) and senior Ashley Miles (23 pts). Three newcomers to watch are sophomore Olivia Driscoll and freshmen Gemma Dimento and Kaiya Rodrigues.
A trio of juniors – Bella Perrotti (20 pts), Abby Stafford (20 pts) and Sophie Leray (14 pts) – gives the Vikings solid leadership on the blue line.
Veteran goalie Gretchen Howard has moved on, so it will be vital for the Vikings to develop a new starter in goal during the preseason.
New coach Chris Wells takes over for the Magicians who look to challenge for the Northeast League title. Leadership from the captains and having rookies step into their roles quickly will be keys.[one_third] [/one_third] [one_third] [/one_third] [one_third_last] [/one_third_last]
Junior captain Sydney Cresta (34 pts) will be amongst the league’s top forwards. getting help up front from senior captain Grace Moroney (14 pts) and sophomores Bella Peters (16 pts), Cate Delaney (20 pts) and Isabel Amigo. Helping out will be new sophomore Kristen Bache and freshman Mia Salah.
On the blue line, junior captain Caroline Kinne, junior Elizabeth Legget and freshman Abby Kalinowski (13 pts) form a solid defensive nucleus. Youngsters who could see time are eighth-grader Chloe Trudel and seventh-grader Juliette Piersol.
This program secured its first-ever post-season big last year and looks to build off that success.
At forward, senior Cassie Mirasolo and sister sophomore Sammie Mirasolo will be offensive catalysts. Senior Sarah Buckley and junior Jess Robert are back as well. Look for freshmen Jen Flynn and Paige Thibodeau to have immediate impacts.
On defense, seniors Kaydee Purcell and Mae Norton, and sophomore Caroline Garafoli are three experienced blue liners for coach Michelle Roach. Freshman Riley Ganter will look for a role.
Returning junior Abby Buckley will provide consistency between the pipes.
With younger players gaining valuable playing time last year, the Mustangs look to build upon that and be a challenger in the league.
Production up front will come from returning juniors Abby Vigliotte and Brenna Forbes, as well as senior tri-captains Summer Tufts and Mamie Powers. New junior Sophia Casaletto and sophomore Bethan Taddeo will help, as will freshman Elizabeth Lazzaro.
Senior tri-captain Julia Shanahan and sophomore Phaidra Martin are keys on defense for coach Rayanne Forbes. New junior Terrell Pesatoro is ready to handle the goaltending duties.