Girls Northeastern League: Beverly/Danvers poised

Gary Demopoulos
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Gary Demopoulos has been covering prep school hockey for the HNIB News for over 30 years, and has been the editor of the HNIB News since 2005. A former sportswriter and news editor at the Woburn (MA) Daily Times Chronicle, he has been the HNIB News' key reporter for Mens Prep School hockey since 1988, as well as womens hockey, both at the prep school and high school levels. for almost 20 years. Gary also helps organize and oversee HNIB's many summer tournaments and festivals for scholastic players.

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WINTHROP/LYNN (11-7-1)

Coach Butch Martucci is pretty straightforward about the success of his team this winter. “To be successful our three time all star goalie Gretchen Howard has to be lights out on a nightly basis,” he said.

Howard, a junior, returns after fashioning a 1.73 gaa last winter. Protecting her will be senior Gabby Kenniston (18 pts).

Leading the attack up front for the Bulldawgs will be senior Olivia Shkliew (25 pts). New junior Mia Price is a welcome addition to the lineup.

BEVERLY/DANVERS (15-5-1)

A good group back, both up front and on the back end, should keep the Panthers up near the top of the league, and a team to watch in Division 1.

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Kristen McCarthy Beverly/Danvers
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Rachel Spencer Beverly/Danvers
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McKinley Karpa Beverly/Danvers
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Offense for coach Brian Seabury will come from a multitude of places, namely senior Kristen McCarthy (61 pts), senior Anna O’Neill (22 pts) and juniors McKinley Karpa (55 pts) and Izzy Primack (26 pts). Freshman triplets Sidney, Brittany and Tiffany Foster will bring their high energy to the table.

Senior Rachel Spencer (16 pts) and senior Anna Hayden (10 pts) will be defensive cornerstones.

Goalie Madison Jalbert played the vast majority of time in the nets last season for the Panthers.

PEABODY/LYNNFIELD (4-13-3)

The Tanners are under new management this winter, as Michelle Roach takes over the program. She is optimistic already, even though the team will have just two seniors. The team also has a co-op agreement with North Reading.

Roach expects as many as 13 freshmen could skate with the varsity this season, including eight from Lynnfield.

MARBLEHEAD (9-9-4)

Hadley Woodfin Marblehead
Hadley Woodfin
Marblehead

Another school has been added to Marblehead’s co-op, as players from Hamilton-Wenham are now eligible, joining those from Swampscott. Coach Emily Hudak Ries feels she will have a well-rounded squad this winter.

Senior Hadley Woodfin (23 pts) and freshman Sydney Cresta (26 pts) are expected to lead the offense for the Magicians. A pair of eighth-graders to keep an eye on up front are Katelyn Clarke (Hamilton-Wenham) and Bella Peters (Marblehead).

There is experience on defense with the return of junior Alanna Burke and freshmen Caroline Kinne and Elizabeth Legget. New junior Bryn O’Connor (from Hamilton-Wenham) and eighth-grader Sydney Vatour (Hamilton-Wenham) will be a help.

MEDFORD (3-12-3)

Allish Fallon Medford
Allish Fallon
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Trish MacLean Medford
Trish MacLean
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New head coach Rayanne Forbes, an assistant the last seven years,  says this is the youngest Mustangs team ever, but one that still has some varsity experience.

Junior captain Allish Fallon was the team’s third leading scorer a year ago, while freshman Christina Gesualdi led the club in goals and was second in scoring. Both return to power the offense. New sophomore Mamie Powers will have an impact.

Senior Ashley Morris is the leader on the Medford blue line, with help from new sophomore Julia Shanahan. Returning junior goalie Trish MacLean is also a team captain.

MASCONOMET (9-9-3)

Maddy Werner Masconomet
Maddy Werner
Masconomet

The Chieftains are planning on being a tough team to play against as they hope to contend in the Northeastern League.

Senior Maddie Werner and junior Izzy Sarra headline an offense that also returns sophomors Charisse Flanagan, Kate Irons and Lexi Rosenbaum. Newcomers Abby Gendron and Sami Kelleher add depth.

On defense, coach Ryan Wood will count on seniors Meg Hubbard and Sydney Sheerin and junior Madison Brooke. Look for senior Andraya Ferraro to take over in goal.

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