With no league games played last winter due to the pandemic, excitement abounds for the 13 programs in the ISL. There are new head coaches at Middlesex (Briana Mastel) and Thayer (Brandy Fisher-Bailey), with three others who came aboard last year – Tim LeRoy (Groton), Stephanie Holmes (Brooks), Courtney Sheary (Rivers) – that will see their first ISL game action behind the bench.
Coach: Stephanie Holmes
The Bishops did not get to play due to the pandemic last season, so rest assured they are ready to get back into competition. “We cannot wait to get going this season,” said Holmes, who took over the head coaching duties last season, “and with our returners having not put the Brooks uniform on since February of 2020, we couldn’t be more excited for our first game day.”
Senior tri-captain Brooke Rogers will be an offensive catalyst, along with junior Michaela Littlewood (a Merrimack College commit) and junior Molly Driscoll. New junior Maria Pierce, who was at Winchendon last winter, should be a contributor as well.
Tri-captains Maddy Dombal and Kathryn Duane will be defensive cornerstones, as will senior Morgan Rochefort.
Junior goalie Eleanor Rogers is an experienced netminder for the Bishops.
Coach: Ed Bourget
Leadership from the team’s seven seniors will be a huge factor the Knights, who have a very young team overall.
“The team has worked hard over the past two years for this season and they are excited to prove themselves against the best competition in New England,” Bourget said.
Five of those seniors form the nucleus of the BB&N offensive attach. Gail Levy is an Ohio State commit, while Sophia Kennedy has commited to Colby. Also back are Ashley Hallice, Sydney Bernstein and Claire Chu. Four freshmen will vie to crack the lineup – Izzy King, Hannah Weyerhauser, Kate Martin and Carter Williams.
Seniors Anna McGrath and Hillary Galle will provide the necessary experience on defense. Freshmen Kate Rice and Lexi Mara will provide some nice depth.
The Knights are also deep at the goaltender position with sophomores Alexsa Caron and Annabelle Najarian, and freshman Eva Mai Whyte.
Coach: Claudia Barcomb
Expect the Govs to show some offensive firepower this year.
Leaders on the offensive front will be senior Kelly Harty, a UNH commit, and senior Lily Shannon, who has committed to Northeastern.
Senior Maura Fiorenza, committed to Dartmouth, will be crucial to the success on defense, as will sophomore Reese Pascucci. Devon Galizio is back between the pipes.
Coach: Tim LeRoy
LeRoy, who took over as head coach last year, says this year’s editon of the Zebras will look very different from the program’s last official game in February of 2020. Only eight players on the roster have skated in an ISL game.
“This is a fresh start for the program,” he said. “We’re bringing in new faces that will have an immediate impact in the lineup. We’re ready for the challenge.”
Seniors Grace Crowley and Maya Gite will have key jobs on offense, as will freshman Dani Shyjan. Youngsters ready to make their mark include freshman Maddie Cronan, freshman Kiely Murphy and eighth-grader Christine Scalesse.
A pair of sophomores – Kiera Ley and Lulu Jerrett – are leaders on defense. Eighth-grader Sydney Nelson has joined the program. Sophomore Veronica Hadamovsky will be the primary goaltender for Groton.
Coach: Kevin Potter
The Spartans will be deep up front, so a key to success may be getting solid defensive play all around.
Coach Potter welcomes back a host of forwards. Seniors Lainie Lemieux and Jordyn Remmes, juniors Anya Nichipor, Meghan Gambino, Ella Rago and Erin Craig, and sophomore Sarah Gallant were all with the program last winter. Additions to that group are junior Hannah Haxton and sophomores Ava Glab, Reese Pereira and Kayla Rice.
The defensive unit also features some numbers back, as seniors Hannah Squires and Lauren Cloherty, and juniors Grace Joselyn, Julia Schuster and Amber Banks return. Bolstering the blue line group will be new junior Maddie Rivet and freshman Alana Gleicher.
Junior Katelyn Michals is ready for a big year in goal. Junior CJ Jahnle is back as well. A new goaltender to the program is sophomore Audrey Faller.
Coach: Briana Mastel
New head coach Mastel says the energy is high with the Zebras, who have a solid core of returners.
Numerous forwards return, including seniors Alana Burm, Ava Romano, Ellie Barton, Holly Lavasseur and Brooke Nye, junior Carolin Cervini, and sophomores Siena Berardinelli, Charlotte Davis-Jeffers, Katie Athanasoulas, Avery Taylor and Olivia Vlacich. Two new forwards are freshmen Finley Crosby and Ellie Calo.
The Middlesex defense is junior-laded, with the return of Ella McTeague, Charlotte Hinckley, Danielle Lawton, Charley DiAdamo and Maeve Clifford. Sophomore Maggie Miller is back as well. Sophia Yang and Isla Ferrari, both frehmen, join the blue line group.
Two sophomores – Regan Fitzgerald and Katerina Garabedian – will be relied on for solid goaltending.
Coach: Ryan Stone
Milton should have some good depth, but many players who have not played much together.
“With a very strange and disjointed season last year, leadership will be key and how quickly the team is able to come together will determine what we can achieve.”
At forward, seniors Sarah Maciel and Zoe Garrett, and juniors Abby Holcomb, Cat Buckley and Corey Miller are returning.
Senior Catie McNulty, senior Caroline Baldwin and junior Makena Monahn form the nucleus of the defensive crew in front of senior goaltender Emily Evans.
Coach: Tom Resor
The Dawgs have some holes to fill at forward and in goal, but with a truckload of talent returning, that shouldn’t be too difficult a task.
The forward group features five D1 commits in senior Sophie Ensley (Harvard), senior Emmy O’Leary (Princeton), senior Katie Ham (Boston College), senior Julia Simon (Yale) and junior Brooke Manning (Harvard). Add to that lacrosse commits Emma Davis (Vanderbilt) and Meaghan Day (Williams), and a field hockey commit (Kiki Higgins). Junior Ellie Mabardy is another scorer back, as are sophomores Ainsley Gray and Meghan Loeber.
The defense is deep, paced by senior Kaley MacDonald (Harvard commit). Senior Grace Fiorella, juniors Clare O’Connor, Cali Cerruti and Carly Ward, and sophomores Sophia Levering, Olivia Maffeo and Jaime Griswold are all back in the fold. Sophomore Lulu Seeman is a returning varsity goalie.
Coach: Courtney Sheary
Despite being unable to play last winter, the Red Wings still worked hard and come into this full season prepared.
“Not being able to have a typical season schedule with our usual competitors made for a tough year but we are that much more eager to get back on the ice,” coach Sheary said. “We’re excited to practice and prepare for this full season schedule.”
Senior captains Chloe Nixon (Williams commit) and Kayla Castelucci are back to power the Rivers attack up front along with senior Britt Nawrocki, sophomore Sophie Rousell and freshman Lindsay Morin. A couple of new players to watch up front are Morgan Boyce and Brooke Bartlett.
On defense, senior captain Julia Finney and juniors Izzy Chitkara and Cailyn Murphy will be keys.
Veteran Eve Stone, also a captain and a Stonehill College commit, is back for her senior season in the nets.
Coach: Bob Kenneally
There is some optimism here with 15 returning players. The team strength will be in the defensive zone, but the team should be able to score goals as well.
Experience abounds up front with seniors Caroline Froio and Laney Reed, juniors Meghan Azzato, Izzy Lahah and Parker Lial, and sophomores Zoe Puc and Michaela Birmingham all back for coach Kenneally.
On defense, look for senior Abby Jones, juniors Kiley Hayes and Ashley Quintal and sophomore Gwenn Hosmer to log significant minutes.
Goaltending will be a strongpoint with Penn State commit Katie DeSa back for her senior campaign. New sophomore Catherine Atchinson provides depth.
Coach: Casey Bates
The recipe for success for the Lions are simple, according to coach Bates: disciplined defensive zone play, opportunistic on chances in the offensive zone, and strong leadership from juniors and seniors.
Seniors Avery McInerny, Sam Galanek and Hannah Macleod will be vital on offense.
Senior Tess Barrett anchors the defense, while freshman Jackie Wright joins returning junior Mia Iwicki in the goaltending rotation.
Coach: Eric Long
With the loss of six seniors, including four now playing in Hockey East, the Seawolves will need the players that are returning to step it up.
In the forward lines, senior Breanna Studley has committed to Colby. Expect some offensive production from sisters Ava and Kayla McGaffigan, juniors, and Paige Long, also a junior. Bolstering the attack will be junior Sydney Aitkenhead and sophomores Julianna Goffredo, Whitney Dacko and Lizzie Greeley.
Seniors Chloe Trudel and Kayla Clifford, junior Juliette Piersol and sophomore Katelyn Sullivan will form a defensive quartet for Tabor. Three freshmen pressing for time are Addie Paskowski, Katie Murphy and Peyton Wolfe.
Juniors Rebecca Mullahy and Ella Fahey will handle the team’s goaltending chores.
Coach: Brandy Fisher-Bailey
New head coach Fisher-Bailey, the winner of women’s college hockey’s inaugural Patty Kazmeier Award during her playing days at UNH, inherits a team that has a good group of returning players.
Tri-captains Caroline Lally and Lindsey Wilmot will head up the forward group for the Tigers. Seniors Kelly Morrison and Ainsley Campbell are two more upperclassmen in the lineup. Also ready to contribute are junior Christine Oar and sophomore Mia Ng.
Thayer’s defense is led by senior tri-captain Abby Foran. Junior Madison Richman, sophomore Josephine Brown and Celia Benson, and eighth-grader Lucy Stearns are also in the rotation.
Sophomores Elizabeth MacDonald and Sabrina Garcia are in the goaltending rotation.