With the current times we are in, all Dual County League programs will play within their own group this season and not take on any Merrimack Valley Conference clubs. It should still be a competitive division, with Waltham and Lincoln-Sudbury leading the way.[one_fourth] [/one_fourth] [one_fourth] [/one_fourth] [one_fourth] [/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last] [/one_fourth_last]
Under the guidance of 36-year coach John Maguire, the Hawks will look to build on their solid season of a year ago as a sizeable contingent of veterans return.
“We return our starting goalie with four defensemen and six forwards that played significant time last year,” said Maguire.
Junior goalie Jack Perry (2.25 GAA) has been rock-steady in goal since moving into a starting role as a freshman. Seniors DJ Caissie and Shaun Dann and Justin Cormier and Paul Leonelli form the protective corps in front of Perry. Expect senior forwards and captains Dylan Fogg and Matt O’Toole and senior Anthony Attardo to spark the offense.[one_fourth] [/one_fourth] [one_fourth] [/one_fourth] [one_fourth] [/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last] [/one_fourth_last]
Last season ended with a co-state championship for the Warriors after they took down the Division 2 North bracket, but L-S still missed out on a chance to go to the Garden for the second time in five seasons.
Third-year coach Matt Carlin realizes expectations will be lower after graduating a strong senior class, but he says the returning players will be able to take that experience and keep things moving
Carlin says L-S has six or seven “high-end, hard-working, skilled forwards” led by Jacob Noyes (16-15-31), Brendan Quinn (14-16-30), Jack Lanzillo (12-14-26) and Brendan Cullen (3-16-19). Senior center Tom Warzynsky is a newcomer to watch.
Kellen Austermann (3-9-12) and Justin Chiasson (2-6-8) head a young defense, while Carlin said a pair of goaltenders will be battling for playing time.
The Buccaneers had a historic season in Brian Seabury’s first behind the bench, earning the No. 1 seed in the Division 3 North tournament and capturing the DCL/MVC 3 title. Now Seabury says the team will be a much younger group as it prepares to face the tougher competition of a DCL-only schedule.
Senior Bobby Marcus (12-13-25) leads the returning forward group along with senior Jack Venuti (6-13-19) and sophomore Chris Woo (2-8-10). Senior Adam Driscoll (6-15-21) is back on the blue line and also will be counted on for scoring, with junior Ittai Wise (1-8-9) and senior Will Campbell (1-2-3) also back.
“We will be a defensive-minded group who will be need to be good on the power play and solid defensive zone coverage,” Seabury said.
Freshmen Blake Styzunski (defense) and James Baylor (forward) will look to make early impacts.
Boston Latin (12-7-3)
After several consecutive years of strong veteran presence, the Wolfpack will have a young squad with only four seniors when they get the all-clear to get on the ice.
“There are more unknowns this season than in quite a while,” 17th-year coach Frank Woods said. “I have a potentially talented sophomore class of forwards returning but none have seen significant minutes at the varsity level.”
Senior left wing Tom Butler (6-12-18) and defenseman Noel Gallagher are among the lone veterans, with senior Colin McAdams back on the ice after missing all of last season because of injury. Junior Shane Sullivan also returns to the blue line.
Woods said the goaltending position was open entering the preseason.
Entering his second season behind the Patriots bench, Rian Murray believes his team has plenty of firepower, “but for us to have success we need to be better defensively.”
The offensive power starts with junior center Dane Carter (15-16-31), with senior center Conor Trant (13-9-22), sophomore center/left wing Noah Thorpe (3-11-14) and junior left wing Carter O’Brien (4-8-12) also returning. Senior Derek Duplessis (4-5-9) had his junior season shortened by injury, but is ready to step back into the lineup.
Defensively C-C will lean on seniors Tommy Drew (1-2-3) and Andrew Kamionek (0-4-4), as well as sophomore Marcos Braceras. Senior Clark Stephenson is in net.
Newton South (12-9-1)
The Lions will have a strong leadership group, according to 14th-year coach Chris Ryberg, as they foray into a tougher DCL-only schedule this season.
Senior center Ed Tarmey and right wing Tim Dobies are back, along with junior left wing Nathan Cohen. Senior goalie Nathan LaCoste likely will step into the full-time role after splitting time last season, with sophomore newcomer Dylan Zukowski up from junior varsity. Junior Mitch Friedman is the top returning defenseman.
“This is a unique opportunity to play a different looking schedule than what we are used to now that we are not in the combined MVC/DCL,” said Ryberg, whose team will face the likes of Lincoln-Sudbury, Concord-Carlisle, Acton-Boxboro and Boston Latin. “Obviously this is a strong schedule and exciting opportunity for our program.”
The Falcons are coming off their most successful season in decades, posting 15 wins and reaching the Division 3 North final. Fourth-year coach Mark Marfione acknowledges the team lost plenty of talent to graduation, but believes he has the returning players that can step into bigger roles.
Senior Luc Denney had a standout season (26-24-50) in 2019-20, and now will be the focal point of the offense along with sophomore Paul Magalhaes (11-14-25).
Marfione also will look for junior co-captain Chris Gould to step into a top power play role from the blue line. Marfione believes Gould (3-9-12) would have been the top defenseman on many other teams as a sophomore.
Sophomore goalies Fionn McGowan and Oliver Ransom are up from junior varsity, and the Falcons have high hopes for both.
The Warriors will be looking to make some positive strides for E.J. Nicholas in his second season.
Brothers Max Brande (senior) and Sam Brande (freshman) will be the wingers on a line centered by senior captain Will Carr. With four solid defensemen returning, Nicholas has moved Carr up front, but he still has the potential to move back on the power play or penalty kill.
Senior assistant captains Joe Tardif and Jimmy Paugh lead the defense. With a pair of new candidates in goal, Nicholas said the defensive depth and play of three solid lines will be key.
Offensive improvement is a priority for coach Kevin Richardson and the Colonials, who suffered a number of close losses last year and will be looking to turn those outcomes in their favor. Fourteen seniors and juniors return.
Senior Matthew Azar logged the bulk of the time in goal last year. Junior Jeremy Spring is the likely primary backup. Seniors Graham Brady and Keane Timbol and juniors Walker Pasalis and Jack Matthews patrol the blue line. The forward group includes seniors Michael Zhang, Arthur Chigas, Ethan Zhong and Joseph Aumueller and juniors Thomas Argento, Andrew Welch and Niko Anestis.
- Kevin Doyle also contributed to this report