Bishop Feehan joins the Catholic Central Large this winter, while Lowell Catholic will not play a league schedule this winter. Austin Prep hopes to defend its league title, chasing its fourth in a row. Plans do call for a post-season league tournament after a 10-game league slate. CCL teams are allowed to play non-league games and have scheduled a handful.
“The Catholic Central D1 will be the most competitive I’ve seen since we came into the league. I see every team in this league having the ability to beat their opponent on any given night. It will be a lot of fun with no nights off in this year’s league,” said St. Mary’s coach Mark Lee.
ST MARYS (13-8-2)
The blend of senior leadership, balance and a large group experienced veterans should position the Spartans to compete for their 11th league title under 35-year coach Mark Lee.
“We will take one day at a time. We will work hard as a team and get through all the obstacles this crazy season will throw at us,” said Lee, who is closing in on his 500th career win and begins this season with 467.
Juniors Owen Giangrande and Sam York return with experience in goal. Senior Kory Ouellette, sophomore Luke Bolt and freshman Harrison Kinne man the blue line. Junior Jake Desmarais and sophomore Tad Giardina, provide depth for that group.
ARCHBISHOP WILLIAMS (11-9-4)
The Bishops reached their first South Sectional final in 10 years last season and veteran coach Derackk Curtis is hopeful of sending his senior group out with another memorable campaign. An influx of younger players should aid in that pursuit.
“Pending COVID we hope to have a good year and send this great group off to college,” Curtis said.
Senior team scoring leader Conor Kelly as well as seniors Christian Koylion, James O’Toole, Aiden MacDonnell and John Riley are all back for one more go. Senior captains Nick Recupero and Alex Umbro form a stellar tandem on the blue line.
AUSTIN PREP (11-8-4)
The Cougars will be hunting their fourth consecutive league title under coach Bill Pappas. As has often been the case in previous years, AP has a blend of young old. Pappas, though, feels “this team has a unique feel. Something good is in the making – the chemistry feels right!”
Senior captains Joey Thibodeau and Doug Russo return at forward and, Pappas said “have the experience and knowledge needed to lead us to another great year.” Seniors Brady McGrath and Trevor Lundy, sophomore Drew Thibodeau and freshman Ty Wood – who notched 11 points as an eighth-grader – are all back. Freshmen Evan Regan and Noah Pineo and eight-grader Jacob Duval should contribute.
Pappas is looking for Elkins, a rugged six-footer, to have his best year and lead the back end along with seniors Colin McGrath and Deniro Demarco, forming the core of a physical, hard-hitting defense, Junior Anthony Beaulieu and sophomore Nathan Deroche will vie for time in goal. New freshmen Josh Williams and Thomas Fabbo and eighth-grader Conor Griffin bring depth to the blue line.
“This season, with all the stress and life changes of the past eight months, our mindset will be ‘Play as if it’s your last game.’ We really do not know what every day brings, so let’s be happy and grateful we are on the ice. Work hard and play the game we love the right way,” Pappas said.
ARLINGTON CATHOLIC (8-9-1)
Now in his 43rd season, coach Dan Shine is excited by a young group of new players that is anchored by a large freshman class and should blend nicely with the Cougars’ core of returning veterans.
The defense looks solid with junior Tom Peterson and sophomores Cole Mulcahy, Ryan Noonan and Cooper Conlin all back. At forward, seniors Carson Priante and Adam Haytayan are the most experienced returnees. Newcomers Alex Costa, a junior, and Matt Brown and Nolan Mallett, both sophomores, should make an impact.
“We have an excellent freshman class. We want to keep people healthy, keep a positive attitude, build on the chemistry (and) just get through [the season],” Shine said of coaching in the Year of COVID.
BISHOP FENWICK (11-7-3)
Coach Jim Quinlan and his staff must replace nine seniors – and the 49 goals they took with them – from last year’s North Sectional qualifier. Quinlan said goaltending and defense are the Crusaders’ strengths.
Senior goalie Jack Vieira had a 1.95 GAA in 16 regular-season appearances last year and will be backed by junior Dylan Bloom, who appeared in a half-dozen games. Senior forwards Cam Martin (10-8-18) and Nick Sasso (3-4-7) and senior defenseman Aiden Anthony (3-5-8) all had solid years.
Also returning are senior forwards Liam Hill and Connor Sternilio; juniors Mark Wilson, and sophomore Max Vieria. Back on defense are senior Gavin Belt; juniors Mike Faragi, Kinn Muniz and Dillon Kniziak as well as Patrick Tittemore, Anthony Sasso and Cam Anderson.
Newcomers include juniors Dan Riddick, Atonio Pimental and Nick Wesley; sophomores Jerry Visconte and Manny Segee; and freshman Matt O’Connor.
BISHOP FEEHAN (13-9-2)
Coming off one of the most successful seasons in program history, which culminated with a trip to the Division 2 South championship game, it’s a transition year for the Shamrocks. With the dissolving of the Eastern Athletic Conference at the end of the 2019-20 school year, Feehan jumps into the CCL Large and seventh-year coach Kevin Dunn expects it will be a challenge with the toughest schedule the Shamrocks have ever had — including nonleague games vs. Pope Francis and Bridgewater-Raynham.
Feehan should be sound on defense, led by junior goalie Ryan D’Amato (1.63 GAA, .93 save percentage) and an experienced blue line of seniors Drew Payson, Tyler Ahmed and Jake Noel, and junior Colin Findlen. Senior defenseman Brendan Flaven and junior goalie Ethan Barios are transfers from Coyle & Cassidy — which closed in June — and will add to the depth.
The offense will be paced by senior wing Kevin Barrera (18-12-30) and senior centers Peter Carriuolo (6-6-12) and A.J. Quetta (6-8-14), as well as sophomore wing Thomas Franzosa (5-2-7) and junior center Ben Feeley (2-6-8). Sophomores Ben Boucher, Brady Vitelli and George Besarick move up to varsity this season.
“We have a good mix of upperclass and underclass so we should be competitive in each game,” Dunn said. “Our team has great cohesiveness and we skate well. We should be strong in the net with Ryan returning, picking up Ethan and having senior David Janczar in the mix. Our defense will also be strong with all juniors and seniors.”