Mass. Boys HS Hockey – The MIAA Division 1 Tournament Preview: St. John’s Prep Is #1 Seed; Arlington Top Public Seed At #6

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First round action in the 2024 MIAA Boys Division 1 Tournament gets underway on Wednesday with 12 games scheduled.

Catholic schools got the first five seeds in the power rankings, led by #1 St. John’s Prep. Arlington is the top public school seed, at #6.

The D1 state final will be held Sunday, March 17th at TD Garden.

Here’s a look at all 32 teams in the tournament:

#1 ST. JOHN’S PREP (17-3-0)

The 2022 MIAA Division 1 state champions draw the top seed in 2024 and are primed and ready to go in the post-season after winning the Catholic Conference this winter. This senior-laden group is one of the favorites.

“We are used to getting everyone’s best every night,” said coach Kris Hanson. “At this pint in the season seedings don’t matter too much to us. It is win or go home. We hope to play our best hockey and hope the Hockey Gods reward us for it.”

The Eagles boast their usual well-balanced attack, led this year by senior captains Jake Vana (14-12-26) and Christian Rosa (12-14-26). Senior captain Johnny Tighe has 11 goals, while seniors Cam Umlah (16 pts), Caleb White (12 pts) and Mason Luciano (11 pts) have done their part.

SJP’s blue line is led by Brady Plaza (19 pts) and senior captain Jack Doherty (14 pts). Junior AJ Farese has seen much of the action in goal, especially in the second half of the season.

#2 POPE FRANCIS (16-5-0)

The defending D1 state champs again have a nice blend of talent capable of winning it all.

“In order for us to defend the title over the next three weeks we will need to commit to team defense,” said interim coach Dan Fenton. “Our strengths as a team are built from the net out. We have a talented goaltender, experienced defenders, and some of the best skaters in the state up front. We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to bring the trophy back to the 413 for another year.”

Two of those experienced defenders – senior captains Jake Jarrell (28 pts) and Zach Buffone (25 pts) – are two of the state’s top blueliners. Sophomore Max Monroe has had a solid year on defense for the Cardinals.

Up front, PF gets a lot of mileage out of its top line of captain Jake Petrin (9-17-26), Nick Petkovich (9-17-26) and Mossy Kearney (6-20-26). Mike McGrath (18 pts) and sophomore Matty Regan (10 goals) have been counted on as well.

In goal, senior Nick Ritchie, who backboned last year’s title run, had another strong season, with five shutouts.

Adam Parker
Catholic Memorial

#3 CATHOLIC MEMORIAL (13-4-3)

An early-season lull has now vanished, and the Knights are playing as well as anyone heading into the post-season, 7-0-1 in thier last eight, and 8-1-1 in their last 10. They must be watched.

Morgan Lenehan Catholic Memorial

“We are playing our best hockey at this point of the season,” said coach Larry Rooney. “We are preparing well over the last couple of weeks, getting away from the rink as needed and focusing on parts of our game that will benefit us in the MIAA Tournament.”

Up front, sophomore Nick D’Olympio has emerged as a top-flight scoring threat and he leads the CM attack with senior captain Connor Fryberger, senior RJ Donahue, and juniors Luke Long and Morgan Lenehan.

Senior Michael Corbett (10 goals) has been a premier two-way defenseman. Senior Adam Parker is solid on the blue line, and freshman Brian McFadden has been a contributor. In goal, juniors Ryan Littlefield and John Quinn have done the job.

Cole Pouliot-Porter Xaverian

#4 XAVERIAN (15-4-1)

Having been to the last two D1 state finals at TD Garden and come up short, the Hawks are hoping the third time is the charm. They have the necessary pieces, but know it won’t be easy.

“We have to play better in our own end,” said coach Dave Spinale. “The key to any playoff run is good team defense, timely scoring and a hot goalie. I have never seen more parity n recent years. Obviously, St. John’s Prep is the favorite but there are many teams that could go on a run. We need to focus on playing with pace and being responsible in the defensive zone.”

Devin Gosciak Xaverian

Coach Spinale has gotten production from a host of sources. Devin Gosciak (11-11), Jack Fitzpatrick (13-9), Colvin Callahan (7-15) and Jack O’Neil (8-14) all have 22 points, while Jackson Morse has 20.

A deep defense features senior Matt Dion, and juniors Nate Patch and Michael Rossi. And in goal, veteran Cole Pouliot-Porter is capable of stealing a game all by himself.

#5 ARCHBISHOP WILLIAMS (16-4-1)

With a big crew returning from last season, expectations were high for the Bishops and they haven’t disappointed.

“I think we are certainly capable of making a long run, if we have every player bought in and committed to playing a team-first, relentless brand of playoff hockey,” said coach Chris Cunningham. “We have had balanced scoring from our offense. We have gotten solid defense, and solid goaltending.”

Junior Finn Kelly (27-15-42) comes into the post-season red-hot after scoring eight goals at the Buddy Ferreira Classic. Casey Kelley (10-21-31), Ben Sylvester (14-17-31), Patrick Hampton (19 pts), Sean Murphy (16 pts) and Matt Deminico (16 pts) all have contributed in a big way.

Justin Wilson (1-16-17), Charlie McLaughlin (11 pts), TJ Cooper (10 pts) and Rob Cibotti lead the way on defense. Sean Velozo has handled the bulk of the goaltending duties.

Kevin O’Connor Arlington

#6 ARLINGTON (16-3-3)

The word from some was that a young Spy Ponders squad may take a step back this winter, but that has certainly not been the case. The team won the Middlesex League Liberty Division and has shown it can compete with anyone.

Nolan Russell Arlington

A relentless offense is spearheaded by sophomore Nolan Russell (24 pts), freshman JP Messuri (32 pts), and senior Kevin O’Connor (16 pts). Cam Petrillo and Quinn McNulty-Lu have provided key secondary scoring.

Ryan Martin
Arlington

Defensively, coach John Messuri’s group has allowed just 28 goals in 22 games. Sophomore Evan Jones (33 pts) has established himself as one of the state’s premier rearguards. Sophomore Evan Sparks (17 pts) has come into his own, and seniors Cam Desmond and Brian Patterson are steadying influences. Senior Ryan Martin, in his first full year as the starter, has paid dividends between the pipes for Arlington.

#7 READING (15-5-1)

Defense, just 27 goals allowed, is the hallmark of this year’s Rockets. If coach Mark Doherty’s squad can find consistent scoring, it has the chance to do somemajor damage in the post-season. Remember last year, when Reading was an OT goal away from reaching the TD Garden.

Up front, senior captain Cam Fahey (17-20-37) is the driver. Sophomore Ryan MacCurtain (11-9-20) and senior captain Matt Fichera (9-11-20) have been steady, as have juniors Nate Mulvey (15 pts) and Liam Hansen (13 pts).

The stingy defense revolves around senior captain TJ Michel (11 pts), James Gigante (11 pts), Jack Filipski and Nate Vitarisi.

And for the last line of defense, Reading boasts senior captain Chris Hanifan, one of the state’s top netminders.

Jack Raskauskas Hingham

#8 HINGHAM (13-7-2)

With their tradition, the Harbormen are a team no one wants to play, despite their seven losses. They do own wins over both top seed St. John’s Prep and Marshfield. A close-to-the-vest style will suit them in the post-season.

Travis Rugg
Hingham

“We will need to play more consistently on the defensive side of the puck as a team,” said veteran coach Tony Messina. “We must limit scoring opportunities to be successful as we will not fare well in a shootout-style game.”

Paul Dzavik
Hingham

Captains Travis Rugg (10-15-25) and Paul Dzavik (24 pts) have led the offensive attack, with help from sophomores Conal Mulkerrin (17 pts) and Cam McKenna (17 pts).

Junior Logan Brennan has 17 points from his defensive position. Captain Jack Rakauskas is a key on the blue line along with junior Alex Dzavik. Sean Carroll and Colman Donahue are two more solid rearguards. Look for sophomore Mike Karo in goal.

#9 WESTFORD ACADEMY (14-3-1)

The Ghosts didn’t miss a beat under first-year head coach (and former longtime assistant) Chris Carpenter, grabbing a MVC/Dual County League I co-championship.

“I expected to us to be a strong club and contender for the MVC/DCL championship,” said Carpenter. “While our record is slightly better than expected, we knew we had a strong group of core players coming into the season. We can move the puck well and get our defensemen involved in the offense which is tough to stop. Tyler Frazee has also been great in net all year.”

Juniors Nick Burns (10-20-30) and Ryan Nelken (11-12-23) have paced Westford’s offensive attack with junior Jack Donovan (20 pts) and junior Bryan Fitzgerald (13 pts).

Defensively, a lot will be expected of senior Tom Rose (13 pts) and juniors JJ Funaro (15 pts) and Ethan Koehr (10 pts). Frazee, a senior, has had a solid campaign.

#10 MARSHFIELD (16-3-3)

The Rams come just as advertised in the pre-season: a deep, experienced club able to compete with anyone they play.

“So far, our success has been attributed to, commitment to team defense and balanced scoring from all lines,” said veteran coach Dan Connolly. “To make a run in the post-season, we must continue to play great team defense, win the special teams battles, and get out to a fast start in every game.”

Offensive production has been spread out, led by Teddy DeVoe (19-18-37), Cam McGettrick (27 pts), Jack Doherty (28 pts) and Tommy Carrroll (22 pts). Sam Holte (15 pts), Will Arnone (17 pts), Brendan McLaughlin (17 pts) and Stephen Faria (18 pts) are three more options.

On the blue line, senior Michael Bekerian (18 pts) has been the catalyst with Shane Keeler. Kevin Murphy has been solid in goal in his first year as a full-time starter.

Danny Collins Winchester

#11 WINCHESTER (12-9-1)

Another team buoyed by a tough schedule, the Red & Black are excited about competing in this Division 1 tournament.

Captains Danny Collins (15-16-31) and David Strong (10-12-22) have been instrumental to the Winchester offense. Sophomore Luke Sardone (19 pts) has come up big. Caiden Brady (7 goals) and Jonathan Garmey have provided secondary scoring.

David Strong Winchester

Captain Jack Duncan is key on defense, with junior Griffin Lynch and sophomore Nolan Wrenn. In goal, it could be either senior captain Max Lowenburg or junior Aiden Emerick.

“By sticking to our system and style, and competing hard and managing our game, we have been able to be successful in many games this season,” said coach Gino Khachadourian. “Our schedule has shown the boys that we are able to compete with any team in the state, as long as we stick to our game plan.”

Ben Paterson
Franklin

#12 FRANKLIN (13-8-0)

With wins this season over Pope Francis, Reading, Hingham and Archbishop Williams, no one should take the Panthers lightly. A challenging D1 schedule will have Franklin ready for post-season play.

Anthony Lampasona Franklin

“Our team has found our game in the second half of the season,” said coach Chris Spillane. “Confidence is at a high level and the boys feel they can compete with anyone. Team speed is a big part of our success as well as contributions offensively from all three lines.”

Dylan McEvoy
Franklin

Franklin’s big four up front features seniors Ben Paterson (27-21-48), Dylan McEvoy (27 pts), Anthony Lampasona (28 pts) and Dan Daley (20 pts).

Senior Logan Marchand (19 pts) and junior Owen Arienti are defensive cornerstones, with Colby Wagner in goal.

Luke Gerardi
St. John’s (S)

#13 ST. JOHN’S (S) (10-8-2)

After roaring out to a 9-1-0 start, the Pioneers struggled in the second half. Still, they have the talent for a successful post-season run.

Daniel Menyalkin
St. John’s (S)

“Every team starts 0-0 when the playoffs begin, so we have an opportunity to reset and re-focus,” said coach Michael Mead. “We have a balanced attack with some talented offensive players. With solid goaltending and strong team defense, we can find success.”

Dominic Reidy
St. John’s (S)

Senior captain Luke Gerardi (19-19-38) has been tremendous for the Pioneers and leads the offense with Daniel Menyalkin (24 pts), freshman Chase Warsofsky (17 pts), Domenic Reidy (13 pts) and Connor McKenna (12 pts).

Anthony Desimone
St. John’s (S)

Connor Secrist (11 pts), Anthony DeSimone, Brody Hoar and the Bisson brothers – Ryder and Kevin – make up the bulk of the Pioneers defense.

In goal, both Dante Sousa and Dylan Fanale has seen considerable time this season.

#14 BC HIGH (9-10-1)

The Eagles are another team where you shouldn’t look at the record. BC ended the season strong and they can make a run if they can get consistent scoring.

Chris Brennick
BC High

Offensively, the Eagles had only 43 goals this winter. Tommy Halloran (14 pts) is the leader scorer, followed by Sonny Christian and James Greer, each with 10 pts. Chris Brennick has eight points headed into the post-season.

Brendan McCarthy
BC High

On defense, Liam Kinneen has also put up 10 points. Brendan McCarthy has been a key factor on the blue line, as has Colin Murphy. In goal, freshman Drew Karlovits has seen some decent action in the second half of the season.

“It is always good to be playing well down the stretch and to end the season with a couple of wins,” said BC High coach Jack Flaherty. “Good team defense and excellent goaltending have been the keys to our recent success. If we can continue that and get some timely scoring, we give ourselves a chance to advance.”

Anthony Nuzzolilo Shrewsbury

#15 SHREWSBURY (12-7-1)

After a four-game losing streak, the Colonials have righted the ship, winning three of their final four.

Christian Thoren Shrewsbury

“I’m sure whoever we draw will be a tough opponent,” said Shrewsbury coach Rich Grant. “We just want to play hard and give our opponent a tough challenge.”

Logan Sande Shrewsbury

This team can score, as witnessed by theier 84 total goals. The offense is led by Anthony Nuzzolilo (19-13-32), Christian Thoren (12-14-26), Shawn Salt (10-14-24), Matthew McDonough (20 pts) and Nick McManus (16 pts).

On defense, Logan Sande, Ryan Lambert, and freshman Cam Moore hold down the fort.

#16 WELLESLEY (14-4-2)

It’s been another solid campaign for the Raiders, who finished their regular season with a nice win over Marshfield.

Brody Sharpe
Wellesley

Junior Brody Sharpe (17-22-39) has spearheaded the offense for Wellesley. Senior Nils Tellander (27 pts) and junior Aidan Reilly (27 pts) have been solid, and sophomore Will Cooney has averaged over a point a game since returning from injury.

Senior Gabe Aberbach and junior Paddy Maxwell (14 pts) are keys on the Wellesley blue line. In goal, look for junior Ryan O’Campo.

“We look to play tough in our own end with lots of structure and keep teams to the outside,” said coach Paul Donato.

Michael Pomer Belmont

#17 BELMONT (8-11-3)

The Marauders slid back a bit after a couple of outstanding seasons as they rebuild, but still are a solid group and fully capable of going on a run.

“We need a total team effort to have a successful post-season,” said coach Tim Foley. “We skate three lines and rely on our depth players.”

Some key young players up front are junior Adam Bauer (13-20-33), sophomore Leo Packard (12-11-23) and freshman Liam Guilderson (17 pts).

Senior Mike Pomer heads up a young defensive core that includes junior PD Dimas, and freshmen John Connolly, Mike Rowan and Miles Garver. Another freshman, Ethan Bauer, has played well in goal.

#18 ARLINGTON CATHOLIC (9-11-1)

The Cougars have had an up-and-down season, according to coach Curt Colarullo, but nevertheless have put together a solid season.

Steve Constantine Arlington Catholic

Leading the offensive attack for AC are sophomore Stephen Constantine (18 pts), sophomore Tyler Heldenbergh (17 pts) and junior Nick Tashjian (16 pts).

Nico Tashjian Arlington Catholic

Defensively, the Cougars will lean on juniors Prescott Mulligan (11 pts) and TJ Greenwood, sophomore Brody Lawhorne and freshman Dante Kader. Junior Patrick Clair will be in goal.

“We need a strong mental focus going into the game no matter who we play,” Collarullo said. “We need to play sound team defense in our zone, but more specifically around our net. We need a consistent effort of 45 minutes from every player.”

#19 ANDOVER (11-8-1)

Playing some of their best hockey down the stretch, the Warriors look to make some noise.

“Our team needs to continue to play disciplined hockey. If we stay out of the box and the power play does its job, we look forward to hard fought games,” said assistant coach Peter Loring. “Our team has grown in terms of confidence and composure as the season has gone along. Other keys to success from this team this year have been coming out strong and setting the tone early. When the team plays for each other, Andover has been successful.”

Andover gets offense from several sources, including captain Brendan Murnane (14 pts), Marcel Joe (18 pts), Anthony DeLuca (16 pts), freshman Evan Ashton (15 pts) and Nate Hemman (13 pts).

Defensive leaders include Andrew Walles, Alex Hubler and Ryan Jaillet. In goal, sophomore Vinny D’Urso (2.10 gaa) has been outstanding.

Adam Godfrey
Central Catholic

#20 CENTRAL CATHOLIC (7-13-2)

It has been a bit of a down year for the Raiders, but they have the ability to jell in the playoffs and make a run.

Charlie Winship Central Catholic

“We will need a full team effort at both ends of the ice to make an impact in this post-season,” said coach DJ Conte. “Our confidence is building and we will take a one shift at a time approach.”

Aidan Pinet
Central Catholic

Brady Rickenbach, a captain, leads the team with 25 points. Fellow captain Adam Godfrey has 18 points. Senior Charlie Winship has chipped in 13 points and Adam Pinet has 10.

Jake Lydon and Keegan Hunt have excelled on defense, as has Jordan Medugno. In goal, it could be either senior Jake McLean or junior Logan Sheedy getting the nod.

Aidan Fitzpatrick
St. Mary’s

#21 ST. MARY’S LYNN (11-10-1)

Fielding one of the youngest teams in the tournament, the Spartans still plan on competing against whoever they play, starting with Wednesday’s matchup with Franklin.

“We focus on playing the long game, meaning that we have to play a sound defensive game,” said coach Matt Smith. “We have had trouble scoring goals all season but have bought into a system that works. We hope to be a tough out for any team and we will embrace the underdog role. We feel we are better than our ranking.”

Scoring has come from junior captain Cam McGonagle (6-16-22), sophomore Aidan Fitzpatrick (16 pts) and freshman Chase Collins (11 pts).

One of three seniors on the roster, Marc Hilton (10 pts), backbones the defense with sophomore Caleb Racki (9 pts) and freshman Michael Nerich (9 pts). The goaltending chore will fall on sophomore Matt Smith, Jr..

Evan Cormier Waltham

#22 WALTHAM (11-8-1)

The Hawks had their typical season this winter, finishing three games over. 500. They look to be competitive in the tournament.

Juniors Dylan McKay (11 pts) and Connor Chiasson (12 pts) have been leaders up front for coach John Maguire. Tom O’Toole has put up a 15-point season, and freshman Bryan Fleming a 12-point campaign.

On defense, senior Evan Cormier (26 pts) is a solid, two-way performer. Freshman Ray DeVincent (10 pts) has been impressive. In goal, look for Aidan Breau.

#23 NEEDHAM (11-8-1)

Back in the post-season for the second straight year, the Rockets are both ready and hungry.

“We do have the potential to make a deep run. We have a balanced offense and depth throughout our lineup,” said coach Mike Hoban. “We have success when we are disciplined and tenacious on the puck. We are balanced and have a full bench that can play in any situation.”

Sean Reilly (15 pts), Matt Rutter (13 pts), Joe Kajunski (14 pts) and Joe Curran (10 pts) are the go-to guys in the forward ranks.

Defensively, seniors Jimmy Kenney (14 pts) and Jake Sieczowski have been cornerstones in front of junior goalie Connor Espinola (2.71 gaa).

Andrew Gaffney Braintree

#24 BRAINTREE (8-11-1)

The Wamps may be under .500 as the tournament commences, but no team can take them lightly.

Jake Joyce
Braintree

Up front, seniors Sean O’Rourke and Joe Bosse, and junior Andrew Gaffney have had solid years at forward for coach Dave Fasano.

Jake Joyce and Matt Harvey are keys on the blue line, with Amir Cullinane between the pipes.

#25 BURLINGTON (11-8-3)

The Red Devils are making their first appearance in the post-season since 2020.

“We have a high-character, hard-working group and we need to take it one shift at a time to have success,” said coach Bobby Conceison, Jr.

Junior Seamus McMakin (13-16-29) has had a bang-out season up front for the Red Devils. Promising freshman James Gordon has had a 22-point campaign to date. Nolan Jennings and Mitch DeVaux add scoring depth.

On defense, senior Charlie Andriolo (13 pts) is vital to the team success. Junior Jake Sloan (12 pts) could see time up front as well. Daniel Crossman and Chris D’Alleva form another solid duo on the blue line in front of junior stalwart Cam Shanahan between the pipes.

Gabe Visnicky
Bishop Feehan

#26 BISHOP FEEHAN (9-13-0)

Generating some more offense will be crucial to any success the Shamrocks have in the post-season.

The majority of Feehan’s scoring has come from a trio of seniors in Ayden Casassa (22 pts) and captains Brendan McNeil (18 pts) and Ryan Eldredge (17 pts). Sophomore Gabe Visnicky is another option.

Seniors Bryce Mackintosh and Travis Smith lead the way on defense. Other regulars are Thomas Besarick, Luke Schell, Cam Sylven and Joey Wright. A key for Feehan is goaltender Easton Theberge, who has been fantastic all season.

“Scoring has been very hard for us so we will need to get pucks and bodies to the net and get some dirty goals,” said Feehan coach Dave Franzosa. “We need to play a fundamentally sound road game.”

Jason Flaherty Wachusett

#27 WACHUSETT REGIONAL (13-7-0)

A Central Mass representative in the Division 1 tournament, the Mountaineers hope to open some eyes in the post-season.

Parker Meyer Wachusett

“Going up against the top Division 1 teams in the tournament, we need to stay out of the penalty box and play good team defense,” said coach Matt Lane.

Cody Penniman Wachusett

Offensive leaders for Wachusett are senior Jason Flaherty (24-19-43), senior Parker Meyer (11-14-25), sophomore Cody Penniman (12-18-30), junior Matt Bjorkmann (18 pts) and sophomore Caden Lane (17 pts).

Seniors Thomas Willman and Nick Brousseau have been crucial on the blue line. Freshman Ethan Bennett has had a solid role. In the nets, both Kevin Shaw and Trevor Staiti have seen action this winter.

Jack Browning Weymouth

#28 WEYMOUTH (9-11-1)

The Wildcats enter the post-season winning four of their final six games to secure the 28th seed. What will it take to find post-season success?

Jack Brady
Weymouth

“In order to be successful in the post-season, we will need to practice and play with focus, intensity and discipline,” said coach Patrick Kennedy. “We will have to manage the puck well and make good decisions in all three zones.”

Senior Johnny Bell (17-10-27) is Weymouth’s top scorer. Jack Browning (13 pts), Alex Stockton (12 pts) and Michael Curry (10 pts) are in the mix.

Senior Jack Brady (11 pts) is the top defenseman. Expect to see Grant Salfity in the nets.

Noah Albright Framingham

#29 FRAMINGHAM (9-10-1)

Nothing like some solid games to close out the regular season to get the confidence up. The Flyers went 4-1-0 in their last five, including a win at Burlington’s Cahoon Cup.

“Winning the Cahoon Cup was great for the boys and should give us confidence in our ability to play a low-scoring, tight-checking game going into the post-season,” said coach Dan Riva. “That being said, the playoff field is super competitive with a lot of excellent teams and we’ll need to make smart decisions, focus on the details and limit mistakes.”

Jack Kurzman Framingham

Leaders up front for Framingham are seniors Noah Albright (16-9-25) and Jeremy Auren (19 pts) and Dom Connerney (11 pts).

Jack Kurzman, Robby White, John Hudson and Jason Fitch are the nucleus of the defensive unit. Seniors Robert Geltman and Colin McKinney have both seen lots of action in net.

#30 NATICK (8-13-0)

Sam Hubbard
Natick

The Redhawks weren’t sure they would be in the dance, until the pairings came out on Saturday. They hope to take advantage of the opportunity.

Junior Sam Hubbard (18-12-30) and Alex Peck (7-19-26) are the go-to guys up front. Sophomore Joe MacDonnell (16 pts) and senior James Schnair (11 pts) have chipped in.

Defensive anchors are juniors Tate Cogliano and Jason Cohen. Jeff Tavares, a senior, has been key in goal.

“We have played well against top teams this season,” said coach Karl Infanger

#31 MEDFORD (11-8-1)

The Greater Boston League champions open up post-season play against defending champ Pope Francis, a tall task to say the least.

“Our mindset going in as a lower seed is we have absolutely nothing to lose,” said coach Mark Bates. “We will need to be good defensively and away from the puck all over the rink to give ourselves a chance of pulling off an upset.”

The Mustangs did score 92 goals this winter, paced by junior Vincent Castro (23-13-36), senior Tyler Taddia (12-17-29) and sophomore Jayden Morgan (20 pts). Freshman Nolan O’Keefe (15 pts) had a solid breakout campaign.

Senior DJ McDonough (12-14-26) headlines the blue line. Junior Anthony Madarese is steady and had 12 points. Senior John Nocella gets the call in goal.

Tom Kinzfog
Lincoln-Sudbury

#32 LINCOLN-SUDBURY (5-15-1)

Johnny Aliferis Lincoln-Sudbury

A tie with St. John’s (S) in the final regular season game got the Warriors into the post-season. They knocked off Lexington 4-1 in a preliminary round matchup on Monday to move to face top-seed St. John’s Prep in the first round.

Offensively, first-year head coach David Marinofsky will turn to Johnny Aliferis, Dante Venuto and Rex Friedholm.

The team’s two captains reside on the blue line in Matt Mahoney and Tommy Kinzfogl. Jesse Rich could get the call in goal.

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