Mass. Girls D-2 Tourney Preview: 28 Teams set to go

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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A big field awaits the start of the 2014 MIAA Girls Division II tournament, with a whopping 28 teams qualifying for post-season play.

 

The top four seeds: Tewksbury/Methuen, Wellesley, Falmouth and Westwood, all drew byes into the first round. All 24 other teams will start with preliminary round action that begins on Tuesday. There will be a new state champion, as last year’s winner – Duxbury – has moved up to Division I.

 

Here is a look at the teams by seed.

 

1. Tewksbury/Methuen (19-1-0)

Amanda Conway Tewksbury/Methuen
Amanda Conway
Tewksbury/Methuen

The Red Rangers earned the top seed with a banner season. They now hope to continue their success on the big stage.

 

“We try not to pay attention to the rankings or seedings,” said coach Ariana Rigano. “It is awesome being the #1 seed since the girls have been working hard all year long. We are excited to compete against whoever our opponent may be.”

 

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Haley Sutherland
Tewksbury/Methuen

In junior forward Amanda Conway, the Red Rangers possess the premier scorer in the state. Conway scored a state-record 63 goals and will be the focal point offensively.  Eighth-grader Kelly Golini contributed an impressive line of 27-14-41, while the defense is led by Haley Sutherland (1-17-18) and Kathleen LeFebre (6-14-20). Senior Taylor Lirakis is a proven goaltender.

 

Taylor Lirakis Tewksbury/Methuen
Taylor Lirakis
Tewksbury/Methuen

“Amanda is playing some of her best hockey of the season right now and is an important part of our team,” said Rigano. “Everyone on our team is important. Anyone can be stopped in the game, but knowing hockey is a team sport we can count on everyone on the team to make an impact.”

 

2. Wellesley (17-1-3)

The Raiders took home the Bay State Herget Division title and have been solid all season.

 

“The players had high expectations of themselves and worked hard to have a great regular season and win the Bay State League,” said

Sarah Goss Wellesley
Sarah Goss
Wellesley

Wellesley coach George Campbell. “I think the key for Wellesley is to trust that the things that got them this far will be their strength going forward. Just do what we have been doing, and do it with an all-out effort for 45 minutes.”

 

Cecily Docktor (18-23-41) leads the attack for Wellesely, with help from Carley Boyle (13-12-25) and Keely Corscadden (9-16-25). Defenseman Sarah Goss (6-7-13) has been a key contributor as well.

 

3. Falmouth (13-2-4)

The Clippers hope to make it three straight state final appearances at TD Garden, and this March they hope to win it. A strong schedule will do nothing but help.

 

FALMOUTH_GIRLS“We need to use our speed and outwork our opponents for three periods of hockey,” said Falmouth coach Erin Hunt. “We will also need to play strong, team defense in our end. Falmouth arguably plays the toughest schedule in Division II hockey in terms of RPI. We play in a strong conference and have battled many Division I programs this season.”

 

Falmouth has a well-balanced attack, keyed by the likes of Kelly Ferreira (13-21-34), Madison Haberl (19-12-31), Alexa Scribner (10-13-23) and Maggie MacDonald (13-8-21). Madison Scavotto (2.29 gaa) should get the call in goal.

 

4. Westwood (12-2-5)

The Wolverines have tasted some playoff success in the past few years, and with a veteran club, should be right in the mix again this March.

 

“The girls are confident they can make a long run this year,” said Westwood coach Justin DeSorgher. “They’ve won five playoff games in the last two seasons and made the semifinals twice. They feel they can skate with anyone if they play their game. The team needs to play with a high tempo for 45+ minutes every night, play puck possession hockey in all three zones, and be able to score on elite goaltenders.”

 

The Wolverines will look to the veteran senior trio of Kim Egizi (14-15-29), Ela Hazar (9-14-23) and Kelly Healey (11-11-22) to power the offense.

Samantha Girard Dedham
Samantha Girard
Dedham

 

5. Dedham (14-4-1)

One of the hottest teams entering the post-season may be the Marauders, who have won six straight since a 1-0 loss to Wellesley. They could cause some havoc.

 

Colleen Downing Dedham
Colleen Downing
Dedham

Junior Sam Girard (31-14-45) had a huge offensive year, leading the attack along with senior Colleen Downing (15-22-37) and freshman Cassidy Sullivan (8-14-22).

 

6. Burlington (13-4-1)

The Red Devils are also on a nice run and can not be taken lightly by anyone in this post-season. They are 10-0-1 in their last 11 games.

 

“For us, it starts in net,” said Burlington coach Marty Conley. “Both Cassidy Smith and Nicole Tsatsarones have been terrific. Our two

Kelly Browne Burlington
Kelly Browne
Burlington

senior defensemen – Jordan Mathieson and Allie Hardy – play a tenacious style that minimizes opponents’s opportunities. To win in the tournament you have to beat good teams with strong goaltending; it’s all about minimizing defensive zone breakdowns and capitalizing on our own chances. Our more skilled players need to be prepared to play teams that will be more physical.”

 

Krista Toscano Burlington
Krista Toscano
Burlington

Up front, eighth-grader Kelly Browne (23-19-42) has had a huge campaign, as has senior Krista Toscano (17-20-37). Kelsey Ryan (13-12-25) and Katy Nikolopoulos (10-13-23) have been key contributors as well.

 

7. Archbishop Williams (13-4-4)

The Bishops finished the season with a seven-game unbeaten streak, which included a win over D1 power Austin Prep and a tie with St. Mary’s.

 

“I have been stressing to play smart with and away from the puck,” said Williams coach Mark McHale. “Stay focused a game at a time and stay away from penalties. If we can make this happen, we will be around when the dust clears.”

 

Freshman Katherine Meehan (23-13-35) leads a host of capable scorers, a group that also includes Katie Barry (17-14-31), Kiera Doyle (16-11-27) and Emma Crocker (10-13-23). Senior Ashley Dallaire (1.74 gaa) has been solid in goal.

Ashley Dallaire Arch. Williams
Ashley Dallaire
Arch. Williams

 

8. Medway/Ashland (13-5-2)

The Mustangs finished a point behind Westwood in the SEMGHL West standings and will be a tough opponent for whoever they play.

 

Melissa Alexander (19-9-28) was coach Kurt Carter’s top scorer this winter, followed closely by Kerry Anne Goode (12-12-24). Maeghan Vasile chipped in with 16 points. In goal, the call should go to junior Kathryn Hamer (1.34 gaa).

 

#9 Whitman-Hanson/Pembroke (14-6-2) will rely on Melanie McAleer (16-8-24), Jackie DiPietro (7-13-20) and Jane Morrissette (15-9-24)… #10 Cohasset/Hanover (10-4-3) heads into its preliminary game with King Philip behind the efforts of Ari Soldano (12-8-20) and Sam Taylor (10-7-17)… #11 Winchester (12-6-2) should be a factor, paced by a scoring quartet of Alaina Ewing (13-15-28), Melissa Zavez (12-12-24), Tori Carson (7-14-21) and Elizabeth Welch (7-11-18)… #12 Shrewsbury (11-6-3) brings its talents from CMass, led by Delaney Couture (20-8-28) and Lauren Ineson (13-12-25)… #13 Norwood (11-6-3) will be in the hunt thanks to top scorer Kacie Smith (32-14-46), and Emily Kelly (16-21-37), Sammy Hayes (16-6-22) and defensemen Sheila Carroll (5-15-20) and Shannon Gillis (2-15-17)… #14 Martha’s Vineyard (11-6-3) gets a first-round matchup with Algonquin/Hudson and will look to Callie Jackson (19-17-36), Aubrey Ashman (20-15-35) and Sydney Davies (17-12-29) for production….#15 Shawsheen (10-7-2) hopes to compete behind Kennedy Harper (23-20-43) and Kaitlyn O’Shea (17-18-35)… #16 Wayland/Weston (10-7-3) is back in the post-season and will battle led by sniper Morgan Griffin (34-20-54), Gianna Fargnoli (12-15-27) and Nikki Gerjarusak (13-9-22)… #17 Sandwich (12-9-1) has a prolific scoring attack, as Maggie Layo (25-32-57), Claire Gauthier (28-23-51), Katie Lowry (14-20-34) and Nicole Martin (11-17-28) can attest…. #18 Scituate (10-8-2) makes the tournament under first-year coach Rob Rosata and the contributions of Corey Murray (20-15-35), Ally Irish (7-13-20) and Amanda Oar (7-13-20)….
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Alaina Ewing
Winchester
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Melissa Zavez
Winchester
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Emily Kelly Norwood
Emily Kelly
Norwood
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Kennedy Harper
Shawsheen
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Maggie Layo
Sandwich
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Shannon Gillis
Norwod
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Katie Donohue
Dennis-Yarmouth
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Kristina Cheverie Dennis-Yarmouth
Kristina Cheverie
Dennis-Yarmouth
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…#19 Algonquin/Hudson (9-7-4) looks to advance. Nicole San Clemente had a solid season… #20 Latin Academy (8-7-1) hopes to contend behind Danielle Baldassare (13-7-20) and Katie Torpey (6-9-15)… #21 Dennis-Yarmouth (8-7-2) will be an intriguing team to play against with the likes of Katie Donahue (19-7-26), Kristina Cheverie (12-8-20) and Sam Shastany (11-10-21)…#22 Fontbonne (8-7-5) plays a brutal schedule, and the Ducks are better than their record and a team to watch. Leading the way are Katie Nolan (10-13-23), Madison Devine (11-12-23), Shannon McIsaac (5-10-15) and Noelle Sass (3-11-14)… #23 King Philip (10-9-1) will rely on the scoring exploits of Danielle Hamilton (38-11-49) and Casie Curtin (15-11-26)… #24 Auburn (8-8-2) hopes to contend, while #25 Mansfield/Oliver Ames (10-10-0) qualified for its first post-season berth ever, led by Jamie Gottwald (20-18-38) and Nicole Johnson (28-4-32)… #26 Milton (8-8-4) could prove to be troublesome…#27 Medfield (8-8-3) will look to Lindsay Brown (20-11-31) and Sarah Graham (9-11-20), while #28 Leominster/St. Bernard’s (6-7-5), which handed top-ranked Tewksbury/Methuen its only loss, features forward Katie Babineau (19-9-28)…

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Fontbonne
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Shannon McIsaac
Fontbonne
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Lindsay Brown Medfield
Lindsay Brown
Medfield
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