Mass. Girls Division II: Race to succeed departed Duxbury is wide open

Gary Demopoulos
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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The king has left the building. That’s right, Duxbury, winners of the last three MIAA Division II girls hockey titles, has moved on to Division I. It gives a host of teams an added jolt as they head into the season and look to doing big things in March.


That certainly is the case for #1 Falmouth (19-2-2). The Clippers have fallen to Duxbury in the past two state title games, and were the only team to beat the Dragons during the regular season last year. With a good crew back from last winter’s power, including leading scorer Alexa Scribner and goalie Madison Scavotto, you can bet Falmouth is ready to go. They will have to negotiate a tough Coastal Division of the SEMGHL first, which includes a pair of tilts with Duxbury.


In forward Shannon McIsaac, #2 Fontbonne Academy (11-8-2) will have one of the state’s premier forwards. Like Falmouth, the Ducks have a lot of talent back and their rugged schedule will have them ready for the post-season.


#3 Wellesley (17-2-3) looks to be the class of the Bay State League’s Herget Division. Depth never seems to be a problem for the Red Raiders, who will be led up front by Cecily Docktor and on the blue line by Sarah Goss.


The team that knocked Wellesley out of the playoffs last winter, #4 Westwood (14-7-3), also has high expectations. Despite a few defections to prep school, the Wolverines still possess a trio of senior forwards who should all surpass 100 career points this winter.


A team looking to make a big splash this winter is #5 Archbishop Williams (15-7-0). The Bishops have a host of players that can put the puck in the net, as well as one – senior goalie Ashley Dallaire – more than capable of keeping the puck out of the net.


#6 Norwood (14-6-2) has to go through the gauntlet that is the Herget Division of the Bay State League, which will have this club ready for post-season play. Emily Kelly is a veteran forward to rely on.


It was quite a debut last winter for #7 Tewksbury/Methuen (12-7-3) in its varsity debut. Not only did the club have a winning record, it advanced all the way to the semifinals. The whole team is back, including big-time scorer Amanda Conway and goalie Taylor Lirakis.


#8 Winchester (10-10-1) has a lot of depth up front, and a solid goaltender in Jenna Pantano, which should pay dividends for new head coach Craig Seabury.


Winchester’s Middlesex League rival – Burlington (12-7-0) – sits in the #9 spot. The Red Devils have made some great strides the past few years and have a pair of legitimate scoring threats in Krista Toscano and Kelsey Ryan.


#10 Dedham (8-9-1) has more than enough on its roster to have a successful winning season, led up front by Sam Girard and Colleen Downing.


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