The Wamps will go as far as their youngsters will bring them. They will look to challenge for the Carey Division crown and another post-season berth.
Senior captain Kayla Wilson will have a huge role for coach Kevin Burchill, as will junior Haley Payne (20+ points).
Senior transfer Madison Kingston will be an asset to the Braintree defense.
Freshmen looking to make their mark include Katie Yaxter, Deirdre Burchill, Annie Lee and Jackie Hawe.
NEWTON NORTH (12-7-1)
Looking to follow up on a successful 2012-13 campaign, the Tigers hope some familiar faces, as well as some newcomers, will be the right mix to make a run at the Carey title.
Coach Bob MacDougall will need to get sufficient offensive production from senior captain Hannah Gallogly, junior Nicole Quinn and sophomore Rachel Hamilton. New freshman Natalie Ferry hopes to help out.
On the blue line, junior captain Caitlin O’Hanley will be an anchor. Two new freshmen adding depth will be Anna Krajewski and Olivia Ferry.
Look for sophomore Natalie Cohen between the pipes.
Hoping for a turnaround campaign is Needham, which looks to improve on last winter’s four-win season and qualify for the tournament.
To accomplish that, coach Allisyn Furano will look to junior tri-captain Dana Campbell to duplicate her Bay State League all-star status between the pipes.
Senior tri-captain Alex Clifford controls the blue line for the Rockets, while leading the charge up front will be junior tri-captain Katie Belval.
With a good core group of upperclassmen back in the fold, coach John Pinizzotto feels his team will be in good shape to qualify for the post-season.
The Wildcats have a wealth of returning forwards, including Elizabeth Camillieri, Michelle Thornton, Alyssa Beady, Meagan MacNeil, Kiley Smiddy, Tamara Bowden, Neive Doyle, Emily Skocik, Jenna Markow, Hannah Duggan and Susan DiMatteo.
Defensive strength will come from Katie McPherson and Sara Ellis, while Lisa Bonome returns in goal
Newcomers hoping to chip in are freshmen Natalie Ganley, Rebecca Heath, Brianna Cunningham and Nicole Cowan.
The Marauders return 10 players from last winter’s club, but do have to replace seven that were lost to graduation. Coach Christine Gurskis reports there are some defensive roles to fill.[one_third] [/one_third] [one_third] [/one_third] [one_third_last] [/one_third_last]
Dedham should be pretty solid offensively, led by junior Sam Girard and senior Colleen Downing. The unit also returns senior Kassandra Costello, juniors Courtney Sullivan, Meg Corrado and Meg Simone, and sophomores Christina Maloof and Melissa Celata.
Experience on defense will come from junior Casey Donlon and sophomore Bridget Coakley.
New players will be Maggie McIsaac, Courtney Abber and Bailey Mudge.
With another good returning class, the Raiders will be right in the middle of everything again this year. Last season, they lost just two games, one in the post-season.
Coach George Campbell has a solid group up front, led by Cecily Docktor (40 pts) and Keely Corscadden (33 pts). Also back in the offensive fold are Carly Boyle, Caroline Bradley, Kiley Noonan (22 pts), Annika Witt and Izzy Kindle.
The Raiders defense will be built around Sarah Goss (19 pts), Korinna Garfield and Danielle Hickman.
The goaltending chores should go to Meaghan King.
Coach Joe Verderber feels his team will have a learning curve in the early going, and looks for the club to have a stronger second half of the season.
The Rebels will look for offensive production from the likes of seniors Emily Byrnes, Jenna Donahue and Lauren Hirshom, junior Olivia Knight and sophomores Kate Hamilton, Katie Houser and Olivia McMillan.
Senior Caitlyn Barry will be a key blueliner for Walpole, with sophomores Shannon Baker and Brooke Carde also returning.
In the nets, senior Kaylin Hallet is primed to take over the starting position.
A bevy of forwards are back for the Mustangs meaning scoring goals shouldn’t be an issue. If the defense can live up to its end of the bargain, it should be another successful year, as Norwood battles for a Bay State Herget crown.
Senior co-captain Emily Kelly will be a mainstay up front for coaches Tim Coskren and Molly Barefoot, as will junior Kacie Smith. Senior Sheila Carroll, and juniors Lisa Moynihan, Sammy Hayes and Bella Aspinwall provide solid depth. Additionally, forwards Abby Glaser, Sydney MacQuilken, Molly Newman, Shannon Gillis, Casey MacDonald, Erin Kelly, Sam Shea and Hannah Gillis are back.
Senior co-captain Colleen Glaser will backbone the defense in front of senior Sam Baturin in the cage.
With a great mixture of veteran leadership and some new young talent, the Redhawks will look to improve and climb over the .500 mark. It will be tough playing in the rugged Herget Division of the Bay State League.
Lexi Harvey and Leah White will be go-to forwards for Natick.
Coach Bob Mei welcomes back a solid trio of blue liners in Eva Lenson, Kayla Donohue and Jen Rossman. Hayley O’Loughlin returns in goal.
Mei reports that 10 freshmen were expected at tryouts trying to earn varsity spots.
The Wildcats have a new coach, with Bob Dwan taking over behind the bench. He feels he will have a young team that will be in rebuilding mode.
Juniors Siobhan Murtagh and Mackenzie Stanley are expected to be offensive catalysts for Milton.
Defensively, junior Hannah O’Leary and sophomore Meaghan McDougall will have key roles in front of junior goaltender Sarah Park.