The Cape & Islands League is a new loop for girls hockey this season and features a seven-team field. The bigger schools – Falmouth, Barnstable and Sandwich project to be leaders.
Home Rink: Falmouth Ice Arena
Still a very young team, the Clippers look to build on last year’s successful season that featured six eighth-graders that contributed on a regular basis. They should be considered a favorite in the new Cape & Islands League.
A talented offensive trio to watch includes sophomore Sam McKenzie (20 goals last year) and freshmen Ryann McDonald (21 pts) and Meghan Azzato (19 pts).
Senior captain Cate Brodie will lead the defense along with freshmen Katie Shanahan and Abby McDonald.
In the nets, freshman Lucy Armour made 15 starts between the pipes last year as an eighth-grader.
Home Rink: Hyannis Youth Community Center
The Red Raiders move into their new division with an eye on competing for a league title. As a whole, the team will be young, but talented.
Senior Polly Cahill, who missed the majority of last season due to injury, will be a key forward for coach Peter Nugnes. Eighth-grader Finley Crosby will have a key role.
Junior Kate Brewster and sophomore Laura Cogswell should log decent minutes on the Barnstable blue line. Another eighth-grader to watch will be Riley King.
In goal, senior Liisa Aalto is a returning netminder.
Home Rink: Nantucket Ice Rink
The Whalers are a new varsity program. In year one, coach Liz Collins, a former Duxbury HS star, says her main goal is for the girls to better each and every time they step on the ice.
Key forwards project to be junior Evelyn Fey, eighth-grader Bailey Lower and Cydney Mosscrop.
On defense, look for junior Maisie Henderson and eighth-graders Hannah Evens and Sami Lester to have key roles.
Home Rink: Gallo Arena
For the Lady Knights to have a successful season, playing a sound defensive game with a focus on puck control will be key.
The offensive braintrust will consist of senior Keilegh Holt, junior Maura McIver and sophomores Paige Hawkins and Caroline Barrett. Newcomer Meagan Barrett adds to the mix.
Coach Stephen Noll has a solid returning trio to take charge on the blue line in senior Anna Goodwin, junior Molly Dwyer and freshman Olivia O’Brien.
Back in goal is freshman Sophia Visceglio, a starter last winter as an eighth-grader.
MARTHA’S VINEYARD ( 6-14-0)
Home Rink: Martha’s Vineyard Arena
A large group of freshmen join the flock this winter, and that added depth will be key as the Vineyarders look to build on the mometum they created at the end of last season.
Returning junior Ava BenDavid will be an offensive sparkplug for coach John Fiorito. A couple of freshmen ready to make an impact are Paige Anderson and Alana Nevin.
Senior Lauren Boyd and junior Ruby Reimann are back to lead a veteran defense. Freshman Caroline Kelleher brings her talents.
Senior Amelia Simmons brings her experience back in the nets.
CAPE COD FURIES (2-18-0)
Home Rink: Charles Moore Arena
The Furies are another club excited about playing in a new division.
Defense should be a strongpoint with a crew that includes senior Leanne Kender, junior Nikki Awalt and sophomores Julia Weiner and Charlotte Manganaro. Jazzy Silva will take of care of things in the net for coach Addie Weeks.
Sophomore Eve Abboud will be counted on heavily at forward. Newcomers ready to contribute right away are Sophie Coehlo and Kayelin Mayo.
- Dennis-Yarmouth will also be in the new Cape & Islands League