Mass. Girls HS Hockey – Cape & Islands Preview: Sandwich Ready For Big Year; Barnstable Has Depth

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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Last year’s top three – Falmouth, Sandwich and Barnstable – should be solid again this winter and battle for a league title. A couple of new head coaches in the league are Connor Brickley for the Cape Cod Furies, and Geoghan Coogan at Martha’s Vineyard.

SANDWICH (9-2-1)

Coach: Stephen Noll

MIAA Division: 2

With most of the key players from last year’s successful squad, coupled with what should be a strong incoming class, things are looking good for the Blue Knights.

An impressive offense is fueled by seniors Caroline Barrett and Lily Tobin, juniors Makenna Clark, Sydney Sawyer and Emily Souke, and sophomore Adrianna Kelsch.

In the defensive zone, junior Olivia O’Brien, sophomore Megan Barrett and freshman Darby Rounseville are a talented trio. Junior standout Sophia Viscegio is back for another winter between the pipes.

Sam McKenzie Falmouth

FALMOUTH (13-1-1)

Coach: Brian Ferreira

MIAA Division: 2

Expected to be strong on defense and in goal, if the Clippers can replace some of the offensive production it lost, they will be a force again.

Lucy Armour Falmouth

The Clippers do return senior veteran Sam McKenzie up front; she is closing in on 100 career points. She will be joined by juniors Taytum Cox, Abby McDonald and Chloe Champani, and seniors Lola Russell and Jamie Roth. Added production could come from incoming freshmen Casey Roth, Hailey Ferreira and Rylie Devlin.

A stout defense will have junior Katie Shanahan, seniors Charlotte Davis and Ella Sieger and sophomore Gabby Ferreira doing the job.

Falmouth also will be strong in goal with returning junior Lucy Armour.

BARNSTABLE (7-2-3)

Coach: Peter Nugnes

MIAA Division: 2

The newly-nicknamed Hawks return the bulk of last year’s roster that won the Cape & Islands tournament title. Safe to say they will be a factor this year, even with a team that is still young.

Senior Reagan Hicks, junior Molly Hudson and sophomores Ally McEneaney, Claire Hazard and Grace Holden will power the offensive attack in a group that also returns sophomore Penny Baroni, junior Avery Brailey and sophomore Julia Noreau.

Barnstable returns its top four defensemen, led by senior captain Laura Cogswell, the team MVP the past two seasons. Also back are juniors Miranda Anacki and Penelope Clifford, and sophomore Ryley King.

Sophomore Meili Raspante is a returning goaltender. The Hawks also have two new goalies in the program.

Emerson Pekarcik Nantucket

NANTUCKET (1-8-3)

Coach: Liz Collins

MIAA Division: 2

This third-year program notched its first varsity win a year ago, and looks to build off that this season.

The offensive attack will be centered around senior Evelyn Fay (23 pts), sophomore Emerson Pekarcik (14 pts) and sophomore Claire Musurelli.

Sophomore blueliners Hannah Evens and E.J. Hemmingway will be key on the blue line in front of sophomore netminder Caroline Allen.

DENNIS-YARMOUTH/CAPE COD ACAD./JOHN PAUL II (3-7-3)

Coach: Josh Steele

MIAA Division: 2

The DCS Dolphins are looking to increase scoring opportunities this winter.

Senior Amelia Veara will be a go-to skater at forward. Senior Tess Labelle is seasoned in the Dolphins’ cage and that experience will be a plus.

On defense, senior Madelyn Ferullo will have a key role. A new freshman to watch is Sarah Bunnell.

Sophia Boucher Cape Cod Furies

CAPE COD FURIES (3-6-5)

Coach: Connor Brickley

MIAA Division: 1

Former professional hockey player Brickley takes over behind the bench for the Furies, and feels he has a fast club that is strong on defense and in goal. They will have some younger talent.

Junior Emily Underhill will be factor on the offensive side, where eighth-graders Gabby Bassett and Sophia Boucher look to have impacts.

Two senior veterans in Charlotte Manganaro and Julie Weiner will be key on defense, as will sophomore Sienna Reeves.

Caroline Kelleher Martha’s Vineyard

Sophomore Olivia Avellar is back in goal for the Furies.

MARTHA’S VINEYARD (0-9-3)

Coach: Geoghan Coogan

MIAA Division: 2

The Vineyarders return just about everyone from last season’s outfit, which will be good as new head coach Coogan and his staff look to build on the program’s history.

No less than seven players return up front, and none is a senior. The group has juniors Caroline Kelleher, Alana Nevin and Lily Moran, and sophomores Marin Gillis, Savannah Meader, Ingrd Gundersen and Olive McPhail.

The team’s lone returning senior – Lila Mikos – returns on defense along with junior Julia Murray and sophomores Maia Donnelly, Claira Mikos and Violet McPhail.

In goal, junior Nellie Long will get the call.

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