The Cape & Island League was a barnburner last winter, with the top four teams separated by just three points. Expect a similar season this winter, with a couple of other league clubs hoping to be in the mix. Not suprisingly, some teams will get started a little later than others.
Last Year’s Record: 10-8-3
A group of talented youngsters came in last year and helped power the Red Raiders to a solid year. The hope is for the group to take another step forward this winter.
A solid nucleus of forwards should be able to put up some number, with junior Reagan Hicks, sophomore Molly Hudson and freshmen Grace Holden, Finley Crosby, Claire Hazard, Penny Baroni and Ali McEneaney all back with a year of varsity experience.
Leading the way on coach Peter Nugnes defense will be senior captains Kate Brewster and Laura Cogswell, and freshman Ryley King.
Last Year’s Record: 17-4-1
The Blue Knights lost just four seniors from last year’s club that performed very well. They should be right in the mix in the league again this year.
Up front, senior captain Maura McIver (43 pts) is amongst the league’s top two-way players. Junior Paige Hawkins had 22 goals last winter. Junior Caroline Barrett is another key cog back for coaches Steve Noll and Billy Ferreira. New sophomore Mackenna Clarke looks to contribute right away.
Senior captain Molly Dwyer anchors the defensive group along with sophomore Olivia O’Brien and freshman Meghan Barrett. Goaltending most certainly will be a strongpoint with the return of sophomore Sophia Visceglio.
Last Year’s Record: 13-6-5
Losing just four seniors from a team that reached the MIAA Division 2 semifinals a year ago, the Clippers have the necessary depth and experience for another successful campaign.
Coach Brian Ferreira has the luxury of his top two returning scorers back in junior Samantha McKenzie (34 pts) and sophomore Ryann McDonald (31 pts) to power the offensive attack. Sophomore Katie Shanahan will again have a big role up front.
On defense, senior Abby Roman is back, as are sophomores Abby McDonald and Charlotte Davis.
Sophomore Lucy Armour is a returning goaltender for Falmouth.
Last Year’s Record: 0-12-0
This program debuted as a varsity last winter and got some key experience along the way. The Whalers seek their first varsity win as they head into the season.
Coach Liz Collins’ offensive attack will be led by a quartet of returners in junior Evelyn Fay (9 pts) and freshmen Bailey Lower, Claire Misurelli and Emerson Pekarcik. New freshman Caroline Allen joins the group.
Freshman Grace Gibson will be a defensive anchor in front of senior returning netminder Shea Harnishfeger.
Last Year’s Record: 6-12-2
The Vineyarders return 14 players from a team that made signficant strides in the league and are also pleased to welcome six new freshmen to the roster to give the team even more depth.
Senior tri-captain Ava BenDavid and sophomores Caroline Kelleher and Alana Nevin will be solid forwards for coach John Fiorito. Expect freshman Megan Gillis to be involved.
On defense, senior tri-captain Ruby Reimann and sophomore Paige Anderson will be cornerstones. MV also has the luxury of two solid goaltenders in senior tri-captain Maria Frangos and sophomore Sarah Hartenstine.
Last Year’s Record: 12-3-3
Josh Steele has taken over the head coaching duties for the Dolphins, who are coming off a season where they lost just two regular season games. The team will co-op this year with Cape Cod Academy and St. John Paul II
The offense will be led by a trio of returning juniors in Amelia Veara, Murphy Towers and Chase Holmes. New sophomore Kathryn Kornek will help out in the scoring department. Hannah O’Dowd is new to the program as well.
Senior Phoebe Holmes, a two-year captain, will be a defensive cornerstone. Junior Madelyn Ferullo is back as well. New eighth-grader Sarah Bunnell looks for a role. Goaltending should be handled by returning junior Tess Labelle.
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Last Year’s Record: 8-8-5
With more scoring opportunities and strong goaltending, the Furies could duplicate last season’s success that saw them qualify for the D1 tournament.
Junior Julie Weiner (could play defense as well) and sophomores Emily Underhill and Eve Abboud will drive the offense for coach Addie Weeks. A pair of freshmen – Sienna Reeves and Bella Roberts – could see time both up front and on defense.
The blue line group features two more returners is senior Nicole Awalt and junior Charlotte Manganaro. New freshman Olivia Avellar will battle for minutes between the pipes.