Mass. Girls HS Hockey – Catholic Central League Preview: 2-Division Format For This Year

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 Catholic Central League will feature two divisions this winter – North and South – with teams playing everyone in their division twice, and teams in the other division once. There are new coaches at Archbishop Williams (Doug Nolan) and St. Joseph Prep/Mt. Alvernia (Tom Keady).


ST. MARY’S LYNN (15-2-3)

Coach: Frank Pagliuca

MIAA Division: 1

Unlike most teams, the Spartans got in 20 games last winter, winning the CCL Cup in the process. A small but talented nucleus will lead the way this winter.

At forward, coach Pagliuca will rely on junior Jenna Chaplain (24-13-37) and junior Maggie Pierce (12-15-27), both coming off impressive seasons, to power the offensive attack.

Sophomore Kasey Litwin (15 pts) anchors what should be a stout blue line group.

St. Mary’s has the luxury of two experienced netminders returning in junior Angelina Catino and junior Rylee Smith.


Coach: Stephanie Wood

MIAA Division: 1

The perennial challengers for both Catholic Central and state supremacy, will be just that again this winter, with a team coach Wood feels is very deep and strong in all areas A program record of close to 50 players attended tryouts.

Senior Isabel Hulse is back for her third season with AP and will be a huge scoring threat once again. Two other seniors ready for big years are Sabrina Axelrod and Gianna Defilippo. A key new addition is senior Kathryn Karo, who recently committed to Stonehill.

On defense, senior Maeve Carey is back with the Cougars and has also committed to Stonehill. In the 19-20 campaign with AP, Carey achieved All Scholastic honors.

The Cougars also are strong in goal with Stonehill commit Lauryn Hanafin, also a senior.


Coach: Tom Scarpa

MIAA Division: 2

Can the Warriors repeat the magic of last season, where they lost just one game and finished as the top-ranked team in Division 2? It might be tough, having to deal with the loss of several key players.

The offensive braintrust for coach Scarpa will see seniors Kyleigh Green and Alexa McKim, and the junior quartet of Reaghan Hammersley, Hailey Deady, Lindsay Logiudice and Molly Walsh. Sophomore Mia Moretti and Brenna Yandle will add to the mix.

A solid defense will feature senior Brynn McPherson, junior Mae Lafferty and junior Emma Pessia. Newcomer Brynn Lalley should have a big role.

A key for Matignon will be the return in goal of Gianna McCusker who won 10 games last year, and Taylor Daly.


Coach: John Kasle

MIAA Division: 1

Strong on the blue line and between the pipes, the Crusaders will look to generate some more scoring.

There is some experience up front to get the job done. Senior captains Lauren Diranian (9 pts, CCL All Star) and Emma Perry (8 pts) are back with juniors Abi Bruner and Abbey Millman. New sophomore Amanda Melo, junior Ashley O’Brien and freshmen Jenna Oliver and Penny Levine add some good depth.

Senior captains Catherine Salvo (CCL All-Star) and Grace Morey anchor the defense that also welcomes back juniors Zoe Elwell and Madison Faragi. Freshman Ali Sprisler joins the group.

Maggie Milne Arlington Catholic

CCL All-Star Sedona Lawson returns to give Fenwick a solid presence in goal.


Coach: Natalie Flynn

MIAA Division: 1

Emily Moran Arlington Catholic

Coach Flynn is optimistic that the Cougars will be a tough team to play against. and welcomes an influx of eight new players.

Expect some decent scoring from senior Maggie Milne (25 pts) and sophomore Kathleen Simmons (13 pts).

Senior goalie Emily Moran is back, while eighth-grader Lucy McGaraghan will be a steady defenseman.



Grace Mottau Archbishop Williams

Coach: Doug Nolan

MIAA Division: 2

The Bishops have a new coach in Nolan, a former D1 and professional hockey player who ensures that his team will be hard to play against.

Senior Karaline O’Toole and junior Grace Mottau will spearhead the offensive attack. Seniors Caitlyn O’Connell and Gabriella Damon will figure in as well.

Karaline O’Toole Archbishop Williams

On defense, junior Abigail Dunn will have a presence, while senior Amy Donnelly is a returning varsity goaltender.

A couple of new players hoping to make a splash are Victoria Bellew and Cassandra Martin.


Coach: Michael Cripps

MIAA Division: 1

Riley LeClair
Bishop Feehan

The Shamrocks enter their third varsity season and look to continue to make progress as a program.

Leaders up front will be junior Brooke Borges (12 pts) and sophomores Caitlin Kelley (10 pts) and Molly Braga (9 pts).

Junior Riley Leclair keys the Feehan defense in front of junior goaltender Avery Blanchard.


Coach: Bill Theodore

MIAA Division: 1

A solid returning nucleus will be a help as this young team matures as the season goes along.

Powering the Spartans’ offensive attack projects to be junior Lexi Yost (12 pts), junior Jenna Noguiera (10 pts) and junior Mikayla Brightman (9 pts). Senior Adeline Youngclaus is also back. Some young new talent comes from Kacey Curran, Natalie Carrico and Alexandra Alves, all freshmen.

Junior Jordan Theriault and sophomores Emily Curran, Lily-Mae Melo and Bree Killion are defensive mainstays.

Stang returns a starter in goal with the return of senior veteran Sophia Babineau.

McKenna Wech
St. Joseph/Mt. Alvernia


Coach: Tom Keady

MIAA Division: 2

Keady moves over from Ursuline and hopes to jumpstart his new team. He is very optimistic on improvement.

Senior Shannon McGovern and Riley Andrews are two forwards who will log some key ice time. Newcomers Brenda Song and Shannon Hubbard are ready to chip in right away.

On defense, senior veteran McKenna Wech will be an anchor. Abigail Ryan is also back.

The Phoenix/Mustangs feature three goaltenders in Lila Romano, Kate Dolson and Ana Fryar.

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