Mass. Girls HS Hockey – Independent Team Previews

Gary Demopoulos
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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A total of seven programs will play as Independents this season. Teams with new coaches include Stoughton Co-op (Chad Kelley), Latin Academy/Fontbonne (Katie Nolan), East Bridgewater/West Bridgewater (Marty Carabin) and Ursuline (Nora Kate O’Brien)


Coach: John Findley

MIAA Division: 1

After playing a Patriot League schedule during the pandemic-shortened season a year ago, the Cougars return to Independent status. Coach Findley feels he will have a lot of depth. NDA will be in the Division 1 post-season tournament under the new alignment if it qualifies.

The forward group has a bunch of experience in the return of senior Cam Bourassa, juniors Ava O’Donahue, Lauren White and Maggie Donahue, sophomore Jules Connors, and freshman Morgan Brady.

Lily Prendergast Notre Dame Acad.

A defense that allowed just eight goals in nine games last year features senior Caelan Stewart, juniors Maggie Dockray and Avery Engel, and sophomores Sarah Francis and Lucy Delgallo.

And in junior Lily Prendergast, the Cougars have one of the state’s top netminders.

Danielle DeJon Malden Catholic


Coach: Guy Angiuoni

MIAA Division: 2

The Lancers won three games with a small bench in their inaugural season a year ago. This year, the program’s numbers have increased almost four-fold, and it will have a more challenging schedule.

MK Zablocki Malden Catholic

Keys up front will be senior Susan Hobart, sophomore captain Antonia DiZoglio (17 pts), sophomore Lexi Engvaldsen and sophomore Amelia Hansen. Two new sophomore ready to step in are Isabelle Gillis and Molly Hickey.

Two sophomores – M.K. Zablocki and Juliana Angiuoni – lead the defense, which adds junior Laney Harrold, junior Maya Plant and freshman Ava Baker.

In the nets, junior Danielle DeJon is ready for a full season between the pipes.


Coach: Chad Kelley

MIAA Division: 1

The addition of Brockton and Randolph will help this program’s numbers as they look to improve this winter under new head coach Kelley.

Senior captain Zoe Bangs, senior Nina Hatch and senior Morgan Johnston will need to produce in the forward ranks.

Defensively, junior captain Ava Buckley and sophomore Lily Dinn will be defensive leaders. Senior Janelle Murphy will be the goaltender.

Newcomers to watch will be sophomores Molly Corvino and Samantha Calapai.


Coach: Katie Nolan

MIAA Division: 2

With a good nucleus back, things could be on the upswing for the Dragons, who will play as an independent again this year.

Key offensive players project to be senior Jill Gallagher, and juniors Christine Chinetti, Alana Donovan, Emer Ryan and Maeve McCarthy.

Back on the blue line and ready to defend are junior Maeve Roche and sophomores Mary Kate Linso and Colleen McGrath. The team’s goalie will be Isabella Buonopane, a freshman, who Nolan feels will be a big key for the team this winter.

The team will have several new younger players. One to keep an eye on is rearguard Meryl Sutich.


Coach: Marty Carabin

MIAA Division: 1

Despite going winless in their varsity debut last winter, WEB looks to make strides with some strong senior leadership under new head coach Carabin. Players from Southeastern Regional join the co-op this winter as well.

Captain Rachel Smith, seniors Morgan Powers and Lyndsey Young, junior Brook Lydon, sophomore Riley Bain and eighth-grader Jamie Noonan will lead the offense.

Three seniors – Meg Powers, Ella Ranger and Danielle Sullivan – and sophomore Kate Carabin form the defensive group. Senior Sarah Eaton is the goaltender.


Coach: Ted Drew

MIAA Division: 1

ORR will be very young this season, rostering a host of eighth-graders after losing several seniors.

A pair of key players are returning forward Kellen Geake and new junior netminder Ryan Tripp.

** Ursuline Academy will also be an independent program this season. No information was available as of post time.

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