Mass. Girls HS Hockey – MIAA Division 2 Tournament Preview: Defending Champ Duxbury Goes For Repeat; Host Of Teams Serious Challengers

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Always one of the more competitive tournament brackets, Division 2 Girls should be full of action-packed games.

Here is a look at the 32-team field:

Maddie Greenwood Duxbury

#1 DUXBURY (19-3-0)

The top-seeded Dragons are armed and ready for a serious Division 2 title defense, finishing the regular season strong after having a rare two-game losing streak.

Megan Carney Duxbury

“Every year is different for every team in the MIAA; players graduate, new players join teams, other players improve, so each year is separate and distinct,” said coach Dan Najarian. “We have focused on the things that make us a good team. Playing solid five man defensive hockey, being opportune with our scoring chances and making sure we do everything we can to be prepared for our opponent. Our speed, depth and compete level make us hard to play against.”

Anna McGinty Duxbury

A balanced scoring attack will be tough to stop, led by Maddie Greenwood (16-13-29), Zoey Madigan (8-18-26), Addy Harrington (12-10-22), Maeve Gallagher (9-10-19), Reese Porter (11-7-18) and Megan Carney (9-8-17).

Sami Norton is a mainstay on the Duxbury blue line. Camryn Holloway is another key blueliner. And then there is Anna McGinty, the veteran presence between the pipes.

Maeve Turner Falmouth

#2 FALMOUTH (19-2-1)

The Cape & Islands League champions have had a memorable season to date, but they hope to make even more as the postseason commences. The Clippers have the #2 seed.

Falmouth has an explosive offense, as witnessed by their state-high 109 goals. Five differerent forwards have at least 10 goals, led by senior Avery Johnsen (21 goals), junior Casey Roth (20 goals, 42 pts), junior Rylie Devlin (18 goals, 42 pts), freshman Maeve Turner (18-19-37) and senior Jane Hostetter (10 goals). Junior Hailey Ferreira has chipped in with 20 points.

On the defensive side, senior Gabby Ferreira and freshmen Rylin Briggs (19 pts) and Hadley Vieira have had solid seasons. Between the pipes, freshman Aspen Devlin has played every minute.

Isa Fischer
Burlington

#3 BURLINGTON (17-1-2)

The Lady Devils have already had the best season in program history, losing only to Malden Catholic. They owns wins this winter over Falmouth, Hingham and Belmont/Watertown.

A big reason for the team’s success this winter has been the play of sophomore goalie Isa Fischer. Seniors Kate Hayes and Mia Lauder, and junior Elena Semeretis are keys on the blue line.

Among others, offensive production has come from senior Shea McDonald, junior Caitlin Tremblay and freshman Emma Steiner.

#4 NAUSET/MONOMOY (17-2-1)

Just a pair of losses to Falmouth kept the Warriors from finishing the season unbeaten. They have avearaged nearly five goals a game, while allowing just 28.

“I would say we lived up to our own expectations so far. Year to year we are always trying to improve so our goal was over 14 wins this year which we surpassed with 17,” said coach Zach Wells. “We are a pretty complete team when you look at us from a goaltending, defensive, and offensive standpoint. We play the right way with our players and have won games 1-0…or 10-0 meaning we have shown we can win tight games or stretch teams out. We don’t play to other teams. We try to make teams play at our pace.”

Junior Gaby Bassett (27-15-42) is a go-to forward up front, along with Carly Brand (15-14-29), Sophia Boucher (22 pts) and Julia Kipperman (18 pts).

On defense, captain Sienna Rieves (12-18-30) has been a standout. Emily Decker (10-10-20 also is very involved. Goaltending is a strength as well with junior captain Olivia Avellar.

#5 ALGONQUIN (13-6-1)

The Titans are coming in hot, winners of seven straight games, including victories over Shrewsbury, Longmeadow, Pembroke and Dedham.

“The chemistry continues to grow and we appear to be jelling at the right time,” said coach Tina Beauchemin. “As long as they keep up with the passion, resiliency and drive that got them where they are, we could make a nice run in the playoffs.”

Senior veteran Emily Johns (16-10-26) and freshman Ariya Tice (5-19-24) lead the squad in scoring. Senior Bryn Domolky (19 pts), freshman Courtney Shifrin (17 pts), Madelyn Glynn (13 pts) and Alex Cutler (12 pts) are other offensive options.

Defensive stalwarts have been Lauren O’Malley (11 pts), Brenna Joyce (12 pts) and Betsy Bertonazzi. Addy Cagan has played every game in goal for Algonquin.

Margo Watkins Longmeadow

#6 LONGMEADOW (11-4-1)

With some signature wins under their belt, including Ws over Shrewsbury, Billerica/Chelmsford and Pope Francis twice, the Lancers will be a tough team to beat.

Mia Laudato Longmeadow

Scoring for coach Melissa Vandermyn’s club is spread out. Leading in that department is freshman Milana Shuman (20 pts). Sophomore Natalie Elson has 11 points, Margo Watkins nine points and freshman Emmy Carpenter with six goals.

Ava Saunders Longmeadow

Ava Saunders, Molly Henshon, Jane Pelletier, Nina Semanie, Mia Laudato and Gracie Coughlin are part of a deep defensive group. A pair of juniors – Nikki Pollard and Gianna Naglieri, have both seen considerable action in goal.

#7 CANTON (17-4-1)

No stranger to tournament success, the Bulldogs have shown they again will be one tough customer in the post-season. Eight of their 17 wins have come via the shutout route, and they own wins over D1 top-seed St. Mary’s and Falmouth.

“To make it back to the championship game will be an outstanding feat,” said second-year head coach Nikki Petrich. “It is going to take hard work, relentless effort and a belief in our team’s capabilities.

The offensive surge will be led by sophomore Izzy Cusack (19 goals), freshman Nora McLean (16 pts), captain Anna Lehan (11 pts) and Abby Stock (10 pts).

The stingy defensive group also gets involved offensively with the likes of sophomore Kayleigh Koen (16 pts), captain Devan Spinale (14 pts), captain Tori Carr (10 pts), Georgia Campbell (11 pts) and Grace Donahue. Sophomore Kate Budway has been solid all season in goal.

Jen Birolini Pembroke

#8 PEMBROKE (15-5-0)

The Titans won the Patriot League Fisher Division title, fashioning a 10-game winning streak along way.

Maria Cantino Pembroke

“Getting shots on net and getting players to the front and attacking, are the biggest keys for us to be successful,” said coach Bill Flynn. “Our back check and hustle makes us tough to play against.”

Hannah D’Angelo Pembroke

Junior captain Jennifer Birolini (29-15-44), who eclipsed the 150 careet point plateau earlier this year, senior captain Maria Cantino (18 pts), eighth-grader Ella Skeiber (29 pts), freshman Addison Nee (15 pts) and sophomore Hannah D’Angelo (23 pts) are the key players up front.

Senior captains Ava Dunphy and Alexa Lewis are keys on the blue line, and sophomore Emily LaVallee and freshman Mia Dunphy handle the netminding.

Lily Chamoun
Milton

#9 MILTON (17-4-1)

The Bay State Conference Herget Division champions have been very successful with their defensive style of play. It should bode well for the post-season.

Maggie Mullen
Milton

Up front, Molly Murphy (27 pts) drives the offense, helped out by Mary Lovett (17 pts) and Sabrina Stone (16 pts).

Maggie Mullen (16 pts) and Mairin Hart (10 pts) are defensive cornerstones in front of four-year starter Lily Chamoun in goal.

“We definitely feel like we are a team that is built from the back out,” said coach Matt Lodi. “Our goalie (Lila Chamoun) has been a constant for us over the last four seasons, and the way she plays allows us to take the chances we do offensively. We rely heavily on quality play in the d-zone and clearing pucks from high traffic areas. To make a long tournament run, consistent opportunities in the offensive zone, while focusing on the things we have worked on all year in regards to our team defense will be important.”

Tessa Jones Westwood

#10 WESTWOOD (13-5-0)

Kate Sullivan Westwood

After a slow start to the season, the Wolverines caught fire and finished 12-2 down the stretch. Needless to say, they will be competitive lot in the post-season under coach Lauren Hillberg.

Seniors captains Tessa Jones, Ava Krouson and Dede McGough, all forwards, will lead the squad into battle. Eighth-graders Abby Presley and Maggie Ash have bee key contributors to the offesnse, as has junior Kate Sullivan.

Freshman Jennifer Lin will be the goaltender.

Kayla Leonard Marshfield

#11 MARSHFIELD (12-8-0)

The Rams have made some great strides the last few seasons and get to host a first round game. Of their eight losses, six have come to Duxbury, Hingham and Milton.

“I think the main reasons for our progress this season is the effort the kids put into the forecheck, how hard they work at defense, and our goaltending,” said coach Tom Greland. “Our offensive is moving the puck well, creating opportunities and getting pucks on net. When this team plays to its full potential, and we get some puck luck, I think we can beat anyone.”

Offense has come from sophomore Sarah McIntyre (13-14-27), junior Kayla Leonard (14-10-24), freshman Julia Lemire (8-13-21) and junior Gabby Reardon (15 pts).

Defensive leaders have been senior Arianna Altobello, juniors Courtney Pateras and Camryn Jordan, and sophomore Riley Devilin. Sophomore goalie Morgan Murphy has been impressive between the pipes.

#12 DEDHAM (14-4-2)

With younger players coming up and filling some key roles, the Marauders had a superb season, losing just four games. They look to have a big say in the post-season.

Mary Stronach Dedham

“We lost four starters from last year’s team and had some younger players step up and fill those voids,” said coach Christine Gurskis. “We have been able to string together another solid season. There are nerves with every game and playoffs are no different. They know what’s at stake and are excited to be a part of it.

Caroline Demeo Dedham

Senior captains Ava Iantosca (21-16-37), Danielle O’Neil (10-8-18) and Abbey Keyes (5-8-13) have led the offense. Mary Stronach, Julia Cotto and Ava Landry have also had big contributions.

On defense, senior captain Caroline Demeo (10 pts) has been the anchor. Junior Lily Zahka has been the team’s backbone in goal, with a 1.65 gaa and four shutouts.

Adrianna Kelsch Sandwich

#13 SANDWICH (10-10-2)

The Blue Knights struggled a bit in the early going, but come into the post-season on a 6-2-1 streak. So, no one can take them lightly.

Casey Pestilli Sandwich

“Our schedule all year has us battle-tested for tournament hockey,” said coach Billy Ferreira. “If we can find a way to manufacture some goals consistently, with our team defense we can be a tough out.”

Darby Rounseville Sandwich

The offense has been bolstered by the return of senior Adriana Kelsch, who missed most of the year with an injury. Freshman Casey Pestilli has 26 points to lead the team in scoring. Marley Dwyer (15 pts), Elisabeth Stutzman (15 pts) and Emma Itri (14 pts) have provided offensive punch.

Darby Rounseville (12 pts), Cali Kent and Maddy Butler are defensive mainstays. Maggie Whelden and Bryce Sawyer are the goaltenders.

Megan Petrarca Plymouth

#14 PLYMOUTH (9-8-3)

If momentum means anything, then Plymouth could be a team to watch in the post-season. They enter the tournament on a five-game winning streak.

Lauren Anderson Plymouth

Up front, junior Addison Stuart and sophomore Ava Grennell will be keys up front, and should have bigger roles with senior first line center Molly Roy out of the lineup with an injury.

Gabbie Sidman Plymouth

A stout defense is headed by senoir Megan Petrarca, juniors Lauren Anderson and Dani Coffey, and sophomore Bella Bono. In goal, junior Gabbie Sidman will get the call.

“We need to shut down the offense in our own zone,” said coach Mike McCosh. “Our goalie Gabbie Sidman is doing a tremendous job giving our team a chance to win every game we play, no matter who we play.”

#15 KING PHILIP (14-8-0)

The Warriors should be an interesting team in the post-season, with a nice mix of seasoned veterans and young players.

Senior captain Kelly Holmes (31-16-47) should be one of the tournament’s top forwards. Eighth-grader Annabelle Curran has had an impressive season with 18 goals. Captain Nikki McDonald (15 pts) and Katie McGann (12 pts) have contributed as well.

Lydia Maxwell (15 pts), captain Mara Boldy (10 pts) and Grace Lehan-Allen are solid on the blue line. In goal, look for Kiki Lynch.

“It they can continue with confidence, team defense and play hard in all three zones, especially on the defensive side, we are hoping for good things to happen,” said coach Ken Assad.

Elena Govoni Walpole

#16 WALPOLE (9-8-3)

A team that is tough to play against, the Timberwolves should be a competitive lot.

Ava England
Walpole

“The girls have learned that you need to play hard in all three periods to be successful and hard work pays off,” said coach Bob England. “Walpole needs to play hard on the puck and take away our opponent’s time and space. We have been successful in winning games if we win the neutral zone battles.”

Nora Kelley
Walpole

Up front, there are five double-digit scorers in Elena Govoni (13 goals), Kate Schneider (15 pts), Kaylee Walsh (11 pts), Ella Dacey (11 pts) and Nora Kelley (10 pts).

Ava England and Cassie Burke lead the defense. Ainsley Roof projects as the starter in goal.

Ella Costa
Gloucester

#17 GLOUCESTER (13-5-2)

The senior nucleus on this team has improved each year, resulting in this post-season berth, the program’s first in many years.

“We play our best game when doing the little things well and working hard for three periods,” said coach Rob Parsons. “With smart hockey and continued good goaltending the team can have success in the tournament.”

Brooke McNiff Gloucester

Lily Pregent (16-11-27) and Jenna Connelly (15-7-22) lead the Fishermen in scoring from the forward group. Ariana Scola (12 pts) and Abigail Lowthers (10 pts) have chipped in.

Gloucester gets a lot of offense from its blue line with Keagan Jewell (10-14-24), Ella Costa (18 pts) and Brooke McNiff (12 pts). Kaydin Cusamano has had an impressive season in goal.

#18 MEDFIELD (9-8-3)

It was an up-and-down season for the Warriors, coming out of the Tri-Valley League.

Catherine Bannister Medfield

“We played well against higher ranked teams,” said coach John Summers. “We are a young team that has shown improvement every game.”

Offensive leaders for Medfield are senior Catherine Bannister, junior Brooke Reilly and eighth-grader Annie Flippo.

On the blue line, the group of junior Michaela MacDonald, sophomore Alana Dolan, freshman Lexi Guindon and eighth-grader Parker Kathan will do the job. Senior Katelyn Nicotera and sophomore Kamryn Perachi have handled the goaltending chores.

#19 BEVERLY/DANVERS (11-8-1)

A solid third place finish in the Northeastern Hockey League with a young squad has the Panthers excited about the post-season.

Halle Greenleaf Beverly/Danvers

Senior Halle Greenleaf (23 pts) and freshman Clara Cary (23 pts) are catalysts up front for coach Matt Lampert. Meredith Johnston has 10 goals.

Sophomore Morgan Linskey (17 pts) leads the defensive group. Ashley Freitas, Asuka Keough and Caroline Horn have been steady as well.

In goal, senior veteran Megan McGinnity will get the call.

Lily Mackenzie Stoneham/
Wilmington

#20 STONEHAM/WILMINGTON (11-8-1)

Back in the tournament for the second straight year, albeit in Division 2, this co-op out of the Middlesex League Freedom Division hopes to make some noise.

Maddie Sainato Stoneham/Wilmington

Senior Lily MacKenzie had another big year in the scoring department and will be tough to stop. Grace Tobias and Marissa Thorne are two more options up front for coach Cassandra Connolly.

Stoneham-Wilmington is solid in goal with senior veteran Maddie Sainato.

Emily Coogan Martha’s Vineyard

#21 MARTHA’S VINEYARD (12-9-0)

The Vineyarders aren’t as deep as last year’s edition, and will rely heavily on their defensive game to be successful in the post-season.

Abigail Geary
Martha’s Vineyard

“Our defensive game has helped keep us in most games, and we hope that continues in the post-season,” said coach Geoghan Coogan.

Maia Donnelly Martha’s Vineyard

Not to say MV doesn’t have some fire power up front. Emily Coogan (18-15-33), Eleanor Mone (8-12-20) and Abigail Geary (8-11-19) comprise the top line. Olive McPhail (13 pts) has contributed, and freshman Izzy Blake has 12 goals.

Defensively, Jane Coogan (10 pts) and Maia Donnelly (12 pts) have had big roles. Freshman Alyssa Vieira will get the call in goal.

Callie Pineau NSA

#22 NORWELL/SCITUATE/ABINGTON (7-12-1)

This newly-formed co-op was pretty competitive this winter, and looks to bring it to the post-season.

Lainey Burns
NSA

Leading scorers this season are senior Calli Pineau (18-14-32), freshman Maddie Cantor (10-11-21) and junior Lainey Burns (8-11-19).

Senior Abby Green is a mainstay on defense. Junior Caroline Ellis handles the goaltending.

#23 WOBURN (10-6-3)

Ella Spinazola
Woburn

With all but five players either freshmen or eighth-graders, and no seniors, the Tanners have most defintely been served by youth.

“They have worked extremely hard this season,” said coach Steve Kennedy. “We have relied on leadership from our junior class and a lot of energy from our eighth and ninth graders.”

Kate Sullivan Woburn

Junior Ella Spinazola is big part of the offense along with freshman Savannah Powers and junior Emme Flavin.

Defensively, junior veteran Kate Sullivan is a leader. Freshman Juliana Ferragamo has had a solid campaign. Freshman Cadence Pearce has handled the goaltending duties.

Michaela Reen Norwood

#24 NORWOOD (7-12-1)

Don’t judge the Mustangs by their overall record. They played a competitive schedule and could upset a higher seed.

Emily Spadorcia Norwood

Senior captain Michaela Reen, along with juniors Emily Spadorcia and Molly Roach, will be options up front for coach Tim Coskren.

Three senior captains – Lindsay Rogers, Sophie Krusz and Molly Federico – reside on the Norwood blue line. Bernadette Tenore projects to be in goal.

Jules Connors Whitman-Hanson/SL

#25 WHITMAN-HANSON/SILVER LAKE (7-12-1)

Despite having a full roster for only eight out of 20 games, the Panthers battled hard and never quit and are ready for what the post-season brings.

Cam Dematos Whitman-Hanson/SL

“(We need) to play smart hockey in all three zones,” said coach Jim Stone. “Offensively, our girls are at their best when they work together and get everyone involved. Defensively, we need to win the 1-on-1 battles and bend but not break.”

Senior Jules Connors (25 pts) is the leader up front for WH/SL. Chloe Duff (13 pts), Cam Dematos (11 pts) and Brooke Hohmann are keys as well.

Look for senior captain Caitlin Dilley (13 pts) and freshman Calleigh Vurpillate to play well on the blue line. Sadie Watchorn and Jule Munroe have both seen time in goal.

Eva Kelliher
Hanover

#26 HANOVER (9-9-1)

Puck possession and control will be key if the Hawks want to spring an upset of a higher seed.

“We have balanced scoring on all our lines. If we have good puck control we have opportunites to score. If we can gain solid puck possession we are in every game,” said coach Pam Manning. “Our defensive core anchors the team.”

Hanover goes six-deep on the blue line with Callie Baldwin (10 pts), Abby Hanna (5 goals), Kaleigh Carthas, Leah Toner, Mae Buchanan and Jackie King making up the defensive group. Junior Gracyn Monahan will be in goal.

Sophie Schiller leads the team in scoring with 18 pts. Right behind are Heather McGinnis (team high 11 goals), Allie Condon and Eva Kelliher, each with 12 points on the season.

Rachel Simkiewicz Leominster

#27 LEOMINSTER (11-8-0)

The Blue Devils put up their second straight over .500 season this winter and are excited about playing in the tournament.

“To be successful we need to play as a 5-man unit both defensively and offensively and continue to have solid goaltending,” said coach Nancy LeBlanc.

Carina Eshbaugh Leominster

Rachel Simkiewicz (25 pts) and Carley Ehwa (17 pts) pace the offense with Kailyn Hawkins (12 pts) and Allysa Allan (6 goals).

Making up the defensive unit are Fran Collaro, Ali Neily, Maddy Hemlin and Lillie Johnson. Freshman Carina Eshbaugh handles the goaltending.

#28 AUBURN (7-11-2)

The Rockets draw a familiar foe in the first round in Algonquin. The two teams squared off on February 10, with Algonquin winning.

In the scoring department, captain Olivia Viens has had a solid campaign with 26 pts. Freshman Camryn Connor (14pts) and sophomore Alice Peck (12 pts) are two other options in coach Peter LaPrad’s arsenal.

Junior Madison Leonard (11 pts) is a key on defense. Both senior captain Victoria Horne and freshman Alexandra Corey have seen a lot of time in goal.

#29 DENNIS-YARMOUTH (5-13-1)

The young Dolphins, who boast 10 players in their freshman or eighth-grade year, will see a familiar foe in the tournament’s first round – Cape and Island League rival Nauset/Monomoy.

Players to keep an eye on for coach Colleen Myer’s group are forwards Kourtney David and Riley Caruso, defensemen Carolyn O’Keefe and Alaina Manuel, and goaltending Sophie Curry

Lauren Bosworth Medway-Ashland

#30 MEDWAY/ASHLAND (2-16-2)

Out of the Tri-Valley League, the Mustangs will have a tall task taking on a Burlington team in the first round that lost just one game this season.

Alannah Duffy Medway-Ashland

Senior Danielle Shutt and freshmen Payten Tripp and Alannah Duffy have contributed offensively for coach Ally Harrington.

Defensively, senior Maggie Monaghan and senior Lauren Bosworth have been key players in front of junior goalie Ella McCann

#31 NEWBURYPORT (5-15-0)

The Clippers have a tall road to hoe as a lower seed, hoping to put it all together and pull off an upset of a highly-ranked club.

Abby Stauss Newburyport

“We will need total buy-in to playing disciplined, connected team defense and we will need timely goaltending,” said coach Dan Robinson.

Offensive production has come from seniors Maddie Noury (23 pts) and Abby Stauss (20 pts, and sophomores Olivia Wilson (38 pts) and defenseman Holly Sullivan (11 pts).

Ally Simons, Mackenzie Riley, and Riley Freeman are three more defensemen who will see ample time. In the nets, Cody Saboliaukas has four wins to her credit.

#32 LATIN ACADEMY/FONTBONNE (9-12-1)

Results during the final week of play pushed Latin Academy into the post-season as the 32nd and last seed. They get to play Duxbury in a first round matchup.

Isabelle Medua, a senior, leads coach Tom Keady’s team in scoring with 16 points (13 goals). Other key contributors to the scoresheet have been Caitlin Sweeney, Emily Barry and Maeve McGrath, all of whom have 10 points.

Senior Marykate Linso has chipped in with nine goals from her blue line position. Blueliner Sofia Guarino has 10 points. Goaltenders are Gabriella Romiza and Kate Dolson.

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