Mass. Girls HS Hockey – MIAA Girls Division 1 Tournament Preview: Exciting Post-Season On Tap; NDA Draws #1 Seed

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The 2024 MIAA Girls Division 1 Tournament features a nice round 32 teams, meaning there will be no preliminary games.

Notre Dame Academy earned the #1 seed, followed by #2 St. Mary’s and #3 Lincoln-Sudbury.

The tournament kicks off Tuesday night with one Round of 32 matchup, with #13 Winthrop hosting #20 Westford Academy.

Here is a look at all 32 teams:

#1 NOTRE DAME ACADEMY (14-4-2)

A semifinalist a year ago, the Cougars have had another excellent campaign, and are one of a handful of favorites to get to Causeway Street.

“Obviously, we will only go as far as our goalie and defensemen take us in the states,” said coach John Findley.

A deep blue line group features seniors Sarah Francis, Luci Delgallo and Ashley McGuire, sophomore Kaitlyn Ryan, freshman Reese Engel and eighth-grader Emma Burke. Senior Ava Larkin is a veteran presence between the pipes.

Devon Moore (18 goals), Chase Harmon (15 pts), Sarah White (14 pts), Jocelyn Gray (13 pts) and Caroline Hartnett (11 pts) power the NDA offensive attack.

Bella Freitas
St. Mary’s

#2 ST. MARY’S (18-3-1)

Ranked #1 for the majority of the season, the Spartans hit a road bump at the Hingham Showcase last week, dropping a pair of games. They will use it as a learning tool heading into the post-season.

Deirdre McCarron
St. Mary’s

“Although it would have been nice to win those last two games, those losses provided a roadmap of areas that we need to tighten up before the tournament,” said coach Frank Pagliuca. “The group understands that Wednesday is the start of a new season in which every team is 0-0 and the regular season record does not matter.”

The offense is led by a pair of dynamic freshmen in Bella Freitas (38-14-52) and Alyssa Norden (14-16-30). Deirdre McCarron and Angela Evangelista provide secondary scoring.

Keira Twomey
St. Mary’s

St. Mary’s defensemen are involved heavily in the offense, led by eighth-grader Vanessa Hall (8-24-32) and Keira Twomey (4-14-18). Senior captain Regan Sullivan will be a huge presence. The team was dealt a key blow on defense with the loss of injured captain Kasey Litwin. Both Gianna Tringale and Megan Donato have seen ample playing time in goal.

Torrey Winrow Lincoln-Sudbury

#3 LINCOLN-SUDBURY (17-2-1)

The Warriors moved up to Division 1 this winter and didn’t miss a beat, winning the rugged MVC/Dual County Large and establishing themselves as a legitimate state title threat. L-S averaged just over three goals a game, but does possess a lot of options up front. A stingy defense has allowed just 21 goals in 20 games.

Ally Quinn
Lincoln-Sudbury

A top-flight first line features senior captain Harper Friedholm (26 pts), junior Ally Quinn (17 pts) and senior Torrey Winrow (13 pts). Kailey Cullen and Emerson Acquaviva have been key forwards.

Anna Leverone Lincoln-Sudbury

On defense, sophmore Tatum Friedholm (19 pts) and junior Anna Leverone (15 pts) get involved offensively. Senior captain Sophia Romm is a steady influence. A pair of eighth-graders – Lauren Kennedy and Suki Ten Brinke – have handled the goaltending duties.

“Offensively, we have depth,” said coach Paul Hardy. “All lines are contributing, either scoring and/or heavy forechecking. Defensively, we don’t spend too much time with the puck deep. All of our D are smart and can carry the puck. Both eighth-graders have stepped up and been a key reason our goals against is low.”

Alyssa Jankowski Malden Catholic

#4 MALDEN CATHOLIC (13-3-4)

It has been quite a ride for the Lancers, one they hope continues for a few more weeks. They moved up from Division 2 and have been one of the state’s top teams.

Abbie Poole
Malden Catholic

“If you look at our schedule this season we played the top teams in both divisions 1 and 2 and I think the resilience we built over the last couple of weeks will help us,” said MC coach Alexa Hingston. “We have been tested and responded each time. I think our low scoring and high defensive games will help us and allow us to stay in control during post-season games.”

Ava Baker
Malden Catholic

Tri-captain Antonia DiZoglio (20 pts) and Alyssa Jankowski (16 pts) have been scoring leaders along with Abbie Poole (13 pts).

On the blue line, captain Ava Baker (11 pts) has been a key, as have Mia Moretti Mary-Katherine Zablocki and Morgan Donegan. Senior Taylor Daley has seen the majority of time in goal.

Caroline Doherty Hingham

#5 HINGHAM (16-5-1)

Winners of seven straight games, including a regular-season ending victory over St. Mary’s, the Harborwomen come into the post-season on fire and looking to make a long run.

Addison Garrity Hingham

“We have dynamic forwards who can put the puck in the net. Scoring is spread out and the team is playing together,” said Hingham coach Courtney Turner.

CC Flynn
Hingham

A prolific first line boasts junior Caroline Doherty (23-9-32) – the Patriot League Keenan Division MVP, junior Addison Garrity (13-15-28) and senior captain Reese Pompeo (6-14-20). A pair of freshmen – Hannah Lasch (13-7-20) and Callie Crean (7-10-17) are keys as well.

Sophomore CC Flynn (15 pts) and freshman Shea Richardson (14 pts) are cornerstones on defense in front of goalie Izzy McGarr.

Breena Lawrence Methuen/Tewksbury

#6 METHUEN/TEWKSBURY (14-4-2)

A stout defensive group (just 19 goals allowed all season), if the Red Rangers can be consistent enough on offense, they are capable of going far in the tournament.

MJ Petisce Methuen/Tewksbury

Leaders up front for Methuen/Tewksbury have been Kat Schille (19 pts), Breena Lawrence (16 pts), Sammy Ryan (14 pts) and Emma Giordano (12 pts).

On the blue line, MJ Petisce (19 pts) is the key fixtures. Lyla Chapman (13 pts) has had a great season. In the nets, Lydia Barnes and Rhyan Pitari have shared time

“We believe what makes us a tough out in the tournament is that we are usually a defensively strong team. We are an older, experienced team with good balance throughout our lineup. We play 100% every period, so we know we are in every game,” said coach Dave O’Hearn. ” There has been a much better offensive presence and spread out goal scoring throughout the lineup.”

Natalie MacCausland Shrewsbury

#7 SHREWSBURY (11-4-5)

The defending Division 1 champions had a strong finish, winning their last three games, showing that they will not relinquish their crown lightly.

Mia Ryder
Shrewsbury

“We have scored 17 goals which is really great for us since we have struggled to score for most of the season,” said coach Frank Panarelli. “The key for us is to play within our systems and work hard every shift. I think the Division 1 tournament is going to be very exciting. Everyone seems to be beating each other.”

Page Umile Shrewsbury

Leading things offensively for the Colonials are Natalie MacCausland, Blaire Fay, Paige Umile, Lauren Albertson and Allie Martel.

Bridget McLaughlin anchors the defense. Paige O’Donnell has had a key goal. In goal, senior Risa Montoya, who backboned last year’s title run, has had another excellent campaign.

#8 POPE FRANCIS (13-7-2)

An independent, the Cardinals played a strong schedule which will have them ready to go in the post-season.

“We realize every team is 0-0 and that we must bring our A game for 45 minutes,” said coach Chris Connors. “We played an extemenly tough schedule from top to bottom and we feel that was the best way to get us battle-tested for the two-and-a-half week tournament grind. We need to play consistent hockey for three periods, play extremely stingy and smart in our defensive zone and have a relentess forecheck.”

Up front, the senior trio of Ivorie Arguin (42 pts), Lily Hayes (32 pts) and Ela Rabidoux (26 pts), all captains, are the kingpins up front. Giada Musa is another option.

Defensively, captains Kaitlyn Ondrick (16 pts) and Grace Sands are the cornerstones. Junior Sarah Tatro will be key. Felix Goeckel (11-7-2, three shutouts) will be in goal.

#9 PEABODY/LYNNFIELD/NORTH READING (16-4-0)

PLNR wrested back the Northeastern Hockey League title back this winter after another solid campaign. Not they look to continue that success in the post-season.

Junior Ava Buckley (39 pts) was named the NHL MVP and headlines a forward group that also includes senior Catie Kampersal (22 pts), junior Shirley Whitmore (10 goals), junior Mia Lava (18 pts) and junior Alexa Pepper (17 pts).

On defense, sophomore Eleni Speck (13 pts) and junior Leah Buckley will be keys for coach Michelle Roach. Junior Alyse Mutti fashioned a sparkling 1.15 gaa in the nets.

Caitlin Kelley
Bishop Feehan

#10 BISHOP FEEHAN (10-9-3)

Playing a bevy of top teams, the Shamrocks, making their third straight trip to the post-season, certainly are battle-tested and experienced.

Chloe Bryda
Bishop Feehan

“Having nine seniors and five juniors that have been part of our playoff runs the last two years definitely helps us,” said coach Michael Cripps. “They know that it takes a team effort to beat anyone in the playoffs. Team defense is going to make the diiference between a short or long run in the tournament.”

Alison Stiles
Bishop Feehan

Feehan has plenty of scoring options up front with captain Molly Braga (20 pts), Chloe Bryda (18 pts), freshman Georgia Murray (22 pts), captain Caitlin Kelley (19 pts), captain Grace Campbell (12 pts) and Grace Nelson (10 pts).

Captain Alison Stiles (12 pts) will be a factor on defense along with Brenna Vitelli and Claire Griffith. Aviva Olitsky (2.03 GAA) will be in goal.

Caroline Batchelder Arch. Williams

#11 ARCHBISHOP WILLIAMS (9-10-2)

The Bishops got off to a slow start to the season, but seemed to have made things right in the second half, and could be a factor in the Division 1 Tournament.

Shea Nolan
Arch. Willliams

Juniors Caroline Batchelder and Shea Nolan are mainstays in the forward ranks, along with freshman Emily Fleming and eighth-grader Julie Murphy.

Emily Fleming
Arch. Williams

Despite having a young defense, ABW has six defensemen who see regular minutes, including seventh-grader Cam Katapodis. Kate McLeish has emerged as the starting goaltender; she has four shutouts in 12 games.

“We hope that playing one of the hardest scheduled in high school girls hockey has us prepared for the month of March,” said coach Doug Nolan. “We have gotten better week to week and month to month, and we are hoping that we are peaking at the right time. It is going to be fun to see how we respond.”

Gabi Locke
HPNA

#12 HPNA (8-9-3)

Don’t be fooled by the record. HPNA played a rugged schedule and competed throughout and will be battle-tested.

Julianna Taylor
HPNA

“We have gotten better every week of the season and we learned how to face being behind in big games and how to outlast the storm,” coach Gary Kane said. “We know if we are behind, tied, or winning that we can never let down and we can never quit. The message has been, ‘just wait, keep doing the right things long enough, and then we will have success.'”

Paige Nottingham HPNA

Gabi Locke (20 pts) has paced the offensive attack, along with Mia Kmiec (12 pts), Gabby Harty (10 pts) and Quinn Bennett (10 pts).

Junior Paige Nottingham (14 pts) is a two-way blueliner in a group that also has Chase Nassar, Hannah Mazzocchi and Rachel Keating. HPNA also has one of the state’s top netminders in junior Julianna Taylor.

#13 WINTHROP (13-3-2)

Heading into the post-season on a 10-1-2 run, the Vikings are exuding confidence.

Tegan Pereira Winthrop

“We pride ourselves on our conditioning, both mentally and physically,” said coach Anthony Martucci. “That is what we feel was key to us having a strong second half. The team’s mindset heading into the tourney is a championship mindset, meaning we are treating every game as a one-game championship. We are focusing on one game at a time.”

Winthrop features four forwards with over 20 points in Talia Martucci (30 pts), Izzy Cash (24 pts), captain Hannah Parker (23 pts) and captain Samantha DiMento (21 pts).

On defense, captain Adrianna Rizzotto (13 pts), Tegan Pereira (15 pts) and Amelia Spencer (17 pts) all like to get involved in the play. In goal, Riley Towse fashioned a 1.06 GAA.

Lola Rocci
Belmont/
Watertown

#14 BELMONT/WATERTOWN (13-2-3)

This newly-formed co-op paid dividends this winter, as the team won the Middlesex League Liberty Division, going 12-0-2 in league play under first year coach Brendan Kelleher, allowing just 15 goals all season.

Aislin Devaney Belmont/Watertown

“I was lucky to have nine returning seniors,” said Kelleher. “To say that we far exceeded my expectations is an understatement. Success in the post-season will be driven from the goal crease out and a more balanced scoring attack.”

Coming over from Watertown, senior Molly Driscoll (21 goals) has ignited the Marauders offense with senior Lola Rocci (14 pts).

Defense has been key, with senior Aislin Devaney, senior Katherine Pisuk, sophomore Thea Monovich and freshmen Martha Dimas and Elsie Lakin-Shultz all contributing in a big way. In goal, Jill Costa had big shoes to fill after five-year starter Bridget Gray graduated, but has delivered with a 0.78 gaa and nine shutouts.

Rose Memmolo Andover

#15 ANDOVER (7-9-3)

The Warriors enter the postseason with a sub-.500 record, but due to their tough schedule, got the 15th seed and a first round home game.

Scarlet Glass
Andover

Offensive leaders for coach Meagan Keefe are senior captain Rose Memmolo, and juniors Scarlet Glass and Nora Hurley.

Junior Lucy MacLean and Grace Johnson have been steady thus far on the Andover blue line.

#16 BRAINTREE (9-9-3)

The Wamps may have just a .500 overall record, but no opponent should take this team lightly. Braintree is capable of knocking off anybody. They allowed just 21 goals all year.

Kathryn Freeman Braintree

“Braintree is heavy with 11 seniors who know how to defend,” said coach Kevin Burchill. “The Wamps will need a little puck luck. If we get it we will surprise a few teams.”

Seniors Emma Walsh and Claire Joyce, sophomore Kathryn Freeman and freshman Nora Shea have had solid seasons up front.

The stout defense has senior captain Callie Burchill and senior Maggie Carey, both Bay State Conference All Stars, senior Kate Gray and freshman Emily McDonough. Senior goalie Eva Surette has had an outstanding season.

#17 NEEDHAM (12-7-1)

The Rockets have been competitive in every contest this winter, a trend that should continue in the post-season. Captains Lily Schmalz, Erin McDonnell and Megan Ledbury have been a big reason why.

“Their leadership and commitment to their teammates have enabled the program to be competitive in every contest regardless any challengesthe team has faced this season,” said coach Alisyn Furano-Foster.

Adrienne Giancola Needham

Schmalz (17-10-27) and McDonnell (5-10-15) are keys up front, along with junior Jill Peabody (11 goals) and freshmen Sarah Porras (13 pts) and Bella D’Amelio (13 pts).

On defense, Ledbury anchors a group that also has junior Emmie Verville and junior Adrienne Giancola (14 pts). Senior Allie Curtis is a mainstay in goal.

#18 BOSTON LATIN (16-4-2)

The Wolfpack have made some tremendous strides and will be a factor in the post-season.

Ava Enright
Boston Latin

Leaders up front for coach Tom McGrath are senior captain Maeve Murray (26 pts), freshman Angela Wells (34 pts), freshman Estelle Corbitt (20 pts), freshman Riley Porter (14 pts) and junior Sophia Ginsberg (14 pts).

Phoebe Niese
Boston Latin

Captain Ava Enright (23 pts) and sophomore Phoebe Niese (24 pts) are two highly-regarded blueliners. Senior captain Maeve Greeley is solid as well on the blue line. Junior Kelly McKenna has been solid in goal.

Kelly McKenna
Boston Latin

“We were able to stay healthy for the most part and the players worked hard all season,” McGrath said. “We were able to generate some scoring and our goaltending and defense also have come up big. Goaltending, scoring and special teams play will be the keys to success in the tournament.”

Giovanna Gulinello Billerica/Chelmsford

#19 BILLERICA/CHELMSFORD (6-9-5)

A state semifinalist a year ago, the Lindians struggled a bit this year, but are certainly capable of knocking off a higher seed or two.

Hailey Graybeal Billerica/Chelmsford

“The MVC, being the best league in the state, prepares you to play any opponent, as every league game is a playoff-level dogfight,” said coach Ray Monroe. “We need to capitalize on scoring chances and wear teams down with the forecheck, while playing extremely tough in our D-zone.”

Kate Harrison Billerica/Chelmsford

Offense will come from senior Giovanna Gulinello (30 pts), freshman Kara Gambale (27 pts), eighth-grader Payton Fitzgerald (16 pts), and senior Kate Harrison (11 pts).

Senior Ruby Boucher, junior Katherine Morin, sophomore Aly Roark and eighth-grader Lauren Sullivan are keys on the blue line in front of junior netminder Hailey Graybeal.

Kailey Hannon Westford Acad.

#20 WESTFORD ACADEMY (7-10-3)

The won-loss record doesn’t reflect the season the Ghosts had. They come into the post-season on a 2-0-1 streak and can’t be taken lightly.

Delilah Cioffi
Westford Acad.

“We play competitive teams all season which certainly has its benefits,” said assistant coach Cory Brown. “Come tournament time I think it makes us more prepared for the higher level of competition. We focus on winning each shift, working hard, and playing our game.”

Westford boasts four forwards with double-digit points in freshman Kiley Carmichael (21 pts), sophomroe Delilah Cioffi (21 pts), freshman Jacqueline Chace (14 pts) and freshman Elsa Berglund (11 pts).

Junior Kailey Hannon (22 pts) leads the team in scoring and will be key on the blue line with senior Lauren Alonardo. Junior Dorothy Galvin and freshman Emily Boneck have had key roles.

Sophomore Kiera Tucker will start between the pipes.

Maggie Connors Natick

#21 NATICK (12-7-1)

Another team stingy in the defensive game are the Red Hawks, who gave up just 28 goals in 20 games. If they can get some timely scoring, they could be a factor.

Elle Ferguson
Natick

Junior Shaylie Rutledge and sophomores Elle Ferguson and Ava Kelley will be key forwards.

Natick has relied heavily on junior captains Maggie Connors and Elizabeth Curley on defense, with freshman Sophia Luoni in goal.

“We need to have strong defensive zone coverage and an efficient breakout,” said coach Bruce Ihloff, who won his 100th career game earlier this winter.

Angalisa Caceda Waltham

#22 WALTHAM (14-5-1)

After a successful regular season that saw the Hawks finish second in the MVC/Dual County Small, they hope to replicate that success in the post-season.

Up front, senior captain Angalisa Caceda (23-21 44) and seventh-grader Molly Whitter (27-20-47) were named co-Players of the Year for the MVC/DCL Small. Eighth-grader Olivia Egirous (14-15-29) was a league All Star. Other forwards to watch included Ella Curtis and Sophia LaFauci.

Sophomore defenseman Ava Anderson was also a league all-star as was senior netminder Mila Maguire.

#23 READING (9-10-1)

The Rockets have played well against some of the top teams in the tournament (one-goal losses to St. Mary’s and Pope Francis) so they will be a competitive lot.

“Our schedule definitely helps prepare us for the post-season,” said second-year coach Carolyn Avery. “Of the 10 games we lost, eight were by one goal. Playing against top teams in the state helps us raise our game play and gain confidence that we can skate with these teams.”

Gianna Bonfilio Reading

Top scorers up front are junior Gianna Bonfilio (17 pts) and sophomore Samantha Toomey (10 pts). Danielle Bowers has chipped in with six goals.

Two blueliners that will be involved at both ends of the ice are junior Libby Quinn (12 pts) and freshman Lily Rodgers (10 pts).

Reading has gone with a pair of freshman goaltenders in Rylee Middleton and Madison Lake.

#24 WINCHESTER (9-9-2)

The Red & Black have been in just about every game this winter under Tom Scarpa in his first year on the bench with Winchester.

“We’re looking to make some noise in the tourney,” Scarpa said. “We played a very tough non-league schedule which should help us.”

Sophomores Josie Chang (13 pts) and Chloe Goldberg (12 pts) are the top two scorers. June McCabe (7 goals) and Catherine Sheehan (9 pts) have been involved.

A deep defensive group features Addison Walsh, Julie Legere, Maddy Rabinovich, Amelia Corvi, Sonia Carnes and Sophie MacLeod. It will be either Claire Zhang or Marian Hillier in the nets.

Libby Corsetti Arlington

#25 ARLINGTON (7-11-2)

The Spy Ponders took a bit of a step back this year with a young team, and have dropped four out of their last five, but still feel they can compete in the post-season with the higher seeds.

Kelsie Partridge Arlington

“I think we need to play smart defensively and manage pucks,” said coach Jeff Mead. “We defintely aren’t the favorite, but if we can do that it gives us a chance to stay in the game long enough to possibly come out on top.”

Captain Taylor Broughton and junior Libby Corsetti are keys in the forward ranks along with junior Kelsie Partridge.

On defense, captains Riley Broughton and Jenna Partridge, and sophomore Devin O’Day are solid.

Kacey Curran
Bishop Stang

#26 BISHOP STANG (8-10-2)

One of the youngest teams in the tournament, the Spartans have learned a long the way and won’t let the bright lights of post-season play faze them.

“When we began the season, we knew the team was very young and it would be a process to get them all on the same page, said coach Bill Theodore. “They have come so far since day one, and they know that if they put in the work, they can go so much further.”

A balanced scoring attack features junior Kacey Curran (14 pts), freshman Madison Lewis (14 pts), freshman Ashley Smith (12 pts), freshman Olivia Medeiros (11 pts) and sophomore Meghan Costa (10 pts).

Alexis Pettinato and Mae Melo have been keys on defense for Stang. Freshman Isabelle Duarte (2.35 gaa) has played in 18 games.

MIa Prall
Wellesley

#27 WELLESLEY (8-9-3)

The Raiders have been competitive all season and look to be a tough opponent in the post-season.

Forwards looking to help the cause are senior captains Sophia Weene and Lauren Thomas, and junior captain Emery McGraw. Sophomore Caitlin Hamburger will be involved as well.

On defense, sophomore Mia Prall is solid. Senior Magmnus Saunders will be in goal.

#28 SHAWSHEEN/BEDFORD (13-6-0)

This club set the program record for most wins in a season, and they hope they are not done yet.

Alexis Fox
Shawsheen

Offensively, first-year head coach Mike Giordano will look to his first line of Rebecca Sokol (20-10-30), Violet Lorusso (20 pts) and Sophia Babington (12 pts) for production. Alexis Fox (10 pts), Anna McEachern (12 pts) and Sophia Demeo (10 pts) have also hit double-digits in production.

Leaders on defense are sophomore Macy Savage and freshman Olivia O’Brien. In goal, senior Elianna Munroe and eighth-grader Elise McEachern have pretty much split duties.

Claire Hazard Barnstable

#29 BARNSTABLE (6-13-1)

Hoping to spring an upset or two, the RedHawks are ready to go for the post-season.

Ryley King
Barnstable

Seniors Ally McEneaney, Claire Hazard and Julia Noreau have been contributors up front. McEneaney hit the 100 career points mark earlier this season.

Grace Holden Barnstable

Ryley King and Grace Holden are mainstays on defense, and Meilie Raspante, also a senior, projects to get the call in goal.

“When you play the likes of Sandwich, Nauset and Falmouth each twice a season, it prepares you anyone,” said coach Peter Nugnes. “We realize we are going to have our hands full with Malden Catholic (first round opponent). They are well-coached.”

Kathleen Simmons Arlington Cath.

#30 ARLINGTON CATHOLIC (7-11-2)

The Cougars finished strong with a solid performance at the Brianna McCarthy Tournament and hope to use that as a springboard to success.

“We need to continue to build off how we have been playing at the end of the regular season,” said coach Natalie Flynn. “We are looking to outwork our oppenent at both ends of the ice and play solid AC hockey for all three periods.”

Kaitlin Sacco
Arlington Cath.

On defense, sophomores Kate Corey and Ari Murgo, freshman Lizzy Sarfield and seventh grader Addy Boczenowski have been key in front of goalie Kaitlyn Sacco (2.30 gaa).

Senior captain Kathleen Simmons (14 pts), Annie Driscoll (13 pts) and Kaitlyn French power the AC offense.

#31 WEYMOUTH (10-9-3)

Angelina Palmer Weymouth

After a slow start, the Wildcats finished very strong, going 9-2-2 in their last 13 games, which could bode well for the tournament.

“We need to continue to find scoring and play tight defense,” said coach John Heffernan.

Senior captain Isabelle Hajjar and sophomore Madison Taylor will be keys up front for Weymouth. Captain Anna Rice, junior Angelina Palmer and junior Hailey O’Donnell will be factors on defense. Junior Alyssa O’Connor will be the netminder.

Julia Flynn
Franklin

#32 FRANKLIN (7-13-0)

With wins in their final two games, the Panthers got into the post-season dance as the #32 seed, and get to face top-seeded Notre Dame in the first round.

“We need to play a competitive three-period game and play our game to the best of our ability,” said coach Mike Lubin.

Franklin’s offense goes through junior Julia Flynn, who has a line of 21-12-33. Juniors Maddie O’Brien (13 pts) and Haley Wernig (12 pts) are key forwards as well.

Seniors Nina Iannuzzi (10 pts) and Lindsay Dennett have been leaders on the blue line in front of junior goalie Izzy Brown.

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