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Mass. Girls HS Hockey – Middlesex League Liberty Preview: 6 Talented Clubs Ready To Battle

Woburn and Arlington were co-champions of this league a year ago and despite each experiencing some losses, they should be right up there again in what should be a highly competitive loop. The two powers face off against each other in the first two games of the season, January 2 and January 6. Teams will play a 10-game league season, playing each other twice.

Maddie Krepelka
Arlington

Mikayla Doherty
Arlington

Gabby Russo
Arlington

Devin Norman
Arlington

Grace Corsetti
Arlington

ARLINGTON

Last Year’s Record:  15-3-5

The Spy Ponders were co-champs with Woburn last winter and return a good group from that talented squad.

Sophomore Maddie Krepelka (36 pts) emerged as one of the league’s top forwards as a freshman last year and is back to lead the offense for coach Jeff Mead, along with Mikayla Doherty (15 pts) and Gabby Russo (32 pts). Grace Corsetti and Molly Conneely are two more veterans to watch.

Promising defenseman Cailyn Murphy moved on to the prep ranks, but a stout defense returens seniors Shea O’Day and Fiona McDonald, and junior Devin Norman. And in goal, Arlington returns starter Elise Rodd.

WOBURN

Last Year’s Record: 19-2-2

A Division 1 co-state champion last winter, the Tanners once again will live by the motto of “respect every step” as they look to maximize the opportunity they have been provided.  Senior leadership will be a key, as Woburn possesses a solid group fo 12th graders.

The offense did lose last season’s freshman sensations Lucia and Angelina DiGirolamo, who moved on to Selects Academy at Bishop Kearney in NY, but expect plenty of production from seniors Mackenzie Russo (20 pts), Bella Shaw (15 pts) and Kelsey Ficociello (15 pts0. Also back from last year’s powerhouse are seniors Aly Hagerty and Gianna Halajian, junior ML Pineros and sophomore Katie Pica.

Mackenzie Russo
Woburn

Kelsie Ficociello
Woburn

Lily Anderson
Woburn

Taylor Buckley
Woburn

Senior Lily Anderson (22 pts) and sophomore Megan Keough return on defense for coach Steve Kennedy. A new starting goaltender will replace the graduated Amanda Essigmann.

Youngsters aiming to show what they can do include eight-grade forwards Maddie Soderquist and Emme Flavin, eighth-grade blueliner Kate Sullivan and freshman rearguard Taylor Buckley.

Maddie Rzepka
Reading

READING

Last Year’s Record:  11-8-3

Looking to control what they can control during these unprecedented times, the Rockets should be their usual tough outfit.

Casey Machera
Reading

Junior Maddie Rzepka (15 pts), junior Lacey Carciero (six goals) and senior Morgan Fichera will be offensive leaders for coach Alexa Hingston. Look for freshman Jess Santilli to have a role.

Senior Mia Bonfilio, and sophomores Elise Verrier and Cara Joyce will be anchors on defense. Freshman Dehlia Roy hopes to crack the lineup. The Rockets do have experience in goal with the return of senior Casey Machera.

Katie DeVine
Lexington

LEXINGTON

Last Year’s Record: 8-8-5

The Minutemen hope to be in the hunt in this abbreviated campaign and will rely on good team defense to get them there.

Lena Cassidy
Lexington

Senior Katie DeVine (10 pts), a Boston University field hockey commit, will be a cornerstone of coach Ariana Rigano’s defensive unit. that also returns senior Audrey Eastridge.

Up front, junior Lena Cassidy is coming off a 21-point season. Also back are seniors Annabel Cincotta (5 goals) and Nicole Zermani (4 goals) and junior Erica Riley.

Newcomers ready to challenge for a role are Avery Cattier and Emily Libby.

Niki Micciche
Winchester

Ariana O’Rourke
Winchester

Annie Ettenhofer
Winchester

Irene Mandile
Winchester

WINCHESTER

Last Year’s Record: 7-12-3

It was a rare playoff miss last winter for the Sachems, perenially one of the top teams at the D2 level. This year, the team’s only goal is to fight for a Liberty crown.

Coach Craig Seabury has a good nucleus to work with, led up front by senior Niki Micciche (32 pts). The group is bolstered with the return of senior Mary Lou Coakley (17 pts), and sophomores Irene Mandile (13 pts) and Annie Ettenhoffer (16 pts).  Adding some nice depth up front will be junior Maggie Fortin and new sophomores Alexandria Dente and Sam Kimball.

Anchoring Winchester’s defense will be veteran senior Ariane O’Rourke (13 pts).

Emma O’Donovan
Belmont

Senior Ali Scali is back in goal for the Sachems.

BELMONT

Last Year’s Record: 15-4-4

The Marauders burst on the scene in a big way last winter, making it to the MIAA D1 quarterfinal round before falling to eventual co-state champion Austin Prep. Some key players have graduated, but there is still plenty left for another solid campaign under sixth-year coach Ken Murphy.

Lily Duffy
Belmont

Up front, senior captain Emma O’Donovan (32 goals) is one of the league’s top forwards and will have to be watched at all times. She will get help from senior assistant captains Kendall Whalen (17 pts) and Sam Rocci (13 pts), sophomore Lily Duffy (19 pts) and juniors Molly Dacey and Jalyn Marchetta.

Veteran senior assistant captain Del Bonin anchors a defense that also returns sophomore CC Carere. And in goal, Belmont welcomes back sophomore Bridget Gray, coming off an outstanding year that saw her register 10 shutouts.

Newcomers looking to contribute include juniors Heidi Rono and Roxi Kelleher, and sophomore Devin Kelleher.

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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