Mass. Girls HS Hockey – MVC/DCL Large Preview: Addition Of Shrewsbury Makes League Even More Competitive

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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One of the strongest leagues in Massachusetts got even stronger with the addition of Shrewsbury this winter. Billerica/Chelmsford is the defending champion. Westford Academy returns to action after not being able to play last year.


Coach: Brian Fontas

MIAA Division: 1

The Colonials fully intend to be a factor in the MVC/Dual Large race with most of their team back.

Offensively, senior Cailey Ryan (19 pts) will be amongst the loop’s top forwards. Three freshmen – Ella Nannene, Caroline Justicz and Natalie Hodgson – will have key roles as well.

Expect freshman Allison Correiri (15 pts) and sophomore Lily Vaughan (12 pts) will log a ton of minutes on the A-B backline.

Sophomore Clair Bukowski is back in the nets after starting all games last winter for coach Fontas.

Lauren Adams Andover

ANDOVER (8-4-1)

Coach: Meagan Keefe

MIAA Division: 2

Keefe moves up from an assistant’s role into the head coaching job this winter and inherits a club with great potential.

Ashley Chiango Andover

Senior co-captain Lauren Adams will spearhead the offensive attack along with fellow returners Rose MacLean and Eliza O’Sullivan, both juniors. Players to watch amongst the newcomers include junior Sophia Gaetano and freshmen Scarlett Glass and Belle DiFiore.

On defense, senior co-captain Ashley Chiango and senior Jacqui Haney are leaders. Freshmen Lucy MacLean and Grace Johnson look to pay immediate dividends.

In goal, senior Lillian Jagger is a veteran presence.

Tori Apostolakes Billerica/Chelmsford


Coach: Ray Monroe

MIAA Division: 1

Despite losing two key components from last year’s league title team, B-C returns most of its roster, and will continue to pride themselves in the importance of team defense first.

Julia Williams Billerica/Chelmsford

Up front, juniors Tori Apostolakes (16 pts) and Julia Williams (12 pts) will lead the offense, which also welcomes back senior Sofia Belan, juniors Morgan Jones and Molly Sances, sophomores Ruby Boucher and Kate Harrison, and freshman Giovanna Gulinello. Newcomers ready to challenge for time are Caroline Pitts and eighth grader Greta Tucker.

Defensively, senior Lea Gaspar will be a rock; she has committed to Plymouth State. Also back are the experienced seniors Gina Sciortino and Grace Hoffman, and junior Remore Serra. Katherine Morin is a new blueliner to watch.

With Mia Gonsalves having moved on to the prep ranks, senior returner Sarah Noyes takes over full time between the pipes. New freshman Hailey Graybeal is in the goalie rotation as well.


Coach: Gary Kane

MIAA Division: 1

HPNA has some good numbers returning at both forward and defense, but will need to break-in a new starting goaltender.

The forward group has senior tri-captains Katerina Yelsits and Riley Buckley, senior Emma Skafas, juniors Kaitlyn Bush, Brooke Duquette and Shelby Nassar, and sophomore Gabby Harty. Adding to the mix are Gabi Locke and Kendall Lariviere.

Four rearguards return for coach Kane in senior captain Alyssa Mazzocchi, senior Ella Roe, junior Cassy Doherty and sophomore Rachel Keating. Newcomer Paige Nottingham will be a plus, back to the area from Seattle. Hannah Mazzocchi looks to have an impact.

The new goalie is Julianna Taylor.

Jessica Driscoll Methuen/Tewksbury


Coach: Sarah Oteri Doucette

MIAA Division: 1

Michelle Kusmaul Methuen/Tewksbury

The Red Rangers are looking to get off to a fast start, knowing full well their league slate will be a tough road. “We know the MVC/DCL will always be challenging with many top teams,” said Oteri Doucette, who needs two wins to reach 100 in her career.

In senior Jessica Driscoll (18 pts), M-T will have one of the league’s top forwards. Juniors Riley Sheehan (8 pts) and Nikole Gosse, and sophomores Kat Schille and Emma Giordano are returning as well.

Freshman M.J. Petisce (8 pts) will be a key on defense. Senior Michelle Kusmaul is a returning starter in goal.


Coach: Frank Panarelli

MIAA Division: 1

This Central/West power joins the league this winter and looks forward to the challenge with what should be a well-balanced group.

Senior Kaci Ryder (22 pts), a recent commit to Utica, and junior Maddie Mrva (18 pts) are offensive kingpins, leading a group that also has junior Taylor Ryder (10 pts) and Katie Vona (10 pts) back. Three new freshmen hoping to contribute are Mia Ryder, Kate Louder and Blaire Fay.

Senior Aislinn Bennett, and sophomores Bridget McLaughlin and Kelly Fay form a solid defensive nucleus. Yasmine McKenzie looks for a big role.

Returning in goal for the Colonials is sophomore Risa Montoya.

Kylie Beers Westford Academy


Coach: Jim Geraghty

More than happy to be back after not being able to play last winter, the Ghosts and new head coach Geraghty will preach good team defense.

Seniors Emma O’Regan, Abbie Gibson and Sarah Thompson, and juniors Faith McDonald and Belle Field are key upperclassmen in the forward lines. Youngsters ready to contribute are freshman Emily Tsechrintzis, eighth-grader Delilah Cioffi and seventh-grader Kiley Carmichael.

Leading the way on defense are Kylie Beers, Callie Haggan, Hannah Kennedy and Zoe Musante, all juniors. Sophomore Emily Lux and freshman Kailey Hannon add depth.

In the nets, seventh-grader Lexi McDonough is ready to do the job.

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