Mass Girls HS Hockey – Patriot League Girls Preview: League Features 12 Teams; Duxbury, Hingham Look Strong; ND Excited

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No less than 12 teams will call the Patriot League home this winter, as several teams were added to help with scheduling in this unique season. This is how it will look: Keenan Division: Duxbury, Hingham, Marshfield, Whitman-Hanson/Silver Lake. Fisher Division: Cohasset/Hanover, Pembroke, Plymouth, Quincy/North Quincy and Scituate. Guests: Notre Dame Academy, Norwell, East Bridgewater/West Bridgewater.

KEENAN DIVISION

DUXBURY

Last Year’s Record: 12-8-3

Ayla Abban
Duxbury

The Green Dragons are the defending league champions, but coach Dan Najarian expects this year’s race to be a tight one.  The team will look to senior leadership to navigate through what obviously is a very different season.

Mae Pittenger
Duxbury

Offensively, sophomore Ayla Abban is coming off a banner freshman season (27 pts). She is part of a leadership group up front that includes senior Ani Flaherty, junior Katie Geis (10 pts) and sophomore Lily Sparrow.

A strength of the team will be on defense, where Duxbury returns four of its top five, anchored by seniors Mae Pittenger (8 pts) and Sarah Leonard, and Alannah Akins and McKenna Colella.

And in goal, new freshman Anna McGinty will get the call.

HINGHAM

Last Year’s Record: 12-12-0

Don’t be fooled by the .500 record the Harborwomen put up last season. Who can forget their first round playoff win as a #32 seed over top seed HPNA? This will be a tough team again.

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Kathryn Karo
Hingham
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Natasha Neelon
Hingham
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Ryan Maguire
Hingham
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In junior Kathyrn Karo (32 goals), Hingham has one of the top offensive players in Mass. HS hockey. Junior Ryan Maguire is coming off a solid 32-point season. Also back up front for coach Tom Findley are senior Coco Hernberg, junior Lily Thrun and sophomores Abby Kennedy, Piper Jordan (23 pts) and Erin Packard. Look for an immediate impact from freshman Reese Pompeo.

Senior Maddie DeCelles (9 pts) and juniors Natasha Neelon (7 pts) and Lily Steiner form a solid blue line trio.

A key could be goaltending play. The Harborwomen graduated both goalies from last season’s roster.

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Emma Kennedy
Marshfield
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Maddie Ames
Marshfield
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Maddie Mosca
Marshfield
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Josie Keeler
Marshfield
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MARSHFIELD

Last Year’s Record: 2-17-1

Increased offensive presence and improved protection in front of the net will help the Rams pick up a few more wins this winter.

Up front, sophomore Josie Keeler (22 pts) had a big year and will lead the offense along with seniors Maddie Ames (8 pts in 6 games last year) and Maddie Mosca (20 pts).

Coach Liz Cohen will lean on senior Emma Kennedy to be a blue line king pin. Two freshmen – Addison Brown and Arianna Altobello – should see time on defense.

In goal, look for sophomore McKenna Dans, who played every game last winter despite having never played ice hockey before, to be back in the nets. Cohen reports that Dans has made more progress and expects even bigger things this season.

WHITMAN-HANSON/SILVER LAKE

Last Year’s Record: 11-9-0

A senior-laden team this winter, the Silver Panthers boast a ton of experience which will bode well. The team needs to be strong on the defensive side.

Powering the offense for coach Kevin Marani will be seniors Ellie Grady and Emily McDonald, and sophomore Shea Kelleher.

Solid depth on defense comes from senior Caleigh Tompkins and sophomore Kendyl Peterson. Senior goaltender is Kat Gilbert is another returning players, while freshmen Jocelyn Moore and Caitlin Dilley look to have immediate impacts on the blue line as well.

FISHER DIVISION

Sofia King
Cohasset/Hanover

COHASSET/HANOVER

Last Year’s Record: 9-7-3

This co-op joins the Patriot League this winter and with some nice talent back in all three positions, Co-Han will be a tough opponent.

Anna Tedeschi
Cohasset/Hanover

Co-coach Pam Manning returns the top line back intact in sophomores Sofia King (27 pts), Meredith DeCoste (22 pts) and Cailyn McCarthy (17 pts). Seniors Kaitlyn MacDonald and Sophia Wirtz and junior Nora Jenkins bring back more varsity experience.

Senior tri-captains Anna Cain and Mia Slowey, and sophomore Sarah Long (10 pts) will handle things on the blue line. Co-Han is also blessed with talent between the pipes as senior tri-captain Anna Tedeschi, a three-year SEMGHL all star, and sophomore Samantha Burke, are both returning as well.

The team could see as many as 10 freshmen on the roster.

Kiera Modder
Scituate

SCITUATE

Last Season’s Record: 2-16-1

The Sailors will be young, and second-year coach Victoria Gong is hoping for a solid year of development and growth in this abbreviated season.

Up front, senior Sarah Irish, juniors Hayley McCarthy and Sofia Marshall, and sophomores Kiera Modder and Audrey Martin will be offensive cornerstones.

Tessa Burgess (senior), Molly Thompson (junior), Emily Reardon (junior) and Bridget Thompson (sophomore) form the nucleus of the defensive group in front of junior goalie Molly Walsh.

Two freshmen – Brooke McCarthy and Claire Wiechert – will be in the mix as well.

PEMBROKE

Last Year’s Record: 8-10-2

The Titans will see an influx of young talent this season, featuring as many as six eighth-graders in the lineup.

Scoring is expected to come from returners like senior Miranda Demita, juniors Megan Dorsey and Erin Doran, and freshman Maria Cantino. Two new freshmen – Allie Woods and Elizabeth Gallagher – will provide depth.

On the blue line, coach Bill Flynn has senior Hannah Gerlach, junior Ali Zeoli and freshman Alexa Lewis back. The Titans have both goalies returning, including Patriot League All Star Kaleigh Murphy (junior) and Alie Stone (junior).

QUINCY/NORTH QUINCY

Last Year’s Record: 5-13-2

Once again short on numbers, Q/NQ looks to be a competitive club in the new-look Patriot League.

Coach Jeff Craig’s team will possess a pair of the league’s top offensive performers in junior Orla O’Driscoll (33-23-56) and sophomore Maggie Lynch (50 goals).

Junior Maddie Bailey will be the team captain, while the duo of senior Emma Ford and sophomore Hailey Concannon will handle the goaltending duties.

PLYMOUTH

Last Year’s Record: 9-9-4

Coach Mike McCosh got the Panthers into the post-season last winter in his first year behind the dasher. Good defensive play will be key if there will be another successful campaign.

As far as offense goes, Plymouth will need production from senior captain Mary High, senior Maddy Cantwell and sophomores Maeve Campbell and Jen Diercks.

Senior co-captain Lexxi Core returns between the pipes. Protecting the front of the net will be senior Lauren Maddock and junior Anastacia Goslin.

LEAGUE GUEST MEMBERS

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Christine Landry
Notre Dame
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Ava O’Donoghue
Notre Dame
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Lily Prendergast
Notre Dame
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Juliana Connors
Notre Dame
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Last Year’s Record:  15-6-3

An independent program, the Cougars are thrilled to find a league to play in for this season. Coach John Findley is very appreciative to all Patriot League AD’s and coaches.

NDA will be deep at forward, as it returns the likes of Christine Landry (45 pts), Caelen Stewart (25 pts), Lauren White (16 pts), Juliana Connors (16 pts), Ava O’Donoghue (16 pts) and Cam Bourassa (8 pts).

Hana Bevilacqua will be vital to the Cougars defensive play. Junior Lily Prendergast is a big plus in goal; she was a Patriot Ledger All Scholastic last witner. Freshman Ava Larkin will push for time.

Newcomers ready to step in include Caroline Hartnett, Grace Nelson. Emily Coughlin and Ashley MaGuire.

Emma Breen
Norwell

NORWELL

Last Year’s Record: 20-3-0

Longtime Scituate boys coach Mike Breen takes over this successful program that reached the MIAA D2 semifinals last season. Breen likes the team chemistry he has seen thus far.

Offensive leaders for the Clippers project to be senior Kylie Acerra, junior Maddy Hohmann and sophomore Maddie McDonald.

A pair of veteran seniors – Emma Breen and Nicole Acerra – hold down the fort on the Clippers blue line. Sophomore Nicole Prescott is a returning goaltender.

Freshmen looking to make an impact include Colby Cantor, Bella Burns, Sara Grace, Evelyn Sim, Abby Greene, Alexa Cranes and Fiona Faherty.

EAST BRIDGEWATER/WEST BRIDGEWATER

Last Year’s Record: First year varsity

The new varsity cuts its teeth last winter playing a junior varsity schedule and is raring to go for its varsity debut, hopefully soon. WEB was able to get into the Patriot League this season and secure a solid 12-game schedule. “The outlook on the season is continue to build our skill individually as hockey players, and transfer those skills to work together as a team,” said coach Sarah Campbell.

An offense will be built around junior captain Rachel Smith, juniors Abigail Gomes, Emma Michaud, Lindsey Young and Morgan Young, sophomores Brooke Lydon, Scarlet Schneider and Suzanna Carrier, freshman Riley Bain and eighth-grader Helana Few. A new seventh-grader – Jamie Noonan – will look for a role.

Juniors Meaghan Powers and Ella Ragner, sophomore Danielle Sullivan and freshman Katie Carabin will be defensive keys in front of goalie Sarah Eaton.

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