Mass. Girls HS Hockey – Patriot League Preview: Pembroke, Plymouth Lead Fisher; Duxbury The Favorite In Keenan

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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Some of the top players in Mass. Girls HS hockey call the Patriot League home, and it should make for an oustanding season of competition. There are new coaches at Quincy/North Quincy (Jason Ronan) and Whitman-Hanson/Silver Lake (Jim Stone, Jr). Also, Scituate has joined with the Norwell co-op, and the team will be called NSA and play in the Fisher Division.


Jen Birolini Pembroke

PEMBROKE (14-7-1)

MIAA Division: 2

A challenging schedule faces the Titans this winter, and this group, which saw just one player graduate from last winter’s successful club, should be more than up to the task.

Maria Cantino Pembroke

A big plus is the return of junior Jen Birolini at forward; she had 40 goals last season is one of the top forwards in the state. Other keys up front for coach Bill Flynn, who is closing in on 150 career wins, are senior Maria Cantino (30 pts), sophomore Hannah D’Angelo (30 pts) and sophomore Lauren Perry (14 pts). Junior Maggie O’Malley and freshman Addison Nee look for bigger roles.

Hannah D’Angelo Pembroke

Seniors Alexa Lewis and Ava Dunphy are the cornerstones of Pembroke’s defense.

Both goalies – sophomore Emily LaVallee and freshman Mia Dunphy – are returning varsity netminders.

PLYMOUTH (10-7-4)

MIAA Division: 2

The Eagles were tough to play against last winter, and if they can get solid defensive play, should be again this winter.

Senior Molly Roy, junior Addison Stuart and sophomore Ava Grenell will key the offensive attack for coach Mike McCosh.

Plymouth has an experienced defensive crew with senior Megan Petrarca, juniors Lauren Anderson and Dani Coffey, and sophomore Bella Bono.

The Eagles are solid in goal with junior Gabbie Sidman, a returning starter.

Erin Condon

HANOVER (7-11-1)

MIAA Division: 2

With a big crew back in the fold, the Hawks look forward to making a run for a post-season berth.

Caitlin Fortuna Hanover

Senior captains Erin Condon, Caitlin Fortuna and Eva Kelliher will power an offense that also has juniors Sophie Schiller (13 pt) and Elizabeth Curtis, and sophomores Heather McGinnis and Vanessa Federico.

Eva Kelliher

No less that six rearguards are back in seniors Mae Buchanan, Katelyn Carney and Kaleigh Carthas, juniors Callie Baldwin and Abigail Hanna, and sophomore Leah Toner. Junior Gracyn Monahan takes over as the starter in goal.

New freshmen hoping to make an impact for coach Pam Manning are Kirsten Carroll, Allie Condon, Jackie King, Bella Levy, Tessa Logan, Stephanie Lumaghini and Ella McClory.


MIAA Division: 2

Scituate joins this new tri-op for this year, and the team will go be the moniker of NSA. Coach Tori Dinger says the team will be focusing on consistency in a disciplined defensive zone coverage, and putting more pucks on net.

A lot will be expected up front from seniors Bella Burns and Calli Pineau. Newcomer Maddie Cantor looks to crack the lineup.

Senior Abby Greene will lead the defense, and Scituate’s Caroline Ellis projects to be the starter in goal.


MIAA Division: 2

Jay Ronan takes over as head coach for Q/NQ has says good chemistry and playing tough defense will be keys for improvement.

Leading the forward group will be juniors Ciara Folan, Maggie Webber and Megan Caldwell, sophomore Emily Lim and freshman MacKenzie Ilacqua.

Senior Caroline Snyder, junior Ashlinn Folan and sophomore Siena Nichol and Lila Cook will be the defensive group.

Battling in goal will be Amanda McClory and Tayah Quinn.


DUXBURY (24-1-2)

MIAA Division: 2

The defending D2 state champions return 10 forwards, including seven who scored in double-digits, and their starting goaltender. So, the key will be timely defensive play. The Dragons will be a formidable club again this winter.

Junior Maddie Greenwood (28 pts) led the club in scoring last winter and leads an impressive group that includes senior Porter Reese (11 pts), juniors Zoey Madigan (22 pts), Parker Metzler (16 pts), Meghan Carney (18 pts) and Maeve Gallagher (10 pts), and sophomore Addie Harrington (10 pts).

Coach Dan Najarian’s defensive unit will be built around senior Cammy Holloway, junior Sami Norton and sophomores Alannah Gallagher and Lucia Rose, all returners.

And in goal, senior veteran Anna McGinty is back. She had 11 shutouts last winter.

HINGHAM (16-6-2)

MIAA Division: 1

The Harborwomen look to build off a solid post-season showing last winter, reaching the D1 quarterfinals before falling by a goal to eventual state champion Shrewsbury. They return their top three scorers.

That trio features junior Caroline Doherty (40 goals), junior Addy Garrity (33 pts) and senior Reese Pompeo (20 pts). They lead the offense for coach Courtney Turner. Two freshmen looking to open some eyes are Callie Crean and Hannah Lasch.

Sophomore CC Flynn should be a mainstay on defense. A new freshman hoping to break in is Shea Richardson.

In goal, sophomore Izzy McGarr is back, and expects to be joined by new freshman Izzy Puleo at that position.


MIAA Division: 2

This club comes off a solid showing in 22-23 with a new head coach in Jim Stone, Jr. He anticipates having a highly-competitive club, as the team lost no one to graduation.

Spearheading the offensive attack for WH/SL will be senior Juliana Connors, supplemented by juniors Chloe Duff and Brooke Hohmann and freshman Camryn Dematos. Freshmen Samantha Webb and Grace Keshishian look to step up into bigger roles. Newcomers to look for are sophomore Christina Curran and freshman Eva Gagnon.

Senior captain Caitlin Dilley anchors the WH/SL blueline with senior Jocelyn Moore, junior Brenna Hohmann and freshman Calliegh Vurpillatte.

Sophomore Sadie Watchorn is back in the nets after playing every game last winter. Sophomore Julie Monroe will provide depth.


MIAA Division: 2

Kayla Leonard Marshfield

Playing their best hockey over the second half of the winter last season, the Rams return the backbone of that team and look forward to continuing the momentum.

Coach Tom Greland’s offense will revolve around junior Kayla Leonard (24 pts), junior Camryn Jordan (14 pts), sophomore Sarah McIntyre (15 goals), senior Addison Brown and junior Arielle Comer. Hannah Tiernan and Julia Lemire, both freshmen, are ready to chip in.

On defense, senior Arianna Altobello and junior Courtney Pateras will be cornerstones. Sophomore Riley Devlin returns to the lineup, while freshman Kenzie Mills will have a role.

Both Marshfield goalies – junior Ava Peterson and sophomore Morgan Murphy – are back for another season.

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