Mass. Girls HS Hockey – Tri Valley League Preview: League Should Be A Dogfight

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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Dedham and Westwood finished at the top of the league standings last season and will be in the running again, although things should be closer all around.

DEDHAM (6-1-2)

Coach: Christine Gurskis

MIAA Division: 2

The Marauders lose five seniors from a team that had a solid, but abbreviated season last winter, losing just once. The core group back, plus an influx of freshmen talent, could keep Dedham in its winning ways.

Sophomore Ava Iantosca (14 pts) tied for team scoring lead last winter and highlights a group of returning forwards that includes fellow sophomore Abbey Keyes, Danielle O’Neil and Caroline Demio, and junior Gianna Murphy and Connie Doyle (asst. capt.)

On defense, senior captain Taylor Peckham and asst. captain Nieve Chaplin will have big roles. Senior captain Katie Soucie played every minute in goal last season.

Freshman hoping to impress are forwards Tess Parke, Emily Mahoney, Mary Stronach and Alana Shevory, defenseman Alaina Martin and goaltender Lily Zahka.

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WESTWOOD (5-0-2)

Coach: Lauren Hillberg

MIAA Division: 2

Limiting shots against will be a team goal, as it always is, for the Wolverines who will be in the thick of things in the TVL.

Forward leaders are senior Kendall Blomquist (a Holy Cross field hockey commit) and sophomore Tessa Jones.

Senior rearguard Meghan McDonough will backbone the defense; she has committed to Assumption. Senior Mia O’Donnell is a key returner on the blue line. And in goal, junior Marissa Poma is solid.

Five freshmen – Emma Shu, Sasha Marino, Hayden Cox, Kate Sullivan and Ava Themistocles – hope to have an impact.


Coach: Karl Infanger

MIAA Division: 2

With returning players at each position, M/A is confident it will have the experience and leadership needed for a successful campaign.

A lot of experience returns up front, spread out amongst the co-ops four schools. Seniors Maggie Lester and Jenna Fitzsimmons, and junior Dani Moriarty are from Aslhland. Seniors Katie Crews and Sara Chuslo hail from Holliston. Senior Caitlyn Condlin and junior Hayley Macleod represent Medway, while sophomores Lilly Turcotte and Breanna Reneau are from Blackstone Valley Tech.

Junior Emilie Infanger and sophomore Maggie Monaghan, along witih senior Kathleen Fitzgerald, will be defensive stalwarts.

In goal, senior Zoe Ratcliffe looks to take over the job full time.

MEDFIELD (3-4-2)

Coach: Sarah Small

MIAA Division: 2

Looking forward to playing a full 20-game season, the Warrior will rely on solid play and leadership from the team’s upperclassmen.

Junior Cassie McDonald (15 pts) is the team’s top returning scorer. Senior Grenna Campbell will be needed for production as well. New freshman Lily Shaughnessy will slot in at a forward role.

On the blue line, coach Small will depend on seniors Lily Goodman and Megan MacTavish, and junior Casey Donovan for strong play.

Junior Katelyn Cardoso is back between the pipes. She started every game a year ago.

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Coach: Nick Grout

MIAA Division: 1

Back for his second stint on the bench, coach Grout inherits a club that only has four seniors. The team needs to play strong team defense in front of what will be a new goaltender.

In the forward ranks, senior captains Morgan Fraser and Christina Derocher will provide essential leadership. Junior captain Sophia Mazzuchelli, junior Liana Patrick and Avery Bent will also need to produce.

Junior captain Abby Wayne, juniors Hailey Cox and Kaley Merkle and senior Ella Dodge will give solid defensive play.

NORWOOD (4-5-2)

Coach: Tim Coskren

MIAA Division: 2

Have to replace seven key seniors makes the upcoming season a bit of an unknown for the Mustangs.

Up front, coach Coskren will look to get production out of seniors Marissa Cataldo and Hope Ford.

There is some decent experience on defense, where sophomores Molly Federico, Sophie Krusz and Lindsay Rogers, and seniors Caeli Reed and Ally Parkinson all return.

Norwood also has its starting goaltender back in junior Lily Newman.

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