Mass. Girls HS Hockey: Winthrop/Lynn making its mark

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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Another team has thrown itself into the ring as a potential challenger for the Massachusetts Girls Division I title.


In the last two weeks, the Winthrop/Lynn co-op has defeated both St. Mary’s and Beverly/Danvers, and have clinched a playoff berth with an 11-2-0 record.


“I absolutely did think this team had the capability to play this well at this point,” said Winthrop/Lynn coach Anthony Martucci. “Heading into the season I knew we had a very strong core coming back,  especially from a goaltending and defense standpoint, and that has been the key to our success.”


Cat Salvetti Winthrop/Lynn
Cat Salvetti

The defensive unit – senior captain Cat Salvetti, senior Katie Jeter,  junior Kasey Harris, sophomore Gabby Kenniston and freshman Meghan Chavis have been solid. Martucci says they are a close group, and that is a big help from a chemistry standpoint.


In goal, freshman Gretchen Howard has been more than adequate.


“She is a gamer, always game-ready,” said Martucci. “She is technically sound, and very athletic. We are built from the net out.”

Katie Jeter Winthrop/Lynn
Katie Jeter


Another key is having some top-flight young players that have stepped right in and done the job. The team’s two top scorers are a pair of eighth-graders – Savannah Norcross and Emma English.


“Our youth has really served us well,” said Martucci. “We are very young, especially up front. But the two players that are leading us in scoring both play for the Assabet Valley program on the U-14 major team, so they are no stranger to strong competition. Savannah Norcross is a great player. She sees the ice well, and has a scorer’s touch. Emma English is big and strong, and really pays attention to detail.”

Caroline McKinnon Winthrop/Lynn
Caroline McKinnon


Another huge key up front is junior captain Caroline McKinnon, who scored the only goal in Winthrop/Lynn’s 1-0 win over Beverly/Danvers.


“Caroline is the straw that stirs the drink for us,” Martucci said. “She sets the tone by playing an incredible two-way game. She is our Patrice Bergeron.”


Things won’t get any easier for Winthrop/Lynn, as three-time Division II state champion Duxbury, now in Division I and still ranked #1, comes to Larsen Rink Tuesday (7:10 pm). The team can’t wait and is up for the challenge.


“I know the girls are very excited about playing Duxbury,” Martucci said. “Anytime you get a chance to have last year’s state champion on your schedule, it is exciting. We just happen to have two on our dance card this year. I know I was very excited when I got the call over the summer from coach (Friend) Weiler to play them.  It kind of gives you the feeling that your program has arrived when the big guys are calling you. I think it will be a very competitive game.”


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