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Mass. Girls HS Independents: Notre Dame goes for third straight state title

NOTRE DAME ACADEMY (23-0-1)

The two-time defending Mass. D2 state champs start the season with a new head coach, as former assistant Chris Marshall moves up to the top job. The team had no seniors last year, so everyone is back with the exception of a few key players that moved on to prep school.

Emma Duffey
Notre Dame

In the scoring department, the Cougars will look to the junior¬†trio of Kelly Morrissey, Caitlin Delano and Alexa Graziano, all returning from last year’s title club.

Alexa Graziano
Notre Dame

Tri-captain seniors Emma Duffey and Meredith Stewart will again be the cornerstones of the NDA blue line. Sophomore Erin Murray returns as the starter between the pipes.

SHAWSHEEN (2-17-0)

The Rams are looking to improve and have some good numbers back to work with. The team lost just one senior.

Senior tri-captains Catherine McKenna (13 pts) and Julia Ryan (12 pts) will be offensive leaders for coach Dan Simard. Seniors Sarah Constantino and Alesha Talbot, and junior Kendra Prezioso are back as well.

On defense, senior tri-captain Brooke Arena and senior Erin Mader are back to handle things in the defensive zone. Senior Rhiannon Downer will again handle the goaltending.

ST. PETER MARIAN (n/a)

The Guardians make their varsity debut with an extremely young team; no seniors or juniors, and just two sophomores. The job of molding this group together goes to former Algonquin/Hudson mentor Jay Monfreda.

Freshman Laura Labarre will be a key player at both forward and defense. Eighth-grader Annabella Chaves and seventh-grader Gina Richard will be relied on for scoring.

Eighth-grader Mia Dang will be the goaltender.

OAKMONT REGIONAL (8-8-2)

Coming off a tournament berth last winter, Oakmont is looking to solid defensive play and capitalizing on offensive opportunities to continue an upward trend.

Seniors Gabby Lesperance and Sarah Craig will drive the offense for coach Joelle Vautour.

Senior Mackenzie McHatton is a key defenseman, while the goaltending job falls again on senior Bridgitte Martin.

ST. JOSEPH PREP (0-20-0)

The Phoenix hope to rise this winter and get some wins as they travel through an independent schedule again.

A pair of freshmen – Grace O’Donnell and Emma Grady – will be looked upon for offensive production. Junior Annie McElroy is a key blueliner for coach Taya Kent. New freshman Kerry McMullan should step in right away on the blue line.

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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