Defending champ Boston Latin is primed for a repeat performance, but don’t count out Waltham or Lincoln-Sudbury. Central Catholic has a host of returning players
BOSTON LATIN (16-4-4)
Home Rink: Murphy Rink
With good senior leadership and a team that will compete hard each night, the Wolfpack look to defend their MVC/DCL Small title.
Spearheading the offensive attack for coach Tom McGrath will be senior Sophia Temple (23 pts), senior Colleen Goonan (6 pts) and junior Ally Keough (11 pts). Sophomores ready for bigger roles this winter are Sara Young and Sydney Hanlon.
Senior Emma Kelly (23 pts) is a solid, two-way blue liner and returns with juniors Olivia Temple and Callie Dwyer.
Returning in goal is junior stalwart Ellen Linso, who fashioned an impressive 0.80 gaa last season.
Home Rink: Waltham Veterans Memorial Skating Rink
The Hawks return a bunch of talent from last year’s club that reached the post-season. This year, they have a new head coach, as C.J. Giardino takes over the program.
A strong nucleus of scorers return led by senior Janice O’Neil (28 pts), juniors Jessica McPherson (15 pts) and Isabella Babstock (13 pts) and eighth-grader Angalisa Caceda (13 pts). Also back up front are seniors Laura Breau and Victoris Sarkissian, sophomore Danielle MacDougall, freshman Julis Caissie and eighth-graders Ella Curtis, Alli Hovsepian and Lila Amarante.
Seniors Isla MacPherson (15 pts) and Olivia Bourque, freshman Reagan MacPherson and eighth-grader Katya Pisuk are back on defense.
Junior Caitlyn Burke played just about every minute in goal last winter for the Hawks. Senior Caitlin King is also in the rotation.
CENTRAL CATHOLIC (7-11-2)
Home Rink: Salem Icenter
With all but two players returning, the Raiders look to improve on last year’s record and return to the D2 state tournament.
Senior Carmella Hillner (10 pts) and junior Maddi Guy (13 pts) will be offensive catalysts for coach Jeff Marggraf. Other returning varsity forwards include senior Audrey O’Connor, juniors Grace Gervais, Meggie Briley and Kristin Litzenberg and sophomores Marissa MacPherson, Ava Iannessa, Britnei Curley and Megan Malolepszy. Two new freshmen – Maeve Hurley and Cecilia Sinopoli – will fight for time.
An experienced defense features senior captain Sarah Biddle, senior Casey Jackson (15 pts), senior Julia Storniolo and junior Jodi Mercier.
One of the two players that did graduate was three-year All MVC/DCL selection Julie Thing in goal. Taking over in the position will be junior Liz Smith.
Home Rink: Valley Sports Arena
The Warriors will look to play sound, defensive hockey which coach Paul Hardy hopes will lead to good offensive chances. If that happens, they will be in every game and in the mix to challenge for the league crown.
Despite the loss of top scorer Sophie Ensley, L-S does have some scoring punch returning with senior co-captains Izzy Acquaviva (17 pts) and Fiona Tobin (11 pts) and junior Kimmy Lucier (27 pts), Catrina Tobin (13 pts) and Ava Matz (8 pts). Freshman Helen Tolan and eighth-grader Harper Friedholm add depth.
On the back end, senior Kylie Oblak, junior Anna Haberman and sophomore Ellie Marchard form the defensive nucleus.
Junior Julia Provvisionato is a three-year starter between the pipes.
Home Rink: Edge Sports Center
A host of youngsters join the roster this winter and coach Barbara Southcote is excited to get the season started to see how they will mesh with the returners.
At forward, the group of returning varsity players consists of senior McKenzie Campbell, junior Ella Braceras and sophomores Finley Griswold, Mia McKennitt and Bailey McIntrye.
Junior Nyla Horme is the only returning regular on the blue line, while last year’s back-up netminder, Fiona Daly, also returns.
Two new players to keep an eye on are Jaime Griswold and Katie Athanasoulas.
- Cambridge/Somerville and Wayland/Weston will also be in the MVC/Dual County Small this winter. Cambridge/Somerville has a new head coach in Madyson Moore.