Mass. Girls HS: MVC/Dual County Small Preview – Boston Latin Ready For Repeat Performance

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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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

Ellen Linso
Boston Latin
Emma Kelly
Boston Latin
Sophia Temple
Boston Latin


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.

Janice O’Neil
Jessica McPherson
Isabella Babstock

WALTHAM (11-8-2)

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.

Sarah Biddle
Central Catholic


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.

Casey Jackson
Central Catholic

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.

Julia Provvisionato


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.

Kimmy Lucier

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.

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