Despite losing a bunch of seniors, the Spy Ponders still will be a competitive lot, looking to challenge for the Liberty Division title.
Coach Jeff Mead will expect a lot of production and leadership up front from the duo of senior Sami Barrett (10 pts) and senior Bridget Kelly (10 pts).
The rock on the blue line will be senior Meredith Gallagher (11 pts), in front of returning senior goalie Kate Gilligan, who recorded six shutouts last season.
The Minutemen lost some significant scoring but be sure they will be in the thick of things again. Coach Mandy Ciarletta will have them ready.
The forward leader projects to be senior Emily Isnor. On the blue line, look for senior Grace Doxsey to take charge. Senior goalie Amanda Charlton also is back.
A trio of freshmen looking to make the club are Emily Devine, Kenna McLaughlin and Lucy Chin.
The Tanners went through the season unbeaten last winter, only to suffer heartbreak in the semifinals, losing 4-3 in a shootout to eventual champion St. Mary’s. This year’s club will be young, but still boasts a solid nucleus that can take the club far.
Coach Bob MacCurtain will have two of the best forwards in the league back in senior Ashley Moran (48 pts) and senior Emily Lissner (33 pts). Junior Erica Lissner will see key minutes.
Woburn also boasts a veteran senior goaltender in senior Courtney Davis, which is always a plus.
With talent back at all positions, the Sachems are poised to make a move this winter. The team will be under new management, with Craig Seabury taking over as head coach.
Winchester returns an all senior first line in Alaina Ewing (20 pts), Tori Carson (20 pts) and Liz McCarthy (13 pts). Sophomore Melissa Zavez (10 pts) is another key offensive player.
Taking care of matters on the blue line will be Anna O’Brien and Elizabeth Wilson. Newcomer Elizabeth Welch should make an immediate impact.
The Sachems also return an experienced goaltender in senior Jenna Pantano.
With just about everyone back from a team that was pretty talented last year, the Rockets have the potential to be a legitimate threat, both in the Liberty Division and in Division I. Coach Mike Golden says his team will be competitive and in the hunt for the league title.
The forward contingent will be bolstered by the return of sophomore Ali O’Leary (49 pts), an All-League and All Scholastic performer last winter. Sophomore Tori Grimmer (22 pts) and junior captain Rachel Thomson (17 pts) are two more key offensive figures. Senior captains Megan McNeill and Sarah Hart add to the depth up front.
Defensively, sophomore Caroline Seibold (22 pts), also a returning All League and All Scholastic player, will be amongst the league’s top rearguards. Senior captain Ryley Costello is another solid blueliner for the Rockets.
The Lady Devils went to the second round of the post-season tournament last year under first-year coach Marty Conley, who says this year’s edition will be competitive and look to both qualify again for the tournament, and be a factor in the Freedom Division race.
Up front, senior Krista Toscano (37 pts) and sophomore Kelsey Ryan (34 pts) will be offensive stars, heading a group that also welcomes back junior Stuti Shah and sophomores Martina Scott, Caroline Morison, Julia Swarbrick, Alyssa Mathieson and Paige Brand, and freshmen Katie Scott and Kenzie Arsenault.
Senior Allie Hardy and senior Jordan Mathieson will have key roles on the blue line. Sophomores Caroline Akerley and Jillian Rigby are back as well.
In goal, senior Nicole Tsatsarones and sophomore Cassidy Smith both return. The program will also be bolstered by the arrival of sixth eighth-graders hoping to make a varsity impact.
Looking to get back into the league race are the Spartans, who will have a young club this winter.
Leading the forward charge for coach Sara Swett-Zizzo will be Mikayla Fotino, Katie Jenkins, Emma Dean and Amanda Carroll (could also play defense).
Stoneham returns Chelsea Burridge and Amanda Navarro on the blue line in front of goalie Samantha Gendall.
The Warriors are looking forward to an exciting season, with a goal being to get over the .500 mark and qualify for the post-season.
Seniors Kayla LaPierre and Melanie Mansfield, juniors Megan Guarino and Miriam Wood, and sophomores Julianne Bourque, Meaghan Kerrigan and Gabrielle Nadolny are key returners for coach Jack Foley.
Belmont is the new co-op partner for the Red Raiders, as Melrose has decided to form its own program. While coach Steve Russo welcomes some talented players from Belmont, his key pre-season task is to find a starting goaltender.
Russo does possess one of the premier forwards in Mass. HS hockey in junior Emily Loprete, who had a 36-goal, 52-point season last year. Senior Marisa Russo (15 pts) will be a key cog, and senior Jessica Lampasona is back as well.
New players ready to have an impact, many from the Belmont program, are junior forwards Pauline Ayer, Erin McLaughlin, Marisa Puma and Casey Shea, sophomore forward Shannon Corrigan, senior forward Madison Bailey, defensemen Serena Nally (soph), Suzanne Noone (junior) and Kendall Brown (senior) and Anna Alibrandi.
There should be some improvement for the Wildcats, who bring back their top two scorers, four of five defensemen and an all-star goalie.
Scoring will again come from senior Taylor Perella (11 pts) and senior Chloe Castellano (11 pts), along with senior Caroline Robarge.
Defensively, the cornerstones for coach Jeff Covelluzzi will be seniors Adrianna Kippenberger and Sam DePasquale. They will hold the fort in front of junior all-star goalie Shelby McHugh (2.25 gaa).