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CAREY DIVISION

Gracie Bruno
Needham

NEEDHAM (16-2-4)

The Rockets had a banner season last winter in winning the Carey Division title, a year they hope to duplicate this winter.

Coach Allisyn Furano has a good nucleus up front that should put up some decent numbers in senior Elizabeth Hernberg and sophomores Gracie Bruno and Elizabeth Phelan.

Seniors P.K. Noonan and Katelyn Stauss are returners on defense, while sophomore Melissa Strauss will look for the #1 job in goal.

Katie Puumala
Framingham

FRAMINGHAM (4-12-4)

New head coach Mitch Mortali will rely heavily on his four captains in leading what will be a young team.

Senior Kacie Downing and junior Katie Puumala are two key forwards. Look for freshmen Ivy Hannon and Georgia Parker to be involved.

Junior Jess Despres will be an important cog on defense. Senior goalie Emma Lowry also returns.

WEYMOUTH (5-11-1)

With all but two players back, the Lady Cats are determined to make a run at a tourney berth this winter.

Plenty of experience returns at forward in senior Nicole Cowan (27 pts), senior Emily Skocik and senior Susan DiMatteo. Freshman Ashley Clark racked up 26 pts as an eighth-grader. Juniors Alivia Herron and Shannon Rosemond and freshman Sam Cain also return. New freshman Drew Dempsey will have an impact.

Seniors Neive Doyle, Rebecca Heath and Mauve Dana, and freshmen Katie Borkowski and Marissa Ferrara are all back on defense for coach Dan McGlone. Joining the rotation will be freshman Ava Brady.

And in goal, sophomore Peyton Beady is back for another season.

Dierdre Burchill
Braintree

BRAINTREE (6-11-3)

More depth this season will be a plus for the Wamps, where coach Kevin Burchill expects as many as 5-6 freshmen to make the club.

Two key seniors to keep an eye on up front are Dierdre Burchill (32 pts) and Kate Yaxter (25 pts).

Sarah Zeidan
Newton North

NEWTON NORTH (6-12-0)

Combining the experience of veteran players with the energy of a handful of newcomers, the Tigers look to make a push in the Carey Division.

Leading coach Bob MacDougall’s offense will be seniors Natalie Ferry and Paige Dobies, and sophomore Sarah Zeidan. New freshman Lydia Mastroianni will fit right in.

On defense, senior captain Olivia Ferry will be the anchor, with freshman Ally Jurman having an impact. Freshman Lila O’Neil will get the call in goal for teh Tigers.

HERGET DIVISION

MILTON (14-7-3)

A high-powered offense will again be a hallmark of the Wildcats, who need to rebuild the defensive unit.

Senior Elena Kapolis (66 pts) and junior Julia Scannell (59 pts) were top of the state’s top scorers last winter. Junior Kat Buchanan chipped in with 34 pts of her own. Freshman Anna Kennedy is a newcomer to watch.

Elena Kapolis
Milton

Julia Scannell
Milton

Kat Buchanan
Milton

Bella Calcagno
Milton

Junior Annabella Simeone and sophomore Bella Calcagno are two blue line returners for coach Bob Dwan. Expect sophomore Leigh Sullivan and freshman Adrienne Shea to step in and contribute.

Sophomore Mary O’Connell is back in goal for the Wildcats.

Franky Bonanno
Walpole

WALPOLE (11-8-2)

Coach Joe Verderber anticipates he will have a good skating team, one that needs to improve on putting the puck in the net with the graduation of leading scorer Olivia MacMillan.

Hoping to contribute big time in the scoring department will be holdover sophomores Meghan Hamilton and Audra Tosone. Freshman Kylie Hamilton will look to join the mix.

Senior Cam Johnson and sophomore Olivia Malone return on defense for the Rebels and should be bolstered by freshman Jenna Malone. Senior veteran Franky Bonanno is back for another year in the Walpole cage.

NORWOOD (4-12-4)

The Mustangs will be young, with as many as eight freshmen in the lineup. They do look forward to the challenge the tough Herget Division schedule will bring. Only one senior dots the roster

Coach Tim Coskren will rely strongly on senior forward and captain Coley Hayes, and the junior defenseman duo of Aly Naumann and Frankie DeVingo, along with junior goaltender Janelle Kelleher.

NATICK (11-8-3)

A tournament-bound club last winter, the Redhawks hope to take advantage of strong team defense to make a return to the post-season, and challenge for the Herget Division title.

Molly Burnes
Natick

Alexis Reisner
Natick

Sophie Burr
Natick

Sophomore Molly Burnes (20 pts) and junior Alexis Reisner (12 pts) will spearhead the offensive attack for coach Bruce Ihloff. Freshman Jacqueline Poulack is expected to help out.

On defense, Natick will lean heavily on the senior duo of Mikayla Quigley and Sophie Burr. Freshman Megan Gates will press for quality time.

WELLESLEY (19-3-2)

After three straight appearances in the D2 state final, the Red Raiders will have a new look this winter both on the ice, with several new faces, and off the ice, where P.T. Donato takes over behind the bench. Donato will have to develop some scoring, as the Raiders lost their top three scorers to graduation.

Leadership will come from the captains – goaltender Alyssa Cimino, and defensemen Cat Donahue and Amy Dore.

Sarah Stapleton
Dedham

DEDHAM (7-12-1)

The Marauders look to return to the post-season tournament after a miss last winter. A solid group returns for coach Christine Gurskis.

Up front, seniors Cassidy Sullivan, Sarah Stapleton and Cassandra Grant will power the attack, along with sophomores Bridget Crowley, Vanessa Tanetta, Sarah Buttlar and Donna Shevory. Freshmen Lilly Riley, Jenna Soucie and Francesca Gentile will help out.

Senior Sam Hickey is an important cog on defense, as is senior Maria McDonagh and freshman Hanna Littmarck. Senior Isabella Gentile started every game in goal last winter for Dedham.

A good contingent of eighth graders were tryout out looking for varsity roles.

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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