Mass. HS Girls: Merrimack Valley/Dual County League Preview

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LARGE DIVISION

 

ACTON – BOXBORO (15-7-2)

Having lost just one player to graduation, the Colonials figure to be a solid bunch. Not only will they be a big player in the Large Division, but on a state-wide front as well.

Coach Brian Fontas has a boatload of weapons up front that will keep opponents’ defenses busy. Sophomore Megan Barrett (41 pts) and junior Leah Cardarelli (40 pts) will be the primary producers of a group that also includes senior captain Eleana Cardarelli (26 pts), sophomore Olivia Keefe (21 pts) and sophomore Kaitlin Hoang (29 pts). New freshman Chloe Anestis adds depth.

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Senior Annie Messuri (30 pts), the reigning MVC-Dual MVP, will anchor the A-B defense, along with junior Alex Loblundo (13 pts).

And in goal, the Colonials have sophomore Cali Loblundo (1.41 gaa), a three-year starter, and sophomore Melissa Bambery (2 shutouts) back.

 

BOSTON LATIN

The Wolfpack have set a goal of making the tournament for this season.

Senior co-captain Jillian Lydon is equally adept at forward or defense. Senior Erika von den Benken is another key returnee at forward.

On defense, senior co-captain Bridgette Collier will be a catalyst. Senior Pam Rioles and senior Caitlyn Berry also return for coach Mary Balaconis.

In goal, look for senior Liz Lomuscio to get the job.

 

CHELMSFORD (9-11-1)

Coach Lenny Rowe expects his team to score some goals this winter, and with the defensive group with another year of experience, the Lions could be ready to roar.

Up front, senior captains Alicia Steeves and Taylor Inman will be leaders, while a lot of production will be expected from juniors Rachel Bossi and Juliann Sheehan.

Anchoring the Lions defense will be junior Caitlyn McCabe. The goaltending duties will fall on either senior Siana Rosado or freshman Jess Hopkins.
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BILLERICA (16-6-1)

With young talent back at each position, the Indians will be in the MVC-Dual title talk. The team advanced to the quarterfinals of the D-1 tournament a year ago.

Headlining the offense for coach Tina Carrabba will be senior captain Brooke O’Leary. Also back a year older and stronger are senior Jessica Brouillette, sophomores Ashlie Jones, Sam Ginsburg and Rachel Peacock, and eighth-grader Clare Conway.

Three defensemen are back that saw regular time last winter. That trio is senior Kelly Broderick, sophomore Amanda Fantasia and freshman Maddie Dechristoforo.

Two goaltenders are back for Billerica as well in sophomore Amanda Burns and sophomore Carrissa Gordon.

 

ANDOVER (12-8-2)

With a solid returning nucleus, Andover could prove troublesome in the MVC-Dual Large race this winter.

Leading the offensive attack will be sophomore Veronica Alois and juniors Caroline Hughes and Jessica Leone.

Defensively, JoJo Olson, a junior, and sophomore Jacquelyn Leone will be cornerstones for coach Liz Keady. Sophomore Jillian Hughes is back as well. Taking over in goal will be junior Meagan Johnson.

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SMALL SCHOOL

 

CENTRAL CATHOLIC (2-18-0)

After debuting as an independent last season, the Raiders move into the MVC-Dual Small for the 2013-14 campaign. The team returns all but two players and is ready to compete in their new league.

Central’s three captains will be senior defensemen Molly Bryant and Caitlin Derickson, and senior goalie Sydney Thornhill.

Forwards back for another season are seniors Casey Pedro, Megan Rauseo and Natalie Macdonald, and sophomores Emily Froccione, Kylee Babcock, Lexi Stanisewski and Caitlin Menzies.

Other blue liners back are senior Felicia Pandalena, junior Julia August and sophomores Lilly Bibeau and Fiona Lapierre.

New freshmen Emma O’Neil, Mary Lambert and Rebecca Healy add depth.

 

LINCOLN-SUDBURY (14-5-1)

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The Warriors won the MVC-Dual Small title last winter and should be right in the mix as they hope to defend this season.

A trio of forwards will be in charge of the scoring department for coach Paul Hardy, namely junior Mary Lou Cummings (27 pts), junior Julia Reinhold (19 pts) and freshman Izzy Nelson (17 pts). Eighth-grader Abby Volo will provide some depth.

Senior co-captain Christina Welch will be the defensive leader, while in goal, senior Sarah Provost (.967 gaa, 7 shutouts), also a co-captain, is back to handle things between the pipes. She should be one of the top goalies in Mass. Girls HS hockey.

Sophomore Hailey Cooper, injured most of the last year, will help solidify the Lincoln-Sudbury blue line.

 

NEWTON SOUTH/BROOKLINE

Newton South has joined forces with Brookline and will play a MVC-Dual Small schedule. The addition of more players will be a big plus as the Lions look to be competitive in the league.

Coach Meg Lloyd of Newton South will be the coach of this combined club. She is excited about the season.

 

TEWKSBURY/METHUEN (12-7-3)

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Amanda Conway

As far as initial varsity seasons go, the Red Rangers debut last winter couldn’t have gone much better, as the club advanced all the way to the semifinals of

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the post-season tournament. Things look good for season two, as coach Kim Bruff returns the whole team.

The group includes junior forward Amanda Conway, who led the state in goals last winter and is an offensive force, and senior goaltender Taylor Lirakis, who should be one of the league’s top backstoppers. Senior Hayley Sutherland projects to be a rock on defense, while eighth-graders Kelly Golini and Riley Cote look for bigger offensive roles.

 

WALTHAM (6-12-2)

The Hawks have set a goal of finishing in the top two of the division this year. Helping that cause will be a core group of hard-working upperclassmen.

At forward, coach Ryan Foley will look to seniors Taylor Scafidi and Michele Vollemans. Newcomer Jennifer Cicconi should have a key role.

Junior Ashley Sampson and freshman Cora Casteel should see ice time at both forward and defense this winter.

Waltham also has its goalie back with the return of junior Ali Longmoore.

 

WAYLAND/WESTON (8-8-5)

Coach Kevin Cleary has a big job to do with the WarCats, who lost nine impact players from last winter’s club that qualified for the post-season. Still, he feels that strong leadership and hard work could get Wayland/Weston back to the post-season.

That leadership will come from the team’s three captain. They are Gianna Fargnoli, Patty Atkinson and Morgan Griffin.

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