Mass. HS Girls: SEMGHL now boasts 25 teams in four divisions

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COASTAL DIVISION

CANTON (16-4-1)

The Bulldogs join the tough Coastal Division of the SEMGHL, which right away will give them a tougher schedule. Coach Dennis Aldrich hopes his club will be in the mix.

Leading the way will be senior forward Katie Kelleher (19 pts), senior forward Caitlyn Feeney and senior defenseman Jill Eckler.

 

DUXBURY (20-1-2)

What do the three-time D2 state champs do for an encore? Move up to Division I, of course. Expect the Dragons to be one of D-1’s top clubs right of the bat as well. Coach Friend Weiler expects a dogfight for the Coastal Division title.

A lot returns for the Dragons. At forward, seniors Liz Collins, Jacqui Nolan and Zoe Griffin are back in the fold and ready to go, along with juniors Marissa Fichter (25 pts), Jane Dudley (25 pts), Meredith Wright and Charlotte Wahle. Sophomores Julia Nolan (20 pts), Heide Stauss and Brianna Fadden are back as well.

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Defensively, senior Ally Hammel and sophomore Payton Donato will be key performers, along with returners Kaley Rudicus (junior) and Nicole Quinlan (sophomore).

And in goal, senior standout Rachel Myette will begin her quest for a fourth straight state title.

 

FALMOUTH (19-2-2)

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Alexa Scribner

Two straight appearances to the D-2 state title game has this program on the map. There is plenty in the cupboard for another run.

The forward group looks menacing, with senior Alexa Scribner (31 pts) and juniors Madison Haberl  (17 pts), Olivia Hough, Kelly Ferreira (17 pts) and Maggie McDonald ready to score in bunches. Also back are junior Jessica Winiarski, junior Elizabeth Palmer, junior Mary Negri and sophomores Emily Sanidas, Alexis Meissner and Abby Peterson.

Junior Kendall Stouffer will be key on defense for coach Erin Hunt. Junior Callan Small and sophomore Hannah Callahan are back on the blue line.

The Clippers have a top goalie in junior Madison Scavotto, a returning starter.

 

 

HINGHAM (13-8-1)

After years as an independent program, the Harborwomen join the Coastal Division. Coach Tom Findley is hoping senior leadership can help bring along some of the younger players.

Up front, look for senior Cat Linehan (28 pts) to be a primary point producer. Senior Kathryn Saleski will have a key role as well.

Senior rock Tori Messina (16 pts) will be the blue line backbone for Hingham, along with senior Rachel D’Entremont.

Senior Taylor Walsh is a returning starter in goal.

 

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SANDWICH (15-7-1)

The Lady Knights are focused on another successful season that will culminate in a post-season berth.

Coach Steve Noll has a nice nucleus to work with up front, with the likes of senior Maggie Layo, senior Claire Gauthier, junior Nicole Martin and junior Katie Lowry.

Defensive leaders for Sandwich project to be junior Alex Glynn and sophomore Kate Towey.

 

BARNSTABLE (10-9-1)

A good crew returns for the Red Raiders, who hope to compete in the rugged Coastal Division. Hope is to qualify again for the post-season tournament.

Junior Lindsey Phelan is back and will be the offensive catalyst for coach Peter Nugnes.  She led the Red Raiders in scoring with 25 points.  Sophomore Callie Rogorzenski (13 pts) had a solid freshman campaign.

On the blue line, junior Morgan Richard (11 pts) and junior Kylie Hallam project to be the cornerstones.

 

 

WEST DIVISION

MEDFIELD (10-8-3)

Lindsay Brown
Lindsay Brown

The goal for this team is simple: Advance past the first round of the tournament. The Warriors have never won a post-season game. They do have some big shoes to fill on defense and in goal.

Forwards ready to get their names on the scoresheet include Lindsay Brown, Jesse O’Loughlin, Michelle Beggan and Lauren Tschirch. Defensive leaders for coach Molly Norton will be Grace Cowell and Caroline Tschirch.

The influx of eighth-graders for the first time will add much-needed depth to the program.

 

 

MEDWAY/ASHLAND (11-7-3)

Having graduated a solid core group, the future of this club will be an influx of some skilled freshmen.

Up front, junior Meaghan Croke will be counted on for production. A quartet of freshmen ready to step in and contribute will be Melissa Alexander, Bridget Fagan, Ashley Fondo and Colleen Reardon.

Defensively, senior captain Rose Muise and senior Katie Peter will hold down the fort.

In goal, junior Kathryn Hamer (1.99 gaa) will be the backbone of coach Kurt Carter’s club.

 

WESTWOOD (14-7-3)

The Wolverines impressed many by making it to the state semifinals last winter and with a veteran team with speed and depth, they could be making another serious run this winter.

At forward, the all-senior first line of Kim Egizi, Kelly Healy and Ela Hazar should all surpass 100 career points this season. Junior Kat Heidelberger and sophomores Allie Damren, Kailey Jacobs, Laurel Orcutt, Jamie Burke, Lauren Reissfelder and Emily Keith are back up front as well.

On the blue line, coach Justin DeSorgher returns four seniors in  Christine Regan, Maddy McKeown, Olivia Fay and Catherine Barrett. Junior Taylor Sweeney and sophomore Lauren White return as well.

In goal, the Wolverines will turn to either senior Siobhan Burke or sophomore Niamh Maher.

 

MANSFIELD/OLIVER AMES (7-11-2)

The core of the team returns in this year three of varsity status, and new coach Greg Arnold says his club is looking to build on last winter’s seven-win season.

Offensively, senior captain Jackie Podolski and sophomore Jamie Gottwald will be leaders for MOA. Senior Kerra Anastasia, senior Rachel Mahoney and sophomore Kaylee O’Hara provide solid depth.

Senior captain Katelynn Arnold, senior Sam O’Hara and senior Avalon McCullough are a trio of veteran blue liners to count on. In addition, sophomore Shannon Griffin is back after missing last winter due to injury.

Senior Shannon Connolly and sophomore Hayley Dalton are in the goaltending rotation.

Three freshmen ready to make an impact are Nicole Johnson, Taylor Brown and Brynne Levine.

 

DOVER-SHERBORN (3-14-3)

This winter, the Raiders have entered a co-op agreement with Hopkinton, which will provide the squad a few new players.

Leading the offensive charge for coach Nick Grout will be Sophie Grossbaum, Talia Grossbaum and S.J. Graham.

Returning goalies for the Raiders are Katie Caruso and Moira Mitchell.

 

FRANKLIN (8-9-3)

The Panthers expect to be their usual competitive self. Hope is that a post-season berth will be waiting at the end of the regular season.

Alex Mitchell
Alex Mitchell

Senior captain Alex Mitchell should be able to put up some good numbers up front for coach Margie Burke. Senior Allison Burke will have a big role as well.

Sound defensive play will be the task of three returning junior defensemen – captain Michaela Taddeo, Kathleen Kilroe and Maddie Bressler.

 

 

 

NORTHEAST DIVISION

 

HANOVER/COHASSET (5-10-3)

Gaining momentum over the last three seasons as a program, Hanover/Cohasset is excited to get going this winter. Coach Deb Beal feel she has some talented pieces to work with.

Two forwards the team will look to for production are Valerie Farren and Julia Dares.

Defensively, Mackenzie Dunphy and Jenna O’Brien will log a lot of minutes in front of goaltender Shea Kearney.

 

KING PHILIP (2-16-2)

The Warriors move into the SEMGHL Northeast Division this year, which should be a help for the program. A first-ever post-season appearance is a goal.

Leading the way will be senior captain Danielle Hamilton, who coach Paul Lyons calls the top player in the history of the King Philip girls program and will play any position, and senior captain Haley Anchuckaitis, a top defenseman.

The goaltending duties will fall on Molly Potts.

 

NORWELL (10-6-4)

A playoff team a year ago, the Clippers hope to have enough for a repeat trip to the post-season.

Coach Steve Casagrande will have two serious point producers up front in junior Lilly Cleary (37 pts) and sophomore Caroline Nichols (35 pts).

Juniors Emily Senator and Emily Brown are defensive cornerstones for Norwell, in front of senior goalie Jessica Mitchell.

A strong group of freshmen will only help the cause.

 

QUINCY/NORTH QUINCY (2-13-4)

Nine seniors were lost to graduation, but coach Steve Burgio has some numbers back and hopes to build on the foundation of solid play that began to develop late last season.

Senior captain Natalie O’Donovan headlines the offensive attack along with junior captain Julia Donovan, junior Madison Hally and sophomores Savannah Flynn and Caitlin Dooley.

Defensively,  junior captain Kelly Donahue and sophomores Maeve Riordan and Rebecca Mahan will be keys.

No less than five freshmen could make the varsity roster.

 

SCITUATE (10-6-4)

The Sailors will be under new management with Rob Rosata taking over the coaching reins, and he is already optimistic. He feels this team will challenge for the Northeast crown.

Senior Chloe Ewanoski will be a forward vital to the attack. Scituate brings back two senior goaltenders in Hannah Clougherty and Alisha Lynch.

Seniors Allie Bankart and Lindsey Curran, and sophomore Kori Garland will lead the defense.

Newcomers to watch are sophomore Christine Cutting and freshmen Emma Chisholm, Erin Byrne and Ally Irish.

 

WHITMAN-HANSON/PEMBROKE (8-9-3)

Also new to the Northeast Divsion is Whitman-Hanson/Pembroke. Second-year coach Bill Flynn is hoping the team can make the post-season for the first time in three years.

The Lady Titans will have some firepower to utilize in that quest. Jane Morrisette put up 44 points last winter, while fellow forwards Michaela McIssac (23 pts) and Ally Webster (27 pts) are also coming off big campaigns.

Freshmen hoping to make an impact include Melanie McAleer, Hannah Tracy, Jessie Sullivan and Jackie Dipietro.

 

LATIN ACADEMY (11-7-4)

New coach Kevin McGonigle is looking to return the Dragon to the post-season. He has a solid core group back.

Tri-captain Katie Torpey is back up front for Latin Academy. Other key forwards back are junior Bridget Fehily, sophomore Julia Pano and sophomore Danielle Baldassari. New sophomore Cassidy Aiello hopes to crack the lineup.

A host of blue liners are back, including senior captains Rachel Wells and Eliza Laden Mauro. Also in the fold are sophomore Eve Laden Mauro and sophomore Maisie Whalen.

 

 

SOUTHEAST

 

BISHOP STANG

The Spartans move up to the varsity level this winter and hope to compete right away in the Southeast Division. Coaching the team will be Darlene Mauretti.

Junior captain Kyleigh Good, a forward, will be instrumental in carrying this club forward.

Freshmen who project to be key players are forwards Sara Cruise and Elizabeth Blanchard, and goaltender Victoria Poland.

 

MARTHA’S VINEYARD (10-8-3)

This club has two straight tournament appearances under its belt, but this could be a rebuilding year. However, the Vineyarders do return their top two scorers.

Junior forward Aubrey Ashmun led MV in scoring last winter, and senior captain Callie Jackson was second. Both will be instrumental to the offensive success. Senior Emily Hammett is a key offensive cog as well. A new defenseman to watch is Kylie Hatt.

Coach John Fiorito welcomes two new goaltenders to the program in sophomore Jackie Hegarty and freshman Julia Bettencourt.

 

MARSHFIELD (13-8-0)

Rams coach Jim Sylvia reports his team will be young and aggressive in its efforts to return to the post-season.

Senior Molly Sulllivan and sophomore Jessie Spitz are top holdover up front for the Rams. Three freshmen – Ellie Everett, Sydney Greer and Christine Smith – hope to have an impact.

On defense, senior Holly Driscoll and sophomore Julia Kolar will have big roles. Freshman Molly Norton will help out.

The goaltending job will be between senior Haleigh Peavey and sophomore Grace Lennon.

 

NAUSET/CAPE TECH (2-16-2)

The Crusading Warriors join the SEMGHL Southeast Division this winter and look to improve, with all but three players back.

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Erin Sullivan

At forward, senior Alyssa Garneau (18 goals) will be counted on for scoring by coach Scott Rebello. Two other scorers instrumental to the attack are senior Erin Sullivan (18 pts) and sophomore Tess MacDonald (14 pts).

In goal, look for either Jessica Grindell or Emily Silvestri (both juniors) to get the nod.

Freshmen adding experience to the lineup will be Kim Gallagher, Tayleece Lingo-Hopkins and Briana Cowing.

 

DENNIS-YARMOUTH (4-12-2)

Things are looking up for the Dolphins, who return all but one player from last winter’s club. Throw in some talented newcomers and there is reason for optimism.

Up front, senior Jessica Benoit will be a leader for coach Stephanie Scarpato. Other key performers back are juniors Katie Donohue and Sam Shastany, and sophomores Kristina Cheverie, Natalie Reid and Alicia Pierce.

Senior Michaela Donohue anchors things defensively. Sophomores Taylor McDowell and Nicole Oberlander and freshman Mannon Cerravone return to the blue line as well.

In goal, senior Yessenia Pagoaga is back for another campaign.

 

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BOURNE/MASHPEE/WAREHAM (2-12-3)

After debuting as a varsity last winter, BMW’s modest goal in year two is to improve each time out. With the realignment of the league, things should be more competitive.

Leading the forward contingent for coach Kristyn Alexander will be sophomore Emily Gregorie. A defensive nucleus will consist of senior Brittney St. Germaine, senior Shayna Santiago and sophomore Natalia Gordon. A returning goaltender is junior Ariel St. Germaine.

A host of newcomers to the program ready to make an impact are senior Anna Cole, freshmen Jess Ballard and Tannah O’Brien, and eighth-graders Carly LaCasse, Marissa Fitzgerald and Leah Hidenfelter.

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