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MIAA Boys D1 South Preview: Duxbury, Needham The Top 2 Seeds; First Round Starts Wednesday

Duxbury returns to the Sectional as the top seed following its D1A play-in loss to Xaverian. The Green Dragons most recently won the D1 title in 2007. Any one of a number of teams could emerge from the 11-team draw in what is truly a wide open field. The most recent D1 champion in the bunch? That would be 2016 kingpin Franklin.

A look at the field:

Ben Cheney

Duxbury (18-5-0)

The Green Dragons boast a luxury most teams don’t have – two standout goaltenders in senior captain Nate Romanelli and junior Steve Pisani. They split time all season with neither playing more than two games in a row. Duxbury led the division in regular-season wins (18), ranked sixth in goals allowed (28) and owned a plus-42 differential.

Senior captain Jack Venturelli, senior Jon Campbell and juniors Ben Luscko and Nick Demio are key defensemen. The forward group features senior captain Jake Brennan, senior James Lawlor, juniors Zac Stewart, Friend Weiler, Ben Cheney, Tanner Smith and Drake Hadley, and sophomore Will Nolan. The Green Dragons were 3-0-0 against the Sectional field during the regular season.

COACH: John Blake

Brad Sprogis

Needham (14-5-1)

The Bay State Herget co-champion Rockets are another club that enjoyed great success by alternating goalies. Senior Will Popper (2.05 gaa) and freshman Oliver Lamadieu (1.98 gaa) logged equal time and combined for five shutouts. Senior captain Trent Kamke (4-4-8), junior Tim Hasenfus (2-9-11) and senior Brad Sprogis (1-8-9) trigger an active corps of defensemen.

Sam Rutter

The offense runs through senior captain Tom Chmielewski (23-8-31) and sophomore Roman Tacelli (10-17-27). Senior captain Sam Rutter (5-16-21), junior Kurt Brinkhaus (4-14-18) and seniors Sam Keenan (5-6-11) and Nick Mahoney (8-2-10) round out a deep forward unit. The Rockets finished 3-4-0 against the field.

COACH: Mike Hoban

Mansfield (14-5-3)

The Hornets’ best season since moving to Division One saw them rank second in the division in scoring while finishing second in the Hockomock’s Kelley-Rex Division. Sophomore Matt Copponi (8-28-36) and senior captain Chris Copponi (15-6-21) drive the attack, supported by senior captain Coleman O’Brien (13-8-21) and senior Jack Garland (13-10-23).

Junior goalie Sean McCafferty owns a stellar 2.03/.918/4 SO slash line. Senior Brad Grant (8-13-21) and senior captain Austin Ricker lead the defense. The Hornets finished 2-0-1 against the field.

COACH: Mike Balzarini

Kyle Roche

John Harrington

Seth Bernard

Braintree (13-6-1)

The Bay State Herget co-champs were stingy on defense with three goalies – junior Frank Mahoney and sophomores Ben Sullivan and Dylan Anderson – combining for five shutouts. Junior captain Kyle Roche (3-11-14), senior Hunter Jackle and junior Johnny Harrington form the core of a stout back line.

Senior captain Jeremy Souza (15-11-26) leads the team in scoring, supplemented by junior forward Seth Bernard (10-8-18), senior captain Aidan Flynn (5-9-14) and freshman forward Scott Lagos (5-6-11). The Wamps finished 3-2-1 against the field.

COACH: Dave Fasano

Jac Cordeiro

Brian Frieh

James Holzman

Barnstable (12-5-3)

The Red Raiders will forever hold the distinction as the final champion of the Old Colony League. A potent offense pumped out 71 goals this year, powered by senior captain Jac Cordeiro (13-18-31), juniors Chris Cordeiro (9-13-22), Brian Freh (8-14-22) and Jack Longueil (9-9-18) and senior Sean Jones (7-10-17).

Seniors Brendan Jones (4-20-24), Liam Captra (3-6-9) and James Holzman  form the nucleus of a veteran defense while senior Eddie Donovan (1.60 gaa, 2 SO) and sophomore Connor Higgins (1.90 gaa, 2 SO) shared equal billing in goal. The Red Raiders compiled a 2-2-1 mark against the field.

COACH: Tim Grace

Nick Champani

Falmouth (13-7-2)

The Clippers ran second in the Atlantic Coast League, anchored by a stellar campaign from senior captain and goalie Kevin Duarte (2.05 gaa, .900 save pct., 3 SO). Junior Nick Champani (20-13-33) and sophomore Stone Devlin (17-12-29) emerged as a lethal one-two punch up front.

Kevin Duarte

Seniors Jake Rosado (6-14-20), Robbie Curtis (5-10-15) and Sam Olson (10 points) and junior Jake McKenzie (10 points) provide scoring depth. Seniors Max Roman and Kyle Gonsalves are defensive leaders. The Clippers compiled a 1-2-2 mark against the field.

COACH: Paul Moore

Chris Rooney
Catholic Memorial

Catholic Memorial (12-7-1)

One of higher scoring teams in division with 77 goals, the Knights checked in a solid third in the rugged Catholic Conference. They will be looking to add another title to the program’s all-time state high total of 17. Senior captain Chris Rooney (6-17-23), junior Zach Callahan (5-6-11), sophomores Will MacNeil (8-10-18), Tommy Rooney (7-10-17) and Glenn Considine (6-6-12) and freshman Gavin Havens (4-6-10) pace a well-balanced offense.

Thomas Larson
Catholic Memorial

The defense features senior captain Thomas Larsen (2-8-10), juniors Brian Craven, Kevin McCarthy and Paul Guiney, and sophomore Seamus Burke. CM utilizes three goalies. The Knights were 2-0-0 against teams in the field.

COACH: Larry Rooney

Ryan Boyajian

Walpole (12-7-3)

The Rebels checked in third in the Bay State’s Herget Division. Senior captains Connor Foley and Ryan Boyajian and senior Dan Savory have generated the bulk of the offense.

Senior Mike DiCenzo and juniors Marc Hirshom and Liam Fisher are top defensemen. The Rebels finished 1-5-1 against the field.

COACH: Ron Dowd

Drew Cohen

Wellesley (11-7-2)

No team plays it closer to the vest than the Raiders, who allowed the third fewest goals (25) in the division. The Bay State Carey Division’s runner-up doesn’t score much (41 goals) and will go as far as junior goalie Drew Hubbard (1.05 gaa) carries them.

Aiden Green

Senior Henry Gould and juniors Liam Jensen and Drew Cohen are top forwards. Senior Aiden Greene and freshman Joe Fleming lead the defense. Wellesley was 2-3-0 against the field.

COACH: Paul Donato

Cam O’Connor
Archbishop Williams

Archbishop Williams (9-8-3)

The Bishops are far and away the youngest team in the draw with 13 freshmen and sophomores on the roster, many in key roles. Senior John Vaughn (9-6-15) and sophomores Brian MacSweeney (10-10-20), Connor Kelly (11-5-16) and Christian Koylion (6-6-12) spearhead the offense.

Senior Ricky Salani, sophomores Alex Umbro (3-7-10), Jon Riley and Nick Recupero, and freshman Seamus O’Donnell are top defensemen in front of senior goalie Cam O’Connor. Although they struggled within the Catholic Central Large, the Bishops were 1-1-1 against the field.

COACH: Derackk Curtis

Franklin (8-9-4)

The Panthers overcame a 1-3-2 start and repeated as the Hockomock League’s Kelley-Rex Division champion. A half-dozen seniors – Joe Lizzotte (8-6-14), captains Zac Falvey (4-8-12), CJ Spillane and Cam Cassella, Scott Elliot (6-5-11) and Dan Magazu (5-6-11) – and junior Shane McCaffrey (9-4-13) drive the offense. Juniors Tom Tasker (3-7-10) and Colin Hedvig lead the defense in front of senior goalie Ryan Cameron (2.83 gaa). The Panthers posted an 0-1-1 mark against the field.

Chris Spillane


Wednesday, Feb. 27

Walpole vs. Wellesley, Canton Ice House, 5:30pm

Falmouth vs. Franklin, Gallo Arena, 7:45 pm

Thursday, Feb. 28

Catholic Memorial vs. Abp. Williams, Loring Arena, 7 pm

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