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MIAA Girls D2 Tournament Preview: Walpole Leads 25-Team Field

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A total of 25 teams will battle to see who will be the 2019 MIAA Girls Division 2 state champion. Defending state champion Wellesley drew the fifth seed. Walpole grabbed the top seed.

Here are the teams:

Madison Ryan

#1 Walpole (16-3-1): The Rebels navigated a tough schedule with relative ease this season and have improved as the season has gone on, which would be good news with the tournament right around the corner.

Olivia Malone

Coach Joe Verderber can look to the likes of senior Meghan Hamilton, senior Audra Tosone, senior Olivia Malone and freshman Livia Brooks for some offensive production.

Senior Madison Ryan will have a key role on the Walpole blue line, while senior Cam Murphy will be asked to do the job in goal.

Kayla McGaffigan’

#2 Dennis-Yarmouth (16-4-0): The Dolphins possess perhaps the top scoring duo in the tournament in freshman sisters Kayla McGaffigan and Ava McGaffigan. As they go, so go the Dolphins. Junior Samantha Johnson will be a solid contributor as well.

Junior Lily Holmes is a key defenseman and senior Lucy Reid will be the goaltender.

#3 Westwood (13-2-5): The Tri-Valley League champions always seem to be in the thick of things and this year is no exception.

“Our veteran nucleus of eight seniors has been instrumental in our success,” said coach Ed Amico. “They know this is their last chance and are working hard to leave it all on the ice. “We need to spread the scoring across multiple lines and continue to play awesome team D. Seventeen of 20 games opponents were held to two goals or less. That needs to continue.”

Up front, senior Kat Keith (22-13-35) and sophomore Hannah Blomquist (8-24-32), a converted defenseman, will be vital to the attack, as will junior Emma Conway (13 pts) and seniors Leag Piscitelli (12 pts) and Colleen Dalton (13 pts).

Senior Olivia Jordan (19 pts) gives the Wolverines a solid two-way performer on the blue line. Freshman Robin MacAusland (9 pts) has been a key contributor.  Veteran senior Caroline McDonough will be a factor in goal.

Kat Keith

Caroline McDonough

Emma Conway

Hannah Blomquist

#4 Norwell (14-4-1): The Clippers took home the SEMGHL title this winter, finishing off the season with a Gould Memorial Tournament championship.

Brenna McDonald

For the second season in a row, juniors Casey Messina (28 pts) and Casey Ward (25 pts) have been pivotal offensive players. Junior Grace Burke chipped in with 12 points.

The Norwell defense gets involved in the offensive zone with the likes of sophomore Emma Breen (11 pts), freshman Emily Hohmann (14 pts) and juniors Brenna MacDonald and Emma Campbell. Chloe Hohmann, a senior, handles the goaltending duties.

Mackenzie O’Neil

#5 Wellesley (13-4-3): The defending champions will be tough to beat. Two of their four losses this winter were to D1’s top seed – Austin Prep.

Coach P.T. Donato has plenty of skaters up front capable of putting the puck in the net with junior Emily Rourke, sophomore Bliss Vernon, junior Mackenzie O’Neil, junior Bridget Noonan, freshman Danielle Cimino and freshman LuLu Rourke.

Junior Erin Fleming, sophomore Lauren Burke and senior Grace Dore should all have key roles on the blue line. In goal, junior Liddy Schultz is battle-tested.

Elizabeth Lepage
Bishop Stang

Janey Silvia
Bishop Stang

Destiny Arruda
Bishop Stang

#6 Bishop Stang (13-5-2): The Spartans will be an intriguing foe, having qualified for the post-season for the first time in program history.

Junior Janey Silvia (25 pts), sophomore Raquel Reis (23 pts), sophomore Destiny Arruda (17 pts) and junior Sara Mullin (13 pts) are key forwards for coach Bill Theodore.

Alexa Graziano
Notre Dame

On defense, junior Elizabeth LePage (22-15-37) is a premier two-way rearguard. Junior Megan Elwood (12 pts) has a key role, In the nets, the Spartans look to senior Sierra Majewski.

#7 Notre Dame Hingham (13-5-2): First-year head coach John Findley had this club playing hard from the outset. Be sure the Cougars will be a tough out.

“To compete the girls will have to follow the system Martha Findley and I have put in place for them to be successful,” he said. “Playing the last four games against Falmouth, Hingham, Andover and Duxbury we will be battle-ready.”

Danielle Longuemare
Notre Dame

Senior Alexa Graziano (25-10-35) powers an offense that includes sophomore Christine Landry (15 pts), senior Ava Bevilacqua (15 pts), seniro Caitlin Delano (10 pts) and freshman Danielle Longuemare (12 pts).

Carly Birolini

Defensively, senior Natalie O’Brien, junior Kelsey Stewart and sophomores Hana Bevilacqua and Sarah Leonard form a solid group, Eighth-grader Lily Prendergast has been impressive all year in the nets.

#8 Pembroke (13-5-2): The Titans don’t boast a bevy of skaters on their roster, but everyone contributes, making them a tough commodity.

Nikki Rinkus

Senior veterans Carly Birolini and Nikki Rinkus both hit the 100-career point mark this winter. Sophomore Miranda Demita, freshman Megan Dorsey and eighth-grader Shannon Murphy add punch.

Sophomore Hannah Gerlach, freshman Allison Zeoli and junior Lisa Freeley guard the cage in front of freshman goalies Kaleigh Murphy and Alison Stone.

#9 Matignon (13-5-2): The Warriors closed on an 8-0-2 run. All five of their losses were to top 5 Division 1 teams. They will not go quietly in this tournament.

“If we play well in our end, we should have an opportunity in every contest,” said coach Anthony Cornacchia, in his first season as head coach. “We tend to do well when we control the neutral zone and limit transition speed from opposing teams. We have hung in there with the top teams in D1 for the majority of each of those games. There is no doubt that playing those teams, and being competitive in them, will be to our benefit.”

Senior Carolyn Mahoney (18-29-47) is the offensive leader, but gets plenty of help from sophomore Alaina Aiello (24 pts), junior Lexie Turner (29 pts) and freshman Brynn MacPherson (19 pts).

Senior Emma Brennan (1-22-23) and junior Lily O’Connell are stabilizing forces on the defense with senior Caitlyn Killoran. Senior Dana Smullen has played every minute in goal for the Warriors and has a solid 1.25 gaa.

Emma Brennan

Carolyn Mahoney

Dana Smullen

Lexie Turner

Bridgitte Crowley

#10 Dedham (12-4-5): Having not lost anyone to graduation, a solid season could have been expected this season for the Marauders, whose only loss in 10 Tri Valley League games came to Westwood. They come into the tournament like Matignon, on an 8-0-2 streak.

Kerryn O’Connell

Senior Bridgette Crowley will be a go-to play on offense for coach Christine Gurskis. In goal, senior Donna Shevory brings loads of varsity experience.

#11 Algonquin/Hudson (12-6-2): The Tomahawks reached the semifinals a year ago, so they are no stranger to the rigors of tournament play.

Amy McGlashing

“For us to be successful, we will need to capitalize on our opportunities and limit mistakes in the defensive end,” said coach Mike Hodge.

Sophomore Kerryn O’Connell (24-9-33) powers the offensive attack, with junior Amy McGlashing (12-11-23) right behind. Freshman Averi Curran and sophomore Heather Hodgkins are in the offensive mix as well.

Maggie Malloy

A pair of freshmen –  Jill Johannes and Sabrina Ferro – are the Tomahawks top defensive pairing. Freshman Lana Pacific will be in goal.

#12 Canton (11-5-5): It has been two straight trips to the state final for the Bulldogs, who would like nothing better than to make it three in a row.

“We are very comfortable with tournament play and our experience in big games should be a big benefit to us,” said coach Dennis Aldrich. “Our defense will have to continue to be strong and we must be able to finish off most of our opportunities in the offensive end.”

Veteran senior captain Maggie Malloy (23-12-35) and senior Lauren Fitzpatrick (18-9-27) are Canton’s go-to forwards. Sophomores Lizzie Tassinari (18 pts) and Ellie Rae Roberts (12 pts) and freshman Tess Khoury (11 pts) add to the offensive arsenal.

On  the blue line, seniors Leah McClellan and Katie Trerice, and juniors Alexa Maffeo and Meg Aldrich from a experienced quartet. Senior Ava Pacitti has been a workhorse in goal.

Gabby Davern
Bishop Fenwick

#13 Bishop Fenwick (12-7-1): The Crusaders continued their trend of improvement this winter and look to make some noise in the post-season.

Leading the way are the high-scoring trio of senior Lexi McNeil (14-22-36), sophomore Gabby Davern (21-17-38) and senior Jill Matucci (10-15-25).

Freshmen Lauren Diranian and Grace Morey have seen solid time on the blue line for coach Doug Anderson. Junior Daphne Jalbert will be in goal for Fenwick.

#14 Stoneham (11-6-3): The Spartans quietly put together a solid campaign. They may have a smaller roster, but they are not small on talent.

The play of seniors has been key. Veterans Jenna Bragalone (34 pts), Gianna Beauclair (19 pts), Alexis Saia (32 pts) and Lexie Frost (20 pts) lead the attack.

Fellow senior Kasey Libby is a solid presence in goal. Sophomore Katie Oro and eighth-grader Gabby Sacco have had good years on the blue line.

Jenna Bragalone

Kasey Libby

Gianna Beauclair

#15 Falmouth (11-7-2): The Atlantic Coast League co-champions feature a solid group of youngsters.

Freshman Sam Mckenzie (16-5-21) is the top scorer for coach Brian Ferreira, followed by eighth-graders Megan Azzoto (16 pts) and Ryann McDonald (15 pts) and senior Maddy Robichaud (13 pts).

Senior Hannah Tobey and junior Cate Brodie are leaders on the blue line. Eighth-grader Abby McDonald saw time. In goal, another eighth-grader, Lucy Armour, should get the nod.

Nikki Micciche

#16 Winchester (8-5-7): Low-scoring games were the norm for the Sachems down the stretch. They went 1-3-2 in their final six but can’t be overlooked.

Katie Cronin

“We struggled down the stretch and that hurt our seeding but not our confidence,” said coach Craig Seabury. “We played very well at times and controlled a lot of those games territorially.”

A pair of sophomores – Nikki Micciche (25 pts) and Katie Cronin (23 pts) – power Winchester’s offense. Freshmen Isa Healey (13 pts) and Amelia Lynch (12 pts) have been key contributors.

MacKenzie Heath
Archbishop Williams

Junior Izzy Bressette anchors the blue line, and sophomore Amy Scali will be a factor in the nets.

#17 Archbishop Williams (10-8-2): The Bishops can’t be overlooked. If they come to play they will be tough to beat.

Abby Dacosta
Archbishop Williams

“The Lady Bishops are battle-tested with the schedule we play,” said coach Mark McHale. “If we show up and compete every shift and play a full 200 feet of hockey we will be successful.”

Senior veteran McKenzie Heath (11-20-31) leads a potent attack that also includes senior Nicole Hersey (11-13-24), freshman Karaline O’Toole (22 pts) and juniors MaciKate O’Brien (14 pts) and Kaitlyn Fox (18 pts).

Christine Oar

Bookend seniors on defense are Ally DaCosta and Mary Kate Clougherty. The goaltending chore will go to senior Allison Delmonte.

#18 Scituate (10-9-1): The Sailors went 5-2-1 over the final eight games to grab a post-season berth.

Elliette Leahy

Freshman Christine Oar (30-12-42) set the single-season scoring record. Also contributing in a big way were freshman Hayley McCarthy (24 pts) and junior Caroline Naylor (15 pts).

Molly Burnes

Senior Elliette Leahy (17 pts) and Sheila Dunn, and freshman Madi Richman (10 pts) will log key minutes on defense for coach Rosie Rosata. Freshman Molly Walsh takes cares of things in the nets.

#19 Natick (9-8-3): The Red Hawks lost only two of their final nine games.

Jacqueline Poulack

Senior Molly Burnes and juniors Jacqueline Poulack and Nicole Schnair are offensive kingpins for coach Bruce Ihloff.

Jacqui Manning

#20 Cohasset-Hanover (9-9-2): The Skippers hit a rough patch in the second half, going 1-7-1 down the stretch. They look to turn things around come the post-season.

Junior Lauren Farren (14 pts), senior Morgan Foley (11 pts) and junior Olivia Hussey (17 pts) will look to score for coach Deb Beal.

Two defensemen who are offensive-minded are senior Jacqui Manning (15 pts) and junior Lily Tobin (12 pts). Senior Sarissa Fazio and sophomore Anna Tedeschi shared the goaltending duties all season.

Allie McDonough

#21 Norwood (8-8-4): The Mustangs took advantage of some non-league success to earn a post-season bid.

Senior Rose Campbell and juniors Allie McDonough and Allie Martin are key offensive players for coach Tim Coskren.

On defense, junior Erin Wagner and sophomore Vivian Sharkey will see decent time. Junior Jenna Mazzola handles the goaltending.

Sarah Manning

#22 Ursuline (8-8-3): The Bears boast just two seniors as they look to grab a win or two in the post-season.

Junior Bridget Popkin (16-13-29) is the go-to forward for coach Tom Keady. Senior Abbey Daly (15 pts), and freshmen Emily McHugh (14 pts) and Meghan Foley (12 pts) contributed as well.

Junior Sarah Manning (11 goals) is a key defensemen. Ursuline will turn to sophomore Lucy Reardon in goal.

Katie Rice

#23 Concord-Carlisle (6-9-5): By virtue of their strong record against D2 foes, the Patriots find themselves in the post-season.

Coach Barbara Southcote has gotten a lot of mileage out of senior defenseman Lily Langrid and fellow blue liners Katie Rice, a sophomore, and Finley Griswold, a freshman.

Casey Jackson
Central Catholic

Gabriela Braceras (12 pts) led the team in scoring. Eighth-grader Sage Piekarski chipped in with some points. Freshman Daphne Kalogeropoulos is solid in goal.

Julie Thing
Central Catholic

#24 Central Catholic (7-11-2): The young Raiders are excited to be in the D2 Tournament for the second straight season.

“We are still a relatively young team that is hoping to upset someone in the preliminary round,” said coach Jeff Marggraf.

Three juniors – Casey Jackson (15 pts), Maddy Guy (14 pts) and Carmella Hillner (10 pts) – provide the bulk of the offense. Senior Michela Ferris anchors the defense and senior Julie Thing is a veteran goaltender.

Claire McNeill

#25 Cambridge (5-10-5): Like Central Catholic, the Falcons hope to spring an upset as well.

Seniors Claire McNeil (17 pts) and Maggie Bayly (13 pts) are offensive leaders with sophomore Jasmine Fridman (10 pts).

On defense, sophomore Molly Doran and eighth-grader Sayde Daniliuk have shined for coach Katelyn Greene.. Ellie Fredenburg has been solid between the pipes.

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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