MIAA Girls Division 1 Tournament Preview: Austin Prep A Consensus Favorite; Arlington Enters Post-Season On A Roll; Feehan Makes Playoff Debut

Gary Demopoulos
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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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Isabel Hulse
Austin Prep

#1 Austin Prep (22-0-0)

What more can you say about the Cougars? They have been dominant from day one of the season. They have outscored opponents to the tune of 126-9. Still, they know that come the post-seson no one gets taken lightly.

Kathryn Karo Austin Prep

Coach Stephanie Wood: “We realize how hard it is to win and expect all playoff games to be very difficult. With a strong core of veterans leading this team, we have the skill and experience to be well prepared for what we hope to be a deep and competitive post-season run. One-game series and one opponent at a time.”

Maeve Carey
Austin Prep

The offensive juggernaut is driven by the big four of senior Kathryn Karo (48 pts), senior Isabel Hulse (35 pts), sophomore Madison Vittands (29 pts) and junior Mackenzie Cerrato (34 pts). Senior Gianna DeFilippo (17 pts) is another solid option.

Senior Stonehill commit Maeve Carey (20 pts) anchors the defense. Senior Emma Guthrie, junior Caroline Melanson and sophomore Aria Kader are other parts of the blue line group. And in goal, senior veteran, and Stonehill commit, Lauryn Hanafin, is there ready to go.

Maddie Krepelka Arlington

#2 Arlington (18-1-1)

The Spy Ponders took home the Middlesex League Liberty Division crown and have won their last 15 games. Their only loss of the season? To Austin Prep back in December.

Gabby Russo Arlington

Coach Jeff Mead: “If we keep playing the way we have, everything will take of itself. Our defense has been good and our goaltending very good. The top line is finding more ways to score. I’d like to see more secondary scoring. The playoffs are a different animal.”

Grace Corsetti Arlington

Junior Maddie Krepelka (48 pts) and senior captain Gabby Russo (36 pts) form a formidable one-two scoring punch. Freshmen Julia Krepelka (30 pts) and Kelsey Partridge (13 pts), and junior Molly Coneely (19 pts) are three more keys up front.

Arlington’s defense is backboned by senior captains Grace Corsetti (19 pts) and Devin Norman (12 pts). Keely Smith is having a great year as well. And in goal, senior Elise Rodd, a captain, is a solid veteran presence.

#3 Notre Dame Academy (10-5-4)

The new alignment placed the Cougars in Division 1 this year and they look to make the most out of it.

Coach John Findley: “The keys to our wins are the emotion we play with. We moved the lines four or five games ago and it has seemed to put a jump in all four lines. We need to play good solid team defense and make the most of our scoring chances.”

Offensive leaders for NDA have been sophomore Jules Connors (16 pts), junior Maggie Donahue (11 pts), freshman Devon Moore (10 pts) and junior Lauren White.

Senior Caelin Stewart, junior Avery Engel and sophomore Sarah Francis hold things together in the defensive zone, in front of stalwart junior goaltender Lily Prendergast, who gives the Cougars a chance in every game.

#4 St. Mary’s (12-7-3)

The Spartans grabbed the fourth seed in the Division 1 Tournament and have a team that has no seniors.

Coach Frank Pagliuca: “I think playing such a challenging schedule is really going to help us in terms of our play. The team has played one of the most challenging schedules in the state this year and every game has been a battle for us. I think we need to take advantage of special teams opportunities when we get them and limit slow starts for us to be successful in the tournament.”

Junior captain Jenna Chaplain, junior Maggie Pierce, junior Amanda Forziati, sophomore Gabbie Oakes and eighth-grader Julia Lambert have been contributors up front.

Sophomore Kelsey Litwin is an anchor on defense for St. Mary’s, with junior captain Ang Cantino doing the job between the pipes.

#5 Acton-Boxboro (15-4-3)

The Colonials blossomed into a contender this year, getting an MVC/Dual County Large co-title with a young club.

Coach Brian Fontas: “We have stressed team defense this entire season and making sure we take care of the puck in our own end.  We try to keep things simple and not overthink the game too much.   Playing well in the D zone this season has led to offensive chances for us. I think going into tournament we need to stay the course and keep our focus on the D zone, if we do that our offense will come.  Goaltending is a must when you enter post season play.  I believe you will go as far as your goaltender will take you.”

A host of forwards can put the puck in the net in senior Cailey Ryan (30 pts), sophomore Erin Gamble (14 pts), freshmen Ella Nannene (21 pts), Caroline Justicz (22 pts) and Natalie Hodgson (21 pts), and eighth-grader Clover Logan (19 pts).

Offense also comes from the back line, as defensemen Allison Correiri (34 pts) and Lily Vaughn (27 pts) like to get into the play offensively. In goal, A-B will look to senior Max Anderson.

#6 Shrewsbury (13-6-1)

These Colonials felt right at home moving to the MVC/Dual County Large.

“Coach Frank Panarelli: “Joining the MVC league was a great experience for our team. The competition was oustanding. I feel our team is playing some great hockey right now and we’re ready for the playoffs. With some hard work and a little puck luck hopefully we can make some noise.”

Scoring production will need to come from senior Kaci Ryder, a Utica commit, and juniors Maddie Mrva, Katie Vona and Taylor Ryder.

Defensively, senior veteran Aislinn Bennett is the backbone, while sophomore Bridget McLaughlin and freshman Yasmine McKenzie will have responsibility. Sophomore Risa Montoya has been Shrewsbury’s primary netminder.

Grace Nelson Bishop Feehan

#7 Bishop Feehan (11-6-3)

Making their first post-season appearance in program history, the Shamrocks are ready to show what they can do. Like St. Mary’s, they have no seniors on their roster.

Coach Mike Cripps: “The team is very excited to be playing in the post-season for the first time in our short history. To be successful, the girls need to continue to be strong in our defensive zone, in front of Avery Blanchard, who has had a great season in goal. Offensively, the girls need to continue to shoot the puck quicker and crash the net. We have three balanced lines and six-plus solid defensemen.

Sophomores Grace Nelson (22 pts) and Caitlin Kelley (19 pts) are Feehan’s top scorers. Junior Alivia Fitzgibbons (12 pts), and freshmen Chloe Bryda (11 pts), Julia Tamul (11 pts) and Grace Campbell (10 pts) provide solid secondary punch.

Fronting junior Avery Blanchard in goal are juniors Riley LeClair and Mary Lamoriello, and freshman Brenna Vitalli.

#8 Cape Cod Furies (13-4-3)

The Furies have had a banner season under new head coach Connor Brickley and look to continue that success in the post-season.

Coach Connor Brickley: “I would say our biggest reason for success this season has been our group of girls buying into the culture change we have had this season as a program. We brought a lot of new ideas, systems, attitudes, preparation to the game and they accepted the challenge head on and preserved together.”

Sophia Boucher Cape Cod Furies

Key forwards project to be junior Emily Underhill, freshman Sophia Boucher and eighth-grader Gaby Bassett.

A strong defense is build around senior captains Julie Weiner (UNE commit) and Charlotte Manganaro (UMass commit). Sophomore Sienna Reeves has been steady and sophomore Olivia Avalar will handle the goaltending duties.

Kaitlyn Bush

#9 HPNA (10-8-2)

The top seed in the 19-20 Division 1 tournament, HPNA has played everyone tough this winter.

They are getting plenty of production from the likes of senior Kat Yelsits, juniors Shelby Nassar, Kaitlyn Bush and Brooke Duquette, and freshman Kendall Lariviere.

Rachel Keating HPNA

Senior captain Alyssa Mazzocchi, senior Ella Roe, junior Cassy Doherty and sophomore Rachel Keating form the core of HPNA’s blue line group in front of freshman goaltender Juliana Taylor.

#10 Hingham (11-10-1)

The Harborwomen have been up and down this year. If they are up in the post-season they will be tough to deal with.

Ryan Maguire Hingham

Coach Tom Findley: “We will need our younger group to perform if the Harborwomen are to be successful in the tournament.”

Freshman Caroline Kennedy led the club in scoring and will be a key up front along with senior Ryan Maguire. Freshman Addy Gerrity, sophomore Reese Pompeo and junior Abbey Kennedy will look to contribute.

A young but improve defense corps is led by junior Erin Packard and eighth-grader CC Flynn. Freshman netminder Brynn Scott will get the call in goal.

Jessica Driscoll Methuen/Tewksbury

#11 Methuen/Tewksbury (8-8-4)

The Red Rangers are the most recent team to skate off the ice at TD Garden with a D1 state title. That was in 2019. This year’s club started slow, but went 6-2-2 over the second half.

Coach Sarah Oteri Doucette: “We hae played some of the top teams in the state and have been in a lot of close games this season. We will use those experiences and our gained skill and confidence going into the tournament. It is shaping up to be a very competitive post-season.”

Michelle Kusmaul Methuen/Tewksbury

Up front, senior Jessica Driscoll (21-13-34), a Rivier commit, was the MVC/Dual County Large MVP. Freshman Breena Lawrence (16 pts) and junior Riley Sheehan (16 pts) and sophomore Kat Schille (7 goals) round out T-M’s scoring leaders.

Sophomore Emma Ryan and freshman MJ Petisce lead the defense in front of senior netminder Michelle Kusmaul.

#12 Bishop Stang (11-7-2)

The Spartans have a somewhat short bench, but they are not short on talent.

Mikayla Brightman Bishop Stang

Coach Bill Theodore: “Since we can only play two lines it is important for us to play a structured positional game. When we do that it gives us a much better chance to win for sure. We are a young team with not a lot of big-game experience but have shown the ability to rise up to the challenge when needed.”

Lexi Yost
Bishop Stang

Stang is led offensively by junior Mikayla Brightman (26-15-41) and junior Lexi Yost (18-21-39), and freshman Kacey Curran (24 pts). Junior Jenna Noguira (15 pts) and sophomore Isabella Batista (11 pts) have contributed as well.

Sophomore Emily Curran (18 pts) has been key on defense with sophomore Bree Killion and junior Jordan Theriault. Senior Sophia Babineau is a workhorse between the pipes.

Lauren Diranian Bishop Fenwick

#13 Bishop Fenwick (9-9-2)

The Crusaders chalked up a couple of nice wins in the final week, knocking off PLNR and Bishop Stang, and hope to keep that momentum going into the post-season.

Coach John Kasle: “We need to continue to play strong team defense and increase second scoring. Overall team defense is a team strength.”

Abbey Millman Bishop Fenwick

Senior captain Lauren Diranian (30 pts) leads the Crusaders in scoring, followed closely by junior Abbey Millman (17 pts), junior Lily Pregent (11 pts), senior captain Grace Morey (11 pts) and senior captain Emma Perry (11 pts).

The defensive work is led by senior captain Catherine Salvo and junior Zoe Elwell. Both senior Sedona Lawson and freshman Ella Tucker both some solid time in goal.

#14 Pope Francis (12-7-1)

The Cardinals make the post-season in just their second year as a program. They look to do some damage.

Coach Chris Connors: “Every single girl in our locker room and our entire coaching staff believed that we had something special brewing after our last game last season. Our goal from day one was to put Pope Francis girls hockey on the map. Our team strength would be our depth n all skilled positions.”

The team has just three senior skaters are all figure prominently in the offense in Lauren Crocker (19 pts), captain Morgan Peritz (18 pts) and Mia Alfonso (11 pts). Sophomores Lily Hayes (15 pts), Ela Robidoux (12 pts) and Ivorie Arguin (10 pts) have chipped in as well.

Junior Kellie Harrington (11 pts) and sophomore Kaitlyn Ondrick have been key on defense. Senior Rowan Howe has seen the majority of the action in goal.

Catie Kampersal Peabody/Lynnfield/NR

#15 Peabody/Lynnfield/North Reading (15-4-1)

PLNR went 14-1-1 in Northeastern Hockey League play and can be a factor in the post-season.

A skilled offense is led by juniors Jenna DiNapoli (16-9-25) and Hannah Gromko (7-12-19), sophomore Catie Kampersal (10-8-18) and dynamic freshman Sarah Powers (16-16-32).

Senior Catherine Sweeney and junior Penny Spack (10 goals) are key to coach Michelle Roach’s defense. Veteran senior Audrey Buckley and freshman Alyse Mutti have split the goaltending duties.

#16 Winthrop (17-0-1)

The Vikings are one of just two teams to go unbeaten this year and they unseated PLNR as champs of the NHL. The new MIAA power ratings system has them at #16.

Emma Holmes Winthrop

Coach Anthony Martucci: “I would say we are surprised with the low power ranking, however, it is providing us with extra motivation. What we need to do to make a long run in the post-season is to control the things that we can.”

Julia Holmes Winthrop

The big three up front for the Vikings are junior sisters Emma Holmes (19-19-38) and Julia Holmes (14-21-35) and freshman Talia Martucci (13-19-32). Senior captain Mia Martucci, junior Mia Norris and sophomore Sami DiMento all have 11 points on the season.

Defensively, senior captain Elle English, junior Abby Holmes and sophomore Adrianna Rizzotto lead a group that includes eighth-graders Tegan Pereira and Avalina Coffey. Senior captain Summer Tallent is a key for Winthrop in goal.

#17 Longmeadow (8-7-1)

The Lancers come into the post-season on a three-game winning streak and will be a tough out.

Coach Melissa Vandermyn: “We really have to stay disciplined and have good puck support. We also have to have more of a net presence and take more quality/better angle shots.”

Junior Jane O’Connor (15 pts) and senior Kayla Russ (14 pts) spearhead Longmeadow’s offensive attack. Senior Aubrey Welch and sophomore Avery Ireland have chipped in.

Seniors Regan Donahue and Casey Scanlon lead the defense, along with junior Maddie Murphy. Look for senior Madison Gallant in the cage.

#18 Whitman-Hanson/Silver Lake (11-9-0)

Despite having only 12 skaters, WH/SL boasts a strong offense. They enter the post-season on a three-game winning streak.

Coach Kevin Marani: “We are starting to play good team hocke. Having won our last three games has us feeling confident heading into the tournament. Our offense has started to jell. We are now getting contributions from everyone not just a select few.”

Junior Shea Kelleher (30-15-45) has been the catalyst all season offensively. Lily Ulvila (22 pts) and Chloe Duff have contributed in a big way.

Sophomore Caitlin Dilley (26 pts), junior Kendall Peterson, sophomore Jocelyn Moore and freshman Brooke Hohmann form the defensive unit in front of eighth-grade goalie Sadie Watchorn.

Orla O’Driscoll Quincy/NQ

#19 Quincy/North Quincy (12-8-0)

Q/NQ boasts a prolific offense. Only Austin Prep scored more goals than they did this season.

Maggie Dineen Quincy/NQ

Leading the barrage is junior sensation Maggie Lynch, who cracked the 50-goal plateau. Helping her out have been senior captains Orla O’Driscoll and Maddie Bailey. Others to watch are freshman Ciara Folan and eighth-grader Emily Lim.

Junior Maddie Dineen headlines the defense. Freshman Ashlinn Foran is a key as well and junior Hailey Concannon should get the call in goal.

#20 Plymouth (10-9-1)

Plymouth went 7-6 in a tough Patriot League and they hope that will translate into some success in the post-season.

Coach Mike McCosh: “We are a very young team that needs to play solid defense in our own end.”

Junior captain Maeve Campbell, junior Jen Diercks, senior Grace Tomasello and sophomore Molly Roy will look to ignite the offense.

The defensive unit is built around senior captain Cia Goslin, sophomore Megan Petrarca and freshmen Lauren Anderson and Dani Coffey. Senior goalie Aubrey Organ is the team’s third captain.

Tori Apostolakes Billerica/Chelmsford

#21 Billerica/Chelmsford (10-10-0)

If B/C is involved in a low-scoring game in the tournament, don’t be surprised. They allowed onl 46 goals all season playing in the tough MVC/Dual County Large, but scored just 37.

Coach Ray Monroe: “Our team needs to be strong in the defensive zone, limit scoring chances and be opportunistic on our forecheck. Having such a tough schedule will have us preparted for whatever we may face in the playoffs.”

Junior captain Tori Apostolakes (14 pt) is a go-to forward, ably assisted by freshman Giovanna Gulinello, sophomore Kate Harrison and junior Molly Sances.

On defense, junior Remore Serra (14 pts) is an offensive threat and is joined on the blue line by senior captains Lea Gaspar and Gina Scoirtino and freshman Kitty Morin. Senior Sarah Noyes got the bulk of time in the nets.

Kaylee Cronin Stoneham

#22 Stoneham/Wilmington (8-11-1)

The new co-op arrangement with Wilmington has resulted in some improvement for this club, winning eight games.

Coach Cassandra Connolly: “The team has done an excellent job this year coming together on and off the ice. We need to continue working on being disciplined in our D-zone and finding the back of the net to be succesful in the post-season

Senior Kaylee Cronin, juniors Ava Krasco and Gabby Daniels and sophomore Lily McKenzie are key figures in the forward lines.

On defense, senior Kiley Flynn and junior Gabby Sacco have had good seasons. Sophomore Maddie Sainato handles the netminding chores.

#23 Newton Co-op (4-13-3)

The Crush look to give Hingham a battle in their first round matchup.

Coach Scott Heslin: “We need to focus on what we have been doing well this year, good defensive zone coverage and forechecking. (We need) to focus on getting shots on net and burying rebounds.”

Sophomore Danielle Morrill (14 pts) is Newtons’ leading scorer. Senior captain Samantha Mealey is a key on defense, and senior captain Camille Kouroriez will be in goal.

Kylie O’Keefe Mansfield/OA

#24 Mansfield/Oliver Ames/Foxboro (3-15-1)

The Warriors are excited to hit the ice in their opening round tournament game.

Jess Widdop Mansfield/OA/Foxboro

Coach Jamie Mullen: “You can expect us to utilize fortitude to win while also exposing flaws in opponents to game a competitive edge.”

MOA’s top line features senior captain Kylie O’Keefe (20 pts), sophomore Cammy Shanteler (16 pts) and freshman Emma Rabinovich. Junior Mya Waryas and sophomore Maeve Anastasia (11 pt) have delivered as well.

On the blue line, senior Julia Muttart, freshmen Madison Guilfoyle and Madeline Martin, and sophomore Macy Quinn will play key roles. Senior captain Jess Widdop has been a rock betweeen the pipes.

Maddie Rzepka Reading

#25 Reading (8-11-1)

The Rockets dropped six of their last seven games in a run against top teams. But be sure they will ready when the puck drops for their first round game.

Coach Alexa Hingston: “We are excited about the state tournament quickly approaching. The girls are not looking past our first game and are ready for any team they come across. The Rockets are the underdog here and looking for an upset.”

Senior captain Maddie Rzpeka (16 goals) drives the Reading offense. Sophomore Aly Sumner (10 pts) and junior Lacey Carciero are two other forwards to watch.

On defense, junior Cara Joyce (5 goals), sophomores Jayda Hayes and Delia Roy, freshman Libby Quinn and eighth-grader Samantha Toomey form the nucleus of the group. Eighth-grader Alexandra Herbert has performed well in goal.

Maggie Milne Arlington Catholic

#26 Arlington Catholic (4-15-1)

The Cougars struggled a bit this season, but nevertheless qualified for the post-season. They get a familiar foe in the opening round in fellow CCL club Bishop Feehan.

Coach Natalie Flynn: “Our girls need to find a way to be more consistent. That’s showing up for all three periods, every shift. I have seen that we can do things right against good teams, and when we do we put up a fight. If we come ready to play, trust our systems, and do the little things right, we will have success in the post-season.”

Emily Moran Arlington Catholic

The AC offense revolves around senior Maggie Milne, with help from sophomore Kathleen Simmons and eighth-grader Jane Martin.

Eighth-grader Lucy McGaraghan is a key blueliner and senior Emily Moran, who has been busy this year, gives the Cougars a veteran presence in goal.

Avery Knott

#27 Auburn (12-6-0)

The Rockets had a nice season, winning 12 games over and finishing first in the Central B.

Coach Peter Laprad: “We are paired up with Shrewsbury in the first round, a formidable opponent and we are the clear underdog. It will take our strongest effort and some lucky bounces for sure.”

Haley Vadenais Auburn

Freshmen Olivia Viens and Izzy Spencer are complimented in the scoring deparment junior captain Madeline Langevin and junior Madison Meyer.

Leaders on defense are senior Haley Vadenais and Avery Knott, both captains as well. Junior Rachel Proulx and sophomore Victoria Horne have handled the goaltending position.

#28 Newburyport (10-8-2)

The Clippers finished third in the Northeastern Hockey League and qualified for the post-season in just their second year as a stand-alone program.

Coach Dan Robinson: “Qualifying for the post-season in my first year and having the opportunity to help guide the program to its first post-season appearance is incredibly rewarding. Our senior players bought in early and have literally and figuratively led the way all season for this relatively young group.”

Offensive production is generated by eighth-grader Olivia Wilson (16 pts), senior captains Grace Kelleher and Fiona Dunphy (both 11 pts), and senior Ellie Turgeon (11 pts).

Senior captain Izzy Kirby, a league all-star, and junior Kayla Gibbs (12 pts) are vital to the defensive success. Both junior Teagan Wilson and eighth-grader Ella Puleo have been solid in the nets.

#29 Wayland/Weston (9-9-2)

The War-Cats scuffled a bit down the stretch, went they went 0-5-2, but expect them to be a solid opponent come tournament time.

Up front, W/W is paced by sophomore Chase van Ogtrop (23 pts), her sister Tess van Ogrtop (20 pts), an eighth-grader, senior captain Ava Olivier (13 pts) and sophomore Coco Curran (13 pts).

Leading the way on the blue line are senior captains Reed Van Ogtop (17 pts) and Sofia Fantoni (13 pts). Coach Wink Van Ogtrop says that starting goaltender Deven Dacey, a junior, had held the team in every game.

Jamie Dupont Beverly/Danvers

#30 Beverly/Danvers (9-9-2)

Don’t overlook the Panthers, who have the personnel to put some goals up on the scoreboard.

Coach Todd Lampert: “We just need to take advantage of more scoring opportunities and capitalize on rebounds and play down low in the offensive zone.”

Senior captain Jamie Dupont (14-10-24), sophomore Halle Greenleaf (19-7-26), senior captain Kayleigh Crowell (13-9-22), junior Shea Nemeskal (14 pts) and frehman Bradie Arnold power the offensive attack.

Juniors Sadie Papamecail (9 pts) and Katherine Purcell have logged big minutes on the blue line and eighth-grader Ashley Freitas has impressed. Sophomore Megan McGinnity has been solid in goal.

Elsa Wood Marblehead

#31 Marblehead (8-12-0)

The Headers have a tall task traveling to #2 Arlington for the first round and they will need to have a full effort to spring an upset.

Coach Brittany Smith: “We need to play a full 45 minutes and emphasize on crashing the net in the offensive zone. We had a handful of games this year where we let up at some point throughout the game whch gave the other team teh upper hand. There were a handful of games taht we played a full 45 minutes and it was a completely different team.”

Freshman Elsa Wood (17-11-28) and eighth-grader Ashley Piesol (9-7-16) have paced Marblehead’s offense. along with senior Hadley Wales (14 pts).

On defense, junior Hannah Tsouvalas (13 pts) is a two-way threat. Senior Jane Whitten is a key blueline. They front sophomore goaltender Lily Francouer.

Raquel Walecka Ursuline Academy

#32 Ursuline Academy (4-12-3)

Ursuline was under new management this year with Nora Kate O’Brien taking over the head coaching reins. They qualified as the #32 and have the daunting task of facing top seed Austin Prep in the first round.

Coach Nora Kate O’Brien: “We will need to have strong defense, be aggressive, and be first to the puck. We will need to stay focused and take it one period at a time.”

Senior captain Emily McHugh (10 pts), senior captain Tia Stanton and sophomore Raquel Walecka have been offensive leaders.

On defense, senior captain Tess Marchi (7 pts) is an important cog in front of starting goaltender Casey McManus, an eighth-grader.

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