A total of 27 teams qualified for the 2019 MIAA Girls Division 1 Tournament. The top five teams get a bye into the first round, while the remaining clubs face off to join them in the Round of 16. Action begins on Tuesday evening.
The top four seeds – Austin Prep, Duxbury, Methuen/Tewksbury and Andover – have a combined record of 74-3-3 heading into the post-season, and two of those losses were to each other.
Here is a look at the tournament field:
#1 Austin Prep (20-0-0): The Catholic Central League champions started the season ranked #1 and head into the post-season the same way. The Cougars couldn’t have been much more dominant, outscoring their opponents by a whopping 103-8 margin.
Coach Stephanie Wood has an arsenal of offensive firepower, led by eighth-grader Samantha Taber (23-17-40), senior Ella Saracco (16-17-33), freshman Aylah Cioffi (14-14-28) and senior Maeve Crehan (6-16-22).
A rock-solid defensive core is anchored by junior Frankie Frelick (17 pts), freshman Maeve Carey (14 pts) and junior Eryn Taber. And then there is senior veteran Hannah Aveni between the pipes. Aveni has 14 shutouts on the season.
#2 Duxbury (19-0-2): The perennial-power Dragons feature a deep offensive club that put up 102 goals on the season, including 10 double-digit scorers.
“It’s a true testament to the girls resilience to go undefeated,” said coach Paul Reissfelder. “We have a lot of depth and it has helped us to wear teams down. Just going to take it game by game, period by period, and shift by shift going forward.”
Forwards to watch will include senior Emily Ballerene (13-14-27), freshman Delaney Williams (14-11-25), junior Molly Duvall (16-6-22), freshman Meghan Gambino (9-10-19), junior Grace High (6-11-17) and senior Jackie Hayden (9-7-16).
Senior tri-captain Mairead Kennedy (22 pts) is a solid two-way blue liner. Junior Kiley Erickson is another key defenseman. Seniors Sue Bird and Erin Matthews have split time in goal and give Duxbury a solid 1-2 between the pipes.
#3 Methuen-Tewksbury (18-1-1): The Red Rangers reached the state final game at TD Garden and would like nothing more than getting back for another crack this year. They boast a team that is talented in all three areas of the game and playing some of its best hockey entering the tournament.
“I feel confident our girls are focused and ready to go for the post-season,” said coach Sarah Oteri. “We have a lot of returning players who have been in this situation before and know how to prepare. I do believe our team knows what it takes to play at the Garden and that is a goal again this season. There are so many talented, skilled teams in the Division 1 tournament so we will make sure we are prepared and playing our best every game.”
The dynamic duo offensively for the Red Rangers are senior Julia Masotta (39-23-62) and Cassidy Gruning (19-14-33). Senior Carolyn Curley (21 pts) and juniors Lydia Pendleton (24 pts) and Ryan Quinn (14 pts) must be watched as well.
A veteran defense is led by seniors Madi Sjostedt (12 pts) and Megan Forbes (11 pts), and junior Brenna Greene (15 pts). Junior Kaia Hollingsworth (1.10 gaa) is a seasoned veteran in the nets.
#4 Andover (17-2-1): The Golden Warriors finished second to Methuen/Tewksbury in the MVC/Dual County II, splitting the season-series with the Red Rangers. Coach Kevin Drew’s offense goes through the senior tandem of Emma Gilmartin and Callie Wiley, and freshman Lauren Adams.
Senior Sean D’Urso is a solid netminder fronted by senior rock Katie Adams on the blue line.
#5 Franklin (16-2-2): The Hockomock League champions will be a tough out with experience at all positions.
“We anticipated being competitive this season, and we were,” said coach Margie Burke. “My starting goalie was injured for the first three games so to start out 3-0 was a pleasant surprise. The girls got excited and started to believe they could win the league and make the tourney with a decent seed.”
Senior veteran Regan Paterson (20-19-39) and sophomore Amanda Lewandowski (18 pts) will be keys up front for the Panthers.
On defense, coach Margie Burke will rely on senior Cassi Ronan (23-13-36) both offensively and defensively. Junior Tina Pisano (17 pts) has had a big season on the blue lin as well. Sophomore Gabby Colace should get the call in goal.
#6 St. Mary’s (16-2-2): The Spartans have the ingredients to make a long run in the post-season. Their only two losses came to top-seed Austin Prep.
“I think we have done an excellent job of limiting teams from getting high quality scoring chances,” said coach Frank Pagliuca. “Our special teams have been a huge factor this year. The PK has not allowed a goal all season and the power play is almost at 30%. We are getting contributions across the board and not relying on one or two players to carry us.”
Sophomore Samantha Porazinski (29 pts), senior captain Codi Butt (23 pts), eighth-grader Jenna Chaplain (24 pts), sophomore Marina DiBiasio (18 pts), junior Katie Gray (16 pts) and junior Zoe Solomons (12 pts) are the offensive nucleus up front.
Endicott College commit Mady Hentosh (18 pts) and senior Kelsey Sullivan (11 pts) will be cornerstones on defense for coach Frank Pagliuca. Senior Lauren Vaccaro had a solid season in goal.
#7 Longmeadow (11-2-0): The Lancers played the fewest games of anyone in the field, but don’t let that fool you. They will give anyone they face fits.
Senior Brigitte Goeler-Slough (28 pts) and junior Jordan Kowalski (21 pts) are the offensive catalysts for coach Melissa Vandermyn. Junior Ashley Barron (13 pts) will chip in as well.
Junior Jillian Croteau (9 pts) and sophomore Madison Fox (11 pts) are key defensemen for Longmeadow. Senior co-captain Kayla Brown will handle the goaltending duties.
#8 Braintree (15-4-1): The Wamps came into the season highly-regarded and certainly didn’t disappoint. And, they don’t have one senior on the roster.
“Success has come from the maturity of the players,” said coach Kevin Burchill. “We made some positional changes and now we have two solid lines that can score.”
One of those changes was moving junior Delia Lee (14-14-28) up to forward, joining other top scorers like junior Abbey Holland (25-13-38), junior Ally Decoste (15-20-35) and junior Maggie Doherty (8-10-18).
Freshman Lila Shea was moved to defense and solidified that core, a group that also includes sophomore Fiona Hume, junior Elizabeth Connelly and junior Mia Zaniboni.
#9 Boston Latin (15-3-4): The MVC/Dual County Small champions were extremely stingy this winter, allowing just 18 goals in their 22 games. The Wolfpack hope to translate that success to the post-season.
“We need to stay healthy and compete every shift 5-on-5,” said coach Tom McGrath. “Solid goaltending, along with good team play and balanced scoring from the first two lines have been key.”
Up front, junior Sophia Temple (23 pts) and seniors Maggie Young (21 pts) and Kerriann McLaughlin (20 pts) have been leaders, as have senior Emma Tobin (8 goals) and sophomore Ally Keough (11 pts).
Junior standout Emma Kelly (23 pts) will be a key defenseman, as will sophomore Olivia Temple. And in goal, sophomore Ellen Linso had a tremendous season with 10 shutouts.
#10 Melrose (14-4-2): The Middlesex League Freedom Division champions were led by first-year head coach Frank Sorrenti as they qualified for the second straight season.
“Key factors for our success would be the leadership of our captains (Mairead Clark and Linnea Kelley), the outstanding play of our eighth-grade players, the development of our defense over the course of the season, the unselfish team-first approach our players have embraced and our never-quit work ethic,” Sorrenti said.
Young guns lead the way, as the Raiders scoring attack is paced by freshman Emily Crovo (35 pts) and eighth-graders McKenzie Cerrato (39 pts) and Maggie Pierce (28 pts). Seniors Maggie O’Donnell (17 pts) and Mairead Clark (13 pts) are two other scoring options.
Sophomore Sydney Kroon has been solid on defense while Courtney O’Connor will take care of things in goal.
#11 Peabody/Lynnfield/North Reading (14-4-2): The Northeastern Hockey League co-champions boast a balanced scoring attack, which could cause issues for their opponents.
Offense for coach Michelle Roach can come from junior Sammie Mirasolo (20-12-32), sophomore Jen Flynn (16-14-30), freshman Maria Pierce (11-15-26), senior Kathryn DiGiulio (6-17-23), and senior Jessica Robert (12-10-22).
Junior Carolyn Garofoli, sophomore Reilly Ganter and freshman Catherine Sweeney handle things on the blue line in front of veteran senior goalie Abigail Buckley.
#12 Arlington (13-3-4): The Spy Ponders have a deep squad capable of knocking off anyone they face in the post-season.
“We need to pay attention to detail and manage the puck better,” said coach Jeff Mead. “Our goaltending needs to be solid and our top players need to be at their best.”
Senior captains Erin O’Brien (18-10-28), Elizabeth Liakos (11-14-25) and Emily Benoit (11-10-21) lead the attack for the Middlesex League Liberty Division champions. Sophomore Makayla Doherty (20 pts), senior Erika Siegel (13 pts) and freshman Gabby Russo (14 pts) are other offensive options.
On defense, senior captain Molly Flynn (18 pts), sophomores Shea O’Day and Fiona Johnson-MacDonald, senior Isabel Aaron and freshman Grace Corsetti will contribute.
Both senior Jordan Toomey, another captain, and freshman Elise Rodd were solid in the Arlington cage.
#13 Reading (11-3-6): The Rockets finished second, just behind Arlington in the ML Liberty Division race.
“If we show up and compete I think we can win some hockey games,” said coach Alexa Hingston. “We’re not looking past our first game and are going to put up a fight for any opponent we may face.”
Seniors have been key up front, with Kat Paradis (19-18-37), Ainsley Cohen (11-15-26) and Mari Verrier (4-11-15). Junior Sydney Conte (14-12-26) has had a huge campaign as well. Another senior, Abbie Collins (15 pt) has contributed in a big way.
Senior Katie Costello (19 pts) and Junior Lindsey Joyce (17 pts) form a solid 1-2 punch on the Reading blue line in front of sophomore goalie Casey Machera.
#14 Lincoln-Sudbury (13-6-1): The Warriors finished just behind Boston Latin in the MVC/Dual County Small.
“L-S has to stay disciplined in its own end,” said coach Paul Hardy, “and forecheck aggressively while getting netfront presence in the offensive zone.”
Freshman Sophie Ensley (32-13-45) is certainly the catalyst up front for Lincoln-Sudbury, ably assisted in the scoring department by sophomore Kimmy Lucier (12-14-26) and sophomore Catrina Tobin.
Junior Kylie Oblak and senior Siobhan Frye project to be defensive leaders in front of sophomore goaltender Julia Provvisionato.
#15 Shrewsbury (12-5-3): The Colonials have the potential to be a dangerous 15 seed having played a pretty tough schedule.
“We need to just play our game,” said coach Frank Panarelli. “We have played all the top teams very competitively and with our strong goaltending, scoring punch and some puck luck hopefully we can make some noise.”
Senior Delaney Couture (39 pts), junior Grace Felicio (35 pts), senior Dolly Herlihy (31 pts) and freshman Kaci Ryder (31 pts) form the offensive nucleus. Lauren Moran (22 pts) and Grace Louder (19 pts) will contribute as well.
Junior Nora Louder is a key blueliner, while junior Riley MacCausland is a veteran presence between the pipes.
#16 Hingham (13-6-3): As dangerous as Shrewsbury is at 15, the same goes for Hingham at 16. The Harborwomen can and will compete with anyone.
Up front, coach Tom Findley will count on freshman Kathryn Karo and senior Gianna Merian to drive the offense, along with senior Julia Salvucci and sophomore Coco Hernberg.
Senior Lizzie Jacobson, the captain, will anchor the Hingham defense with junior Delia Dwan. In goal, senior Leah White is one of the tournament’s top netminders.
#17 St. Peter Marian (13-7-0): It is the second straight post-season appearance for the Guardians in only their second year of being a varsity program. Once again, SPM is a very young club.
“Anytime you reach the post-season is a big accomplishment,” said coach Jay Monfreda. “Granted, our team has improved tremendously in such a short period of time at such a young age that it has surprised me quite a bit. We had the same schedule as last year in a sense and improved our win total from 9 last year to 13 this year. With that said, this year I would like to improve on last year of being one and done. Last year, we were just happy to get there.”
Offensive leaders are eighth graders Emily Hamann (32-9-41), Gina Richard (20-9-29) and Gretchen Swartz (12-14-26).
Junior Hannah Marmor logs a lot of minutes on the blue line, while freshman Mia Dang is a workhorse in goal for coach Jay Monfreda.
#18 BMW/ORR (12-6-2): This club comes into the post-season on a high note, winning its last six games. They hope that can translate into tournament success.
Coach Kristyn Alexander can get offense from a variety of sources like sophomore Julia Elcier (19 pts), sophomore Carly Drew (18 pts), senior Kaitlin Kelley (15 pts), freshman Erin Craig (15 pts), and junior Madison Guinen (14 pts).
Senior Chelsea Peterson (14 pts) is a blue line leader, and junior Megan Nolan has been solid between the pipes.
#19 Westford Academy (12-6-2): All six of the Grey Ghosts losses have come to D1 Tournament teams ranked above them.
“We have been playing good team defense for the second half of the season,” said coach Bob Ware. “If we can limit our opponents chances and get some production from our forwards we will be OK.”
That production will need to come from the likes of senior Kayleigh Butler (20 pts), sophomore Val Crory (18 pts), junior Lexi Warner (17 pts) and senior Emma Beers (11 pts).
Senior Jackie Ricko (15 pts) is solid on the blue line, as is sophomore Meghan Mulhern. Junior Allie Dean and sophomore Allison Kingsley have handled the bulk of the goaltending chores.
#20 Needham (12-6-2): The Rockets stumble a bit coming into the post-season having lost three straight, albeit all to strong clubs.
Senior Lexi Schmaltz, junior Celia Blaskowsky and freshman Britt Nawrocki should be keys on offense for coach Alisyn Furano-Foster.
On defense, senior captains Elizabeth Phalen and Brooke Reilly hold down the fort in front of goaltender Kenzie Kelly.
#21 Woburn (11-6-3): The two-time defending D1 state champions finds itself in somewhat of an unfamiliar position, a lower seed, than it has been the last few years, after graduation hit hard.
“Our kids worked really hard to improve,” said coach Bob MacCurtain. “Our defense and goaltending have been good. We are taking things one game at a time as we always have.”
Sophomore Mackenzie Russo (23 pts), junior Jackie Lees (21 pts) and sophomore Lily Anderson (16 pts) have been offensive leaders for the Tanners. Sophomore Bella Shaw has chipped in with 10 points.
Woburn allowed just 29 goals during the regular season. Senior Angie Moore, junior Erin McComiskey and sophomore Sophia Gregory (12 pts) have been solid. Junior Amanda Essigmann will be in goal.
#22 Winthrop (10-6-2): The Vikings had their usual solid year and could cause some havoc in the post-season.
“We will have to play with discipline, and attention to detail,” said coach Butch Martucci. “In the tourney with so many great teams the margin of error is so small. A key to our success this year has been the leadership, and play, of our three captains.”
One of those captains, Emma Carleton (35 pts), ignites the offense. Junior Olivia Driscoll (19 pts), freshman Mia Martucci (18 pts) and eighth-grader Emma Holmes (12 pts) are heavily involved as well.
Tri-captains Bella Perrotti (12 pts) and Abby Stafford are defensive kingpins. In goal, it will be freshman Summer Tallent.
#23 Masconomet (11-7-2): It has been back-to-back semifinal trips for the Chieftains, who have some work to do if they intend on getting to that round again.
“We have a small group of girls who have been on the team during both of our deep runs over the past two years and know what it takes to motivate the team to get far in the tournament,” said coach Ryan Sugar. “As a team, we need to put together three full periods of hockey.”
In senior Abby Gendron (49 pts) and freshman Isabel Hulse (45 pts), Masco has a lethal 1-2 offensive punch, bolstered by senior Mikayla Vincent (26 pts), sophomore Cali Caponigro (12 pts) and sophomore Erin Irons (9 goals).
Senior Anna Behringer and junior Meghan McElaney have been key on defense in front of junior goaltender Molly Elmore.
#24 Waltham (11-7-2): The Hawks were successful with their defensive style of play, as they allowed just 30 goals during the regular season.
Offensively, junior Janice O’Neil (28 pts) was the leading scorer for coach John McCue. Sophomore Jessica McPherson (15 pts) and seventh-grader Angalisa Caceda (13 pts) chip in.
Senior Sydney MacPherson (15 pts) and junior Isla MacPherson are defensive cornerstones. Sophomore Caitlyn Burke will be in goal.
#25 Barnstable (11-8-1): The Red Raiders finished in third place in the SEMGHL this winter.
Look for senior Seanna McEneaney, senior Gabby Labarge, senior Rachel Aalto, sophomore Sarah Schoote and freshman Bridget Everett to be keys up front for coach Peter Nugnes.
Sophomore Catie McNulty has had a solid year on defense.
#26 Brookline (11-9-2): The Warriors are back in the post-season for the first time since 2004 as a stand-alone program, which they returned to this season after a lone co-op arrangment with Newton South.
“Obviously, after the Brookline-Newton South Co-op ended last season, there was a lot of uncertainty with the program,” said coach Nick Sama. “I knew we had a good core group of girls coming back this season, but it was definitely going to be an adjustment. And then our starting goalie, who had been a starter for the past three seasons and was a captain this year, got injured for the season after our first game. We also had a tough opening week, with Needham, Braintree, and Natick, all of whom are capable of making deep runs in the state tournament this year, as our next three games. To the team’s credit though, after that run of games, we really began to come together and turn things around.”
Freshman Caroline Driscoll (29 pts) and sophomore Ana Driscoll power the offense. Olivia Boyd (8 goals) and Emily Autor (10 pts) have been steady.
On the blue line, seniors Willa Frantzis (13 pts), senior Allie Carew-Lyons and junior Cassie Terranova have been leaders. Junior Caroline Davis took over in goal for Brookline and has had a nice year.
#27 Mansfield/Oliver Ames/Foxboro (9-8-3): The Warriors may be the last seed, but are certainly capable of pulling an upset.
Offense has come from senior forward Isabelle Shanteler (25 pts) and freshman defenseman Skylar Sharfman (21 pts). Senior forward Mackenzie Fraser contributes 10 goals. Sophomore defenseman Emma Pereira (13 pts) chips in offensively as well.
Freshman Jessica Widdop has seen every minute in goal for coach Roy Bain.