Northeast Girls: Defense The Focus for Beverly/Danvers

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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BEVERLY/DANVERS (18-3-1)

Kristen McCarthy Beverly/Danvers
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Caitlin McBride Beverly/Danvers
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With two-thirds of the one of the state’s most prolific lines having moved on (one graduated, one transferred to prep), the Panthers this year will focus on their defensive core, from the net out, until scoring punch can be developed on a consistent basis.

The remaining member of the big line – junior Kristen McCarthy (62 pts) – will be the focal point offensively for coach Brian Seabury. Junior Anna O’Neill (15 pts) will have a much larger role. Two new sophomores to keep an eye on are McKinley Karpa and Izzy Primack

Beverly/Danvers will also possess one of the state’s top blueliners in senior Caitlin McBride (35 pts). Freshman Madison Jalbert saw a lot of time last winter as an eighth-grader.

MEDFORD (9-9-1)

Having graduated his top two scorers from last year, Mustangs coach Dave McCarthy knows full well he will have to develop some scoring for his club to have a successful season.

Up front, senior Kayle Lanzilli (18 pts), senior Nicole Martell and sophomores Mia Price (14 pts) and Ailish Fallon will be the primary offense producers.

Senior Adrienne Porrazzo (12 pts) is a veteran defenseman that will see a bunch of minutes. Senior Marykate Cullinane also has loads of experience. Medford also returns both goalies in senior Ashley Rodriguez and sophomore Trisha MacLean.

WINTHROP/LYNN (15-4-1)

Caroline McKinnon Winthrop/Lynn
Caroline McKinnon
Winthrop/Lynn
Flora English Winthrop/Lynn
Flora English
Winthrop/Lynn

If the Bulldawgs have a season similar to last winter’s, you can bet it will be because of the club’s overall team defense. “Goaltending and defense are and always have been the strength of our program,” said coach Butch Martucci.

Sophomore goalie Gretchen Howard is coming off a solid freshman season (1.74 gaa). On the blue line, senior tri-captain Kasey Harris (15 pts), junior Gabby Kenniston (14 pts) and sophomore Meghan Chavis form a more-than-steady troika.

Senior veteran Caroline McKinnon (30 pts), a tri-captain, will be a catalyst up front. She needs 18 points to become the third player in team history to eclipse 100 career points. Senior tri-captain Annie Mahoney and junior Olivia Shkliew (18 pts) will be key contributors as well. New sophomore Flora English should contribute right away.

PEABODY (2-18-0)

Coach Larry Minehan expects his club to be improved this season with the maturing of the team’s younger players and the addition of some key new players.

The Tanners will be looking for production and leadership from returning players like Kaydi Purcell, Elise Murphy, Lauren Hennessey, Hannie Aylward, Bella Piscatelli, Laura Miele and Hanna Travers.

Newcomers to the Peabody lineup include Katherine DiGulio, Mae Norton, Molly Pifko and Cassie Mirasolo.

MASCONOMET (8-8-4)

Maddy Werner Masconomet
Maddy Werner
Masconomet
Meagan Aponas Mascomomet
Meagan Aponas
Mascomomet

Depth won’t be a problem for new head coach Ryan Wood, as the Chieftains graduated just one player from last winter’s club.

Senior co-captains Jensena Moner and Dana Valletti will power the Masco offense with junior Maddy Werner. Freshman Charisse Flanagan and Lexi Rosenbaum will have an impact.

On defense, senior Meagan Aponas and juniors Meghan Hubbard, Sydney Sheerin and Lily Dow will do the job in front of returning senior goalie Molly Kelley. Freshman Kate Irons looks to contribute.

MARBLEHEAD (7-11-3)

Hadley Woodfin Marblehead
Hadley Woodfin
Marblehead
Caroline Hughes Marblehead
Caroline Hughes
Marblehead

The Magicians will be young but have some speed, reports head coach Emily Hudak Ries.

Juniors Hadley Woodfin (11 pts) and Emmarose Winder, and eighth-graders Brooke Keough (19 pts) and Sydney Cresta (13 pts) will handle the offensive chores.

Senior Caroline Hughes is the defensive anchor. Eighth-grader Amanda Monahan will have a role. In goal, senior Aly Hopkins will handle the job.

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