The Rhode Island Interscholastic League was given the go-ahead this week to being competitive games and the Girls hockey division, consisting again of eight teams, should get started this weekend. Defending champ LaSalle is looking to become the first Rhode Island girls high school team to win three straight state titles.
With a big number of returning players, there is no reason not to place the Rams in the favorite’s role.
Back for a senior year is 2020 Player of the Year Grayson Goolgasian (43 pts), a Curry College commit, who will lead the offensive attack. Seniors Sam Marsh and Jenna Stevens, junior Patrice Dafonte and sophomores Hannah Haxton (23 pts), Sofia Calabro (11 pts) and Kendal Brown are also back for coach Sean McNamara.
A veteran blue line group features the junior quartet of Arianna Rodi, Jaiden Tonucci, Bitzy Walsh and Carina Cardi, and sophomore Adrianna Dooley. New freshman Allison McNally will press for time.
Sophomore Kate Grivers is a returning starter in goal. She fashioned a 1.25 gaa last winter.
EAST BAY CO-OP
The Eagles are targeting what would be a fourth straight trip to the state finals.
Offensively, senior Katherine Barker, an Assumption commit, put up 41 points last winter and leads the offense, joined by seniors Marissa Leverault (14 pts) and Brigid Carlin, junior Taylor DeFreitas and sophomore Peyton Whittet (11 pts). Junior Sarah Yee (23 pts) and sophomore Mallory Cox (17 pts) should see time at both forward and defense at points during the season.
Junior Layla Rappeleye and sophomore Samantha Yee will be defensive anchors. New goaltender Sara Turillo will battle for time in the cage.
NARRAGANSETT/NORTH KINGSTOWN/SOUTH KINGSTOWN
Known as the South County Storm, this is a team to keep an eye on.
The Storm should be able to score, led by returning sophomore Adora Perry, a first team All Division selection a year ago, and senior Victoria Gauvin, a co-captain who was second team All Division. Sophomore Jade Shabo and senior Dempsey Campbell could play either up front or on the back line. A youngster to watch is freshman Julianna Bucci.
Senior co-captain Megan Cairns anchors the blue line. Freshman Michaela Bucci will have an immediate impact.
Sophomore Veronica Sabatino is a steady influence in goal for coach Sydney Collins.
MOUNT ST. CHARLES/CUMBERLAND/LINCOLN
With a good amount of returning experience, the Mounties could cause some fits to opponents. They also have a new coach in Vanessa D’Andrea.
Offensive leaders will be senior captain Mia Mollicone, junior assistant captain Riley Trudeau, junior Maggie McMichael, and sophomores Leah Laquerre, Mackenzie Lavallee and Rachael Mahalaris.
Two sophomore returners – Brooke Forget and Alexia Vercauteren – will provide the necessary defensive play. Junior assistant captain Grace Davenport returns between the pipes.
D’Andrea will also have a host of younger players on the club that will add depth.
A main focus this season is to improve on the success the team had last year. A key will be to improve play in the defensive zone in order to help establish play in the offensive zone.
Coach Kerri Nadeau’s offense will be led by senior Jianna Truppi (32 pts), sophomore Ava Pomposelli (12 pts) and junior Mia Stilley.
On defense, senior Olivia Picard, junior Kristi Georgantis and sophomore Lauren Falls will hold the fort.
Freshman Alysia DiMaria looks to contribute.
CRANSTON/EAST GREENWICH CO-OP
The Thunderbirds will have a young and inexperience club that will look to learn as the season goes on, and most importantly have fun.
Senior Rose Caliri and sophomores Mia Schenenga and Davin Phinney will be offensive catalysts for coach P.J. Bessette.
Two seniors – Olivia Santurri and Ireleigh Bucci – will log minutes on the blue line while junior Haley Davis is a returning goaltender.
New head coach Don Centracchio is optimistic his club can be a top four team this year, as it has much more depth at all positions than it had in previous years.
There is plenty of experience up front with the return of senior Meaghan McCamish (21 pts), senior Ella Centracchio (17 pts) and senior Jillian Walsh. Freshmen Brianna Limoges and Georgia Feld add to the mix.
On the blue line, senior Hope Flaherty, junior Olivia Monte and sophomore Elizabeth Cavanaugh form the defensive nucleus. Senior Katherine Canning should provide immediate help.
Goaltending chores will fall on senior Allison Rodrigues and sophomore Mary Centracchio..
* Burrillville will also play in the league this season. No information was available as of post time.