Last season’s Rhode Island girls regular season champion – Barrington/Mt. Hope/Portsmouth (15-2-2) – is looking to be right in the middle to things again this winter.
Coach Allison Faria will look to returning senior Jillian Bannon (11 pts) and juniors Grace Flaherty (37 pts) and Carissa Rego (25 pts) as offensive leaders. A pair of freshmen – Maeve Harrington and Elia Hanley – will look to contribute offensively.
Sophomore Madelyn Cox (11 pts) is the quarterback of the Eagles defensive unit. Freshman Madison Cornell looks to crack the lineup. Freshman Eilee Kopecky is a solid goaltending candidate.
Defending state champion LaSalle (18-5-1) lost its top two scorers, but does return a bunch, as well as bringing in a handful of talent. The Rams also will co-op this winter with Moses Brown School.
Getting the job done up front will be junior Eliza Mahoney and sophomores Emily Duffy (14 pts) Jillian Egan (14 pts) and Zoe Korzienski (10 pts). Senior Alyssa Almeida and sophomore Jennifer Rickard (16 pts) could see time at both forward and defense. Newcomers looking to challenge for playing time include senior Liza Farnham, Krista Varrichione, Alexa Morra, Ariana DeSousa, Zoe Bergeron and Emma Alexander.
Junior Samantha Ahaesy will be a key blueliner for coach Sean McNamara. New players Alexis Handy, Maddie Collins and Sydney Swain will help out.
In goal, the Rams return All State sophomore Kaitlyn Oatley. Newcomer Asia Porter will press for time.
Playing as a unit will be a key to success for the South County Storm (14-8-0), comprised of players from South Kingstown, North Kingstown and Narragansett high schools. Coach Dave Cannon also says his team needs to play a fast-paced game.[one_third] [/one_third] [one_third] [/one_third] [one_third_last] [/one_third_last]
The Storm should score, led by senior Jill Gonsalves (37 pts) and sophomore Grace Gibbons (44 pts). Cornerstone defensemen will be junior Emma Rial (37 pts) and sophomore Katie George (39 pts).
Sophomore Peyton Newman, last year’s backup, will take over the starting job in goal.
Don’t count out Mt. St. Charles (9-7-1), which will co-op this year with Lincoln and Cumberland. Coach Anthiny DiLorenzo is banking on a strong commitment to team defense in what he feels will be a tight league race.
Key players for Mount will be senior Shannon McDermott and juniors Kaylee Doucette, Giana Ritchie and Sam Wellington. Newcomer Macee Sailey hopes for a role.
Bayview Academy joins the co-op Burrillville (7-9-1) has with Ponaganset, which will make coach Cortney Lacey’s team even deeper. She expects her team to have three solid lines and a strong defense.
The offense will be spearheaded by seniors Gianna Defusco and Kat Takita, junior Caysie Gautreau and sophomore Megan Buxton. Katie Paparelli from Bayview will help out.
Mara Carlow and Kayla Gravel are two solid holdover defensemen, to be joined on the blue line by Bayview’s Emma Audet.
Despite returning two solid goaltenders, it could be a rebuilding for the Warwick Co-op (9-6-2).
Up front, junior Shannon McCarnish, injured most of the last year, and sophomore Nichole Procacchini will be vital for coach David Tibbetts.
Junior Mary Greenwell and sophomore Rebecca Yaseen both return between the pipes. Yaseen will also see some time at forwards.
Newcomers hoping to do the job on defense are senior Karrine Medeiros and freshmen Bebe Collette and Rose Flaherty.
The Cranston/East Greenwich (0-18-0) co-op will be looking to break into the win column. Coach PJ Bessette says his club will be more competitive this winter.
At forward, Abbi Sampson, Nicole Sacco, Brittney Bidwell and Rylie Bessette will have key roles. Hoping to chip in will be newcomers Ashley Smedberg and Lauren Brady.
Zoe Hagenberg and Alexis Bessette will anchor the defense in front of goalie Hanna Stabiy. Looking to help out will be Victoria Picton.
Smithfield also will compete in Rhode Island girls hockey this winter.