SEMGHL Previews: State’s Biggest League Good To Go

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SOUTHEAST DIVISION

BISHOP STANG (3-14-0)

It’s year two of varsity status for the Spartans, who turn things over to new coach Bill Theodore. “We are looking forward to building on each previous year and are starting to attract more experienced players as we continue to grow the program” he said.

Senior captain Kyleigh Good, a league all-star a year ago, will be instrumental in any success the team has. Sophomore forwards Sara Cruise and Lizzie Blanchard are back, as are sophomores Sarah Ahaesy and goalie Victoria Poland.

Newcomers looking to impact include freshmen Samantha Ahaesy, Abigail Arguin, Margaux Berthiaume and Victoria Pereira.

PLYMOUTH NORTH/SOUTH

This new co-op makes its varsity debut this winter in the SEMGHL. The team will be coached by Sadie Wright-Ward.

The team will feature six seniors to lead the way in year one, including goaltender Ashley Zaniboni. Plymouth South sends forwards Sam McPhee and Madisyn Doonan, defenseman Bri Gallagher, and Allison Rogers and Erin Donovan.

They look to be competitive in year one.

DENNIS-YARMOUTH (9-9-0)

The Dolphins are coming off an appearance in the state tournament and have named a new head coach in John Shaw, who feels more scoring will be a key for this season.

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Seniors Katie Donohue (26 pts) and Samantha Shastany (21 pts) will power the offense, along with junior Natalie Reid and freshman Tara Stocker. Freshman Olivia Crowell and eighth-grader Sarah Abrahamson look to contribute.

On the blue line, senior Nicole Oberlander, junior Taylor McDowell and sophomore Mannon Ceravone are solid returners. Freshman Summer Walsh adds to the mix.

Eighth-grader Lucy Reid will be in the battle for the starting goaltender’s job.

BOURNE/MASHPEE/WAREHAM (9-8-1)

This co-op is coming off a highly-competitive season in the SEMGHL Southeast Division and coach Kristyn Alexander feels the club will be in the same boat again this winter.

Once again the team will be young, especially up front, where freshmen Marissa Fitzgerald, Carly Lacasse and Leah Hidenfelter will have key roles, along with sophomore Tannah O’Brian.

Junior Natalie Gordon and sophomore Jess Ballard will be crucial to the BMW defense. In goal, senior Ariel St. Germaine returns.

PEMBROKE

A co-op partner with Whitman-Hanson last winter, the Titans strike out on their own this winter and are excited to get things going.

The team will have a lot of new faces, but two key holdovers coach Bill Flynn can count on to lead the way are junior forward Shea Coady (17 pts) and sophomore forward Jackie DiPietro (26 pts).

MARTHA’S VINEYARD (11-7-3)

The SEMGHL Southeast defending champions hope to qualify for post-season play for the fourth consecutive year this winter. The Vineyarders don’t have a lot of depth and the team wil rely on its seven seniors, including four 4-year players.

Coach John Fiorito does return his top two scorers from last year in the senior duo of Ashley Ashmun (35 pts) and Sydney Davies (29 pts).

Two veteran rearguards are back on defense in Erin Hegarty and Olivia Ogden. Both goalies – junior Jackie Hegarty and sophomore Julia Bettencourt – are back as well.

MARSHFIELD (7-10-3)

New head coach Don McNeil takes over the fortunes of the Rams, who look to get back over the .500 mark.

The roster will get a boost from a number of freshmen and McNeil is to the point on what it will take to see some improvement. “Getting the team to believe in themselves, play hard every night and good things will happen,” he said.

NAUSET/CAPE TECH (2-18-0)

The Crusading Warriors return 18 players from last year and that, along with a healthy influx of experienced newcomers, will allow the program to get to the next level.

Senior Amanda Rich, junior Tess MacDonald and sophomore Brianna Cowing (21 pts) will spearhead the attack for coach Scott Robello. New junior Brooke Steele and freshman Lauren Monger and Catherine Ready look to make their marks.

Seniors Lexi Griffin and Darby Gavin are defensive cornerstones. Freshmen Blue Fancy and Elsa Lalone will be in the mix. Nauset/Cape Tech returns a senior goalie in Jessica Grindell.

WEST DIVISION

DOVER-SHERBORN/HOPKINTON (2-18-0)

The Raiders are hoping to build on last year’s co-op arrangement, now in its second year with Hopkinton.

Coach Nick Grout, looking for stronger defensive play from his team, will rely on senior forwards Sophie Grossbaum, Talia Grossbaum, and Sarah Jane Graham for production and leadership. Senior Katie Caruso is a returning netminder.

MANSFIELD/OLIVER AMES (10-10-0)

This team lost nine players from last winter’s playoff club, but there has been an influx of new talent, thanks in part to the addition of Foxboro to the co-op.

Junior captain Jamie Gottwald will spearhead the offensive attack for the Warriors, ably assisted by returning junior Kaylee O’Hara and sophomore Brynne Levine.

On defense, look for junior Shannon Griffin to be a key on defense for coach Greg Arnold. Juniors Jennifer Dooley and Taylor Frasier, from Foxboro, add much-needed depth. Junior Hayley Dalton will be counted on between the pipes.

Look for newcomers Catherine Luciano, Kayla Dalton, Madison Haughey, Emily Ierardo, Kristina O’Connell, Annie Waters, Courtney Dean (all freshmen), senior Heather Bubencik and Jillian Peppard to supplement the lineup.

WESTWOOD (17-2-5)

What a difference a year makes. Gone is the major nucleus of last winter’s club that went all the way to a Division II state title, including its head coach. The Wolverines new head coach is Eric Grasso and he knows this club will have to work hard.

Up front, senior co-captain Kay Heidelberger, junior captain Jamie Burke and sophomore Caroline Fitzgerald will be relied on to put the puck in the net.

Defensive cornerstones for the Wolverines should be senior Taylor Sweeney and junior Emily Keith. Sophomore goalie Erin Fallon returns; she was in a back-up role last winter.

No less than six freshmen made the varsity roster.

FRANKLIN (8-9-3)

The Panthers had more players tryout for the team than any other year in the program’s history, and coach Margie Burke is hoping the new, young talent can mesh with the experience of the upperclassmen.

A key will be a strong and veteran defensive crew, led by Michaella Taddeo, Kathleen Kilroe, Brianna Bailey and Kate Cashman. They will play in front of goalie Katelyn Pokorny, in her second season in goal.

MEDFIELD (11-10-0)

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The Warriors will be competitive as long as they come to play for all three periods. The team will be young, skating 12 freshmen this winter.

Seniors Lindsay Brown (31 pts) and Lauren Tschirch will lead things offensively for coach Molly Norton. On the blue line, senior Michelle Beggan will have a major role.

 

 

 

NORTHEAST DIVISION

KING PHILIP (10-9-1)

There is some optimism here. Coach Paul Lyons believes the Warriors will qualify for the tournament for the second consecutive season.

Offense shouldn’t be a problem with the likes of returners senior Kat Jacobson (13 pts), senior Jamie Olean and junior Casey Curtin (26 pts). Expect bigger roles for juniors Sarah Glass and Hannah Carr.

Junior Molly Alfond is the only returning defenseman. The senior goaltending tandem of Nicole Lyons and Molly Potts gives the Warriors experience at the position.

SCITUATE (10-8-2)

Coach Rob Rosata is looking forward to another season coaching the Sailors, who look to make it to the post-season once again.

A major factor on offense will be senior Corey Murray (35 pts). Freshman Liv Haley could contribute.

Senior Oriana McDonough and junior Kori Garland (13 pts) are cornerstones of the Scituate defense, that welcomes new sophomore Taylor Cunningham. A key will be the play of junior Julia Backer, a first-time goaltender for the team.

WHITMAN-HANSON/SILVER LAKE

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A new co-op arrangement between these two schools also brings a new coach, as Kevin Cleary moves over from Wayland/Weston.

Offensively, it will be sophomore Melanie McAleer (24 pts), sophomore Hannah Tracy (12 pts) and Mary Kate Webb leading the attack.

Junior Emily Kelliher is the rock on defense, while freshman Melissa Crone will be in charge of the goaltending.

NORWELL

Coach Steve Casagrande is looking forward to the season and feels his Clippers can contend for a SEMGHL Northeast division title.

Seniors leading the way include co-captain Lilly Cleary, the team’s top scorer, co-captain Emily Brown, Emily Senatore, Caroline Joseph, Jessica Joseph and goalie Megan Quill.

Juniors Caroline Nichols and Maggie Hennessey are also back and will have important roles. Sophomores Abbey Slekis, Addison Kent, Karissa Mitchell and Hailey Berglund all saw a lot of minutes last winter.

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