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Tri-Valley League Preview: Loop breaks into Large, Small Divisions

The Tri-Valley League, now 11 teams strong with the addition this year of Norwood, has split into 2 divisions – Large and Small. Here is a look at the teams.

LARGE DIVISION

Shawn McTavish
Medfield

MEDFIELD (14-6-4)

The Warriors will boast a nice blend of returning and new players this winter. “Our key to success is for our new players to learn the systems quickly and adapt to our style of play,” said coach Toby Carlow, in his 11th year behind the Medfield bench.

Seniors Shawn McTavish and Steve O’Leary and juniors Mike Tyer and John Schofield will provide the necessary scoring up front.

The defense will be deep led by senior Jack Lyons and the junior duo of Jim Costello and Cole Curl.

Medfield returns a pair of goalies from last year’s club in junior Mason Matthew and junior Cam Giunta.

Brian Blomquist
Westwood

WESTWOOD (13-7-2)

After spending the last nine years as an assistant, Matt Sebet ascends to the Wolverines head coaching position. He will lean heavily on the senior class to drive the success of this year’s team.

Senior tri-captains Conor Donohue and Shane Cronin will be Westwood’s go-to guys in the offensive department.

Tri-captain Cal Guarino and fellow seniors Jake Shields and Brian Blomquist are the key players on the Wolverines’ blue line.

NORWOOD (7-8-5)

The Mustangs are the second straight Bay State League team to move into the Tri-Valley League in two years. They are hoping to find some new success in their new surroundings.

A forward nucleus will consist of seniors Chris Martin, Joe Spadorcia, Brandon Walsh and David Hayes, with junior Anthony Merchant.

Coach Chuck Allen returns a plethora of candidates on the blue line, incuding seniors Aiden Reardon, Matt Hennessey and Hunter Ford, and juniors Lars Boothroyd and Michael Catalano. Three seniors – Austin Reardon, Michael Curley and Matt Whouley – all return as goaltenders.

Two sophomore newcomers hoping to chip in are Nick Spadorcia and Macgregor Sharky.

ASHLAND (9-9-2)

Mike Roman’s Clockers are looking for another trip to the postseason. Brian Gazard, Michael McSweeney, Brett Erwin, Jack Reap and Jake Shapiro return to lead the scorers.

Seniors Jackson Hornung, Jack Merrill and Cole Taddeo will try to protect senior goalie Jake Dempsey in the defensive end of the ice.

“Some keys to our success are to play our positions well and compete in all three zones on the ice,” Roman said. “We need to play well defensively and capitalize on our offensive zone chances.”

Cooper DeChristofaro
Holliston

HOLLISTON (12-6-2)

Dan Geary’s crew brings back three double-digit point scorers: Junior winger Sam Farrell (7-11-18), sophomore center Kevin Balewicz (6-8-14) and junior defender Cooper DeCristofaro (9-7-16).

Senior center Alex Naya only played six games last year due to injury but is back and ready to go. Sophomore winger Christian Schneeloch (2-1-3) is back.

Sophomore goalie Nico Quatromoni was solid with a 2.4 GAA and .922 save percentage. Jackson Goughan,  a junior, is another defenseman to watch.

The team lost four senior defensemen. “So we will be a little untested in that area,” Geary said, “but we have players ready to step in and make a difference. We should be strong in net. We will need to have strong special teams and capitalize on the power play.”

HOPKINTON (19-2-1)

The Hillers look to be in rebuild mode this year after an outstanding 2017-18 season. They graduated a lot of high end talent at every position. Senior captain Stephen Simoes, juniors Sean Walsh, Tommy Hamblet and Kyle Rogers and sophomore newcomer Aidan Walsh should contribute up front.

Senior Luke Glidden and junior Drew Saporoschetz lead a young group on defense. Sophomores Andrew Gilbert, Ronny Shamus and Cam Jerrett will log minutes.

“The season will depend on how quickly the younger players can adapt to the pace of play,” Chris MacPherson said.

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SMALL DIVISION

MEDWAY (15-8-0)

The Mustangs are also under new management this year, with Derek Harrington taking over the reins. He is looking for good team chemistry, strong defense and secondary scoring to be keys for the season.

Offensive production will need to come from guys like senior Jeremy Curley, senior Nate Steinhoff and junior Jack McCarthy. New guys ready to contribute are junior Tommy Dwyer and sophomores Cole Theodore and Nick Zannella.

Senior Carter Fisher and junior Colin Stover will be key on the Mustangs blue line.

Two senior goalies return in Sam Day and David Leland.

DEDHAM (4-15-1)

The Marauders will be a young but experienced team this year, one with more depth than last season.

A trio of juniors is ready to spark the Dedham offense in Jack Roslonek (12 pts), Michael Flynn (10 pts and Reid Slavin (9 pts). New sophomore Pat Derby hopes to make a splash.

Defensively, coach Dan Lynch welcomcs back senior Sam McGregor, junior Jared Foley and sophomore Griffin Moulton and Billy Parr. In goal, junior Connor Stamm is back for another season.

Joseph Juliano
Norton

NORTON (5-13-2)

The Lancers are led by senior captains Joe Juliano and Brendan Heayden, who will both be relied on heavily by new head coach Jay Thebado.

“Juliano will be our vocal leader on defense and play Chara-like minutes,” Thebado said. “Heayden will be the guy we lean on for offense. They are both more than ready to handle the high expectations.”

Patrick Lorden
Norton

Goalie Mitch Director, a senior at Sharon High, enters the season as the starter and will be a major factor in the teams’ push for a tournament bid.

Juniors Pat Donahue (captain), Jeremy Cross, Patrick Lorden, and Billy McCarthy will all look to improve from last season and lead the top two lines.

BELLINGHAM (0-18-2)

Joseph Robidoux’s Blackhawks welcome back senior Kyle McCann, junior Shane Hame, junior Jace Rudolph and junior Matt Pelletier on offense.

Sophomore Cameron Lahue will guard the nets, and senior Kyle Robitaille and junior Jake Schultz will help compose the blue line.

Team chemistry and optimism remains high despite a difficult season last year, according to Robidoux.

DOVER SHERBORN /WESTON (11-9-2)

Dover-Sherborn welcomes Weston this year in a cooperative program. Senior captain Matt Paolatto, juniors Cooper Griffin and Zach Korbin (goalie) are key returnees.

The Raiders also bring back sophomores Billy Rooney, Tommy Higgins, Standish Carothers, Aidan Britt (goalie) and George Herlihy.

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