Tewks./Methuen Expects to Be in Hunt Once Again
LOWELL -- The Tewksbury/Methuen girls hockey team highlighted the 2017-18 local scene by advancing to the Div. 1 state final, losing to Woburn, 1-0, at the TD Garden.
Although the Red Rangers lost three-time Sun and MVC/DCL Player of the Year Kelly Golini (250 career points) to graduation, the team is loaded with talented again with a quest of winning a state title.
The Red Rangers return two-time league all-star Carolyn Curley and Cassidy Gruning, also an all-star. They combined for 34 goals and 21 assists. The team also added Julie Masotta, a Tewksbury resident who had previously played for the Shamrocks. A talented goal scorer, she has already committed to play at Norwich University.
Other experienced holdovers from Tewksbury are forwards Kaylen Taddia, Ryan Quinn and Lydia Pendelton, and defenseman Madi Sjostedt, in front of a tremendous goalie, Kaia Hollingsworth.
Both Westford /Littleton and Billerica/Chelmsford lost quite a bit from their state tournament teams, but both squads expected to be right in the thick of things again. The Grey Ghosts will rely on forwards Kayeligh Butler and Val Crory, and Billerica/Chelmsford has Samantha Fantasia and Emily Robinson to find the back of the opposing nets.
Wilmington and Shawsheen are in the rebuilding stages. Shawsheen returns all-star Julia Ryan, who has 48 points in two seasons, and Wilmington returns Melanie Hayden in the net for her third year.