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Local Girls Hockey Preview Capsules

December 14, 2018
Serving as captains of the Westford/Littleton girls hockey team this winter are Kayleigh Butler, left, and Jackie Ricko. COURTESY PHOTO Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

BILLERICA/CHELMSFORD

League: MVC/DCL Div. 1

Last Year: 9-9-3

Key Losses: Clare Conway, Kayleigh O’Mahony and Julia Maybury

Captains: Emily Robinson, sr., for. (Chelmsford); Caitlin Faria, sr., goalie (Billerica)

Assistant Captains: Grace Flanagan, jr., def. (Chelmsford); Samantha Fantasia, soph., for (Billerica).

Other Returning Letterwinners: (From Billerica): Brenna Murray, soph., for.; Alexi Nardello, soph., for.; Kelly Harty, fr., for.; Gina Scoirtino, fr., for/def.; MacKenzie Graham, 8th., for; Kelsey Giordano, 8th., def.; (From Chelmsford): Sofia Balan, fr., for.; Rylie Jones, fr., def.; Lea Gasper, fr., for.; Victoria Apostolakes, 8th., for.

Promising Newcomers: (From Billerica): Sarah Noyes, fr., goalie; (From Chelmsford): Julia Williams, 8th., for.; Piper Boudreau, 8th., for/def.

Coach Tina Carrabba (20th year): “This is a young team with a lot of talent. We are hoping that losing both starting goaltenders to prep school scholarships will not affect our confidence. Spectators are going to see new faces become heroes for us and I am excited to watch them step up to the challenge.”

SHAWSHEEN/BEDFORD

League: Independent

Last Year: 2-18

Key Losses: Catherine McKenna, Sarah Constantino, Alesha Talbot, Brooke Arena and Erin Mader

Captains: Julia Ryan, sr., for.; Emily Sartori, soph., for.

Other Returning Letterwinners: Emily Morris, sr., for.; Kendra Prezioso, sr., for.; Olivia Munroe, sr., for.; Isabella Munroe, jr., for.; Kara Salvi, jr., for.

Promising Newcomers: Susa Doubek, jr., def.; Amber Hurley, jr., for.; Ashley Talbot, fr., for.; Sydney Nault, fr., goalie; Clareese Caprigno, fr., goalie.

Coach Bob Roach (10th year, back after two-year absense): “This is our first year as a co-op team with Bedford. We are definitely an inexperienced group, but this is a good bunch of young ladies who are working hard.”

TEWKSBURY/METHUEN

League: MVC/DCL Div. 1

Last Year: 22-2-2, league champs, Div. 1 state finalists

Key Losses: Kelly Golini, Riley Cote, Jessica Marchand and Amanda Downing

Captain: Carolyn Curley, sr., for.

Assistant Captains: Megan Forbes, sr., def.; Brenna Greene, jr., def.

Other Returning Letterwinners: Ryan Quinn, jr., for.; Cassidy Gruning, sr., for.; Lydia Pendleton, jr., for.; Katelyn DiMambro, jr., for.; Julia Stanizzi, soph., for.; Jessica Driscoll, fr., for.; Tori Schille, jr., def.; Tory Sweeney, soph., for/def.; Abby O’Keefe, jr., for.; Madi Sjostedt, jr., def.; Madison Robillard, jr., def.; Alexis Raymond, soph., def.; Kaia Hollingsworth, jr., goalie; Michelle Kusmaul, fr., goalie.

Promising Newcomers: Julia Masotta, sr., for (transfer from Boston Jr. Shamrocks); Kylie Winsor, fr., for.; Courtney Curtin, fr., for.

Coach Sarah Oteri (4th season): “We lost some key players, however we have a core group back and a couple of new players. Our core group is now mostly upperclassmen who have a strong understanding of what it takes to compete in our difficult league and the requirements of a long season. Overall, I feel we have a strong team culture which enables us to play within our roles and improve every day. We will need to be ready to compete every single game.”

WESTFORD/LITTLETON

League: MVC/DCL Div. 1

Last Year: 13-4-4

Key Losses: Hannah Keefe, Kerry Bolivar and Taylor Pacifico

Captains: Jackie Ricko, sr., def.; Kayleigh Butler, sr., for.

Other Returning Letterwinners: Maddy Hunt, soph., for.; Meghan Mulhern, soph., def.; Val Crory, soph., for.; Kate Johnson, soph., for.; Aishani Oathak, soph., for.; Alana Donovan, soph., def.; Allison Kingsley, soph., goalie; Ashley Enis, soph., for.; Lexi Warner, jr., for.; Sam Musante, jr., for.; Erika Ware, jr., for.; Jennifer McLaughlin, jr., for.; Allie Dean, jr., goalie; Olivia Vallone, sr., for.; Kim Cornetta, sr., def.; Brianna Bailey, sr., for.; Emma Beers, sr., for.; Kayleigh Butler, sr., for.; Jackie Ricko, sr., def.

Promising Newcomers: Brit Iverson, fr., for.; Kendall Donovan, fr., def.; Eva Golash, fr., for.; Caelen Jannle, fr., goalie.

Coach Bob Ware (10th year): “The girls attitude and work ethic has been excellent and we look forward to developing as a team. We are fortunate to have great leadership in our seniors along with depth up front and decent team speed. Our defense will have to mature quickly as we take on a very challenging league. Our incoming freshmen class brings some nice talent to our program. We look forward to the challenges ahead.”

WILMINGTON

League: Middlesex

Last Year: 5-12-3

Key Losses: Jill Miele, Danielle Silva, Lauren D’Angelo

Captains: Lia Kourkoutas, sr., for.; Jocelyn Palmer, sr., def.

Other Returning Letterwinners: Molly Foley, sr., def.; Kiley Flynn, fr., def.; Antonia Brunetto, soph., for.; Maria Hernandez, soph., def.; Payton Fuller, jr., for.; Ida Bishop, soph., for.; Gina Bertolami, jr., for.; Zoe DeRose, soph., for.; Amanda Mercier, soph., def.; Bridget O’Shea, jr., def.; Melanie Hayden, jr., goalie.

Promising Newcomers: Gabriella Daniels, 8th., for.; Katelyn Hally, 8th., for.

Coach John LaPiana (2nd season): “Every new player and every returning player will have ample opportunity to compete and earn themselves a regular spot in our rotation. It’s my goal to get the players to compete at every stride, every shift, every period and every game. The Middlesex League is very competitive and we’ll need to scratch and claw for every point. If we work hard and play disciplined hockey, we can put ourselves in a position to compete.”

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