Mass. Girls HS Hockey – Catholic Central League preview: 2-division format for this year


The Catholic Central League will feature two divisions this winter – North and South – with teams facing everyone in their division twice, and teams from the other division once. There are new coaches at Archbishop Williams (Doug Nolan) and St. Joseph Prep / Mt. Alverne (Tom Keady).

NORTH DIVISION

ST. LYNN DE MARIE (15-2-3)

Coach: Franck Pagliuca

Unlike most teams, the Spartans played 20 games last winter, winning the CCL Cup. A small but talented core will lead the way this winter.

Up front, coach Pagliuca will count on junior Jenna Chaplain (24-13-37) and junior Maggie Pierce (12-15-27), both having had impressive seasons, to propel the offensive offense.

Sophomore Kasey Litwin (15 pts) anchors what should be a strong blue line group.

St. Mary’s has the luxury of the return of two experienced goalies, junior Angelina Catino and junior Rylee Smith.

AUSTIN PREPARATION (7-2-2)

Coach: Stéphanie Wood

The eternal challengers for central Catholic and state supremacy will be it again this winter, with a team coach that Wood feels very deep and strong in all areas.A program record of nearly 50 players participated in the trials.

Senior Isabel Hulse is back for her third season with AP and will once again be a huge threat to the score. Sabrina Axelrod and Gianna Defilippo are two other seniors ready for the big years. A key new addition is Kathryn Karo, who recently joined Stonehill.

In defense, senior Maeve Carey is back with the Cougars and has also committed to Stonehill. In the 19-20 campaign with AP, Carey achieved full scholastic honors.

The Cougars are also strong in goals with the signing of Stonehill Lauryn Hanafin, also a senior.

CAMBRIDGE AT THE MATIGNON SCHOOL

Coach: Tom scarpa

Can the Warriors repeat the magic of last season, where they lost just one game and finished as the top ranked team in Division 2? It might be difficult to have to deal with the loss of several key players.

The offensive braintrust for Coach Scarpa will see seniors Kyleigh Green and Alexa McKim, and the junior quartet of Reaghan Hammersley, Hailey Deady, Lindsay Logiudice and Molly Walsh. Sophomore Mia Moretti and Brenna Yandle will join the mix.

A solid defense will feature Brynn McPherson senior, Mae Lafferty junior and Emma Pessia junior. Newcomer Brynn Lalley should have a big role.

A key for Matignon will be the return in goals of Gianna McCusker who won 10 games last year, and Taylor Daly.

BISHOP FENWICK (6-3-2)

Coach: John kasle

Strong on the blue line and between the pipes, the Crusaders will seek to generate even more points.

There is some experience up front to get the job done. Senior captains Lauren Diranian (9 pts, CCL All Star) and Emma Perry (8 pts) are back with juniors Abi Bruner and Abbey Millman. New sophomore Amanda Melo, junior Ashley O’Brien, and freshmen Jenna Oliver and Penny Levine add some good depth.

Senior captains Catherine Salvo (CCL All-Star) and Grace Morey anchor the defense which also hosts juniors Zoe Elwell and Madison Faragi. Freshman Ali Sprisler joins the group.

Maggie Milne Arlington Catholic

CCL star Sedona Lawson returns to give Fenwick a solid presence in goal.

CATHOLIC ARLINGTON (8-8-1)

Coach: Nathalie Flynn

Emily Moran Arlington Catholic

Coach Flynn is optimistic the Cougars will be a tough team to face. and welcomes an influx of eight new players.

Expect a good score from senior Maggie Milne (25 pts) and second Kathleen Simmons (13 pts).

Senior goalie Emily Moran is back, while eighth-year Lucy McGaraghan will be a stable defenseman.

SOUTH DIVISION

ARCHBISHOP WILLIAMS (6-11-4)

Grace Mottau, Archbishop Williams

Coach: Doug Nolan

The Bishops have a new coach in Nolan, a former D1 and professional hockey player who ensures his team will be tough to face.

Senior Karaline O’Toole and junior Grace Mottau will spearhead the offensive attack. Seniors Caitlyn O’Connell and Gabriella Damon will also be in attendance.

Karaline O’Toole Archbishop Williams

On defense, junior Abigail Dunn will be in attendance, while senior Amy Donnelly is a returning goaltender.

Victoria Bellew and Cassandra Martin are two new players who hope to make a splash.

BISHOP FEEHAN (3-7-3)

Coach: Michael Cripps

Riley le clair
Bishop Feehan

The Shamrocks are entering their third college season and are looking to continue to progress as a program.

The leading leaders will be junior Brooke Borges (12 pts) and sophomores Caitlin Kelley (10 pts) and Molly Braga (9 pts).

Junior Riley Leclair hits the Feehan defense ahead of junior goalie Avery Blanchard.

BISHOP STANG (4-6-1)

Coach: Bill Théodore

A strong returning core will help as this young team matures as the season progresses.

The Spartans’ offensive attack plans will be juniors Lexi Yost (12 pts), juniors Jenna Noguiera (10 pts) and juniors Mikayla Brightman (9 pts). Senior Adeline Youngclaus is also back. Some young new talent comes from freshmen Kacey Curran, Natalie Carrico and Alexandra Alves.

Junior Jordan Theriault and sophomores Emily Curran, Lily-Mae Melo and Bree Killion are defensive stalwarts.

Stang returns a starter in goal with the return of senior veteran Sophia Babineau.

Mckenna wech
Saint-Joseph / Mt. Alverne

ST. JOSEPH PREP / MT. ALVERNIE (0-11-1)

Coach: Tom keady

Keady leaves the Ursulines and hopes to relaunch his new team. He is very optimistic about the improvement.

Seniors Shannon McGovern and Riley Andrews are two forwards who will record a key ice time. Newcomers Brenda Song and Shannon Hubbard are ready to participate immediately.

In defense, veteran senior McKenna Wech will be an anchor. Abigail Ryan is also back.

The Phoenix / Mustangs have three goalies in Lila Romano, Kate Dolson and Ana Fryar.

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