Source: Daily News, 12/9/2017
The jerseys may read Masconomet, but the Chieftains girls hockey co-op has a distinctly local flavor as the defending Division 1 state semifinalists return for another run at the title.
This year’s Masconomet co-op, which includes players from Masco, Newburyport, Amesbury, Triton and Georgetown High, features 17 players from the local area. The Chieftains will be led by captains Kate Irons of Georgetown, Sami Kelleher of Newburyport and Riane Vatcher of Triton, along with All-Scholastic goalie Molly Elmore, a Newburyport resident who ranked among the state’s top netminders as a freshman last winter.
Offensively, the team returns top goal scorers Kelleher and Mikayla Vincent, both Newburyport girls who had 10 goals each. Masco’s Abby Gendron (19 points) and Irons (16 points) also return, and newcomer Charisse Flanagan could also be a big addition. The Matignon transfer had 13 goals and 18 assists last year.
The Haverhill-North Andover-Pentucket co-op is comprised mainly of Haverhill and North Andover players, but the squad is coming off a terrific 12-7-2 season and should be a factor in the MVC/DCL again.
2016-17 season: 12-9-3, Lost D1 state semifinals
Coach Ryan Sugar: (2nd year, 12-9-3)
Returning lettermen: Kate Irons, Sr., forward, Georgetown; Sami Kelleher, Sr., forward, Newburyport; Riane Vatcher, Sr., defense, Triton; Sarah Norton, Sr., defense, Triton; Lexi Rosenbaum, Sr., forward, Masco; Abby Gendron, Jr., forward, Masco; Mikayla Vincent, Jr., forward; Newburyport; Katie Strauss, Jr., forward, Newburyport; Gabby Lowry, Jr., forward, Newburyport; Anna Behringer, Jr., defense, Triton; Giana Conte, Soph., defense, Triton; Bridget Lane, Soph., defense, Newburyport; Meghan McElaney, Soph., defense, Amesbury; Molly Elmore, Soph., goalie, Newburyport
Promising newcomers: Charisse Flanagan, Sr., forward, Masco; Erin Irons, Frosh., forward, Georgetown; Shannon Brennan, Frosh., forward, Newburyport; Lauren Dillon, Frosh., forward; Masco; Brooke Rodgers, Frosh., defense, Newburyport; Sophia Grutti, Frosh., defense, Masco; Renee Vachon, Frosh., defense, Amesbury; Cali Caponigro, Frosh., forward, Newburyport; Katerina Done, Frosh., goalie, Masco
Captains: Kate Irons, Sami Kelleher, Riane Vatcher
Returning leaders: Charisse Flanagan 13-18-31 (at Matignon), Abby Gendron 9-10-19, Sami Kelleher 10-6-16, Kate Irons 5-11-16, Mikayla Vincent 10-5-15
Returning honorees: Molly Elmore, Boston Herald All-Scholastic; Kate Irons, Sami Kelleher, Abby Gendron, CAL All-Stars
Fast facts: Charisse Flanagan is a transfer from Matignon, where she scored 13 goals and 18 assists for 31 points last winter. … Kate Irons is now a two-year captain. … Masconomet recently beat Marblehead, Pingree and Winchester to win Pingree School Holiday Preseason Tournament for the second straight year.
Assistants: Maggie Bridgeo, Rachael Duval
2016-17 season: 12-7-2, Lost D1 first round
Coach Gary Kane: (5th year, 41-22-17)
Returning lettermen: Maddie Fredo, Sr., defense; Rebecca Harty, Sr., forward; Tamara Hoar, Sr., defense; Meaghan O’Neil, Sr., forward; Amanda Regan, Sr., forward; Keelin Rogers, Sr., forward; Nicole Martin, Sr., goalie; Jade Julius, Sr., forward; Gina Albano, Jr., forward; Morgan Flaherty, Jr., forward; Jamie Martin, Jr., forward; Kerrin McLaughlin, Jr., forward; Sophia Travers, Jr., forward; Skylar Tricca, Jr., forward; Deanna Bosco, Soph., defense; Jenny Hubbard, Soph., goalie; Eliana Kane, Soph., defense; Hannah Keating, Soph., forward; Caitlyn Mazzocchi, Soph., defense; Paige Mcintosh, Soph., forward
Promising newcomers: Jillian Samaha, Soph., forward; Brooke Rogers, Frosh., center; Rachel Neyman, Frosh., defense; Morgan Whitlock, Frosh., forward; Kayleigh Regan, Frosh., forward; Sophie Znamierowski, Frosh., forward; Rachel Zinland, Frosh., forward; Jillian Samaha, Soph., forward; Rachel Albano, Frosh., defense; Liv Cole, Frosh., defense
Captains: Rebecca Harty, Amanda Regan, Keelin Rogers
Returning leaders: Rebecca Harty 12, Gina Albino 5
Fast facts: This year’s turnout of 29 players is the largest in the five years of the program. … Rebecca Harty is a two-year captain. … Freshmen Brooke Rogers, Kayleigh Regan and Rachel Albano all have older sisters on the team. Rogers is an impressive newcomer who could have a big impact. … HPNA moves up to the MVC/Dual large division.
Assistants: Christina Lynch, Bernie Hoar