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December 15, 2011
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Girls’ Hockey Teams to Watch

▸Acton-Boxborough Regional: With eighth-grader Cali Loblundo back in net, the Colonials won’t be allowing many goals. But will they be able to score consistently and get back to TD Garden?

▸Arlington: The move to Middlesex League will not be an easy transition, but coach Jeff Mead has four very capable lines, and the Spy Ponders beat perennial power St. Mary’s in a preseason scrimmage.

▸Belmont: The Marauders snuck into the tournament last season before losing in the preliminary game to Winchester; they’ll look for a deeper run this season.

▸Concord-Carlisle: Coach Lauren McAuliffe had a memorable first season at the high school level, guiding the Patriots to the Division 2 semifinals.

▸Framingham: The Flyers lost four players to graduation, including goalie Casey Curran. Natalie Taylor and Casey Diana anchor the blue line.

▸Franklin: Last year’s leading scorer, Kaitlyn Spillane has fully recovered from a separated shoulder suffered during the field hockey season, putting the Panthers in the mix for a league crown.

▸Lincoln-Sudbury Regional: The challenging Merrimack Valley Conference/Dual County League will prepare the Warriors well for the postseason.

▸Lexington: With three of the area’s top offensive threats in senior Nicole Maher and juniors Sarah Lehman and Jackie Denning, the Minutemen will be in the hunt for the Division 1 title.

▸Medfield: Leading scorer Amanda Cronin has transferred to a private school, but with Mimi Borkan back in goal, the defensive-minded Warriors will be competitive.

▸Wellesley: The Raiders would like to erase the bitter taste of last season, a 13-6-1 campaign that ended with a first-round loss to Canton.

▸Watertown/Melrose: Coach Steve Russo still isn’t quite sure how he’ll fill the holes on his young squad, but with Erika Kelly and Lauren Giordano fresh off another field hockey championship, the Raiders should have a potent offense.

Players to Watch

▸Amanda Charlton, Lexington: The sophomore goalie received regular playing time last year and could steal a few more wins for the explosive Minutemen.

▸Michaela Haller, Concord-Carlisle: It all starts in the back for the Patriots, and coach Lauren McAuliffe believes the junior goalie is better than a year ago.

▸Nicole Reardon, Medfield: On a team that could struggle to score goals, the feisty forward will be heavily relied upon in the offensive zone.

▸Casey Schaejbe, Arlington: The senior goalie was solid last winter and has already impressed thanks to her offseason training program.

▸Kaitlyn Wilder, Framingham: While the Flyers are young and inexperienced, the junior forward brings playmaking ability and a knack for finding the goal.

Compiled by Jason Mastrodonato

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