Cali Loblundo still has four more years. It might be odd to think the Acton-Boxborough Regional goalie only now is entering high school after leading the Colonials to the TD Garden in 2011 and an 18-2-2 record last season. Loblundo has been the starter in net since she was 12 years old, though coach Brian Fonta assures she’s grown since then. “Tremendously,” he said. “That's a big gap. It's only two years, but it's the maturity.” Acton-Boxborough did not need a waiver to use middle school players this year, though there are two eighth-graders, Alex Macride and Lisa Kidd , who were grandfathered onto the roster due to the waiver acquired last season.
How often will Wellesley High coach George Campbell have to ask Molly Connolly to stop scoring? If her start this season is any indication, the answer is often. Connolly posted five goals in each of the Raiders’ first two wins this season, and, in both games, she had scored four in the first period. “Then we throttle her down,” Campbell said. In a game against Framingham last year, Connolly's goal tally had reached seven before the coaches pulled back the reins. It was the second period.
The safe money is on Messuri. One of them, anyway. The hockey family is well represented on area teams again this year, as junior Annie Messuri leads the stubborn Acton-Boxborough defensive unit and junior cousin Megan Messuri returns in net for Arlington Catholic after leading the Cougars to the Division 1 state title last winter. Adding to the fun: Uncle John Messuri is in his second year as head coach of the Arlington High boys’ squad.
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