2012 record: 1-10, 1-12

Top player: Senior Hadiya Hewitt (MF).

The scoop: With nine seniors and five juniors, the Golden Bears have a small squad, but that means plenty of playing time. There are six returning starters on the team, including Hewitt, who is in her third year on varsity and expected to be the team’s leading scorer.

Greer Guzzone, a senior, is Hammond’s goalkeeper.  Hammond needs to ramp up its offense or Guzzone will see more action than she would like.


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Coach Terry Smith says her team is a great group.  “We have commitment and cohesiveness. They have fun together and work very hard.” 

Howard

Coach: Kristen Vance (fourth year)

2012 record: 6-5, 9-6

Top players: Seniors Megan Green (MF) and Emily Penn (MF).

The scoop: Howard has eight seniors gearing up for their last high school hockey season. None of those players has forgotten the four games that the Lions lost by a single goal last year. Reverse those losses and Howard is one of the top teams in the county.

“We need to finish strong. We lost big games by one goal and know that we were contending in those contests,” said coach Kristen Vance.

Megan Green and Emily Penn are Howard’s captains this season. Penn, a senior, will be joined by her sophomore sister, Marissa, on the squad. Both will start.

Before the end of September, Howard should add a 16th “player” to the team with the arrival of Vance’s first child.

“Let’s hope I don’t give birth on the field to give you a great story,” she said.

Howard is hosting the Betty Lang tournament, Sept. 7.  The other three teams are Glenelg Country School, Worcester Prep and Parkside High School. 

Long Reach

Coach: Rashmi Bhanot (fourth year)

2012 record: 5-6, 8-8

Top players: Seniors Jess Bates (F), Sadie McClelland (F), Jenn Isacoff (D), Patricia Anderson (D) and Nicole Cote (GK); juniors Lillie Miller and Alina Milauskas (MF).

The scoop:  Long Reach brings back more starters (eight) than any team in the county, so if the Lightning can get the ball in the cage it should move up in the standings.  Bates, McClelland, Miller and Milauskas should fuel the team’s offense.