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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 12-06-2018

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North Smithfield, Blackstone and Woonsocket Edition Sports & Recreation valleybreeze.com @ Co-op girls' hockey team hits the ice Returning cast leads newly-named MSC/ Cumberland/Lincoln School squad into battle WOONSOCKET – Tony DiLorenzo knows that his Mount Saint Charles/Cumberland/Lincoln School co-op girls' hockey team is going to be a very young squad next winter, especially with nearly half his team graduating after this season and a large group of 8th-graders, most of them from Mount's middle school squad, expected to join his 2019-20 varsity roster. And while the head coach knows that his team's future is bright, he also knows that the present is in good hands with his talented 16-player roster, which includes 10 returnees, including four who earned postseason honors last winter, and a few new- comers that will be worth watching. "We're going to be tough," DiLorenzo said before taking the ice for his team's workouts last Thursday afternoon at Adelard Arena. "It's going to be an interesting season, because everybody will be chasing La Salle again, but I think we'll be in the mix." Last season, the co-op team posted a 12-5 mark that was its best record in five seasons and was good for third place behind the undefeated La Salle/Moses Brown co-op squad, which was stunned in two games in the state finals by the East Bay (Barrington/Mount Hope/ Portsmouth) co-op team. This year, La Salle will be field- ing its own team, and with 21 play- ers, including eight freshmen, and just two lost to graduation. "They're going to be tough to beat because of the numbers that they have," added DiLorenzo. "They can run three lines easily. Barrington still has a few really good players coming back, and their numbers are just about ours. But sheer numbers are hard to beat, and (the championship) should go through (La Salle)." Three players graduated from DiLorenzo's team last year, includ- ing All-State standout Kaylee "Kiki" Doucette, who is continuing her hockey career at Division I Franklin Pierce University, and two MSC freshmen decided to continue their careers at prep schools, but the cup- board is far from bare with this year's talented group of returnees, which features several players who are entering their third or fourth seasons with the squad. The senior captains are a solid trio with Cumberland defenseman Elise Curren, MSC defenseman Katie Mastroianni, and MSC for- ward Maddie Cataldo. Curren, who scored 12 goals and added as many assists last year, earned Second-Team All-State honors last winter, and Mastroianni, who added seven goals and 13 assists, and Cataldo received All-Division honors. Also back is Mount senior goal- tender Abbey Dalpe, who was the goalkeeper for the MSC girls' soccer team that, thanks to her heroic efforts in net, nipped Pilgrim in the Division II finals. Dalpe, who is continuing her soccer career at Division II Saint Michael's College, recorded a 2.73 goals-against-average in 18 games that was the third-best GAA in the state and also fetched her All-Division honors, and her performance almost matched the 2.77 GAA she posted as a sophomore. Mount junior forward Macee Salley, who scored nine goals and added seven assists, is also back, as is Cumberland senior defenseman Holly Pashnik, who will team up with Curren and Mastroianni to form one of the state's best group of blue-liners. Mount senior goalie Gianna Crispino, who played in three games and post- ed a 1.33 GAA as Dalpe's backup last season, Cumberland senior forward Leah Gallagher, CHS junior forward Brooke Normandin, and Mount sophomore forward Mia Mollicone By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor sports@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY ERIC BENEVIDES Mount Saint Charles senior MADDIE CATALDO, shown in action last season, will be trading in her 'A' for a 'C' this winter, as she will be one of the co-op team's captains. Continues on next page Independently Owned & Operated by George & Malanie Loya Wood Blinds • Shutters • Roman Shades Woven Wood • Custom Drapery Top Treatments • Verticals and more! Local: 401-356-4770 Call to schedule your free in-home consultation

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