Boston High School: Caroline McCarthy

ESPN Boston MIAA girls' hockey All-State team

March, 23, 2012
First Team:
All-StateF- Alison Butler, Jr., St. Mary’s (Lynn)
Perhaps no player in the state made bigger strides this season than the Spartans junior. The Danvers resident finished with 17 goals and 44 assists for 61 points, good for third in the state.

All-StateF – Kati Goguen, Sr., Acton-Boxborough
One of the state’s top perennial scorers, the Holy Cross commit and captain was again among the MIAA’s leading scorers, tallying 17 goals along with 26 assists. Goguen also plays with the prestigious Assabet Valley travel league squad.

All-StateF – Kayla Smith, Jr., Woburn
A pure sniper in the truest sense, Smith finished fourth in the state in scoring, with 57 points, and finished tied for fourth in goals with 31. This year marks Smith’s second straight ESPN Boston All-State First Team appearance, improving upon her 53-point performance from a year ago.

All-StateD – Martha Findley, Sr., Duxbury
This year’s ESPN Boston Miss Hockey Award winner, Findley is a two-time All-Stater to go along with the Dragons’ second straight Div. 2 state championship. The Duxbury captain had five goals and 21 assists for 26 points this season. Findley plans on attending Cushing Academy for a postgraduate year next year.

D – Rachel Donahoe, Sr., St. Mary’s (Lynn)
The Spartans captain was among the top-scoring blue-liners in the state with 22 points (two goals, 20 assists). The Wakefield resident highlighted a deep defensive corps that boosted St. Mary’s to another Division 1 state final appearance.

All-StateG – Courtney Davis, Soph., Woburn
The second-year starter tied for second in the state with seven shutouts this season while posting a measly 1.25 goals against average and a 94.3 save percentage.

Second Team:
All-StateF – Natalie Flynn, Sr., Arlington Catholic
The Cougars captain lifted her squad to a victory over a heavily favored St. Mary’s squad and a Division 1 state championship. Flynn tallied 19 goals and 15 assists for 34 points.

All-StateF – Jane Freda, Jr., Hingham
It wasn’t too long ago that the Harbormen junior captain was moved up from the blue to add a scoring punch. This season, Freda went crazy, finishing second in the state in scoring with 31 goals and 32 assists for 63 points.

F – Erika Kelly, Sr., Watertown/Melrose
The pride of Watertown led the state in scoring this season with a state-best 49 goals for 70 points. Not only a dynamic scorer on the ice, Kelly is a highly decorated field hockey talent, in addition to playing softball in the spring.

All-StateD – Cassandra Connolly, Jr., Woburn
A true two-way defenseman, Connolly was among the state’s scoring leaders among blue-liners with six goals and 20 assists for 26 points, while helping a Tanners unit that allowed just 28 goals in 22 games.

All-StateD – Emily Loebs, Sr., Acton-Boxborough
The senior captain has been a rock on defense on some deep, defensive Colonials teams. Loebs finished second on A-B in goal scoring — her 14 goals fells just off the pace of fellow All-Stater Kati Goguen—and her 26 points ranked among the state’s top defensemen.

All-StateG – Rachel Myette, Soph., Duxbury
After turning in a dominant freshman year, Myette returned with an outstanding second-year effort, including another Div. 2 title. Her 0.90 goals against average was the best in the state, as were her eight shutouts. Myette’s 93.2 save percentage also ranked among the best in the MIAA.

“Best of the Rest”
Molly Connolly, F, Wellesley
Mackenzie Clark, F, Winthrop/Lynn
Lily Connolly, F, Duxbury
Colleen Doucette, F, Wakefield
Kaleigh Finigan, F, St. Mary’s (Lynn)
Samantha Girard, F, Dedham
Bryana Harron, F, Woburn
Brittani Lanzilli, F, St. Mary’s (Lynn)
Sara Lehman, F, Lexington
Kim Lizotte, F, Westford Academy
Caroline McCarthy, F, Belmont
Hannah Murphy, F, Duxbury
Danielle Phalon, F, Stoneham
Adrieana Rossini, F, Arlington Catholic
Sarah Schwenzfeier, F, Hingham
Brenna Callahan, D, Falmouth
Jackie Denning, D, Lexington
Alexandria Gong, D, Hingham
Britta Marden, D, Belmont
Brooke Matherson, D, Walpole
Caroline Shaunessy, D, Duxbury
Kaitlin Spillane, D, Franklin
Rebecca Zappalla, D, Arlington Catholic
Cali Loblundo, G, Acton-Boxborough
Megan Messuri, G, Arlington Catholic
Shannon O’Neil, G, Austin Prep
Maddie Scavotto, G, Falmouth
Casey Schaejbe, G, Arlington
Lauren Skinnion, G, St. Mary’s (Lynn)
Bethany Welch, G, Walpole

Coach of the Year
Maggie Taverna, Arlington Catholic
Third time's a charm, right? In just her second year behind the Cougars' bench, Taverna lifted AC back to the top of the MIAA hockey world with a Division 1 state title, beating Catholic Central Conference rival St. Mary's of Lynn after suffering two regular-season losses to the Spartans.

Erin Blood, Falmouth
Mark Haley, Belmont
Frank Pagliuca, St. Mary's (Lynn)

D2 Girls: Duxbury 3, Belmont 1

March, 11, 2012

BOURNE, Mass. -- The Dragons had a little extra swagger in their step.

Even before they took to the ice for their Division 2 state semifinal against Belmont at Gallo Ice Arena Saturday night, the defending state champions from Duxbury were dancing along the music being played over the P.A.

The Dragons kept up their intensity throughout their 3-1 win over the Marauders. But afterward, Duxbury’s raucous room was also matched with a sense of purpose, given that the team’s stated goal has yet to be achieved.

Senior captain and defenseman Martha Findley exclaimed postgame, “It’s Round Two.”

It was all in another day at the office for perhaps the state’s best girls’ hockey team, who fended off a strong fifth-seeded Belmont squad.

“They play a high intensity game and I wanted to fight fire with fire,” Duxbury head coach Friend Weiler said. “They were all fired up in the locker room, I could barely contain them.”

The Dragons’ ebullience poured over into the first period when Duxbury (21-0-1) taking the first lead of the game midway through the session on freshman Marissa Fichter’s tally. Meredith Wright and Caroline Shaughnessy added assists on the play, in addition to Wright’s other contributions down low.

“The goalie was screened by my other linemates [Wright and Jane Dudley], and I just got a good shot off,” Fichter said.

Duxbury continued to dictate the pace of play in the second period, outshooting the Marauders (16-5-2), 9-3.

Despite several high quality saves from Belmont netminder Megan Foley (19 saves), the Dragons broke through for their second goal midway through the second with a dazzling individual effort from Findley.

Pinching up in the play, Findley collected the puck below the left wing faceoff dot, swooped behind the Belmont cage, moved around a Marauder defender, skated out front and then cut back in the other direction to finish with a fore-handed shot Foley, nor any other goaltender in the state could stop.

The play was set in motion by Findley’s anticipation on the play, knowing Belmont’s defensive tendencies.

“They like to slide into the middle and so we knew we’d have our chances along the boards,” Findley said.

Hannah Murphy turned in an impressive drive of her own, pacing Duxbury to a 3-0 lead at 6:17 of the third.

After serving a hooking penalty, Murphy stormed out of the box to collect a loose puck in the neutral zone. The junior forward made a beeline in on Foley, cutting across the slot from right to left before finishing on the backhand.

Belmont showed its resiliency, turning up the offensive zone pressure in the latter stages of the third. The Marauders finally broke through with four minutes to play as Caroline McCarthy threw in a wrister off of the stick handle of goaltender Rachel Myette.

“We knew we needed that knockout punch and we got that,” Weiler said of Murphy’s strike. “But they still kept coming. That’s an excellent team, they worked hard and they kept coming.”

Findley, an ESPN Boston All-State selection last year and preseason teamer this winter, has been nothing short of spectacular this season. And her second-period highlight reel goal was nothing short of brilliant.

It’s all what Weiler has come to expect out of his top blue-liner.

“She’s the best defenseman in the state as far as I’m concerned.”


Duxbury’s “Freshmen” line, comprised of Dudley, Fichter and Wright, continued its strong play against Belmont with Fichter again adding some goal-scoring punch.

“She has that quick release, the goalie can’t get set,” Weiler said of Fichter’s wrister. “She burned a lot of goalies all season doing that.”

And while the Dragons are no strangers to the postseason’s biggest stage, making two straight appearances, it's not too hard to envision the Dragons making future visits with seven freshman on the roster.

“The way they’ve stepped in [this season], I’m so proud of them.”

Duxbury advances to play Falmouth in Sunday’s state championship game at the Garden.

The two teams met twice in the regular season with the Dragons taking both decisions by 4-0 and 3-2 scores.

Recap: No. 5 Belmont 3, No. 6 Woburn 3

February, 16, 2012

WOBURN, Mass. -- It’s an adage as old as hockey itself: Get pucks to the net and good things will happen.

No. 5 Belmont became proof positive for the saying once again, as they squeezed another point out of No. 6 Woburn, Wednesday night at O’Brien Rink. Marauders junior forward Alexandra Cellucci took a shot from the slot with 11 seconds remaining. The puck slithered through the pads of Tanners netminder Courtney Davis and into the net, tying the score, 3-3.

The tie gave Belmont (14-3-1) a 1-0-1 record on the season series with the Tanners, after knocking off Woburn by a 3-2 score on Jan. 14.

At the time, it was considered the upset of the season.

Now, it’s time to consider the Marauders as the real deal.

“[In the dressing room] they said, ‘We must be better than them, we beat them once and tied them once,” Belmont head coach Mark Haley’s team told him postgame.

Haley answered them with a rhetorical, “Yes.”

It’s not as though Haley would tempt fate again.

“Fortunately, we don’t see them again,” he said with a smile crossing his face.

Although the Middlesex small division Marauders will not see Woburn (14-2-1) in the upcoming Division 2 state tournament, they can extrapolate their game plan.

“Defensively, they do a good job,” Tanners head coach Bob MacCurtain said. “They kept us to the outside for the most part. They don’t quit. Obviously, they battled us hard.”

Playing a sticky forecheck, Belmont was able to bottle up the Tanners’ top line of Emily Lissner, Bryana Harron and Kayla Smith through the first period with no small contribution from their top blue line duo of senior captain Britta Marden and sophomore Kendal Brown. The teams went to the first intermission with no score.

Woburn chiseled away at the Marauders’ front in the second, however, with the first line setting up shop in front of netminder Megan Foley (15 saves). The Tanners used pressure down low to take a 2-0 lead on similar looking goals.

First, Harron collected a rebound in the crease at 1:20 of the second. The tally was set in motion by Lissner’s work behind the net, feeding Smith out front for a one-timer, with Foley making the initial save.

A little more than a minute later, Harron collected the puck along the back side boards and slid a pass over to Lissner for a scoring chance. Again, the Marauder defense was unable to clear away the rebound in time. Smith put back the rebound for a 2-0 lead at 2:51.

“They had their moments tonight,” MacCurtain said of his top line. “I just didn’t think they were consistent enough.”

Belmont whittled down the lead to a goal midway through the second with Shannon Reynolds banking a shot off a Tanner defenseman from below the goal line.

Woburn returned to the room with a two-goal cushion after junior defenseman Cassandra Connolly’s power-play tally with 41.4 seconds.

In the third, Belmont again applied the vice to the Tanners’ transition game while they continued throwing rubber on Davis at any given chance. The Marauders got a bounce in their favor with 6:43 remaining as Caroline McCarthy’s screen shot bounced into the net on the power play.

With Foley pulled in the final minute of play, the Marauders’ had a second brush with puck luck. Cellucci’s shot from the slot caromed off a Woburn blue-liners skate and then under the right leg of Davis.

It all goes back to that old saying, which Haley offered to his top line of Cellucci, McCarthy and Erin O’Donovan throughout the game.

“Take the shot and see what happens.”

Belmont likely will enter the Div. 2 tournament as a top four seed, along with a measure of confidence.

It wasn’t always that way.

“When these kids were freshmen, they didn’t win a game,” Haley said of the Marauders’ 2008-09 season.

Haley, who’s been behind the bench for all of Belmont’s 18 girls’ hockey seasons, has seen his team rise and fall, only to see them ascend again.

“They’ve worked hard for four years, and look what you have.”

ESPNBoston hockey midseason All-State teams

January, 24, 2012
F - Brendan Collier, Malden Catholic
F - Ryan Fitzgerald, Malden Catholic
F - Sam Kurker, St. John's Prep
D - Jared Beckwith, Catholic Memorial
D - Jake Secatore, Woburn
G - David Letarte, St. John's Prep

Others garnering consideration:
Tom Besinger, Soph. F, BC High
Tom Cahill, Sr. F, Pembroke
Liam Centrella, Sr. F, Andover
Frank Crinella, Sr. F, Springfield Cathedral
Peter Cronin, Jr. G, BC High
Kevin Emmerling, Sr. F, St. John's (Shrewsbury)
Connor Fenton, Sr. D, Braintree
Jarrod Fitzpatrick, Soph. F, St. Mary's of Lynn
Brian Furey, Sr. D, BC High
Danny Holland, Sr. F, Woburn
Pat Houghton, Sr. D, Westford Academy
Mike Iovanna, Jr. F, Malden Catholic
Mike Kelleher, Jr. F, Central Catholic
Chris LeBlanc, Sr. F, Winthrop
Conal Lynch, Sr. F, Boston Latin
Colin MacGillivray, Jr. D, Malden Catholic
Nikko Markham, Sr. D, St. Mary's of Lynn
Bobby Mullins, Sr. F, St. Mary's of Lynn
Brian Pinho, Jr. F, St. John's Prep
Casey Shea, Sr. F, Woburn
Shane Starrett, Jr. G, Catholic Memorial
Joe Strangie, Jr. F, Danvers
Kyle Williams, Sr. G, Central Catholic

F - Natalie Flynn, Arlington Catholic
F - Kayla Smith, Woburn
F - Kati Goguen, Acton-Boxborough
D - Martha Findley, Duxbury
D - Emily Loebs, Acton-Boxborough
G - Courtney Davis, Woburn

Others garnering consideration:
Cassandra Connolly, Jr. D, Woburn
Lily Connolly, Jr. F, Duxbury
Jackie Denning, Jr. F/D, Lexington
Rachel Donahoe, Sr. D, St. Mary's of Lynn
Jane Freda, Jr. F/D, Hingham
Haley Gaughan, Sr. F, Canton
Samantha Girard, Fr. F, Dedham
Erika Kelly, Sr. F, Watertown/Melrose
Cali Loblundo, 8th G, Acton-Boxborough
Brooke Matherson, D, Walpole
Caroline McCarthy, Sr. F, Belmont
Tori Messina, So. D, Hingham
Annie Messuri, D, Acton-Boxborough
Megan Messuri, Soph. G, Arlington Catholic
Hannah Murphy, Jr. F, Duxbury
Rachel Myette, So. G, Duxbury
Shannon O'Neil, G, Austin Prep
Danielle Phalon, Sr. F, Stoneham
Casey Schaejbe, Sr. G, Arlington
Sarah Schwenzfeier, Jr. F, Hingham
Caroline Shaughnessy, So. D, Duxbury
Kaitlyn Spillane, Jr. F/D, Franklin
Bethany Welch, Jr. G, Walpole
Rebecca Zappalla, Sr. D, Arlington Catholic