Weekly Feature

2017-12-07 / Sports

Girls hockey team looking to build on monster season


The Frontier/Lake Shore/Orchard Park girls hockey team will have some championship pedigree this season. The team is returning 15 players from last season’s Section VI and Federation Championship team, which made it as far as the state championship game.

Among the top returners is sophomore Brooke Becker. She was a first-team all-league defenseman last season and is a preseason USA Today All-American. Sophomore Mary Kromer led the team in scoring last season. Her sister, Emily, will be a first-line forward. Senior Jess Peters will play on the first with the Kromers. Gabby DeMeo and Sirena Fitzery are both fifth-year defensemen.

“We have some veteran girls who are very talented, but with us keeping more players this year, we hope our depth becomes a strength for us as the season progresses,” FLOP assistant coach Lucian Forcucci said.

There are also some players who could step up into larger roles with the loss of three senior forwards. That includes Abby Lillis and Maeve Hourihan, who have been with the program, and new girl Raegan Compise.

“Abigail Lillis and Maeve Hourihan are two players who have been with us that we expect to have strong seasons for us,” Forcucci said. “They are both strong skaters who are able to play against anybody in the league. Raegan Compise is a junior from Frontier that is new to our team this year. She is very talented and is able to play both forward and defense. We expect her to play a big role for us.”

The focus isn’t on the team solely winning, but the team does have some big goals going into the season. Another sectional title, a trip to the state playoffs and then a strong showing in the federation playoffs is the aim this year.

“Obviously, the goal is always to improve as a team and to help these girls develop as hockey players so they can play at the college level,” Forcucci said. “However, with winning the section and league championships last year, it is certainly a goal of ours to return to the state tournament.”

This will obviously not be a cakewalk, however. The league is full of strong teams that are bringing back solid players from last season.

“Williamsville is always a very tough team to play against,” Forcucci said. “They have great depth and they are always well coached. CASH [Clarence, Amherst, Sweet Home] should be strong this year as they have some of the most talented players in the league on their top line. Monsignor Martin is always a strong team, so I am sure they will be at the top of the league as usual.”

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