Girls Hockey Stars Headed to Nationals in California


The Girls Hockey Team at the Annual "Pink in the Rink" Game in 2018. Credit: Williston Flickr

The Girls Varsity Hockey team experienced a multitude of successes this season, the most significant being their record number of games won. However, the final game of the season did not mean the end for many members of the team.

Many of the Wildcat girls will be attending the 2019 Chipotle – USA Hockey Girls Tier I 19u tournament, playing for the East Coast Wizards. The tournament will take place in Irvine, California at the Great Park Ice and Five Point Arena over the course of five days, April 4 – April 8.

Members of the team competing in this tournament are Bryn Saarela ’20, Madison Cardaci ’20, Christina Vote ’21, Emily Zambarano ’21, Cora Webber ’21, Sophia Jones ’22, Jules Constantinople ’22, Maeve Reynolds ’22, Teaghan Hall ’22, Emma Merrill ’22 and Katherine Kang ’23. The Wizards are coached by Scott Fusco, out of Bedford, Mass.

Sophomore Megan Ward from Easthampton, Massachusetts will also be competing at the Tier II 16u Nationals in Amherst, New York as a member of the Connecticut Northern Lights.

According to the USA Hockey Nationals website, there will be 16 teams competing in the Girls Tier I 19u bracket of the tournament. The teams are broken into four different pools. The East Coast Wizards are in the Liberty pool, competing against teams such as the Dallas Stars Elite, Belle Tire, and the Washington Pride.

Caroline DiFiore ’19, from Medfield, Massachusetts is a four-year member of the Williston Girls Hockey team and three-year member of the Wizards. She said she is “very excited to go to California and see some of my friends who I have met at other tournaments.”

However, Caroline is not exempt from Williston Spring sports; she is a track captain this year. She said, “I have missed three track practices this week in preparation for leaving on Wednesday, but my coaches have been extremely understanding.”

Similarly, Maura Holden, from Hingham, Mass., a four-year member of the Girls Hockey team and four-year member of the Wizards, shares Caroline’s excitement for playing on the west coast. A member of the Williston Girls Lacrosse team, Maura also has a busy athletic schedule to reckon with, but both her Williston games have been moved so she’ll only miss practice.

Along with her co-captain, Kate Holmes ’19 a four-year member of the team from Norfolk, Mass., will also be attending Nationals. Holmes had an impeccable season for Williston, becoming the sixth girl in program history to reach the 100-point milestone, scoring 105 points by the end of the season.

Coach Christa Talbot-Syfu spoke highly of all her hockey players, and noted that Kate, who racked up 39 points this season, “was a big part of our offense but also played defense in special team situations. She is a tremendous two-way player.” Kate will be attending Northeastern University to continue her academic and athletic career. Caroline will play hockey at Boston College and Maura will play at Hamilton College.