Junior :Jillian Witwicki:, of Danvers, has been Pingree’s biggest threat offensively and leads the EIL in scoring with 37 points. She skates with :Kristina Caradonna: (12 goals, 22 points) and senior :Madeline Polese:, of Lynnfield. Pingree’s second unit of :Katie Shreenan (five goals, 18 points):, :Leah Heinze :(8 goals, 22 points) and senior :Michaela Bryne: of Hamilton.
Captain :Mac Foster: of Peabody leads the defense, a rotation of three players that eats up big time minutes. Senior :Adrineh Nalbandian: and freshman :Nicole Khachadorian :are the others.
“The great thing about Mac is she’s taken control. She’s taking slap shot, rushing the puck up the ice and she’s really setting a good example,” said Carpenter.
Foster actually earned the shutout in Monday’s 10-0 win over Beaver Country Day. Senior goalie :Aly Heffron: always wanted to play a game at forward, so the co-captains switched places for one game. Heffron scored a goal in the third period in a tremendously fun outing for Pingree.
“Mac and Aly were great sports about it,” Carpenter said. “They swapped everything because they have the same size feet (for skates). Aly had a bit of a hard time with the offsides, but we were thrilled to get her a goal.”
In her natural position between the pipes, Heffron has enjoyed a solid season with five shutouts of her own and 11 wins.
“Aly’s a two-year captain and she came in and helped us turn the program around when she was a freshman and we needed a goalie,” Carpenter said. “We’ve really gone from the basement to where we are because of her. She’s pretty confident and she’s our calm captain.”
Beverly (16-1-2) faces Westford Academy (14-3-2) in the championship of the Cougar Classic in Rockland today in a match-up of two of the top three teams by winning percentage in all of Division 1.