Forward: Ericka Meissner, Junior, Falmouth
Forward: Callie Rogorzenski, Senior, Barnstable
Forward: Shannon Upton, Junior, Falmouth
Defense: Margaret Ready, Senior, Barnstable
Defense: Hannah Callahan, Senior Falmouth
Goalie: Delanie Corcoran, Freshman, Sandwich
Forward: Rachael Curtis, Sophomore, Falmouth
Forward: Brynn Mendes, Junior, Barnstable
Forward: Taylor McDowell, Senior, Dennis-Yarmouth
Defense: Blue Fancy, Sophomore, Nauset/Cape Tech/Monomoy
Defense: Summer Walsh, Sophomore, Dennis-Yarmouth
Goalie: Emily Marciello, Sophomore, Falmouth
Forward: Amanda Crowley, Sophomore, Dennis-Yarmouth
Forward: Caroline Coyne, Eighth Grade, Falmouth
Forward: Georgie Snow, Eighth Grade, Sandwich
Defense: Kate Towey, Senior, Sandwich
Defense: Shannon Roycroft, Sophomore, Barnstable
Goalie: MiKayla Bestford, Sophomore, Barnstable
Brooke Bowman, Defense, Falmouth; Danielle Derosier, Forward; Leah Hidenfelter, Forward, B/M/W/ORR; Natalia Gordon, Defense, B/M/W/ORR; Lily Holmes, Defense, Dennis-Yarmouth; Kileigh Holt, Forward, Sandwich; Meghan Moore, Forward, Barnstable; Tannah O’Brien, Forward, B/M/W/ORR; Lucy Reid, Goalie, Dennis-Yarmouth; Meghan Sonia, Forward, Martha’s Vineyard; Caroline Spalt, Forward, Barnstable; Tara Stocker, Forward, Dennis-Yarmouth.
Offensive Player of the Year: Shannon Upton, Falmouth
Sure, Upton was a first-line forward for the Falmouth Clippers during their 2015 State Championship season. But that doesn’t mean that her job was to find the back of the net.
Rather, Upton and her linemates drew the responsibility of shutting down the opposition’s top-line, a skill that they were very, very good at. Upton was ninth in points on the Clippers last season, scoring just two goals and tallying 10 points on the season.
But now a year later, we know that Upton is pretty good at scoring goals too.
It was a rocky start to the Clippers this season, not exactly surprising given that they lost nine seniors, and two underclassmen and their head coach. But it is no coincidence that Falmouth’s season began to turn when Upton began heating up (Also credit the play of sophomore goaltender Emily Marciello for the mid-season turnaround).
Upton has the offensive skill set of speed and accuracy to be a constant threat on the ice, but also features a unique quality in the ability to get under the skin of the opposition. That goes a long way in the brutal schedule the Clippers play year after year.
In a surprising 1-1 tie with Barnstable in late January, Upton was a constant thorn in the side of the Red Raiders, drawing penalties late in the third and scoring the game-tying goal in the final five minutes.
Upton was third on the team with 19 points, but led the team with 11 goals, which was also good for third on Cape.
That second half surge also carried over into the postseason, where Upton’s two-goal performance sparked Falmouth to a 5-2 preliminary round victory over a battle tested Fontbonne squad.
She kept the pace up in the season-ending loss at Pembroke, with two more goals and an assist, which included a penalty shot goal.
Defensive Player of the Year: Delanie Corcoran, Sandwich
Typically, this is an award I prefer to give to a true blue liner, but lets be honest here, Corcoran was the defense for the Blue Knights this season. In her first season as full-time goalie between the pipes, Corcoran gave her team the chance to win every game they played.
No goaltender saw as many shots as Corcoran, with 605 pucks coming her way over the course of the 22-game season. Aside from the Furies’ Molly McKenna, no goaltender came with 150 shots of that mark.
It is not only her ability to stop shots that won her this award, but her fundamental positioning and rebound control further cemented her spot as the best defensive player this season.
Sandwich won six games this season, as the Blue Knight featured a roster with 12 eighth-graders and freshman. In those six victories, each one required a shutout form Corcoran, portraying just how important she was to the team. Essentially, the way the season played out, if Corcoran gave up a goal, the Blue Knights were not going to win a game.
This season was a learning experience for the young Sandwich squad, and with Corcoran as the backbone of the Blue Knights for the foreseeable future, the sky is the limit over the next three years.
Rookie of the Year: Caroline Coyne, Falmouth
The Cape was loaded with young talent across the board this season and there was a handful of players that could have come away with this award. Any one of Sandwich’s young trio of forwards, or Barnstable’s eighth grade forward Rachel Dwyer, or even Dennis-Yarmouth defender Lily Holmes.
But the award goes to the linemate of the offensive player of the year in eighth-grader Caroline Coyne.
From day one, Coyne was a constant and consistent forward and came through at some of the biggest moments of the season. She may not have had that “breakout” performance, but was always in the mix, and that is a impressive trait for an eighth grader in one of the top leagues in the state.
Perhaps her biggest moment of the season came in the third period of Falmouth’s first round tilt with Pembroke in the Div. 2 playoffs. Moments after Pembroke regained a 3-2 lead late in the third period, Coyne tied the game on a breakaway.
Coyne is another player that has a limitless future at Falmouth, and with the entire line returning next season, Coyne is poised for a breakout season. In fact, five of the six forward from the Clippers will be returning next season. Don’t count out Jaqueline Tallino (freshman) and Caroline Larsson (eighth grade) from making a big impact either in the future.
Coyne finished with nine goals and 16 points this season, good for eighth on Cape.
Player of the Year: Callie Rogorzenski, Barnstable
For the last three season’s, Callie Rogorzenski has been at the heart of the Red Raider offense, so it shouldn’t come as a total surprise that the senior had yet another dominant year.
But coming off an ACL injury last spring, this season was anything but a sure thing.
It certainly was a slow start for Rogorzenski this season, who looked like a shell of her former self when the season began back in December. If was just a further setback for the Red Raiders who were in search of an identity following the graduation of two dynamite defensemen and a dynamic forward from the season previous.
As the anchor of the first-line, a majority of Barnstable’s hopes hinged on the senior’s knee and while it was a slot start, Rogorzenski slowly but surely began to return to form.
Her coming out party was a hat-trick performance against Whitman-Hanson/Silver Lake on January 27th and from there the goals began to fall. As the point girl on the power play unit, her hard shot paired up with traffic and screens in front was a nightmare scenario for opposing goaltenders.
Just as she was during her sophomore season, Rogorzenski was a force in the postseason again this year, leading local skaters with five points in two games (along with Upton and linemate Brynn Mendes). Barnstable gave top-seeded Arlington Catholic their closest game of the postseason, prior to it’s loss in the Div. 1 state championship loss to Austin Prep on Sunday.
Rogorzenski led all skaters during the regular season in goals (16) and points (24) and finished her senior campaign with a total of 29 points.
Rogorzenski finished with 94 career points.
Coach of the Year: John Shaw, Dennis-Yarmouth
Another toss up decision that could have gone a number of ways. What Brian Ferreira did with Falmouth in his first year at the helm of the Clippers, with a revamped roster is certainly impressive.
But how about the program that Shaw has built at Dennis-Yarmouth in just his second year behind the bench. Shaw took over for former Barnstable superstar Stephanie Scarpatto following the 2014 season, and while it took a season, he has D-Y trending in the right direction.
Shaw knows what he has on the ice, and did a terrific job game planning around that skill level. With no natural goal scorer, he preached traffic in front of the net, setting screens, pouncing on rebounds and tipping shots on the way in. His team bought into the philosophy. Tara Stocker shot up the local leaderboards this season by being in the right position at the right time.
Defensively, with a young core of defenders in Summer Walsh and Lily Holmes, along with freshman goaltender Lucy Reid, the game plan was to keep shots to the perimeter and again the team executed. Lucy Reid had the best GAA of all goaltenders on Cape this season and saw the fewest amount of shots.
It was a season of firsts for D-Y, as it knocked off Sandwich (twice) for the first time in the program’s history, won the Judy Kostas Tournament and hosted a home playoff game. With the graduation of just three seniors this season, look for D-Y to be back at it again next year.