► Sister act, take three: Yet again Acton-Boxborough Regional will be led by a pair of talented sisters. Eleana Cardarelli (committed to Providence) is finally a senior, and Leah Cardarelli is now a junior. The two combined for 46 goals and 31 assists last year. The Colonials have won three of the last six Division 1 state titles.
►Changes at Weston: After advancing to the Division 1 North finals against Acton-Boxborough last fall, the Wildcats have moved down to Division 2 this season. Even if they struggle while breaking in a large group of underclassmen, the Wildcats should be a threat come tournament time. Junior Elizabeth Dennehy is worth the price of admission.
►Will Dover-Sherborn lose? The Raiders were undefeated (13-0-5) in the regular season before falling to Westwood in the D2 South quarterfinals last year. They’re 7-0 in 2013, having out-scored opponents 28-5.
►Lexington is loaded: While Watertown is the favorite in the Middlesex League's Freedom Division, Lexington takes the nod in the Liberty. The Minutemen had six players score goals in their first two games. Senior captain Fiona Fitzgerald leads the way.
►Boys play too: Massachusetts is one of the few states that still allow boys to play on girls’ field hockey teams, and they’re often impact players. Most coaches are against the policy, but the state’s constitution states there should be no distinction based on sex. Last fall, 27 boys played field hockey, according to the MIAA.