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Coccolutto Moves Up To U19 Elite Team

By James Murphy Lauren Coccolutto likes to consider herself a lifer with the Boston Shamrocks organization. The Saugus, Mass. native has worn a Shamrocks jersey since seventh... Read More »

Coach Corl Urges Girls To Play For The Shamrocks Sooner Rather Than Later

By James Murphy Molly Corl is not only a coach for the Boston Shamrocks but she is also a charter member and was instrumental in helping Owner,... Read More »

Pion Joins Shamrocks Coaching Staff

By James Murphy As many girls players do, Shamrocks new U16 Assistant Coach Samantha Pion had her work carved out for her breaking into hockey. Not only was... Read More »

Boston Jr. Shamrocks U19 Conclude Season with Quarter Final Finish at Nationals

Four months after capturing the Massachusetts State Championship by defeating the Mass Spitfires in Marlborough, The Boston Jr. Shamrocks U19, tier II team made... Read More »

Jr. Shamrocks U19 State Championship Team To Play For National Title

The U19 Boston Jr. Shamrocks Massachusetts State Championship team will be playing for the USA Hockey Tier II National Championship this weekend in Troy, Michigan.... Read More »

Jr. Shamrocks Alumnae Maggie Salmon ECAC Women's West Defensive Player of the Year

  Medford, Mass. native and William Smith College goalie Maggie Salmon was named ECAC Women's West 2016-17 Defensive Player of the Year after a brilliant... Read More »

Watch Ristuccia Arena Action Live & On Demand

Live Barn is live at Ristuccia Arena. Live Barn provides online broadcasts of hockey games at many rinks across the US & Canada. Games are... Read More »

Please Donate… Free Sled Hockey Crowdfunding Page Launched

The Boston Shamrocks Sled Hockey Program is a totally free program based out of the Allied Memorial Veterans Rink at 65 Elm Street in Everett,... Read More »

 

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Coach Corl Urges Girls To Play For The Shamrocks Sooner Rather Than Later

Thursday, June 22, 2017
Boston Shamrocks Coach Molly Corl

By James Murphy

Molly Corl is not only a coach for the Boston Shamrocks but she is also a charter member and was instrumental in helping Owner, President and General Manager Bob Rotondo start the now extremely successful girls junior hockey franchise.  "I was the guinea pig so to speak, for the Boston Shamrocks," Corl told features writer James Murphy.

After moving from Raleigh, NC to Newbury, MA at the young age of three, Boston Shamrocks coach Molly Corl, found herself on skates within a year as a figure skater and by age six, she had made the switch from white to black skates and started playing hockey as a defenseman on the Triton Youth Hockey Boys team. Then by age 12, Corl was playing for the Chelmsford Lions girls team and by 13, she started playing for some of Rotondo's select and travel teams. Fast forward to her senior year of high school and Corl found herself living in Shelburne, Ontario and playing for a junior team called the Toronto Rattlers.

"I've known Bob since I was 13 years old and I played for him on different tournament teams and I got to know him very well," Corl explained. "Then this opportunity came up and he sent me up there. I knew I was going to go to St. A's [Saint Anslem's] so this would be a good year to develop as a player and a person. So he sent me up there to basically evaluate and see what we could change and do here as a program."

One of those the biggest aspects of the experience that stuck with Corl and that she made sure would be different for the Shamrocks, was the living situation. While playing for Toronto, Corl and her teammates resided in an elementary school, in tiny cubicles. "It was a very interesting living situation," Corl said with a laugh. That is one of the reasons the Shamrocks offer such a great housing set-up and when that is full, an unbelievable billet program. 

Other areas of focus when Corl returned were workouts and education. With Toronto, Corl was strictly online education and she made sure that was not going to be the case with the Shamrocks.  "I wanted to make sure we had structure and that's why we brought in Hannah Iriving," Corl said. "She has been amazing and the glue that keeps that part of the team together."

Once her recon project for the Shamrocks with Toronto was done, it was on to Saint Anslem's where Corl played both forward and defense for the womens team from 2008-2012. After a post-grad year playing over in Prague, Rotondo reached out to Corl to see if she wanted to become a permanent part of the Shamrocks organization as a U16 team coach. She accepted and has been here ever since. She's thrilled to be part of the organization and urges any girls thinking of coming to Boston to play for the Shamrocks to do it "sooner rather than later.  The more experience you have in a program like this the better development you'll have as a player and a person," Corl said. 

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Coccolutto Moves Up To U19 Elite Team

Monday, July 17, 2017
Boston Shamrocks Defenseman Lauren Coccolutto

By James Murphy

Lauren Coccolutto likes to consider herself a lifer with the Boston Shamrocks organization. The Saugus, Mass. native has worn a Shamrocks jersey since seventh grade and recently as she prepared to enter her senior year and make the jump from the Under 16 to the Under 19 team, the 17-year old blueliner took some time to reflect on why she joined and has stayed with the Shamrocks for so long.  "They give a lot of opportunities that you can take advantage of and they're willing to work with you," Coccolutto said. "There's always ice open to come skate if you need to work on something. They also have academic support here. There's the tutors they have for SAT's and ACT's if you need it too."

That support has been a tremendous help to Coccolutto, who has been a commuter student-athlete attending Bishop Fenwick High School, had to learn how to balance playing for the Shamrocks and school a bit more on her own than some of her teammates who chose the online schooling route the team offers.  "I learned to do a lot on my own and ended up working independently, making sure I stayed on track and developing time management," she said. "They [Shamrocks] understand that in between games, I have to do work and keep up. It's good."

When Coccolutto started playing hockey, she was a forward, but as she became more involved with the Shamrocks and specifically longtime coach Molly Corl, she switched back to defense.  "I've been working with her since I was really little," she said of Corl. "Molly was our coach last year and I really got along with her."

But Coccolutto hasn't lost her offensive flair and has learned how to maintain that in her game.  "I'm more offensive, like to rush, like to pinch and stay in the play," Coccolutto said. "Last year, my D partner and I worked really well together. She was also very offensive but we learned how to balance that where someone would stay back and someone would go, so it worked well."

This summer, Coccolutto has been able to continue to polish her overall game with new Shamrocks Director Of Hockey Operations, Sean Fisher.  "I actually went skating with him a lot recently," she said of Fisher. "He's already really helped with the college process. He really stays on top of it, helps you out and is willing to be there."

Fisher shared similar praise for her.  “Lauren brings a different element to our defence core - she is a good skating defensemen that has the ability to retrieve pucks quickly and jump in the play in different situations.  She will allow our team to incorporate different 4 point attack strategies and we are lucky to have her back for her senior year!

Coccolutto is excited for the season ahead but she realizes playing for the U 19 team will present it's challenges and she is ready to tackle them head on.  "Joining the team was definitely more like junior hockey," Coccolutto said. "It's a lot faster and more demanding, so taking what I learned last year will be good going into this year. The people you're playing against are a lot more skillful. The schedule is a lot more intense. It goes from practicing all week, to being away all weekend and then being ready to get right back into it."

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Pion Joins Shamrocks Coaching Staff

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Boston Shamrocks New U16 Assistant Coach Samantha Pion

By James Murphy

As many girls players do, Shamrocks new U16 Assistant Coach Samantha Pion had her work carved out for her breaking into hockey. Not only was she a girl having - like so many of her fellow hockey sisterhood - playing on a boys team when she started, but she was playing in Western Massachusetts, where hockey in general is a niche sport, let alone girls hockey! But fueled by her Dad's passion for the game, despite he himself never playing, and her brother playing, Pion put her own passion and hard work into it and pursued a career in the sport. 

"My father always wanted to play hockey when he was little but he couldn't get into it because his parents said it was too dangerous," the Easthampton, MA native recalled. "So when my older brother was born, he got into it right away and I always watched him play. I always loved seeing him play and wanted to be on the ice as soon as possible. So when I was two-years old, almost three, I got on the ice and never looked back."

Pion started her playing career for a boys club team called the Nonotuck Knights and stayed there until she was 12. She then joined the Springfield Pics girls team and another boys team, the Tri City Thunder based in Holyoke and Chicopee. From there it was on to high school and Proctor Academy in Andover, NH. After a successful career at Proctor, Pion attended Castleton University in Vermont. During her summer breaks in college, Pion helped coach the East Coast Militia summer tournament girls team. She instantly grew a love for coaching and hasn't stopped since, spending a year as an assistant behind the Plymouth State Women's team after graduating from Castleton, before being hired by the Shamrocks this past spring. 

She plans to apply her early coaching experience here with the Shamrocks and hopefully give her players a glimpse into what the college programs are looking for.  "I love it, I love being on the bench and I love being with the girls, giving them a chance to develop," Pion said. "At Plymouth, it was more of a building program than what I was used to at Castleton, so I was able to take what I knew and experienced at Castleton - because a lot of the girls at Plymouth had never experienced it - and look at it from a more experienced point of view. By coaching in college I know now more what the coaches there are actually looking for. Instead of just playing in college, I actually coached a year, so I feel like I know more what they're looking for and I definitely feel like I can help the girls get to that next level."

If her new players here with the Boston Shamrocks, want to get to that next level then Pion is confident her and the coaching staff here can make that happen.  "We all know how to prepare you for and get you to the next level," Pion said. "So if that's where you want to be, then we can get you there."

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