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Girls D1 Prep Top 10: Kent holds off Nobles to stay at #1

Girls Prep D1 Poll

4St. Paul's4721
5New Hampton5920
6Loomis Chaffee6711
8Phillips Andover9420
9Lawrence AcademyNR750

This past Saturday saw Girls Prep action return in full force. It included an early-season showdown between the top two teams.

When it was over, #1 Kent (10-0-0) held on for a 1-0 win over then #2 Nobles to further cement it status at the top of this first HNIB News Girls Division 1 Prep Top 10. Julia Nearis had the game’s lone goal. Another showdown looms Wednesday for the Lions when they tackle red-hot Loomis Chaffee. Lawrenceville is Saturday’s opponent.

With the above result, Tabor (8-1-0) moves into the #2 spot, especially with Saturday’s result, a big 2-1 win over Williston with Ashley Clark getting the winning goal. An interesting matchup comes up Wednesday with D2’s third-ranked team, unbeaten Brooks, and then again Saturday against New Hampton.

#3 Nobles (7-2-1) may have come out on the short end Saturday, but don’t overlook on this team. The ‘Dawgs face Rivers (Monday), Middlesex (Wednesday) and Berkshire (Saturday) in a busy week.

#4 St. Paul’s opened up 2018 with a trip to New Jersey, coming home with wins over Lawrenceville (4-0) and Hill School (5-1). The Pelicans look ahead to BB&N (Wednesday) and Andover (Saturday), no pushovers.

#5 New Hampton (9-2-0) returned to action with an 11-0 win over Albany Academy as Caelin Flaherty scored four goals. The Huskies will be busy with games this week against Holderness (Monday), BB&N (Friday) and then the Tabor battle on Saturday.

Loomis Chaffee (7-1-1) is playing a lot better than a #6 ranked team. The Pelicans could easily be higher. They returned with wins over BB&N (4-0) and Berkshire (9-0). Loomis will give Kent a battle on Wednesday, then it will be Hotchkiss on Saturday.

#7 Williston (8-3-0) was very impressive in rolling to the title at the Winchendon New Year’s Tournament before falling Saturday to Tabor. The Wildcats also have a three-game week, taking on Berkshire (Wednesday), St. Mark’s (Friday) and Gunnery (Saturday).

Phillips Andover (4-2-0) moves up a spot just by being idle. The Big Blue are scheduled to face Brooks Monday and St. Paul’s Saturday, both tough ones.

Lawrence Academy (7-5-0) jumps into the poll at #9. The Spartans went 2-1 at the Winchendon Tournament, and then doubled up Cushing (6-3).  This week’s docket has St. Mark’s (Wednesday), Pomfret (Friday) and Brooks (Saturday).

Also new this week is #10 Taft (6-3-0). The Rhinos posted wins over Hill School (6-2) and Westminster (2-0). Pomfret (Wednesday) and Choate (Saturday) provide this week’s opposition.

Gary Demopoulos
Gary Demopoulos has been covering prep school hockey for the HNIB News for over 30 years, and has been the editor of the HNIB News since 2005. A former sportswriter and news editor at the Woburn (MA) Daily Times Chronicle, he has been the HNIB News' key reporter for Mens Prep School hockey since 1988, as well as womens hockey, both at the prep school and high school levels. for almost 20 years. Gary also helps organize and oversee HNIB's many summer tournaments and festivals for scholastic players.
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