All But Two Players Back For Berkshire
The Bears finished barely above .500 last winter, a spot they are not usually accustomed to. With all but two players back, Berkshire looks to push its way back up to the top of Division I.
One of those that graduated was top scorer Lauren Henman, so others like senior Renee Dreher and senior co-captain Kenzie Lancaster will need to pick up the scoring slack for coach Sylvia Gappa.
Senior co-captain Olivia Good will backbone the Berkshire blueliners in front of goalie Jamie Ernst. New sophomore Antonia Matzka, from Austria, hopes to have an impact on defense as well.
Dosdall New Head Coach At Brewster
BREWSTER ACADEMY (4-14-2)
Another team looking to get back in the thick of things is Brewster Academy, which won only four games a year ago. The Bobcats have turned the head coaching reins over to Kiira Dosdall, who lists work ethic, chemistry and defense as keys to success.
Junior forward Marina Jozokos is a key returner for the Bobcats. New players ready to make a splash include junior forward Kaylee Dufresne and freshman defensemen Kate Nice and Sydney England.
Choate Points To Playoff Return
A playoff team a year ago, the Wild Boars are pointing on returning to the post-season dance again. Good team defense and taking advantage of scoring opportunities will help the club reach its goal.
Coach Nicole Stock returns a solid group of forwards to build around, including senior Katelyn Pantera, juniors Meggan Rodriguez, Meade Avery and Amanda Reisman, and sophomore Kristina Schuler. New freshman Alix MacKillop looks to chip in.
Defensively, three seniors – Serena Sommerfield, Anna Rudinski and Taegan Blackwell – form the blue line nucleus. New senior Samantha Kolowrat comes from the Czech Republic. Sophomore Emily Atkins and freshman Alexis Takashima are ready to join the Choate blue line.
Senior returner Lauren Bailey and new sophomore Cam Leonard form the goaltending duo.
14 Players Back At Cushing
With 14 returning players, the Penguins have a lot of experience, which will help as they try to improve after last winter’s 7-win season.
Forward leaders for coach Courtney Sheary, now the program’s head coach, project to be senior Emma Tufts, juniors Elizabeth Barberio and Brianna Bermingham, and sophomores Blossom Truel, Ronnie Callahan and Remy Bragg. New sophomore Kristina Cheverie will be a plus.
Senior Marjory Boyd anchors the Cushing defense. Sophomore Emma Kowalka is another solid returner on the blue line.
The Penguins have two goalies back in senior Sam Reynolds and sophomore Chiara Pfosi.
Deerfield Will Be Down In Numbers
A smaller roster than usual will mean this year’s edition of the Big Green will have to be in shape and stay healthy.
Senior Katherine Jackson (17 pts) and sophomore Meghan Halloran (19 pts) will spearhead the offense for coach Gen Pitt. Look for new sophomore Katie Morse and freshman Tierney Roche to contribute as well.
Senior Madi Lyford and junior Katherine Goguen will have key roles on the Deerfield blue line. Freshman Ali Dougal will press for time.
The Big Green also returns a goalie in junior Emily Yue.
Hotchkiss Will Be Its Usual Tough Self
The Bearcats were on the periphery of post-season play last winter, and hope to be in the mix again this year. Playing solid two-way hockey will be a key.
Hotchkiss does return a host of players, including senior forwards Alexa Lorillard and Holly Korn, and juniors Olivia Ostrover, Avital Romoff and McKenna Ingerson.
Coach John Cooper welcomes back junior rearguards Kess Notargiacomo and Calla Khilnani, as well as seniors Grace Jennings and Lizzie Horwitz, who can play either forward or defense. New defensemen hoping to make a splash are sophomores Grace Shreiber and Nikki Gerjarusak and freshman Courtney Breen.
In goal, senior Bailey Mertz is back for her third season. Freshman Lindsay Reed provides depth.
Post Season A Definite Goal For Kent
It was a breakthrough season last winter for the Lions, who bagged the Founders League championship. Unfortunately, Kent did not make the post-season, which for sure is a goal for this year’s club. “While we anticipate that we may be more explosive offensively this season, we must no forget that it was a tremendous defensive effort that yielded such success last year,” said coach Shawn Rousseau.
Offensively, the Lions will look to senior captain Elena Gualtieri, and juniors Alexis Banquer, Lulu Swartz and Maddie Kabasakalian to be leaders. New seniors MacKenzie Ebel and Kiyono Cox aand junior Keely Moy should had production.
Senior captain Cassidy Pratt is a defensive mainstay, while sophomores Anne-Sophie Rioux and Jessye Ebzery also return on the blue line. Post-grad Tori Messina will step right in.
Kent needs a goalie after graduating both netminders, and new junior Alyson Baldwin should be up to the task.
Veteran Cast Has Loomis Chaffee Optimistic
LOOMIS CHAFFEE (14-7-0)
With all but one player returning from last year’s playoff club, everything points to a banner campaign for the Pelicans. “With the addition of a few new players, the team should have the depth and the talent to compete with the best in New England,” says coach Liz Leyden.
All good teams start from the net out, and Loomis should have one of the prep’s best in senior Brittany Bugalski (1.33 gaa).
Key forwards back for the Pelicans should include seniors Sierra Semmel and Shannon Strawinski, and sophomores Linda Essery, Sharon Frankel and Madeline Giordano.
On defense, look for senior Danielle Comorre and senior Ginamarie Mangiafridda to have big roles. New junior Paige Capistran will be a key as well.
Huskies Primed For Big Campaign
NEW HAMPTON (20-11-0)
Another team on the rise is the Huskies, who should definitely be in the running for a playoff berth this winter.
Coach Craig Churchill will bank on a trio of senior veterans to be vital to the New Hampton offense in Mallory Rushton (45 pts), Andrea Odermatt (20 pts) and Steph Hampton (20 pts). Five new young forwards ready to put points on the board are junior Elizabeth Cho, sophomores Brighid Martin, Taylor Sheldon and Taylor Curtis, and freshman Savannah Norcross.
The Huskies will rely heavily on the defensive play of senior Allie Munroe (31 pts) and sophomore Cayla Barnes (34 pts), who both will be involved offensively as well. New sophomore Kayla Milofsky will look for serious minutes.
New Hampton is also blessed with two solid returning goaltenders in senior Hilary Cashin and junior Heather King.
Team Chemistry Key For Northfield
An influx of young players will blend with a core of returning veterans to help power the Hoggers this winter. As a result, team chemistry will play a role in the team’s success.
A lot will be expected up front from returning senior Ellen Arena and juniors Courtney Moriarty and Cas Szwajkowski. New forwards Alli First (sophomore), Melissa Alexander (freshman) and Ellie Fellows (freshman) will be asked to contribute right away.
On defense, senior Paige Michel and Laura Rollins will be cornerstones for coach Ted Kenyon. Look for new junior Alyssa Roof to have a role. Freshman Stephanie Voge hopes to have a role.
Senior Zowie Caouette is a returning goaltender, joined in the rotation by new freshman Amanda Aalto.
Phillips Andover Has Improved Depth
PHILLIPS ANDOVER (3-10-3)
A host of new players helps bolster the Big Blue roster, which already was returning the bulk of last winter’s club. “We are excited about our depth at every position and the goal-scoring potential that we have been lacking for the past few years,” says coach Martha Fenton, back behind the bench.
Forward holdovers Anna Fucillo and Carole Garrity, both seniors, will be crucial to Andover’s offensive success. Junior Jenn Davis can see time at both forward and defense, as can new senior Kelli Mackey. New sophomore Kaitlin Hoang will contribute right away.
On defense, senior Eliza Quigley will be a mainstay. Juniors Miranda Nestor and Kelly McCarthy are amongst the blue line returners.
Sophomore Grace Dexter is a returning goalie who will team with new freshman Alexa Matses to handle the netminding duties.
Big Red Need Forwards To Produce
PHILLIPS EXETER (8-10-2)
The Big Red will be blessed with depth on the blue line and in net. If the forwards can produce, then improvement could be in the cards.
Kirsten Nergaard and Clara Gilbert are a pair of key returners at forward for coach Melissa Pacific. Two new juniors who should be able to make an immediate impact are Deziray Desousa and Rachel Morse.
Expect post-grad Annie Messuri to have a key role on the Exeter blue line. She also will get involved in the offensive end of the ice.
New junior Courtney Peyko will team with returner Allegra Grant in the Big Red goaltender rotation.
Pomfret Hopes To Challenge For D-I Title
A solid, overall effort produced the third seed in the post-season tournament last winter for the Griffins, who appear to be just as solid this season.
Seniors Makenna Newkirk, Abby Horst, Amanda Kewer and Melanie Murphy are all back and form an impressive offensive nucleus for coach Becky Zavisza. The forward group also includes juniors Alex Wallin, Elisabeth Berard and Grace Sandercox. Adding to the mix will be new junior Lauren McMaster. Three freshmen hoping to contribute are Mariella Catalano, Savannah Booth and Gillian Horst.
Junior Lauren Ferraiuolo is a holdover blue liner for the Griffins. Sophomores Kelly McCarthy and Vyctoria Smith look to find their roles.
Junior Remy Wells and new senior Kyra Smith will battle for the goaltender’s position.
Strong Tabor Still Has Plenty Of Talent
The Seawolves were amongst the elite in New England last year, advancing to the semifinals. While a lot of talent has moved on, there is still plenty in the cupboard for another title run.
Senior Sammy Davis should be involved heavily in the Tabor offensive attack, with the help of junior Erica Lunn. New junior Abby Ellis looks for a role, as does freshman Jillian Fey.
Defense will be a strongpoint with seniors Caroline Shaunessy and Maddie Tasha and junior Victoria Young all back and ready to go. Two new sophomores looking to impact the group are Jaqueline Leone and Taylor Matherson.
Sophomore Lizzie Hanson is a returning netminder for coach Eric Long.
Taft Looks To Build On Momentum
The Rhinos will look to build on some momentum gained from last season, a year that saw them lose several one-goal games.
Junior Madie Leidt will be an important cog in the Taft offense for coach Gretchen Silverman. New juniors Jillian Pappas and Mikayla Carhart will be asked to get involved offensively.
Seniors Athena Wilkinson and Victoria Gordon will book-end things defensively for the Rhinos in front of returning junior goalie Becky Dutton.
Wildcats Look To Stay In Elite Group
Having already established itself as one of New England’s top programs, Williston this season will be looking to stay in that elite group. Getting off to a good start on the season and staying healthy will be keys
Returning seniors Maddy Jerolman and Delaney Belinskas and junior Hannah Touzos give the Wildcats a pretty solid offensive nucleus.
Rachel Rockwell is as steady as they come on defense, while junior Morgan Fisher is a returning goalie for coach Christa Talbot Syfu.
Winchendon Ready For Competitive Season
The roster has been injected with a host of new talent, which hopefully will mesh well with Winchendon’s returners to form a cohesive group ready to do battle.
Coach Jacques Delorme has some impressive returning talent to return to up front in seniors Sophia Vingi, Justine Michaud, Hannah Stephen and Molly Gray. Also involved will be senior Ashley Castriotta, and juniors Jessica Tolzman, Alina Stevens and Jayden Young.
Post-grad Arianna Kosakowski and senior Julie Theriault are back on the blue line, joined by new seniors Giana Stavastano and Jessica Moran, and sophomore Ashley Greene.
Goaltending chores will fall on returning junior Jackie Kassis and new senior Isabella Mayo.
Defending Champs Still In The Hunt
Coach David Pope’s club caught fire towards the tail end of last season, and cruised that momentum all the way to a New England title. The Martlets must reload for this year and it might take some time for the younger players to step up into leadership roles.
Seniors Erin Ozturk and Katie Savage, and juniors Catherine Crawley and Sarah Migliori will form an impressive core to work with up front. Freshman Lilly Homes will look to contribute.
Defensively, junior Ashley Carbone will be a backbone. Freshman Ashley White hope to chip in.
In goal, second team All New England selection Brooke Wolejko has graduated. New sophomore Leah Classen will be in the running for the job.
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