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Berwick Wants Return To Post-Season Play

BERWICK (18-6-1)

Julia Mini Berwick

Julia Mini
Berwick

This program made its first-ever post-season appearance last winter, and with a strong senior class, there is hope that the Bulldogs can do it again this season.

Siobhan McDermott Berwick

Siobhan McDermott
Berwick

Aimee Brand, Tilly Burzynski, Tatiana Bradley and Izzy Eldridge, all seniors, are back to lead the offensive attack for coach Pat McNulty. Key juniors are Kailey Sonricker and Siobhan McDermott. Two new players, junior Alyssa Hulst and sophomore Elizabeth Gross, will contribute right away and can also play defense.

Look for juniors Christina Grassie, Emma Hambright and Caroline Hernon, and sophomore Anna Cosentino, to form the blue line contingent.

Senior Julia Mini gives Berwick a solid presence between the pipes.

 

Canterbury Seeks More Offensive Production

CANTERBURY (7-9-1)

Finding a way to improve last year’s offensive production will be a key success this winter for the Saints, who figure to be solid on defense and in goal.

Senior co-captain Sarah McNamara, who has led the team in scoring the past three years, will again be an offensive force. Also back are co-captain senior Carly Anderson, senior Mikayla Castro, junior Mary LaVigne and sophomores MaryKate Martino and Emily Martino. New junior Madison Blauth will get involved right away. Post-grad Mackenzie Hilton brings her talents, while freshmen Ariella Haas and Gillian Schullery look to contribute.

On defense, new junior Maura White will be integral, and contribute offensively. Sophomore Kara Santoro and freshmen Gabby Vitelli and Victoria Body will look for time.

Coach Peter LaVigne welcomes back three goaltenders in senior Lexie Rullo and sophomores Chelsea Allain and Sinead O’Donnell.

 A Year Older, Gators Should Be Better

GREENWICH ACADEMY (3-12-0)

The Gators suffered some growing pains last winter, but being a year older, things should be better this year. No less than four eighth-graders played last year.

Senior captain Bella Crawford will be an offensive catalyst for coach Moe Tarrant. Newcomer Meghan Keating should be a key component to the offense.

Senior Charlotte Gilliland anchors the defense in front of freshman goalie Courtney DeNaut, who played as an eighth-grader last season.

 New Coach Baier Inherits Defending Champ Club

GUNNERY (18-4-2)

New coach Paul Baier, a former star at Brown, comes into a nice situation, taking over a team that has won two straight New England Division II titles.

Forwards Baier will count on for production include juniors Morgan Dow, Mikayla Michals, Amanda Sabia and Britney Longo, and sophomore Claire Lee. That crew will be bolstered with the addition of juniors Emma Lubrano and Lena Mak, sophomore Mya Berretta and freshman Noemi Neubauerova.

Senior Cassidy Lefebvre is back on defense for the Highlanders, along with juniors Claudia Cohen, Tessa Mackey and Alyssa Cooke. New sophomores Sarah Kelly and Emma Killeen will provide solid depth.

Two goalies back for Gunnery are senior Caitie Darosa and sophomore Kayla Walewski.

 Hebron Is Banking On Better Season

HEBRON (7-15-2)

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Kiana Melvin Hebron

If the Lumberjacks can find a finisher amongst the forward group, then this could be a turnaround season.

Senior Taylor Fowler and freshman Eliza Beaudin will be two key forwards for coach Katie Ftorek. A trio of newcomers hoping to have that scorer’s role are junior Ashley McLaughlin and Teneal Perry and Caitlin O’Meara.

Junior Kiana Melvin will be a blue line mainstay. Senior Jen O’Connell is a returning goalie.

 Bulls Set Sights On Above .500 Campaign

HOLDERNESS (12-13-1)

Hoping to be in the conversation of potential playoff teams will be Holderness, which finished just under .500 last season.

Key forwards for coach Susie Cirone could be sophomore Nicole Johnson and freshman Grace Parker.

Sophomore Jordyn McGuire will be a solid defenseman for the Bulls. New junior Kyra Borsoi and sophomore Sydney Parker should step right in. Junior Annie Smyth-Hammond is a returning goaltender.

 Kents Hill Hopes To Be More Competitive

KENTS HILL (2-15-1)

Working towards a common goal will be a key to the season for the Huskies, looking to improve on last winter’s two-win season.

Nikolle Storey Kents Hill

Nikolle Storey
Kents Hill

Coach Meghan Toomey will depend heavily on returning junior Sarah Dube for scoring prowess. New sophomore Tanya Boese will be an added plus.

Defense could be a strongpoint with the return of senior Nikolle Storey and senior M.E. Cohen. Two freshman blue liners – Tessa Schaefer-Flynn and Lily McCutcheon – should be able to contribute.

Junior Sophie Boulet projects to be the starting goaltender for Kents Hill.

 Engstrom New Bench Boss At Kimball Union

KIMBALL UNION (9-9-1)

New head coach Molly Engstrom, the Wildcats fourth coach in four years, is looking to build a solid foundation at the school. Having national team and college hockey experience on the bench will be a help.

Aurora Braswell Kimball Union

Aurora Braswell
Kimball Union

Lexi Nottke Kimball Union

Lexi Nottke
Kimball Union

Julie Surgenor Kimball Union

Julie Surgenor
Kimball Union

Isabel Hill Kimball Union

Isabel Hill
Kimball Union

A forward group to build around includes senior Aurora Braswell, junior Isabel Hill and sophomores Lexi Nottke and Julia Surgenor. That group will be bolstered with the arrival of freshmen Mia Brown and Colleen Donoghue.

Sophomore Greta Close could be a defensive mainstay for KUA. Freshman goalie Madeline Long will battle for the starting role between the pipes.

 All But 4 Back At Kingswood

KINGSWOOD (2-16-2)

Alex Breen Kingswood

Alex Breen
Kingswood

The Wyverns lost just for players to graduation, and the returning players will need to create more offense in order to be succcessful.

Two forwards coach John Hissick can count on are juniors Nichole Demers and Eric Persico, while new freshman Dakota McMahon should be able to contribute right away.

Senior Alex Breen will be a key on defense for Kingswood.

 Mustangs Will Challenge For D-2 Bragging Rights

Meg Lahey Millbrook

Meg Lahey
Millbrook

Morgan Wilm Millbrook

Morgan Wilm
Millbrook

Morgan Moffat Millbrook

Morgan Moffat
Millbrook

Cate Mackenzie Millbrook

Cate Mackenzie
Millbrook

MILLBROOK (16-5-1)

With trips to the New England finals and semifinals respectively the past two seasons, the Mustangs have shown they are here to stay. If they can fill the shoes of some key players lost to graduation, they will be in the running again.

Two vital forwards for coach Ed Allen look to be senior Cate MacKenzie and senior Morgan Wilm.

Defense will be strong with senior Meg Lahey, a second team All New England choice last year, back in the fold. Also, senior Alyssa O’Donnell returns with solid experience.

Millbrook does return starting goalie Morgan Moffat for her senior season.

 Falcons Will Be In Contention For EIL Crown

NEWTON COUNTRY DAY (10-6-0)

The Falcons should be able to be in solid contention for the EIL title, under the tutelage of new head coach Sydney Morgan, who is looking for her new club to be team-oriented.

Morgan returns a number of players from last season’s club. Amongst them, key players are expected to be sophomore forward Elizabeth Warner, junior defenseman Mary Mazzio-Manson and junior goaltender Molly Barrow.

Molly Barrow Newton Country Day

Molly Barrow
Newton Country Day

Mary Mazzio-Manson Newton Country Day

Mary Mazzio-Manson
Newton Country Day

Alex Barnes NYA

Alex Barnes
NYA

Kristina Block

Kristina Block
NYA

Taylor Leech NYA

Taylor Leech
NYA

 

 Good Mix Has North Yarmouth Academy Optimistic

NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY (9-11-0)

A good mix of returning players and young and talented newcomers has the Panthers optimistic about a solid season.

Up front, senior Kristina Block will spearhead the attack for coach Brooks Boucher. New junior Jenna Block, part of two Maine HS state championships at Scarborough, will bring her talents. Three new freshmen ready to go are Rachel Hooker, Charlotte Collins and Jordan Ackerman.

Defense will be a strongpoint with the return of senior Mary Morrisson and junior Taylor Leech, who likes to get involved offensively as well.

Looking to cap off a great prep school career between the pipes is senior Alexandra Barnes, a three-year starter.

 Pingree Hopes To Be Injury-Free

PINGREE (10-12-0)

Injuries were a thorn in Pingree’s side last season, including to the program’s only goalie. So, it is safe to say that the Highlanders need to stay healthy this winter. They also have to replace leading scorer and EIL MVP Jillian Witwicki.

That job will fall on senior Leah Heinze (28 pts) and senior Katie Shreenan (21 pts). Sophomore Abigail Dirks (21 pts) is equally adept at both forward and defense. Three freshmen forwards to watch are Andrea Caradonna, Riley Jordan and Kylie Patten.

Katie Shreenan Pingree

Katie Shreenan
Pingree

Leah Heinze Pingree

Leah Heinze
Pingree

In goal, coach Sarah Carpenter will bank on a healthy season for sophomore netminder Cece Purcell.

 

Solid Team Defense Is Key For Portsmouth Abbey

PORTSMOUTH ABBEY (7-6-0)

The Ravens finished north of the .500 mark last season and coach Kate Reardon needs this year’s club to play solid team defense, play the full 45 minutes and get aggressive to the net.

Senior Molly Sullivan, junior Maddy McCann (20 pts) and sophomore Kaity Doherty (20 pts) are keys to the Ravens attack. Senior Sally Hoerr backbones the defense.

Newcomers who can step right in are sophomore Amanda Saliba and freshman Abbey Luth.

 Proctor Has Loads Of Potential

PROCTOR (19-9-1)

It was a successful first season last winter for coach Corey Cooper, 19 wins and a trip to the post-season. With hard work, there is no reason the Hornets can’t duplicate that feat this year.

Taylor Methven Proctor

Taylor Methven
Proctor

Sydney Minnehan Proctor

Sydney Minnehan
Proctor

Addy Shannon Proctor

Addy Shannon
Proctor

Haley Parker Proctor

Haley Parker
Proctor

Up front, junior Rachel Moore will be the lynchpin of the offense, coming off an All New England season. She will be get help from sophomores Addy Shannon and Haley Parker, and new junior Alexis Fagan.

Senior Denisa Lalikova, a native of Slovakia, will be vital to the Proctor blue line. Sydney Minnehan is a returning sophomore. Junior Taylor Methven will be a plus.

The goaltending job could go to junior returner Lexi Tilton or new junior Ari Tourtellot.

 Wildcats Look To Achieve Their Goals

RYE COUNTRY DAY (4-10-0)

The Wildcats will be a young team, but working hard each day will help the club to achieve its goals.

Senior co-captains Ciara Clare and Jamie Simensky are the key cogs offensively for coach Courtney Doucette. Sophomore Steph O’Brien is a key returner as well. Eighth-grader Catherine Appleyard hopes to chip in.

Sophomore Sarah Ince is a key blue liner. Freshman Katherine Holtby will help out. Eighth-grader Annie Hauser could emerge as the top goaltender for the Wildcats.

 Southfield Tabs Pesta As New Head Coach

SOUTHFIELD (10-8-4)

One task of new head coach Julie Pesta will be to effectively merge a large group of new freshmen to the program with what projects to

Kaitlyn Yong Southfield

Kaitlyn Yong
Southfield

be a strong senior class.

Senior Mary Grace Kelly will be asked to produce in the offensive end of the ice. Fellow senior Emily Tabeek heads up the Southfield blue line corps. New sophomore Cassidy Sullivan could see time at either forward or defense.

In goal, senior Kaitlyn Yong projects to the starter.

 

Good Group Of Returners Back At Tilton

TILTON (3-17-0)

The Rams should be better this winter with a good group of returners back with a year of experience.

A host of forwards return for coach Analiese DeZenzo, including seniors Madison Nichols, GB Manganiello and Kate Albretsen, junior Sam Ryder and sophomore Riley Nichols.

Madison Nichols Tilton

Madison Nichols
Tilton

Riley Nichols Tilton

Riley Nichols
Tilton

Kate Albretsen Tilton

Kate Albretsen
Tilton

Senior Ree Manganiello and junior Stasia Bogacz anchor the Rams defense in front of goalie Sarah Erban. Post-grad Stephanie Snow joins the fold.

 

 Vermont Eyes Move Into Playoff Conversation

VERMONT ACADEMY (7-13-2)

Alana Lopez Vermont Academy

Alana Lopez
Vermont Academy

Stronger on defense and with more depth up front, Vermont Academy will look to get into the playoff mix in Division II.

Coach Lisa Wilson needs a big year up front from senior Alana Lopez. New sophomore Chloe Aurard, from France, will see time at forward.

Senior goalie Leah Kennedy will be a key piece of the puzzle. New junior Abigail Bogovich should be a going concern on the Wildcats blue line.

 Hilltoppers Have Some Talent To Work With

WORCESTER ACADEMY (18-8-2)

A playoff team a year ago, the Hilltoppers will need to replace the production and leadership of six graduated seniors.

Up front, senior Maddie Evangelous (47 pts) is capable of some big scoring games and will need to be watched. Senior Allison Young (22 pts) gives coach Kevin Zifcak a potent second producer at forward. Post-grad Alex Mitchell will be a vital cog in the lineup as well.

Maddie Evangelous Worcester Academy

Maddie Evangelous
Worcester Academy

Julia Pelletier Worcester Academy

Julia Pelletier
Worcester Academy

Alex Mitchell Worcester Academy

Alex Mitchell
Worcester Academy

A defensive leader is senior Lillian McNeil. Worcester returns a pair of solid netminders in senior Rose Pijaca and sophomore Julia Pelletier.

 

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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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