The Independent School League welcomes D1 power Tabor Academy to the loop this winter, strengthening what already is one of the top leagues in New England, with top teams both at the D1 and D2 levels.
Don’t take Brooks (9-14-4) record last season at face value. The Bishops faced several D1 opponents and with a big group back, look to be a serious challenger for D2 honors this winter.
Coach Lori Charpentier returns 10 forwards who were with the program last season in senior Teagan Canning and juniors Caroline O’Keefe, Lucy Verdone, Caroline Cutter, Madeline Shea and Mia Laplante, and sophomores Carly Stefanini, Isabella Miller, Quin Healy and Taylor Charpentier.
On defense, senior Emma English, a first team D2 NEPSAC All Star last year, will lead a group that returns junior Ashley Houlihan, junior Amanda Monahan and senior Millicent Brady.
Brooks returns experience in goal with junior Caroline Kukas, also a first team D2 NEPSAC selection last winter.
With depth at every position and solid senior leadership, BB&N (15-12-1) is looking at another solid season that hopefully leads to a D1 playoff spot.
Senior Maddie Burns is a key returning forward for the Knights. Co-captain Kayla Duran, a BC soccer recruit, will backbone the defense, while fellow co-captain Kim Vetrano is a returning goaltender for coach Ed Bourget.
Youngsters to keep an eye on are eighth-graders Raia Schulter (forward), Aimee Seppenwolde (defense) and Vanessa Bulman (defense).
Replacing scoring punch will be front and center for Governor’s Academy (8-14-1), which saw a lot of last year’s production leave with the graduation of six seniors.
Tasked with picking up the slack for coach Babe Ceglarski are returning seniors Hannah Walsh and Quinn Greer, junior Lilly Armstrong and sophomore Rory McPherson. Newcomers ready to help out are sophomores Isa Brown and freshmen Angelica Negron and Grace MacDonald.
Junior Samantha Davis is s key rearguard for the Governors. A pair of freshmen hoping for key minutes are Rori Nugent and Dani White.
Two varsity goalies to return in senior Olivia Petito and junior Victoria Wilson.
Groton (9-12-4) will have plenty of new faces in the lineup and how much impact they have will dictate how the season goes for the Zebras.
Up front, veteran leadership will come from senior Angelina Joyce, committed to Bowdoin, and junior Lily Delaney. Junior Bridget Cornell will be a mainstay on defense for coach Randi Dumont, and senior Min Shin is a returning netminder.
Amongst the newcomers, junior Nikki Pollis will step in at forward. The Zebras welcome a large group of freshmen looking to contribute right away in Elena Junkala, Olivia Dillon, Neve Levy, Edie Thors, Harriet Winterer, Hannah Wise, Cassidy Thibodeau, Ainsley McKeown, Annie O’Leary and Margot Ferris.
An eight-game winning streak down the stretch got Lawrence Academy (19-9-1) into the post-season where the Spartans hope to return in 2018.
Coach Kevin Potter welcomes back last year’s top scorer in Vermont commit senior Corinne McCool (66 pts). Senior Grace Belllefeuille is back as well. Juniors Mia Fusco (17 pts) and Erika Lizotte and sophomores Alyssa Berardino and Eryn Taber will provide production and all can play defense as well. New freshman forwards Jessica Michals, Brianna Cyr, Meagan Hayes, Lauren Becker look for a role.
On defense, junior Jamie Comeau (16 pts), a Providence commit, will be the anchor. Senior Lyndsey McNeil is back while newcomers Jenna Seibold (sophomore) and freshmen Sydney Lester, Morgan Vigeant and Ava Petrone are ready to jump in.
Lawrence Academy also returns both goaltenders. Senior Maddox Angerhofer, a D1 All-NEPSAC Honorable Mention selection, and junior Shelby Guinard, give the Spartans a solid 1-2 punch in the nets.
A good group back has Middlesex (5-18-1) optimistic about improvement this winter. Good team chemistry, strong defensive play and taking advantage of offensive opportunities will be keys to success.
Three sophomores – Lola Davis, Alexandra Joseph and Kiley Briand – will have key roles at forward for coach Kate Hession. Four freshmen hoping to crack the lineup are Isabelle Allieri, Maddie Murphy, Malloy Clifford and Olivia Clark.
Defensively, the Zebras see senior Isabelle Seeman, juniors Angelina DeVellis and Lillian Jarrett and sophomores Riley Galizio and Nicollette Roark back with another year of experience. Freshman Olivia McCabe will look for time.
In goal, Middlesex can turn to either senior Caroline Silk, junior Caroline Bedrosian or sophomore Daisy Boynton.
Milton Academy (12-12-3) expects to be strong on defense and in goal, so how some younger players up front mature could dictate how good the Mustangs will be.
Two of those offensive players to watch are sophomores Kate Dudley (16 pts) and Caroline Guden (15 pts). Two new freshmen ready to be an impact are Lily Zavolas and Alexa Pil.
Seniors Claire Dudley (18 pts) and Emily van der Veen and junior Mary Thompson form a solid blue line nucleus for coach Ryan Stone.
And in the nets, senior Maggie Emerson, who has committed to Dartmouth, is back and ready to go.
As always, Nobles (25-4-1) will have a solid group returning and, as always, will be serious challenger for both the league title and D1 championship.
Senior Katie Tresca (27 pts) , a Harvard commit, will be the offensive catalyst for the Bulldawgs, a group that also returns senior Abby Volo, juniors Courtney Hyland (Harvard commit) and Maddie Bayard, and sophomore Maeve Connolly.
Coach Tom Resor’s defense will be formidable. Juniors Lily Farden (25 pts), Nicki Lutschaunig and Rose O’Connor all have committed to Harvard, as has freshman Jenna MacDonald. Senior Stephanie Nomicos (11 pts) is an Amherst commit. Sophomore Cassidy Piersiak returns as well.
In goal, senior Kelly Pickreign (23-1-1 last year) is a varsity veteran who has committed to Boston College.
Former Boston College star Dana Trivigno takes over the coaching duties at Rivers (14-7-6) and inherits a team that lost just one senior from last year.
Senior tri-captains Jenna Letterie (25 pts) and Emily Smith (15 pts) will spearhead the Redwings offensive attack with junior Kate Shaugnessy (18 pts), an All-NEPSAC D2 selection last winter, and junior Camille Phelan (22 pts). Sophomore Maggie Barrows is another key returner. Newcomer Rylee Glennon, a sophomore, should have an immediate impact.
Junior Leslie Schwartz (12 pts) and sophomore Lily Branka will be vital to the defensive success with senior Kaitlyn Nadeau.
Rivers is solid in goal with the return of senior tri-captain Meghan Gazard, who was 12-2-4 in the nets last winter.
Can St. George’s (11-10-2) regain the form that saw the Dragons win the 2016 D2 New England championship? With a strong group of seniors and some impactful newcomers, expect the Dragons to be in the hunt.
Coach Hannah O’Brien’s offense will run through senior Hannah Dreschel, juniors Madison Tregenza (18 pts) and Olivia Mastrangelo (17 pts) and sophomore Mary Leys (15 pts). New junior Olivia Haley and freshman Katie Keenan will add to the mix up front.
Junior Madison Aumann is a solid anchor on the St. George’s blue line. New junior Katie George is a welcome addition.
Senior Hailey Martin, who started 19 games a year ago, returns for what should be a solid campaign in goal.
With the core of last year’s team back, St. Mark’s (13-10-3) will be in the running for a D1 playoff berth. The Lions should have more depth up front this winter.
Veteran seniors Lindsey Dumond (27 pts – UNH commit) and Caroline Peterson (26 pts – Providence commit) will be offensive leaders along with junior Julianna Gong (22 pts). New sophomore Grace Gibbons and freshmen Lauren Tolve, Lila Trussel and Ashley Hart all look to contribute.
Senior Danielle Peterson and junior Bailey Horne (14 pts) are defensive cornerstones for coach Casey Pickett. Freshman Alicia Souliotis will join the rotation.
Sophomore Lydia Rascher (1.55 gaa) is back in goal for St Mark’s.
ISL newcomer Tabor (19-4-2) will make itself known immediately. The Seawolves have a potent lineup and will challenge for league supremacy right away.
Four forwards – seniors Kelly Browne (Boston College) and Olivia Finocchiaro (Boston College) and juniors Annie Berry (UNH) and Olivia O’Brien (Yale) – have committed to D1 programs. Junior Cindy Giandomenico is another key forward back. New sophomore Danielle Craig and freshmen Ashley Clark (Providence commit) and Skylar Irving add to the talent up front.
On the blue line, senior Jillian Fey has committed to Boston College, and senior Julia Schiffman has committed to Trinity. Also back for coach Eric Long are sophomore Julia Shaunessy and junior Madison Mahoney. New sophomore Sami Quackenbush is ready to chip in.
New sophomore Christine Steege will battle for the starting goaltending job for Tabor.
Thayer (17-10-3) made great strides last winter and made it to the New England D2 semifinals. The Tigers have a good group back from that club, but do have to replenish a bunch of scoring that left via graduation.
That job will fall on returning junior Dylan Amonte (26 pts) and sophomores Rivers Morris (26 pts), Claire Weber (23 pts) and Madison McCaffery (19 pts).
A strong defense centers around junior Grace Foresteire and sophomores Ava Cornforth and Meghan Webb.
In goal, senior Emily Smith is a veteran presence for coach Brian Cibelli.