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Girls Prep D1 Pre-season Top 10: Defending champ Nobles chock full of talent

Girls Prep D1 Preseason Top 10

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Nobles2633
2Kent1820
3Williston1474
4Tabor2250
5Loomis Chaffee1852
6New Hampton2291
7St. Paul's1753
8Taft1760
9Milton Academy1271
10Phillips Andover1372

Nobles seniors (l to r) Katie Tresca, Ally Volo, Steph Nomicos and Kelly Pickreign
with 2018 Girls Prep Division 1 championship hardware.

 

Over the last several seasons, the Girls Prep Division 1 field has become ultra-competitive. The number of teams capable of beating anyone has increased, which makes for a bevy of showdowns over the course of the year. This year projects to be no exception.

However, one would be hard-pressed not to list defending Division I champion Nobles (26-3-3) as a favorite to repeat. The ‘Dawgs have a roster that features 15, yes 15 players already committed to college programs. But, championships are not won on paper, so coach Tom Resor’s club will need to deliver on the ice.

#2 Kent (18-2-0) has been knocking on the door of a New England title the past few years, reaching the final in 2017. The Lions return their top three scorers from last winter’s club that dropped just two games. They will be a force.

#3 Williston (14-7-4)  survived a mid-season slump to catch fire late last winter, reaching the title game before falling to Nobles. More than one coach rated the Wildcats high this winter. Keep an eye on them.

#4 Tabor (22-5-0) graduated some key offensive players, but there is still plenty in the cupboard for coach Eric Long’s group to make a run.

Perennial power Loomis Chaffee (18-5-2) rounds out the preseason Top 5. Expect the Pelicans to have their usual talented club.

Division 1 also welcomes a host of new head coaches: Lisa Marshall at Berkshire, Ashley Bairos at Choate, Brooke Fernandez at Deerfield, Corey Cooper at Hotchkiss, Jessica Tabb Wood at Northfield, Sally Komarek at Phillips Exeter, and Jessica Keeley Keough at Westminster.

And, the Division 1 field has grown by one, with Dexter Southfield moving up from Division 2.

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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