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Girls Prep: Division 2 Preview – Can Vermont Academy repeat?; Worcester, Greenwich should be in the hunt

BERWICK ACADEMY (13-9-2)

A good group returns for the Bulldogs, who will look for goal production from the top forwards, and consistent play throughout.

A lot of production returns up front for coach Kelly Souza with senior Andrea Caradonna (14 pts) and juniors Britney Foster (33 pts), Rayne Zimmerman (27 pts), Delaney Kingsland (19 pts) and Sidney Foster (14 pts) all back in the lineup. Freshman Alex Kingsland is another potential contributor.

Andrea Caradonna
Berwick

Sophia Beauchesne
Berwick

Delaney Kingsland
Berwick

Ainsley Wescott
Berwick

 

The defensive unit should be deep. Senior Maria Gaughan and juniors Tiffany Foster and Annabelle Beaton (15 pts) are experienced blueliners, and welcome a host of newcomers in sophomores Ainsley Wescott and Hannah Beveridge, freshman Reese Murphy and eighth-grader Reese Fenderlet.

Senior Sophia Beauchesne (1.95 gaa) is a veteran presence in the nets for the Bulldogs.

BREWSTER ACADEMY (1-23-1)

As the Bobcats look to rebuild their program, they will go with a young team this winter. New head coach Jamie Smith says developiong team cohesiveness will be crucial for any improvement.

Sophomores Karlee Stoddard and Kayla Proia have varsity experience and will be looked on to lead this group. A host of new forward ready to show what they can do are junior Ryleigh Nelson and Meghan Stimpson, and freshmen Maeve O’Keefe, Clarissa Hayes and Emily Thibodeau.

Senior Ella Roberge will be a key defenseman. Freshman Zylpha Largay, a Montana native, hopes to be a plus on the blue line.

Junior returner Blaise Bartell and new freshman Lauren Ward get to handle the goaltending duties.

Cassidy Rockwood
Canterbury

CANTERBURY (15-13-1)

Last season, the first at the helm for coach Katie Mandigo, the Saints transitioned from an old team to a young one, and the focus this year is to have that solid core of players set the tone.

Casey Chizmazia
Canterbury

A nucleus of returning forwards include Rachael DeLong, a Sacred Heart commit, Nikki DeCola, Maddy Hackett and Katherine Hesslink, committed to Bentley for lacrosse.

Key returners on the blue line are Jade Brinker and Charlotte Zapletal, while two goalies – Casey Chizmazia and Jami Procanik – are back as well.

New players looking to fit in are Cassidy Rockwood, Sofia Ferguson, Abby Gleason, Autumn Mish and Anika Flik.

GREENWICH ACADEMY (14-7-1)

The Gators have new management, as last year’s assistant, Erin Brawley, is the new head coach this winter. She has a talented, young team eager to build on last season’s success.

A bevy of forwards return, which should translate into a solid offense. Seniors Bobbi Rocca, Paige Keating and Grace Curran, juniors Grace Schulze (Honorable Mention All-NEPSAC last witner) and Eliza Bowman, sophomores Else Esmond and Grace English, and freshman Hamilton Doster all look forward to the challenge.

Holding down the fort on defense will be junior Sydney Pittignano, sophomore Ada Shaffer and freshman Ava Butz. Preseason tryouts will produce a starting goalie to replace the graduated Courtney Denaut.

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Katie Broccoli
Gunnery

GUNNERY (12-10-2)

It will be somewhat of a rebuilding year for the Highlanders, who graduated nine seniors and welcome 12 newcomers to the program. The team will rely on the depth of a young, talented and smart bench to wear other teams down.

Emma McCauley
Gunnery

Key fixtures at forward for coach Jamie Goldsmith are returning juniors Madi Gleason, Sofia Pattillo and Hadley Townsend. New junior Corinne Bolding will contribute.

On the blue line, junior Savannah Poole will be vital in all situations. Seniors Ali Noeding (King’s College commit) and Kat Pettibone (Nichols commit), and junior Grace Genest bring back their experience. Look for new freshman Emma McCauley and Leah Coley to potentially see time both on defense and at forward. Freshman defenseman Kayla Clark will fight for minutes.

Four-year senior Katie Broccoli, a Providence commit, gives Gunnery a solid presence between the pipes. New sophomore Kaleigh Laurendeau provides solid depth at the position.

Catherine Miles
Hebron

Iman Shepard
Hebron

Logan Arsenault
Hebron

 

HEBRON (6-13-4)

For the Lumberjacks to improve, they need to replace their top scorer and goaltender from a year ago.

Seniors Catherine Miles and Iman Shepherd will need to shoulder the load offensively, along with returning junior Logan Arsenault, for coach Casey Ftorek.  Senior Callie Walker will be and added plus.

Defensively, senior Peyton Spurr will be an anchor. New junior Lindsey Beiche and freshman Brooke Larsen should step right in on the back line.

A starting goalie will be culled from pre-season camp.

Sydney Fascetta
Holderness

HOLDERNESS (11-15-1)

The Bulls have a new bench boss, with Nicole Bartlett taking over the head coaching position for this winter.

Seniors Morgan Sisson and Sydney Fascetta will be intregal parts of the offense and looked to for scoring production.

A nice nucleus of rearguards is back, consisting of senior Darby Palisi, senior Drea Chin, junior Olivia Branch and sophomore Gwen Bowler.

KENTS HILL (10-20-2)

With much more depth than in years past, the Huskies look to keep on the improvement upswing. The core of team is heading into its third season together.

Offensive leaders back include seniors Amelia Theriault and Katie Nealon, junior Karina Laxton and sophomore Jillian Jackson, who lead the club in points last winter. Two new sophomores to watch are Michelle Bourgeois and Melanie Volpe.

Defense will be a strongpoint.  Senior Megan Czerwinski and juniors Kelly McCarthy, Ashley Crowley and Anya Laxton all bring a lot of experience to the table for coach Kim Nanof.

New junior Erin Butler hopes to win the starting job in goal.

Kelly Benson
Kimball Union

KIMBALL UNION (15-6-5)

The Wildcats have established themselves as a premier team in Division 2, and there is no reason to believe that won’t continue for 2018-2019.

Coach Mark Hudak has a formidable trio of returning forwards to build around in senior Mikah Baptiste, junior Ashley Penney and sophomore Lucie Turcotte. Looking to fit right in at forward are newcomers Hanna Wiczek, Abby Flanagan and Kelly Benson.

A deep defensive unit will rely on returning seniors Molly Flanagan and Olive Scull, and junior Bella Parento to pave the way. Joining the rearguard contingent will be Molly French, Audrey Donahue and Gretchen Dann.

Shannon Moran is a goaltender new to the program.

Emma Gotthelf
Millbrook

MILLBROOK

New head coach Erica Shapey says her team will be a gritty and hardworking team this season.

Things are looking good offensively, led by returners Emma Gotthelf (senior), Carolyn Whitney (senior) and Bailey Tymeson (junior).  New sophomore Nicole Bessinger and freshmen Thomasina Nash, Brysha Schmidt and Sarah Muller all will have a big role.

Elise Almgren
Millbrook

Senior Chloe Robinson and juniors Dorota Harag and Elise Almgren are back on the blue line for the Mustangs..

Two new goalies ready to make their mark are junior Catherine Champagne and sophomore Carina Mancini.

NEWTON COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL (2-14-0)

Disciplined play was a hallmark for the Falcons last winter despite their overall record, and coach Angus Means is hoping his club can repeat that again this year. It will go a long way in helping the team to improve.

In the scoring department, coach Means will depend heavily on players like seniors Kaitlyn Bradshaw and Ella Flaherty, and juniors Christina Glynn, Deirdre Glynn and Claudia Nolan.

Key defensemen project to be senior Elizabeth Anderson and junior Hanna Matthews.

NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY (4-13-1)

The Panthers look for improvement this winter in the second season under head coach Pavel Navrat.

Senior Kylie Rogers and sophomores Natalie Farrell and Elizabeth Goodrich will be key components of the offensive attack. Two new freshmen ready to step in are Samantha Babbitt and Jazzy Huntsman.

Junior Caroline Gepfert anchors the defense. New junior Nichole Pappas and freshmen Maggie Holt and Courtney Swenson will help out.

Two new goalies in the fold are freshmen Lauren Powers and Hanna Wentworth.

Kate Hill
Pingree

PINGREE (4-16-1)

The Highlanders had a tough schedule last winter. With many veterans back, the hope is to turn some of close losses from last season into victories.

Rachel Tammaro
Pingree

Spearheading the offense for coach Jim MacLaughlin will be seniors Rachel Tammaro (18 pts) and Mackenzie Vasque, junior Katelyn Clarke (21 pts) and sophomore Kate Hill (13 pts). Freshman Ceci Herriman is a newcomer to keep an eye on.

Defensive book-ends are senior Izzy DiAdamo and junior Addy Fenton. Two freshmen pushing for ice time on the blue line will be Gaby Nagahama and Elena McCloskey.

Junior Callie MacLaughlin is a returning goaltender for the Highlanders.

Riley Carter
Portsmouth Abbey

Isabelle Fournier
Portsmouth Abbey

Allesandra Alves
Portsmouth Abbey

 

PORTSMOUTH ABBEY (13-7-0)

Replacing two key veterans from last season – forward Abbey Luth (211 career points) and goaltender Erika Keller – will be vital if the Ravens look to have the same amount of success they had last winter.

Second-year head coach Kurt Carter will have some firepower to work with in the forward lines with seniors Riley Carter (41 pts), Isabelle Fournier (36 pts) and Allessandra Alves (13 pts), junior Alyssa Civiello (25 pts) and sophomore Avery Korzeniowski (17 pts) all back. New sophomore Alexis Handy adds depth.

On the blue line, seniors Alyssa Alves and Isabella Hannigan will team up with junior Lily Hovasse (13 pts) and sophomore Delaney Shaw (12 pts) to form a solid defensive group.

Caroline Larsson
Proctor

Senior Molly Hoefel projects to be the top choice in goal for the Ravens.

Marina Mirabella
Proctor

PROCTOR ACADEMY (11-12-2)

The Hornets hope to be in the mix for a D2 playoff berth this winter, as coach Maggie Kennedy hopes to meld a returning nucleus with a good-sized group of newcomers to the program.

Seniors Hailee Courtemanche and Sophie Weintraub, junior AJ Horsley and sophomores Anna McCluskey and McKenzie Sudolnik have another year of experience under their belts in the forward lines.

Junior Kara Baird is a key returning defenseman, while senior Marina Mirabella is a veteran between the pipes.

New players looking to have an impact are forwards Jaime Hort, Kara Hort, Jules Warmke, Caroline Coyne and Lilly Vezina, defensemen Caroline Larsson and Grace Joscelyn and goalie Maeve Corcoran.

RYE COUNTRY DAY (3-13-3)

The Wildcats will have an extremely young club this season and will rely on solid goaltending.

Up front, junior Olivia Friedberg expects to have a key role for coach Elizabeth Bennett, as do junior Ryan Hammel and freshman Caroline Keating. Eighth-grader Payton Caggiano could sneak into the lineup.

Junior Elizabeth Friedberg has a handle on things in the defensive zone. Freshman Sofia Medina will have an impact. Freshman goalie MK Braun is a returning varsity player.

Alexis Thomas
Tilton

Amanda Crowley
Tilton

Kayla Currin
Tilton

Delanie Corcoran
Tilton

 

TILTON (10-12-1)

With eight seniors on the roster, the Rams have the experience and wherewithal to have some success. “If we are able to buy into team concepts and systems and ensure that each player puts the team first we are a very competitive club,” said coach Ben Tefft.

Two seniors in the forward ranks have already committed in Cassandra Nevers (Sacred Heart) and Alexis Thomas (Salem State). Senior Stephanie Nevers, Kayla Currin and Amanda Crowley all return as well along with junior Brenna Verran. New sophomore Jaden Thackston will find a role.

Four veteran defensemen to build around are seniors Kaitlin Bardellini,  Ashlyn Brown and Trinity White, and junior Darby Rich.

Returning netminder Delanie Corcoran, a junior,  and new freshman Sydney Baxter will handle things in goal for the Rams.

VERMONT ACADEMY (35-2-0)

After last year’s banner campaign that culminated in a New England D2 championship, what can the Wildcats do for an encore? That job will fall on new head coach Chris Ardito. “We want to build off last year’s success and chemistry, and bring new players into the fold quickly,” he said.

Junior Kristyna Kaltounkova, a vital part of last year’s title club, returns to the power the offense. She has committed to Colgate. Senior Sophie Streed and sophomore Jazmyn Creamer also return with championship experience. Joining the forward ranks are post-grad Aishling Cavanaugh,  junior Sydnie Rogers and freshmen Riley Walsh and Danielle McCarthy.

On defense, juniors Klara Jandusikova and Jordan Loya will have huge roles.

Ciara Wall
Worcester Academy

Holly Silva
Worcester Academy

Georgie Snow
Worcester Academy

Shannon Burke
Worcester Academy

Ciara Dauer
Worcester Academy

 

WORCESTER ACADEMY (18-8-1)

The 2017 New England D2 champions project to have some good depth, which means they should be in the mix with the top teams in the division.

The Hilltoppers will be tough to stop offensively, as they are led by junior standout Ciara Wall (55 pts), a UNH commit, seniors Carley Daly (40 pts) and Laura Hill (25 pts) and junior Melissa Macri (20 pts). Coach Kevin Zifcak welcomes additional talent to the forward lines in juniors Grace Bruno and Meghan Buxton, sophomore Georgie Snow and freshmen Faith Mancini and Kaleigh Wall.

Senior Holly Silva and junior Alexis Cagan are two key holdovers on the Worcester blue line. Two new sophomores ready to shine are Shannon Burke and Ciara Dauer.

Two goalies also return in senior Meg Miranda and sophomore Mary Honan.

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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