Girls D-2 Prep Poll: Gunnery making its move

Gary Demopoulos
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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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Girls Prep Division 2 Poll

RankTeamWLT
1Millbrook1021
2Gunnery1141
3Rivers 830
4Middlesex651
5Brooks951
6Proctor1460
7Worcester Academy1232
8Southfield652

*Updated 1/26/14

 

Although it still isn’t back to where it left off last year, at the top of the New England Girls Prep Division II poll, defending champion Gunnery is certainly getting close.

 

The Highlanders spent the week on a trek through Division I, and when it was over, they came out of the three-game week with an impressive 2-0-1 mark. After tying Taft 1-1, the Highlanders rallied for a 2-1 win over Berkshire behind third period goals from Kayla Meneghin and Meghan Lembo, and then on Saturday, pulled off a stunning 2-1 win over Westminster in a physical contest, again rallying for a pair of third period strikes.

#2 Gunnery (11-4-1) continues with Division I opponents this week, as they are at Hotchkiss on Monday and host Loomis Chaffee on Wednesday.

 

Despite a 3-2 loss this week to Division I Hotchkiss, Millbrook (10-2-1) maintains its spot at #1 in the latest HNIB News Girls Division II Prep Poll. The Mustangs responded to that loss with a 4-3 overtime win over Berkshire on a Carly Weigold tally. Morgan Wilm had two goals for Millbrook, which did have a 3-1 third period lead.

 

The Mustangs are at Kingswood-Oxford Wednesday in their only game of the week.

 

#3 Rivers (8-3-0) ¬†came up on the short end of a 6-1 score to Division I’s #2 team – St. Paul’s on Friday. Previously, the Red Wings did edge Brooks, 3-2. Rivers has a tough one Wednesday hosting Tabor (2:30pm) and are at Milton on Friday.

 

Jumping up to #4 is Middlesex (6-5-1) as the Zebras had a good week, with back-to-back shutouts over Holderness (3-0) and Thayer (2-0). Senior Maddie Winslow scored all three goals in the Holderness game.

 

Middlesex hosts Groton on Wednesday and Hebron on Friday.

 

A good solid showing this week propels Brooks (9-5-1) to the #5 spot. The Bishops hung tough with Rivers in that 3-2 loss, then posted back-to-back one-goal wins over fellow poll members Worcester Academy (4-3) and Southfield (3-2). In the Worcester game, Danielle Doherty sent it into overtime with a goal with 0.3 seconds left, then Mairi Anthony won it.

 

Brooks hosts Thayer on Wednesday, then gets powerful Division I Nobles on the road Saturday.

 

A 1-0 loss to Kimball Union drops Proctor (14-6-0) down to #6. The Hornets did rebound with a 4-0 whitewashing of Berwick, however. They are at Vermont Academy Wednesday in their only action this week.

 

Worcester Academy (12-3-2) checks in at #7. The Hilltoppers continue to be impressive and blanked Kingswood 5-0 on Saturday. Worcester takes on #8 Southfield (6-5-2) on Wednesday at NESC, then has road games this weekend at Vermont Academy (Friday) and at Winchendon (Saturday).

 

Southfield, meanwhile, is in a bit of a funk, as the Saturday loss to Brooks puts them just one game over the .500 mark. They host St. Mark’s on Friday.

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