Now in its second season in NEPSAC DIvision 2, Albany Academy (6-14-0) will rely on stability and leadership from a core group of seniors.
Forwards coach Melanie Lovett will rely on are senior Cristina Darby (Nazareth commit), senior Ava Ferris and sophomore Anika Flik.
On defense, senior Sydney Christiansen, a Clarkson lacrosse commit, and sophomore Emma McGuane will be vital to the blue line success for the Cadets.
Senior Rachel Peterson returns between the pipes, joined in the rotation by new freshman Emma McIntyre.
Berwick (6-14-2) looks to be a factor again in the EIL race.
Up front, the Bulldogs will look to junior Andrea Caradonna and sophomores Rayne Zimmerman (22 pts) and Delaney Kingsland to continue their solid play from last year. Newcomers Lindsay Goodman, Brittany Foster and Sidney Foster will step right in.
Junior Maria Gaughan and sophomore Annabelle Beaton will be defensive cornerstones for coach Kelly Souza. New sophomore Tiffany Foster will have a role.
In goal, junior Sophie Beauchesne is a returning starter.
A move down to Division 2 this year should be a help to Brewster Academy (2-17-2) which will bank on teamwork, solid defensive play and success moving the puck in the offensive zone.
Senior Kaylyn Stoddard and junior Sydney Fascetta will be keys to the attack for coach Maeve Connelly. Newcomers to watch up front are senior Karlee Stoddard and junior Sydney Bertinetti and Lilianna Ricker.
Senior Kate Nice looks over things on defense for the Bobcats. Freshman Blaise Bartell will battle for the goaltending job.
Canterbury (17-6-4) heads into the season with a new head coach, as former Holderness mentor Katie Mandigo moves south to guide the Saints.
A solid group of returners is back, led by senior forwards Stephanie Proleau and Ariella Haas, and junior forward Rachael Delong. Also back are four-year defensemen Victoria Body and Gabriella Vitelli, along with Clara Tomann, Nikki DeCola, Jami Procanik and Ellyn Fritz.
Newcomers vying for varsity time include goalie Casey Chizmazia, Meaghan Francis, Madelyne Hackett, Katherine Hesslink, Elisa Petit, Jade Brinker, Charlotte Zapeital and Grace LaVigne.
There will be a new head coach at Dexter Southfield (9-11-4) where Maggie Taverna takes over on the bench after several years of leading Mass. HS power Arlington Catholic.
Taverna will spend the pre-season fine tuning her roster, but look for the team to get solid efforts from returning forwards Jill Olevitz and Karly Aguirre, and veteran senior goalie Kelly Lavelle.
Among the newcomers hoping to crack the lineup are junior Amy Le (a transfer from Thayer), sophomore forward Shyna Menzer and freshmen Keely Kasputis (forward), Kylie McCarthy (defense) and Adrienne Shea (defense).
Hoping to get back into a challenging role will be Greenwich Academy. Veteran coach Moe Tarrant’s Gators will again play a challenging schedule.
Backboning the club this winter will be senior goalie Courtney DeNaut, an All-NEPSAC Honorable Mention choice last winter.
Another team with new management is New England D2 finalist Gunnery (13-13-0), as Jamie Goldsmith is the Highlanders new head coach. She says the girls are already focused on returning to the title game. The team will boast 10 seniors.
Offensive production will come from seniors Nemo Neubaurova (Colgate commit) and Kristyna Patkova (Union commit), both from the Czech Republic, along with senior Tabitha Franceschini.
Defensive anchors will be the senior duo of Keely McGann and Catherine Lawrence. The Highlanders also return a starting goaltender in junior Katie Broccoli.
A host of newcomers will highlight the roster at Hebron Academy (10-13-1), where the Lumberjacks will also have a new coach as Hannah Milan has taken over the controls.
Seniors Eliza Beaudin (43 pts) and Sofia Castriotta (14 pts) will be crucial to any offensive success. Newcomers ready to contribute are juniors Emilia Malinen and Caille Walker, sophomores Lizzie Emerson and Logan Arseneau and freshmen Lillian Bergeron and Paige Bourgoin.
Junior Cat Miles is a key holdover blueliner, joined by junior Iman Shepard and freshman Tia Miles.
Much of last year’s offensive production is back at Holderness (12-13-0). New head coach Rick Eccleston fees that team defense and special teams will be key to any success this year.
Senior Vanessa Maldonado, junior Morgan Sisson and sophomore Katrina Grzeszczuk will carry the offensive torch for the Bulls. New sophomores Olivia Branch and Julia Knight will have key roles.
Junior Drea Chin is a key returner on the Holderness blue line. The goaltending position looks solid with the duo of senior returner Kiely Smiga-McManus and new freshman Gwen Bowler.
A new varsity team last winter, Hoosac (3-23-4) is still in building mode and the focus is to improve in this year two of existence.
Forwards back for another go-around include post-grad Nicole Longboat, seniors Jayde Dukette and Sara Cruise, junior Lynsey Lancaster and sophomore Jordan Salzano.
Senior Makenna Murphy, junior Ireland Ward and freshman Caitlin Welsh return with experience on the blue line. Seniors Alexa Rango is a returning goaltender.
Coach Bill Ward has brought in 11 newcomers to help bolster the roster.
Kents Hill (6-13-0) fully expects to surprise some teams this winter as a combination of good numbers, young talent and experience could prove fruitful.
Coach Kim Nanof welcomes back a nucleus of four forwards that will lead the offense in senior Tessa Schafer-Flynn and juniors Meghan Czerwinski, Katie Nealon and Amelia Theriault. Sophomore Karina Laxton and freshman Jilian Jackson add depth to the group up front.
Senior Kassidy Lyons is back on defense for the Huskies. Looking to make an impact are a pair of new sophomores – Ashley Crowley and Anya Laxton.
A returning senior goalie for Kents Hill is Maggie Gray.
A playoff team last year, Kimball Union (16-5-3) must replace five defensemen who have moved on. Coach Mark Hudak says his club will have to reshape its defensive scheme.
The Wildcats will rely on an experienced group of returning forwards to guide the team, especially in the early going. Senior Mia Brown has committed to Northeastern. Also back are senior Colleen Donoghue and juniors Mikah Baptiste and Molly Flanagan. New freshman Lucie Turcotte hopes to contribute.
New sophomore Bella Parento looks to give KUA some stability on the blue line.
Both goalies – senior Maddie Long and junior Seana Perkins – return from last year’s playoff team. That will be a big plus for the Wildcats.
After some successful seasons at Proctor, Corey Cooper becomes the new head coach at Millbrook (7-16-0).
Cooper will rely on help and guidance from seniors Ellie Muckstadt and Kerry Carr and junior Emma Gotthelf in the forward ranks. New junior Carolyn Whitney hopes to open some eyes.
On defense, senior Kaitlyn Pike will be a key for the Mustangs.
The EIL’s Newton Country Day (5-9-1) looks to be competitive in league play under the direction of new head coach Angus Means, who thinks his young team could get stronger as the season progresses.
Senior Caroline Harrington and juniors Kaitly Bradshaw and Ella Flaherty will be leaders up front for the Falcons.
Defensive cornerstones for NCD project to be junior Elizabeth Anderson and sophomore Hannah Matthews.
Senior Centine Johansson will be the starter in goal.
New North Yarmouth Academy (4-21-0) head coach Pavrel Navrat inherits a team that will feature just two seniors.
The two seniors – forwards Jordan Ackerman and Charlotte Collins – will be leaders both on and off the ice for the Panthers. Freshmen Natalie Farrell and Lainie Lemieux will have key offensive roles.
Sophomores Caroline Gepfert and Maya Davis will anchor the NYA blue line. Freshman Abby Matusovich looks for key minutes between the pipes.
The injection of seven freshmen to a good returning corps has Pingree (8-11-1) optimistic as the Highlanders look to challenge for the EIL title.
Some impressive production returns up front for coach Jim MacLaughlin in juniors Rachel Tammaro (27 pts), Alex Robertson (21 pts) and Mackenzie Vasque, along with sophomore Katelyn Clarke (42 pts). A trio of freshmen hoping to snap some key roles are Kate Lucey, Kate Hill and Una Carroll.
Sophomore Addie Fenton will have significant duty on the Pingree blue line. Freshman Jackie Elward hopes to be a big factor.
Sophomore Callie MacLaughlin looks to take over between the pipes.
The defending EIL champions Portsmouth Abbey (12-7-0) must find a way to replace the graduation of nine seniors. There will be plenty of new faces, including behind the bench, where Kurt Carter takes over.
There is still some considerable talent to work with. Up front, senior Abbey Luth (62 pts) was a first team D2 NEPSAC selection at forward. She will be helped offensively by juniors Riley Carter (12 pts), Isabelle Fournier and Alessandra Alves, and sophomore Alyssa Civiello. New junior Mia Wright and freshmen Laura Fink, Delaney Shaw, Avery Korzeniowski and Ella Stookey will provide depth.
Defensively, sophomore Lily Hovasse is a key returner. Senior Erika Keller is a returning goalie for the Ravens.
Maggie Kennedy takes over as head coach at Proctor (13-9-5) and hopes to continue the winning tradition. She gets a team that has a good number of returners.
Up front, seniors Emma Brophy, Sophie Nasvik and Laura Horsley, and juniors Sophie Weintraub and Hallee Courtenanche all return with experience. Post-grad Mackenzie Mallett will be a big help, while sophomore Amanda Horsley and freshmen Anna McCluskey and McKenzie Sudolnik count on helping out.
What projects as a deep blue line corps will feature senior Kiara Vasquez (Middlebury commit), senior Shannon Raycroft and senior Anna Krajewski. New sophomore Cara Baird looks for time.
Junior Marina Mirabella and senior Emilia Helms-Leslie are both back in goal for the Hornets. Joining the mix is new junior Mary Gettens.
Coach Elizabeth Bennett feels her Rye Country Day (13-11-0) team will be young but have a lot of potential.
Senior captain Maddie Zuber will lead the offensive attack for the Wildcats. The same holds true for senior captain Katherine Holtby on the blue line. Freshman Selia Coady, who can play both forward or defense, was a first team All-WIHLMA selection as an eighth grader last winter.
Three eighth-graders looking to make an impact are Caroline Keating (forward), MK Braun (goalie) and Mackay Bommer (forward/defense).
Fourteen players return at Tilton (13-8-4) from a team that made some decent strides forward. Coach Ben Tefft will have a deep roster intent on continuing the upward trend and getting into the post-season tournament.
Experience up front will come from seniors Brynn Mendes (14 pts) and Kayley Hughes (12 pts), juniors Stephanie Nevers (12 pts) and Kaitlin Bardellini and sophomore Brenna Verran (16 pts). New junior Kayla Currin and sophomore Katie Ryan will help out in the offensive end.
Defensively, junior Ashlyn Brown (11 pts) and junior Cassandra Nevers (14 pts) will be cornerstones for the Rams. A newcomer to watch is junior Trinity White.
Goaltending will be strong for Tilton. Senior Ally Joly (2.19) is back for another season and will team with new sophomore Delanei Corcoran.
There is some change at Vermont Academy (9-20-2), where nearly half the team roster and all three members of the coaching staff are new. Taking over the head coaching position is Lisa Marshall.
She will have senior Chloe Aurard, a Northeastern commit, to power the Wildcats offense, along with senior Madison Paydos (Utica). Senior Lotti Odnoga can play forward or defense. Joining the forward ranks will be junior Sophie Streed, sophomores Kristyna Kaltounkova (Czech Republic) and Caroline Keller and freshmen Jazmyn Creamer and Maggie Hodgson.
Seniors Holly Meredith and Sydney Royce, and sophomores Jordan Loya and Gigi Wood are returning blue liners for the Wildcats. New sophomore Klara Jandusikova (Czech Republic) will help out.
Post-grad Blanka Slodova, also from the Czech Republic, joins returning junior Ryan Jacobelli at the goaltending position.
Defending New England D2 champion Worcester Academy (20-6-1) is excited about its new home with the opening of the Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center
within walking distance from the campus. This year’s Hilltopper squad will have a somewhat smaller roster, but still talented.
Expect plenty of offense from the likes of senior Micaela Sindoris (45 pts), a Northeastern commit and first team D2 NEPSAC All Star, senior Morgan Mordini (22 pts) and juniors Carley Daly (30 pts) and Laura Hill. Reading to contribute are new sophomores Ciara Wall, Melissa Macri and Jenna Krikorian and freshman Lauren Potvin.
The defense for coack Kevin Zifcak looks strong with the return of seniors Tia Martignetti and Natasha Savage, junior Holly Silva and Alexis Cagan and Sheila Gadbois. Freshman Annaliese Monopoli will look for time.
Senior Meagan Miranda is primed to take over full time in the nets. Freshman Mary Honan will push for time.