It was certainly a year for the ISL to gloat in 2014-15, as the league boasted both New England Girls Prep champions – St. Paul’s in Division I and Rivers in Division 2. It should be another competitive year in the loop.
Brooks (7-15-1) is hoping to improve on last season’s record and become a playoff caliber team again in Division 2.
Coach Lori Charpentier will have one of the league’s top forwards in sophomore Julia Nearis, who will lead the attack. Other key retuners are juniors Gabi Hillner and Mairi Anthony, and sophomore Emma English.
Winning the special teams battle will be key if BB&N (14-13-2) plans on having a successful season. The Knights are looking for their fourth straight winning season.
“I think this year’s team will add a combination of talent and work ethic which will propel our club to a successful campaign,” said coach Ed Bourget.
Junior Shannon Griffin (36 pts) will be an ace up front for the Knights, as will fellow junior Kate Piacenza (28 pts). Senior co-captain Lily Santonelli wants to be a key contributor as well. Eighth-grader Molly Griffin could crack the lineup. Returning seniors Sarah Kavoogian and Evvy O’Neil are back as well.
On the blue line, senior co-captain Sara Lopez-Wheeler (7 pts) and junior Nell Fusco (7 pts) will be the cornerstones. New freshman Jameson McKenna joins the group. Senior Sarah Nowiszewski will add depth.
Sophomores Kim Vetrano and Carly Newell are both back between the pipes. Each saw considerable action last winter.
Scoring was hard to come by for Governors Academy (6-15-0) last season, as they were shut out no less than 10 times. The task this year is to remedy the offensive drought, as coach Babe Ceglarski expects to have a solid defensive corp.
The task of cranking up the offense will go to junior forwards Erin Daly and Courtney Pierre, and sophomore Hannah Walsh. More help will come from junior forward Flora English who returns to the Governors.
Senior Abby Nearis anchors the blue line, while freshman Victoria Wilson projects to be the starter in goal.
Groton (8-14-3) hopes to show some improvement. An offensive mindset and commitment to three full periods will go a long way.
Returning senior Sophie Wilder will headline the forward ranks for coach Randi Dumont. New sophomore Angelina Joyce and freshman Freddie Tobeason will be looked upon for production.
On defense, senior Anna Thorndike will be aided by the arrival of freshmen Halle Livermore and Bridget Cornell.
In the nets, Hamilton College recruit Sammy Johnson, a senior, will get the job done.
A veteran cast that includes 10 seniors will keep Lawrence Academy (16-9-2) in the hunt for the league title and a possible playoff berth.
There is a multitude of scoring options up front for coach Kevin Potter, led by junior Laura Lundblad (29 pts). The Spartans will be without senior Nicole Saber (16 pts) until February with a knee injury. Seniors Kyla Floresca (14 pts) and Brittany Levasseur, juniors Kelsey Ryan (16 pts), Emily Lanci (11 pts) and Jordan Monbouquette (10 pts) and sophomore Corinne McCool (10 pts) all return as well.
Senior co-captains Brittany Colton (12 pts), a UMaine recruit, and Taryn O’Neil will be blue line leaders, along with senior Hannah Ghelfi, heading to Michigan on a golf scholarship, and junior Rachel Walsh.
The Spartans are also experienced in goal with the return of seniors Marissa Anderson, a Williams College recruit, and Kaitlyn Rooney.
Milton Academy (11-13-3) looks to continue its improvement. The Mustangs will still be young with just three seniors on the roster
Senior Kellie Quinn and juniors Jen Costa (28 pts) and Maria DiMartinis (24 pts) will be the offensive catalysts. Two young freshmen ready to show what they can do are Christine Cadigan and Sadie Lestage
Defensively, coach Ryan Stone will lean on senior Anne Malloy (20 pts). Freshmen Mary Kate Thompson and Julia Johnson should see some solid minutes
In goal, returning starter Hannah Congdon (2.17 gaa) will be backed up by freshman Maggie Emerson
Always in the running for the league title and New England championship is Nobles (24-3-2), which was ousted in the semifinals last March. Finding the right line combinations and developing timely scoring will be early-season tasks for head coach Tom Resor.
Senior Caitrin Lonergan (57 pts), the reigning ISL MVP and recent commit to Boston College, will be key for the Bulldawgs, either at forward or defense. Scoring will also come from the likes of senior Bridget McCarthy (41 pts, Boston College commit), seniors Kate Annese (Boston College) and Tess Dupre, juniors Becca Gilmore (56 pts) and Danielle Brown (23 pts), sophomore Katie Tresca and freshman Courtney Hyland.
Brown University commit Lucinda Quigley, senior Charlotte Abrecht, junior Bridget Doherty and sophomore Stephanie Nomicos form the core of the defensive unit.
Nobles also returns starting goalie Kelly Pickering (0.72 gaa), a sophomore.
Rivers (19-8-1) won the New England Division 2 crown last year and returns a bulk of last year’s roster, which doesn’t bode well for its opponents.
Senior Sam Estes (20 pts) will spearhead a Red Wings attack which will also feature senior Mady McEachern, juniors Lorraine Byrnes and Missy Segall (19 pts), and sophomores Kasey Cunningham (12 pts), Jenna Letterie (10 pts) and Emily Smith (9 pts). Hoping to contribute will be newcomers Camille Phelan and Kaitlin Shaughnessy.
Seniors Eli Branka and Alice Pingeon (11 pts) are defensive anchors for coach Malcolm Spurling. New players Leslie Swartz and Meghan Lally will have roles.
And, both goalies from last winter’s title team return in senior Clara Pingeon and sophomore Meghan Gazard.
A strong returning group has optimism in the air at St. George’s (8-8-2), which graduated only three players.
Seniors Olivia Soares, Victoria O’Heir and Erika Martin will be depended on for production by coach Hannah O’Brien. Sophomore Madison Tregenza is another key returner up front.
The defense will be built around the junior triumvirate of Mia DelRosso, Carolyn Drowne and Hayley Doneghey.
The Dragons also possess one of the league’s top netminders in senior Beth Larcom, who has committed to Harvard.
New head coach Casey Pickett will lead the charge at St. Mark’s (8-14-3) this winter.
While she gets her program going, she will rely on the play of senior goaltender Marcia LaPlante and returning sophomore forward Lindsey Dumond.
A pair of freshmen forwards – Julianna Gong and Faith Jennings – are expected to step in and contribute.
Fresh off its first-ever New England D-1 title, St. Paul’s (22-4-2) is now front and center in the prep hockey world. “After winning the championship last year we understand the target we have on our backs,” said coach Heather Farrell. “We are returning some very talented players and will rely on many of our newcomers to step in and play right away.”
Three returning forwards that will have big roles for the Pelicans are seniors Lilly Castro, Jess Cloutier and Sam Nolan. A bevy of new forwards have arrived in Concord, including sophomores Bella Kang and Olivia Lin, and freshmen Bridget Babcock, Brett Stoddard, Clare O’Leary and Josie Varney.
Freshman Paige Galle looks for time on the blue line. Two new goaltenders – junior Peri Donaldson and sophomore Jess Arbuckle – will be in the mix for the starting job.
With more depth, Thayer (3-18-2) is banking on improvement and being more competitive in the Division 2 ranks.
Junior Darby Melia (14 pts) and sophomore Caroline Skillman (7 goals) will be go-to forwards for coach Brian Cibelli. New junior Katie Meehan should pay immediate dividends. Newcomer Amy Le will help as well.
Senior Meg Sandblom will be the quarterback on the blue line for the Tigers. Newcomer Emily Smith hopes to win the starting goaltender’s job.