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Brooks Optimistic For Strong Season

BROOKS (17-9-1)

The Bishops got as close to a New England title as you can get last winter, falling in double overtime in the title game. With a good nucleus back from that club, there is optimism for another strong season.

Senior Danielle Doherty will lead the attack for coach Lori Charpentier, who also welcomes back seniors Rachel Ulian and Amy Toumas, and sophomores Tess Martin and Mairi Anthony to the forward lines.

Danielle Doherty

Danielle Doherty

Gabi Hillner

Gabi Hillner

Mairi Anthony

Mairi Anthony

Having four defensemen back is a good thing, as seniors Lexi Britt and Audrey Brady, junior Emily Shoemaker and sophomore Gabi Hillner all return to the blue line.

Knights Will Be A Tough Opponent

BB&N (15-10-1)

The Knights were a thorn in many teams’ sides last winter, and with consistent play will be just as tough this winter.

Coach Ed Bourget has a solid nucleus to count on in senior forwards Bradley Fusco (23 pts) and Jackie Diffley (27 pts) and senior rearguard Cara Najjar (24 pts).

Five eighth-graders looking to crack the varsity lineup are forwards Brooke Sachoy, Emily Brower and Maddie Burns, and defensemen Isabelle Nowieszewski and Olivia Maduro.

 Governors Have To Replace 5 Key Players

GOVERNORS ACADEMY (11-10-2)

Hannah Quin Governors

Hannah Quin
Governors

Nine players return to the fold for the Governors, but they do have to replace five, four-year varsity players, including All-League goalie Maggie Salmon.

Senior Heather Ogden takes over in goal for coach Babe Ceglarski. She, and senior captains Heather Quin (defense) and Elena Driscoll (forward) will lead the club this winter.

Elena Driscoll Governors

Elena Driscoll
Governors

Finding more offense will be a key, as the team scored just 29 goals last winter, yet still qualified for the post-season.

 Generating More Offense Key For Groton

GROTON (1-17-3)

Getting more pucks to the net and generating better scoring chances will be key if the Zebras look to improve on last year’s mark.

Senior Jenna Blouin headlines the forward group for coach Randi Dumont. New freshman Imani McGregor and eighth-grader Lily Delaney look to make their marks up front.

Senior Grace Liggett and senior Dorrie Varley-Barrett (who could play forward as well) will be vital to the defensive zone.

Good Returning Group Has Spartans Excited

Kellie Potter

Kellie Potter

Devan Taylor

Devan Taylor

Hannah Ghelfi

Hannah Ghelfi

Nicole Saber

Nicole Saber

Brittany Colton

Brittany Colton

LAWRENCE ACADEMY (11-12-1)

All but three players return for the Spartans, including the entire defense and both goaltenders, so this should be a team to reckon with this winter.

Leading scorer senior Devan Taylor, committed to UNH, is back to quarterback the offense. Juniors Nicole Saber and Jordan Monbouquette and sophomores Sarah Wright and Emily Lanci return as well. Even more offensive punch will come from newcomers Kyla Floresca, a junior, and sophomores Laura Lundblad and Kelsey Ryan.

Seniors Kelley Potter and Kendra Mac are both four-year varsity players on defense for coach Kevin Potter. Juniors Brittany Colton, Taryn O’Neil and Hannah Ghelfi, and sophomore Rachel Walsh make up the solid group.

Juniors Kaitlyn Rooney and Marissa Anderson take care of the goaltending duties.

Middlesex Will Be Amongst Division II Contenders

MIDDLESEX (11-9-1)

The Zebras are always in the middle of the Division II conversation and should be again, as long as they work hard and play good team defense.

Up front, coach Kate Hession has returnings seniors Juliette Bendheim and Madeleine Coleman, and juniors Sage Nye and Pauline Santry back, along with new junior Jacqueline Welch.

Senior captain Leah Olsen, a returning All New England selection, backbones the Middlesex defense, a group that will also include senior Mary Demoulas and sophomore Caelin Flaherty.

Senior Katie Lovell is a returning goalie. New sophomore Caroline Silk is another goalie in the program.

 Mustangs Seek Scoring Punch

MILTON ACADEMY (6-19-2)

Finding some scoring from a host of different sources will be a task this winter for coach Ryan Stone.

Hannah Congdon Milton Academy

Hannah Congdon
Milton Academy

For starters, coach Stone can look to returning senior Katherine Flaherty, junior Kellie Quinn and sophomore Maria DiMatinis for production. Or, possibly newcomers like sophomore Jenny Costa and and freshman Meaghan Stock.

Senior Katie Widenmeyer and junior Anne Malloy will be cornerstones of the Mustangs defensive unit. Freshman Claire Dudley hopes to help out.

In goal, sophomore returner Hannah Congdon will be pushed by new freshman Izzy Lareau.

 Nobles Restocks Cupboard

NOBLES (28-1-1)

Seven talented seniors have moved on, but as usual, Nobles will find a way to replace their experience and skill, The ‘Dawgs will still be one of New England’s premier clubs.

Sophomore Becca Gilmore (40 pts) is the top returning forward for coach Tom Resor. Also back are seniors Shanna Hickman, Jamie McNamara and Molly Slowe (15 pts), juniors Kate Annese, Tess Dupre (16 pts) and Bridget McCarthy (20 pts) and sophomore Danielle Brown (14 pts). Oh yes, new junior Caitrin Lonergan, a USA U-18 team member, has transferred in from St. Paul’s

Nobles will have a solid trio of veteran blue liners to turn to in senior Ally Slowe, junior Charlotte Abrecht and junior Lucinda Quigley.

The Bulldawgs must find a goalie to replace the departed Casey Nunnelly in the net.

Caitrin Lonergan Nobles

Caitrin Lonergan
Nobles

Charlotte Abrecht Nobles

Charlotte Abrecht
Nobles

Lindsey Dumond St. Mark's

Lindsey Dumond
St. Mark’s

Only One Senior On St. Mark’s Roster

ST. MARK’S (11-10-2)

The Lions will be young with only one senior on the roster, but will be strong at every position. They will be an interesting team to watch this season.

Freshmen Lindsey Dumond and Caroline Peterson are two new forwards who could make a splash.

On the blue line, junior Hannah Gillis (+9 last year) is the top returning performer. Three freshmen new to the club and looking to play some key minutes are Danielle Peterson, Lizzie Provost and Lillian Stout.

Returning junior Marcia LaPlante (5 shutouts) will handle the goaltending, along with new freshman Athena Papantonis.

 Pelicans Lost A Lot Of Offensive Firepower

ST. PAUL’S (23-2-2)

The Pelicans lost some heavy artillery from one of the prep’s top offenses, so it will be important for the squad’s younger players to step up and earn a role right away, according to coach Heather Farrell.

Kerri St. Denis

Kerri St. Denis
St. Paul’s

One key holdover will be senior captain Bridget Carey, who put up a 35-point season last year. Two new forwards to keep an eye on are junior Samantha Nolan and freshman Gillis Frechette.

The Pelicans also return senior captain Kerri St. Denis in goal, and that will give them a big advantage.

 Good Crew Back At St. George’s

ST GEORGE’S (8-9-0)

Second-year coach Hannah O’Brien has a good core of returners back from a team that finished just under the .500 mark last year. And, the Dragon have a host of youngster into the school to add depth.

Victoria O'Heir St. George's

Victoria O’Heir
St. George’s

Up front, juniors Victoria O’Heir and Olivia Soares will be offensive catalysts. New freshmen hoping to make an impact include Madison Tregenza. Jane Leys, Maia Lineberry and Abigail Turner.

Sophomore defensemen Mia DelRosso and Hayley Doneghey will log a lot of minutes on the blue line. New sophomore Carolyn Drowne and sophomore Lila Burns join the fold.

Mia DelRosso

Mia DelRosso
St. George’s

Junior Beth Larcom is a returning starter in goal for the Dragons. Freshman netminder Hailey Martin joins the mix.

 Cibelli New Head Coach At Thayer

THAYER (6-16-1)

Brian Cibelli is the new head coach for the Tigers, and he hopes to have his club competitive within the ISL.

Keys in the early going will be the play and leadership of captains – seniors Tracy Alperin and Ari Bacon, and sophomore Darby Melia – all forwards.

Keep An Eye On Impressive Rivers

RIVERS (18-5-1)

The Red Wings were one of the top clubs in Division II last winter, advancing to the New England semifinals, and there is no reason to believe the Red Wings won’t be again this year.

Senior Jordan Cross (24 pts) and junior Sam Estes (15 pts) lead a balanced attack for coach Malcolm Spurling. Other forwards back include seniors Molly Eden (7 pts) and Lyndsey Smith, junior Maddy McEachern (6 pts) and sophomores Missy Segall (11 pts) and Lorraine Byrne. New freshmen Kasey Cunningham and Jenna Letterie hope to contribute.

Three senior defensemen – Erin Connolly (11 pts), Kayleigh Rahbany and Laura Schmidlein (7 pts) alll return to the blue line, along with juniors Alice Pingeon and Ellie Branka.

Goaltending also looks solid with returning starter Clara Pingeon, a junior, and sophomore Michelle Ryder, a sophomore.

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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