CULVER ACADEMY (11-24-4)
This Indiana based prep school again heads east in December to participate in Cushing’s Watkins InvitationalTournament. The club is hoping to utilize an effective forecheck and good puck movement through the neutral zone to achieve success.
Up front, seniors Allie Monrean, Marissa Dolorfino, Mallory Dolorfino, Zoe Davis, Maddie Hickey and Maddie Turley (Post University commit) bring loads of experience for coach Brian Idalski. Juniors Karmen Anderson and Cec Hetzel, and sophomore Maggie Groszek are back as well.
A young defense will be anchored by returning juniors Abby Marohn and Maggie Stoudt and sophomore Katie Manning. New senior Kaycie Schlichenmaier will be a help, while freshmen Megan McKay and Lauren Tuzik add depth.
Junior McKinley Hoff is a returning goaltender for CGA.
GILMOUR ACADEMY (27-25-3)
With a strong contingent of forwards, the Lancers will be solid club if they can play solid defensive zone coverage.
Senior AnnMarie Fitzgerald, a Northeastern commit, headlines a group of returning forwards that includes seniors Morgan Miller, Gretchen Klens, Maura McKeown and Ellie Heller, post-grad Abby Zenone and junior Jenna Salminen.
On defense, senior Jasmiina Vaatainen and sophomore Isabella Sprang are key holdovers for coach Seanna Conway. Senior Julia Beaven is a returner in goal.
More than a dozen newcomers have joined the roster, good depth for the NAPHA league schedule.
HILL SCHOOL (21-9-0)
This program has come a long way since its inception in 2014, already achieving success at the top level of girls prep hockey.
Coach Ari Baum’s club returns three of its top five scorers in juniors Jordan Hower (29 pts), Elizabeth MacMurray (15 pts) and Penn State commit Jessica Ciarrocchi (36 pts). New junior Caroline Goffredo, already committed to Boston College, will pay immediate dividends. Juniors Allison Corser-James, Lindsey Coffey and Gia Seravalli will have key roles.
Juniors Joyce Sun and Jane McCarter are solid defensemen for the Blues. New junior Madison Morton will fit right in.
The Blues, an associate NEPSAC member, are good to go in goal with the return of junior Sophie Goldberg.
HOOSAC SCHOOL (5-24-1)
Entering their third season as a varsity program, the Owls, members of the NAPHA, are hoping to build on the experience of their first two years.
Coach Bill Ward welcomes back a host of skaters at forward in seniors Sam Rodriguez and Elyssa Lavertu , juniors Angie Rodriguez, Terri Siolas, Barbora Machalova and Jordan Salzano, and sophomores Jayne Dolinsky and Caitlin Welsh. New juniors Emma McGuane and Maddison Laliberte can play either forward or defense.
Seniors Ciara Tonic, Ireleand Ward and Lynsey Lancaster all return on the blue line, as does Evelyn Pryadkin. Junior Kinga Horvathova and freshmen Maria Pais and Jahnyha Kofalk are key newcomers.
In goal, senior Maddy Morgan is back.
LAWRENCEVILLE SCHOOL (6-10-4)
The Big Red again will make an appearance at Taft School’s Patsy Odden Tournament, as well as taking on some other NE prep teams over the course of the season
Spearheading the offensive attack for coach Nicole Uliasz will be senior Chloe Ashton (Harvard commit) and senior Audrey Lazar (Middlebury commit).
Senior rearguard Katie Monihan has committed to Princeton. Seniors Taylor Zahiryni and Sydney Bechtel are two more key returnees on defense.
Post-grad Courtney Denaut, a Yale commit, will be a huge presence between the pipes. Newcomes Kyley Toye (freshman) and Ashley Raynor (junior) look for roles.
With more depth this winter, the Panthers look to challenge for the top spot in the WIHLMA.
There are no seniors in the forward lines, so offensive leadership will come from juniors Emma Hayes (32 pts), Sophia Kyrkostas (14 pts) and Ava Salerno (22 pts), and sophomores Jeannie Wallner (22 pts) and Georgia Franco. Four freshmen ready to contribute include Zoe Galanoudis, Mia Schecter, Brooke Godsell and Helen Sweeney.
Junior Lexy Hoffman is a highly-regarded blue line, anchoring the unit for coach Phil Hills. Freshman Gia Santorella should have an impact.
Portledge is strong in goal with junior Anna Hamid and freshman Rachel Lohan each giving the Panthers a solid chance to win each time out.