Girls Prep D-2 Poll: Millbrook still #1; Worcester Academy debuts

Gary Demopoulos
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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Prep Girls Division 2 Poll

7Worcester Academy922
8Governor's Academy432

*Updated 1/12/14


Undefeated Millbrook (8-0-1) continues to hold on to the #1 position in the HNIB News Girls Prep Division II poll. The Mustangs had a nice week, cruising past Canterbury, 5-0, and then taking a non-league win over Morristown-Beard, 6-2.

Melissa Sheeran Millbrook
Melissa Sheeran


On Wednesday, Millbrook will get a huge test, going to Division I power Westminster (4:15pm). The Mustangs then host Greenwich Academy on Friday night.


“We knew we had a team that was going to be more talented than last year’s, but no team that I have coached in any sport has ever come together like last year,” said Millbrook coach Edward Allen. “It has been our goal to achieve that kind of unity and to earn every win, not expect it based on more talent.”


Morgan Moffat Millbrook
Morgan Moffat

Senior Melissa Sheeran has been the offensive catalyst for the Mustangs, with 19 goals through nine games. Goaltender Morgan Moffat has been immense between the pipes.


“Hockey is about producing and preventing goals,” Allen said. “I haven’t seen anyone produce better than Melissa, and I haven’t seen anyone prevent better than Morgan.”


After falling to D-1’s top team, Nobles, 4-0, #2 Rivers (5-2-0) reeled off back-to-back 3-2 wins over St. George’s and Winchendon. It will be a three-game week for the Red Wings, with BB&N, Groton and Brewster Academy on this week’s docket.


#3 Gunnery (6-3-1) fell to Williston, 3-0, on Saturday, a team it tied at the Exeter Tournament, but the Highlanders remain in the third spot. Gunnery hosts Canterbury (Wednesday) and Lawrenceville (Saturday) this week.


#4 Southfield (6-3-1) sandwiched a loss to D-1 Tabor with wins over Phillips Andover (5-3) and Thayer (4-1). Southfield is off until the weekend, when it has Milton Academy and Holderness on back-to-back days.


Proctor (10-5-0) moves up to #5 on the heels of a 7-0 whitewashing of Pingree. The Hornets look ahead to road trips this week to Groton, Hebron and Kents Hill.


#6 Middlesex is hanging in despite its 3-5-0 overall mark. The Zebras were impressive in a 4-0 win over Governors Academy on Saturday. Ahead this week, they look to St.Mark’s and Cushing, both at home.


Making its Girls Prep D-2 poll debut is #7 Worcester Academy (9-2-2). Coach Kevin Zifcak has this club running on all cylinders and believing in itself. “The kids are working extremely hard in all zones,” Zifcak said. “Solid three zone play and good depth at every position have been keys.”


Lauren Abbenante (18 pts), Maddie Evangelous (16 pts) and Jen Manning (12 pts) lead the Hilltoppers in points, Rose Pijaca and Julia Pelletier have been sharing duties in goal and getting support from solid defense.


Governor’s Academy (4-3-2) takes over in the #8 spot


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