Girls Prep D1 Preseason Top 10
Over the last several seasons, the Girls Prep Division 1 field has become ultra-competitive. The number of teams capable of beating anyone has increased, which makes for a bevy of showdowns over the course of the year. This year projects to be no exception.
However, one would be hard-pressed not to list defending Division I champion Nobles (26-3-3) as a favorite to repeat. The ‘Dawgs have a roster that features 15, yes 15 players already committed to college programs. But, championships are not won on paper, so coach Tom Resor’s club will need to deliver on the ice.
#2 Kent (18-2-0) has been knocking on the door of a New England title the past few years, reaching the final in 2017. The Lions return their top three scorers from last winter’s club that dropped just two games. They will be a force.
#3 Williston (14-7-4) survived a mid-season slump to catch fire late last winter, reaching the title game before falling to Nobles. More than one coach rated the Wildcats high this winter. Keep an eye on them.
#4 Tabor (22-5-0) graduated some key offensive players, but there is still plenty in the cupboard for coach Eric Long’s group to make a run.
Perennial power Loomis Chaffee (18-5-2) rounds out the preseason Top 5. Expect the Pelicans to have their usual talented club.
Division 1 also welcomes a host of new head coaches: Lisa Marshall at Berkshire, Ashley Bairos at Choate, Brooke Fernandez at Deerfield, Corey Cooper at Hotchkiss, Jessica Tabb Wood at Northfield, Sally Komarek at Phillips Exeter, and Jessica Keeley Keough at Westminster.
And, the Division 1 field has grown by one, with Dexter Southfield moving up from Division 2.