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Girls Prep D1 Top 10: Nobles, Williston, Hotchkiss Big Saturday Winners

Girls Prep D1 Top 10

RankTeamPR*WLT
1Nobles22205
2Williston31912
3Tabor11813
4St. Paul's51923
5Loomis Chaffee41434
6Kent61440
7Hotchkiss71142
8Andover81154
9New Hampton101961
10Deerfield91372

Nobles and Williston were the big winners Saturday in a pair of games involving  the top four teams in last week’s rankings. As a result, they are 1-2 in this week’s HNIB News Girls D1 Prep Top 10.

Nobles (22-0-5) takes over the top spot after a 4-3 win over previously unbeaten and #1 Tabor, led by two goals from Kate Ham. The Dawgs also beat Andover (3-1) and Thayer (6-0). They close out the regular season with games against Governors Academy (Wednesday) and Milton (Saturday).

#2 Williston (19-1-2) won its showdown with Loomis Chaffee, a 4-2 win paced by a pair of strikes from Kate McDermott. It will be no rest for the weary for the Wildcats who have Deerfield (Wednesday), Winchendon (Friday) and BB&N (Saturday) before the post-season.

The loss to Nobles has Tabor (18-1-3) at #3 this week. The Seawolves, who also beat BB&N (2-1), wrap it up with St. George’s (Wednesday) and Berkshire (Saturday).

After a week that saw wins over Exeter (3-0), Tilton (3-1) and Winchendon (2-0), St. Paul’s (19-2-3) climbs up one to #4. SPS  finishes with Proctor on Wednesday before playing in their first Lakes Region Tournament Friday/Saturday.

#5 Loomis Chaffee (14-3-4) has #8 Andover on Wednesday and #10 Deerfield on Saturday, both huge games for them in their quest for the post-season. So, the Pelicans should be ready for each team’s A-game.

#6 Kent (14-4-0) beat #7 Hotchkiss (12-4-2) in its only action of the week. The Lions close out with Gunnery (Wednesday) and Westminster (Saturday).

The Bearcats, hoping to get back into the post-season, will see Canterbury Monday, Choate Wednesday and Taft Saturday. They had a big win Saturday over Deerfield

Andover (11-5-4) followed up the loss to Nobles with wins over Milton (9-1) and Worcester Academy (5-1). After Loomis on Wednesday, the Big Blue will see rival Exeter on Saturday.

#9 New Hampton (19-6-1) has thrust itselft back in the playoff picture after wins over Dexter Southfield (7-3), Northfield (7-0) and Berwick (14-1). It is Kimball Union Wednesday before the Lakes Region Tournament. The Huskies are peaking at the right time.

Deerfield will have a tough road, closing out with Williston and Loomis to end the regular season.

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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