Girls Prep D2 Poll: Title road goes through Rivers

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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Girls Prep D2 Poll

RankTeamPrevious RankingWLT
2Worcester Academy1882
8St. George's882
Missy Segall Rivers
Missy Segall

With the bulk of last year’s New England champion club back in the fold, including both goaltenders, Rivers (19-8-1) will begin the 2015-2016 season as favorites to repeat.

Timary Malley Worcester Academy
Timary Malley
Worcester Academy

The Red Wings get the pre-season #1 ranking in the HNIB News Girls Division 2 Prep poll. Sam Estes, Missy Segall and Kasey Cunningham will lead what should be a balanced scoring attack for coach Malcolm Spurling.

#2 Worcester Academy (18-8-2) has been a playoff club the past two winters, and the Hilltoppers should make it three in a row this winter. Can they challenge for the top spot? Yes,  Jennifer Manning, Micaela Sindoris and Timary Malley will power the team, with Hannah Lowe a rock on the blue line.

Emily Martino Canterbury
Emily Martino

A championship game appearance was the result of Julie Pesta’s first season behind the bench at #3 Southfield (16-7-2). With one of the division’s best goalies in Kelly Lavelle, and UNH-bound Meghara McManus up front, expect Southfield to be a force.

Kelly Lavelle Southfield
Kelly Lavelle

If coach Peter LaVigne can replace the offensive production lost to graduation, then #4 Canterbury (15-7-1) will be right there. The Saints will get production from the likes of Maddie Blauth and Emily Martino.

#5 Berwick advanced all the way to the New England semifinals last winter and you can bet coach Patrick McNulty will have his Bobcats ready for another run this winter. Senior Alyssa Hulst is coming off a 50-point season.

Talented players at each position will keep #6 Proctor (15-9-2) involved all season and a probable playoff club. Alexis Fagan is a top forward and both goalies are back.

If #7 Gunnery is to challenge, it will do so with another new coach, as Kiernan Joyce takes over behind the bench.

With Harvard-bound goalie Beth Larcom between the pipes, expect #8 St. George’s (8-8-2) to make some noise in the ISL as the Dragons look to secure a post-season playoff berth.

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