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Girls Prep: Division I Independents/Founders Preview – Kent, Williston ready for another run; Don’t count out Loomis, New Hampton, St. Paul’s

Holly Riva

BERKSHIRE (2-19-3)

The Bears struggled a bit last year, but look for marked improvement this winter, under new head coach Lisa Marshall, who led Vermont Academy to the Girls Prep D2 New England crown last winter. She is excited to get the season going.

Catherine Appleyard

Senior Holly Riva, who recently committed to Williams, is one key returner, as is the sister combo of senior Catherine Appleyard and sophomore Caroline Appleyard, who is a Dartmouth commit. Hoping to help jump-start the offense are new sophomore Caroline Mezias and freshmen Ashlyn Ham and Ellie Volpe.

On defense, junior Rylie Griffith and sophomore Emma Birmingham will be cornerstones. Junior Annie Hauser is a returning goalie, joined in the nets by new freshman Abby Hornung.

Gina Driscoll

CHOATE (6-10-2)

Ashley Bairos takes over the reins and looks to return Choate to a winning record. One key will be increase scoring. Defense should be a strongpoint.

Senior Kaitlyn O’Donohoe (22 pts) looks to spearhead the offensive attack. Expect juniors Gina Driscoll (10 pts), Effie Tournas (9 pts) and Christina Tournas (7 pts) to be vital as well.

Margaret Sullivan

Veteran seniors Tracey Stafford and Liza Diffley will be relied on heavily on the blue line. Sophomore Lexi Secreto is a returning goalie who looks to win the #1 job in pre-season camp.

CUSHING (6-19-2)

The Penguins improved in a big way last winter and look to continue that upward trend in 18-19. Coach Val Bono reports her team has serious goals to meet as a team and as individuals this winter.

Livia Hagopian

Senior Margaret Sullivan (19 pts), a St. Anselm recruit, is back to lead things offensively along with fellow senior Dominque Biron (20 pts). Senior Mia Sacco is another key returner up front. Senior Livia Hagopian hopes to have a big role. Two players to keep an eye on are freshmen Mia Langlois and Lily Brazis, both of whom have already committed to Northeastern. Sophomore Shea Verrier will contribute right away. Post-grad Alisa Canney will chip in.

Senior Sara Abrahamson is a solid veteran presence on the blue line for the Penguins. Sophomore Sajel Desai should see big minutes as well. Look for freshman Shea Frost to have an impact. A starting goalie will emerge from pre-season workouts.

DEERFIELD (10-10-5)

Another club with a new head coach in Brooke Fernandez, the Big Green will look for solid play from what should be a strong blue line group, and leadership from the nine seniors on the roster.

Up front, Deerfield returns its top scorer in senior Mary Edmonds, a Holy Cross commit, as well as junior Christina Halloran. A pair of newcomers ready to dot the scoresheet are junior Kailen Coeho and sophomore Lisa Ito-Bagshaw.

Anchoring the blue line will be senior Dierdre Mullowney, a four-year varsity player who has committed to Boston College. Fellow seniors Erin DeMarco and Ali Fujiyoshi will be huge on defense as well.

Karly Aguirre
Dexter Southfield

The Big Green also welcome back a pair of goaltenders in senior Jordan Manning, a Sacred Heart commit, and junior Olivia Mikesell.


The newest addition to the Division 1 ranks, Dexter Southfield is excited for the season and looks to be highly competitive right away in the new division.

Cailin Flynn
Dexter Southfield

Offense should come from veteran seniors Karly Aguirre and Amy Le. Two freshmen to watch at forward are Maddie Doyle and Kara Goulding.

Sophomore Kylie McCarthy is expected to have a big role on defense for coach Maggie Taverna. New freshman Cailin Flynn should have an immediate impact; she recently committed to Boston College.

Dexter Southfield will need to find a replacement in goal for the graduated Kelly Lavelle.

Maddie Rego

HOTCHKISS (4-11-6)

It’s from one Cooper to another at Hotchkiss, as former Millbrook and Proctor head coach Corey Cooper takes over the head coaching position for the Bearcats, replacing her dad, longtime Hotchkiss coach John Cooper, who will remain as an assistant. She is looking for a relentless offensive attack, team cohesion and selfless play.

Jillian Mazzocca

Three seniors instrumental in the offensive zone will by Hyla Mosher, Abby Hillebrecht and Jillian Mazzocca. New senior Giana Bruno will help out as well.

Senior Maddie Rego, senior Caitlin Reilly and senior Zoe Wilson will have key roles on the Hotchkiss blue line.

The Bearcats also have big shoes to fill in goal, looking to replace the graduated Lindsay Reed, now at Harvard. Sophomore Maggie Hatch, a returning varsity player, will fight for the top job.

KENT (18-2-0)

The Lions have come oh-so-close to winning a New England D1 crown the last few years. Will this be the year? Having their top three scorers back will be a huge plus.

That trio, all seniors, consists of Julia Nearis (a recent commit to Boston University), Millie Sirum and Cec Ehrhard. Senior Kiersten Goode and juniors Ally Thanassi and Siena Smith return as well to form a formidable returning nucleus for coach Shawn Rousseau. Seven new forwards – sophomores Lilli Welcke and Luisa Welcke (both from Germany), sophomore Mallory Mauracher, sophomore Mina Exnerova and freshmen Megan Woodworth, Taylor Jeffrey and Lillie Edwards – all look to have an impact.

Kent, which focuses on playing solid team defense, returns six varsity blue liners in seniors Sofie Zander, Meara Burns, Haley Uliasz and Julia DiNapoli and sophomores Ella Crawford and Hannah Kent.

Handling the goaltending duties will be returning sophomore Catie Boudiette and new sophomore Juliette Roy.


A good group returns at Loomis Chaffee, which is exactly the thing opponents are dreading to hear. So, expect the Pelicans to be their usual tough self, challenging for Division I supremacy. Coach Liz Leyden says playing roles and contributions from the entire lineup will be key.

Firepower up front will come from the likes of senior Jess Schryver (114 career points), coming off a 41-point junior year, and junior Jenna Donohue, who put up 35 points of her own. Senior Georgia Kraus (11 pts) and junior Anna Hurd (28 pts) will be vital cogs in the lineup.

Maddie Crowley-Cahill
New Hampton

Senior Avery Flynn will be a backbone on defense. The Pelicans will feature a pair of sophomore goaltenders this winter in Elinor Keehn and Grace Caligiuri, as veteran Taylor Stadeli has graduated.

Olivia Sollows
New Hampton

NEW HAMPTON (22-9-1)

The 2017 New England D1 champs were on the outside looking in come playoff time last winter, a testament to the parity of Girls D1 prep hockey. Looking for a return to the post-season the Huskies should be deep up front, and need to play strong defense and get sound goaltending play.

A good group returns at forward for coach Craig Churchill in seniors McKenzie Haberl (42 pts – UNH commit), Lily Humphrey (34 pts – Vermont commit) and Kelly Matthews (25 pts), and junior Anna Shelden (38 pts – Brown commit). New junior Taze Thompson, a Harvard commit, will step right in, as will junior Halle Hansen, sophomore Emma Robertson, post-grad Grace Bellefeuille and freshmen Sydney Gurlea.

On the blue line, senior veteran Lauren DeBlois (38 pts) gets involved offensively as well. She is a Providence commit. Junior Maddie Crowley-Cahill (13 pts) will be a key rearguard. along with sophomore Courtney Colarullo. New junior Elsa Cassidy and freshman Joanne Tattersall look to contribute right away.

The Huskies return two senior goalies in MJ Peters (1.56 gaa) and Olivia Sollows (2.36 gaa). Adding to the netminding mix is freshman Sophia Hausberger.

Ally Watrous

Emma Chaffee


Jessica Tabb Wood takes over the program at Northfield and says her team has to focus on the small things and give a good, solid effort from start to finish to have success.

Senior Ally Watrous, a Quinnipiac commit, headlines an offensive attack that also includes returners Ally Nolan, Sage Valente and Celia Begonia, all juniors, and sophomores Suzanna Toledo-Cornman and Susanna Langan.

Five varsity defensemen return, which is a plus. Sophomores Emma Chaffee and Sarah Hart got some good time last year as freshmen and are joined by seniors Cora Barrett and Jilly Crane-Mauzy and junior Bente Bechtold. New freshman Lauren Carpenter will add to the mix.

In goal, the job will be down by sophomore Ruby Powers, a returner, and freshman Breese Burlingame.

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Bridget Santos
Phillips Andover


The Big Blue graduated seven outstanding seniors who will be missed, but do return 16 players who got varsity experience last season. Throw in some talented newcomers and the potential is there for another solid year.

Emily Batchelor
Phillips Andover

There is some quality depth at forward, as seniors Emily Batchelor (Williams commit), Kelly McCarthy (Williams commit) and Meghan Ward, juniors Lily Feeney, Maddy Silveira, Carly Kreytak and Kylie Quinlan, and sophomores Anna Bargman and Molly MacQueen are back. Post-grad Abby Volo, a Boston College commit who captained Nobles to a D1 crown last year, will have an immediate impact. New sophomore Amelia Meyer and freshmen Indi Wagner and Gwyn Lapp hope to crack the lineup.

Coach Martha Fenton will have an experienced blue line with the likes of seniors Erin Kelley, Brooke Keough and Anna Maniaci, and juniors Olivia Nolan, Linda Bibeau and Bridget Santos all back for another season. Freshman Lizzie Gilmartin adds depth.

In goal, junior Sophia Merageas and freshman Presley Kmeta-Suarez will form the netminding duo.

Lydia Anderson
Phillips Exeter


Sally Komarek takes over as the new bench boss for the Big Red. She is looking forward to her first season as head coach.

Offensively, Komarek will look to senior captains Lydia Anderson and Chiara Christie to be big producers. Newcomers Taylor Nelson and and Alison Lennie should step right in.

Senior Kathryn Kester, a Bowdoin commit, will lead Exeter’s defensive unit. Newcomer Molly Longfield is ready to contribute.

Senior Michaela O’Brien looks for a big season between the pipes. Amelia Scott will be in the mix as well.

Emma McLean

POMFRET (0-21-1)

The Griffins have brought in a good-sized group which will mesh with the returning nucleus and make them more competitive this winter.

Rielly Jessie-Gerelli

Seniors Gillian Horst, Madeline Metcalf and Anna Sosik and junior Emma Aldenberg are key holdovers returning for coach Sam Slotnick. New junior Melissa Montesi and freshmen Sarah Rumley and Emma McLean will infuse some additional talent up front.

On the blue line, junior Grace Arsenault and sophomore Hannah Twombly will be counted on. Look for new sophomore Shoshana Lebo and freshman Marikate Marshall to have roles.

Junior Rieley Jessie-Gerelli returns in goal and that experience will be a plus. New freshman Cate Gallagher will press for time.

ST. PAUL’S (17-5-3)

With a rugged schedule right out of the chute, the Pelicans will need to come together as a cohesive group right away. They join the Lakes Region this winter, and also plan on unveiling some new uniforms.

Senior co-captain Brett Stoddard will be a big leader up front, along with seniors Bridget Babcock and Josie Varney,  for coach Heather Farrell.  Juniors Gaby Roy, a Boston College commit, Natalie Tulchinsky and Tiffany Hill (Dartmouth) look to build on their big sophomore seasons.

Senior Phoebe Day and senior Paige Galle should have big roles on defense. Junior Maddie Beck is coming off a strong sophomore season in goal for the Pelicans.

Shannon Bucci

As usual, expect St. Paul’s to work in a host of newcomers to key varsity roles.

TAFT (17-6-0)

The Rhinos made a celebrated return to the post-season last year and will look to build on that momentum and continue to be one of the top D1 teams in New England.

Claudia Vira

A lot will be expected up front from senior sisters Morgan Trimper and Ally Trimper, both headed for the University of Maine. Junior Kristina Cornelio should pick up where she left off offensively, Senior captain Shannon Bucci will be key component as well.

Senior Claudia Vira (Middlebury commit), an Honorable Mention All-NEPSAC selection last winter,  and junior Olivia King will be book-ends on defense for coach Gretchen Silverman. Ready to challenge right away are new sophomores Kamilla Dompier and Emma Bishop.

A starting goalie will be the result of a competitive preseason camp.

Taylor Adams


Former assistant Jessica Keeley Keough ascends to the head coaching position, taking over for long-time mentor David Pope. Keough looks to build on the program’s strong tradition of success.

Senior co-captain Jill Parsons, a four-year varsity player, and juniors Megan Rittenhouse and Taylor Adams form a solid returning trio for the Martlets. Look for newcomer Hailey Tullo to bring a lot to the offense.

Senior co-captain Hannah Carbone, also a four-year players, will anchor the Westminster defense.  Junior Abby Munger and sophomore Betsy Winslow (who can also skate up front) are back as well. Post-grad Nina Ausperger comes to Westy all the way from Austria, where she captained the U18 National team. Newcomer Samantha DeLeo should have a big role.

Cora Webber

WILLISTON (14-7-4)

Catching fire in the post-season, the Wildcats reached the New England D1 title game last winter. In order to compete for that again, creating offense and playing strong defense will be keys.

Coach Christa Talbot Syfu has a good nucleus to work with offensively in seniors Kate Holmes (Northeastern recruit), Caroline DiFiore (Boston College recruit) and Maura Holden. Additionally, senior Bryn Saarela moves up after playing defense last winter. Juniors Christina Vote and Kate McDermott will have bigger roles.

Defensively, senior Claudia Capone, junior Maddy Cardaci and sophomores Cora Webber and Sophia Jones have the makings of a solid group.

Senior Tayah Sommer is a returning goaltender. New freshman Natalie Stott will compete. Another newcomer to the program is eighth grader Chloe Lewis.

Julia Holmes

Keri Clougherty

Isabelle Frenette

Alex Johnson


WINCHENDON (15-13-0)

The Wapiti had a nice season last winter, returning a good number of players from that team, and have also restocked with some talented players. Things look pretty good for the upcoming year.

A strong nucleus of experience up front includes seniors Katie Puumala, Kiley Robles and Julia Kibrick, juniors Zuzana Cerna and Alexandra Johnson, and sophomore Kiley Mastel. That group will be aided with the arrival of sophomore Lizzie Emerson and freshmen Grace Fitzgerald, Zoe Tow and Kaylen Taddia.

A big defensive core also returns for coach Laura DiCarlo. Senior Stefanie Caban has committed to Franklin Pierce. Senior Isabelle Frenette moves back from her forward position. Junior Julia Holmes and sophomore Keri Clougherty are both rock-solid blueliners. New junior Natalie Parker and freshman Olivia Benoit add even more depth.

Sophomore Hope Walinski saw a good chunk of time in goal for Winchendon as a freshman last winter.

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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