Girls Prep Hockey: Eastern Independent League Preview

Gary Demopouloshttp://www.hnibnews.com
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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Berwick Academy is again an early favorite in the EIL, with a nice mix of returners and talented young players. Portsmouth Abbey is on the rise, and Pingree will be a tough competitor.

BERWICK ACADEMY

Coach: Kelly Souza

The Bulldogs will be a team to beat this season, featuring a nice nucleus of veterans, bolstered by a group of intriguing younger players.

Up front, junior Julia Cabral, a University of New Hampshire commit, will be a serious offensive threat. Junior Ashlyn Libby and sophomore Louise Roper bring experience as well. New junior Kim Hurer, a NYA transfer, and eighth-grader Parker Roenick will push for big minutes.

Juniors Reese Fendelet and Bella Mazza are defensive cornerstones. Freshman Tessa Fendelet and eighth-grader Ella Souza bring depth to the blue line ranks.

In goal, junior Bella Pomarico has lots of experience. Eighth-grader Adeline Roper is also in the fold.

PINGREE

Coach: Jim MacLaughlin

Forward depth will be a key asset this winter for the Highlanders, who hope to gain more experience on the blue line as the season progresses.

Gaby Nagahama Pingree

That depth comes from the likes of seniors Elena McCloskey, Isabel Small and Ceci Harriman, juniors Zarenna Sawyer, and sophomores Ashley Small, Lucia LaFauci and Sadie Canelli. Two young forwards to watch are freshmen Aby Amigo and Jaselle Yepez.

Senior Gaby Nagahama backbones a defense that also has sophomores Sophie Larson, Avery Fredo and Georgia Rossetti.

Junior Maddie Santosuosso is solid between the pipes.

PORTSMOUTH ABBEY

Coach: Kurt Carter

The Ravens continue to build the program and look to be a serious challenger in the EIL this winter.

Sofia Cebrero Portsmouth Abbey

Offensive production should come from juniors Danielle Longuemare, Sara DeSousa and Ashtyn Bringardner, and sophomore Zoe Rosenberg. A new freshman to the group is Yuyue Zhu.

A veteran defense features senior Jacqueline Martin, juniors Isabella Direda and Erin McNamara and sophomore Sophia Capone. New sophomores Dakota Ormiston and Abigail Lawler and freshman Jillian Muglia will vie for time.

In goal, junior Sofia Cebrero returns and gives the Ravens a solid presence in net.

NEWTON COUNTRY DAY

Coach: Gus Means

The Falcons project to have a lot of new faces in the lineup this winter after not playing at all last season.

Coach Means feels he should have a good balance of veteran leadership and new players on a team which looks to be competitive in EIL play.

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