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