BERWICK ACADEMY (9-15-1)
The Bulldogs will be on the younger side this winter, so the underclassmen will need to contribute in a big way.
Sophomore Emily Hester is a key returner up front for coach Kelly Souza. A group of new forwards ready to step right in are junior Emmerson Marengi, sophomore Maggie Fitzgerald, freshmen Frankie Cormier-MacFarlane and Tatum Sloper, and eighth-grader Ava Souza.
Senior leadership on the blue line will come from Ella Martin and Taylor Barbour. Freshman Blake Metalf also returns on defense and will be a key player.
In the net, sophomore Regan Schank is ready for an increased role. New freshman Chloe Scott will battle for time.
NEWTON COUNTRY DAY (10-8-0)
The Falcons had their best season in 12 years last winter, but will face a more difficult schedule this year. With a lot of returners, there is still optimism.
Key forwards for coach Gus Means to utilize are senior Caitlyn McCarthy, senior Emma Walsh, senior Emma McCann, senior Mackenzie Capplis and senior Courtney White.
An anchor on defense will be senior Caroline Toland. NCDS also has two netminders back in junior Flora Colbert and sophomore Caroline Mackey.
Pingree Has New Coach In Sughrue
New head coach Carey Sughrue says her team is in growth mode and hungry, and has a good mixture of new talent to give the club some more depth.
Senior tri-captains Ashley Smail and Sadie Canelli will be tasked to lead the Highlanders offense with junior Aby Amigo, senior Lucia LaFauci and sophomore Sarah DiCenso. The lineup will be bolstered by new sophomore Neely Payne and freshmen Harley White, Eliza Payne and Julia Ghergurovoch.
Tri-captain Georgia Rossetti, senior Avery Fredo and junior JuJu Giordano are back on defense.
With Maddie Santosousso having graduated, there is an opening in the Pingree net. New freshman Pipe Davekos is primed to accept the role.
PORTSMOUTH ABBEY (19-5-3)
Coming off their strongest season in a while, which saw them qualify for the Small School post-season tournament, the Ravens are itching for better things this winter. Returning their six starting defensemen and a starting goalie will be a big help.
Up front, senior Zoe Rosenberg (Middlebury commit) will be a leader for coach Kurt Carter. Senior Abigail Lawler, juniors Jillian Muglia and Sienna Chin-Gerding, and sophomore Megan O’Connor are all back as well. Post-grad Caroline Kelleher (Canterbury) will add solid experience, while sophomore Clara Corbin (CP Dynamo) and freshmen Brooklyn Murphy and Brooke Marston (RI Sting) hope to challenge for time.
A veteran defense consists of seniors Laney Harrold, Sophia Capone (Utica commit), Lucy Verderber and Dakota Ormiston (Hood College commit). Freshmen Anna Hutton and Avery Wilkinson add some depth to the blue line.
In the nets, sophomore Jayden Elias saw the bulk of the minutes last winter for the Abbey. Senior Helena Cerutti is back as well.