Girls Prep Hockey – Founders/Housatonic Team Previews: Kent, Loomis Chaffee Look Strong Again

Gary Demopoulos
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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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DEERFIELD (10-12-3)

With a strong core of returners and plenty of young, new talent in the building, the Big Green has all the ingredients for a successful campaign.

Senior Annie Dinges, a Harvard commit, will be the offensive catalyst for coach Brooke Fernandez. Sophomore Ava Giroux is a key returner as well up front.

On defense, sophomore Keira Austen will play a big role, while new junior Allison Corrieri should step right in and be a factor.

Deerfield returns a pair of seasoned netminders in senior Lauren Sobczak (Middlebury commit) and junior Campbell Krotee.

HOTCHKISS (5-13-4)

A big senior class will be relied on heavily by the Bearcats, looking to build on the foundation that was set last year.

The Hotchkiss offense will be built around returning seniors Bri Rockwood (Hamilton commit) and Annabel Raffin (Amherst commit), and juniors Caroline Bliss and Lila Snow. A new sophomore in the lineup will be Alyssa Filmer (Polar Bears).

Coach Kelsie Fralick welcomes back three experienced blue liners in senior Etta Coburn and juniors Sadie Panaro and Rowny Pemrick. New sophomore Ellie Keum (Ironbound) is ready to go as well.

Goaltending will be a strength with senior Steph Ionescu and sophomore Nikki Ferraro.

Former KUA Boss Ftorek Takes Over At Kent

Ryann McDonald Kent

KENT (19-4-0)

The Lions have a new mentor this year with the arrival of Sam Ftorek from Kimball Union. An Elite tournament semifinalist a year ago, Kent will rely on the leadership of nine seniors.

“We have high-end skill at the top of the lineup and solid goaltending,” Ftorek said. “In order to be successful we will need to rely on the younger part of our lineup to mature quickly.”

Up front, production will come from senior Mia Montanari, an RPI commitment, and Megan Duplante (Dartmouth commit). They lead a returning group of forwards that also has seniors Caitlin Pierce and Ryann McDonald, juniors Louise Roper and Eva Mayo, and sophomore Renee Bishop.

Kate McKiernan
Kent

Kent will be deep on the blue line with seniors Sophie Rousseau (Quinnipiac recruit), Darbi Maloney and Elizabeth Bonner, junior Claire Cumming and sophomore Rachel Bishop all back in the fold. Senior Lauren Ferrari, an Endicott commit, returns between the pipes.

Newcomers looking to have an impact are junior Sophie DeFalco, sophomores Kate McKiernan and Chloe Pittinaro, and freshman Ainsley Moffitt.

Pelicans Look To Build Off Strong Finish

LOOMIS CHAFFEE (14-7-4)

An 8-0-3 finish to the regular season propelled the Pelicans into th Elite 8 Tournament, where they gave eventual champ Williston a battle before falling 3-2. The Pelicans will be strong at all positions, and possess more depth and experience this winter.

Brown commit Grace Morin, a junior, headlines coach Liz Leyden’s offensive attack, a group that also features junior Chloe Obser and sophomores Annie Schwarz and Lindsay Stepnowski. A newcomer to watch is sophomore Bella Zolezzi (Team Illinois).

Leila Fournier
Loomis

The Pelicans also have a deep blue line. Seniors Emma Hannah (Middlebury) and Sarah Wagner (Hamilton), and junior Catie Collins (Princeton) all have commitments. Sophomores Megan Hosman and Carly Dann also return.

Both of last year’s goaltenders are back as well in senior Leila Fournier and sophomore Adeline Roper.

TAFT (14-10-3)

A Large School tournament finalist last winter, the Rhinos are eager to get started on the new season.

Taft has a good crew returning up front in seniors Kyla O’Byrne, Vittoria Pizzagalli, Erin Butler and Katie Johnston, juniors Kendrick LaPrade, Emily Smith and Sophie Brown, and sophomore Lindsey Pontillo.

On the blue line, look for returning senior Maisy Ricciardelli and juniors Samantha Richard and Devon Watson to have key roles.

Between the pipes, second-year coach Mackenzie Keith can rely on senior Truss Van Wees and junior Savoy McMahon.

WESTMINSTER (12-11-3)

The Martlets reached the post-season in coach Sara Ugalde’s first year in 2022-23 and will eye a playoff spot again.

Talia Ondy Westminster

The offense is built around seniors Olivia Gordon and Liv Emerson, and juniors Talia Ondy and Adrienne Hall.

A defensive nucleus features seniors Alex Whalen and Sydney Courtmanche, and sophomore Mackenzie Silliman.

With a pair of senior goaltenders having graduated, new senior Julia Matyas (Windy City Storm), a Sacred Heart commit, will be counted on between the pipes.

** Choate will also be in the Founders League again this winter. No information was available as of post time.

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