Girls Prep Hockey: Housatonic/Founders League Team Previews

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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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This league is always a dogfight and this year will not be an exception.  Loomis Chafee and Kent are the early picks, but Hotchkiss, Deerfield, Westminster, Taft and Choate expect to be in the mix.

CHOATE

Coach: Laura DiCarlo

Caroline Holm
Choate

The Wild Boars have a new coach in DiCarlo, who had been at Winchendon for the past few years. She says the program hopes to pick up where they left off in 2020, when the team was a NEPSAC Large Tournament finalist.

Norah Morris
Choate

Holdover forwards who will lead the offense include senior Morgann Skoda, junior Ava Dant and sophomores Caroline Holm and Norah Morris. A couple of freshmen looking to crack the lineup are Nani Keyes (Mid-Fairfield) and Taylor Rossiter.

Juniors Sarah Hearns and Cadence Secreto bring experience to the back line, where Choate welcomes senior Ariane O’Rourke, junior Sophia Rodham and sophomore Alison Giebler.

Returning senior Nadia Balduf and new senior Katherine Donovan (Washington Pride).

DEERFIELD

Coach: Brooke Fernandez

Annie Dinges
Deerfield

Unable to play any games last winter, the Big Green are looking forward to competing in the upcoming season. “We committed to getting better individually throughout the Covid season, and we’re excited to have the opportunity to showcase that growth in the 21-22 season,” Fernandez said.

Boston University commit Jackson Kinsler and sophomore Annie Dinges are the cornerstones of the Deerfield offensive unit. A post-grad who will help is Emma Gurnell (Westminster).

Defensively, senior Sara Ito-Bagshaw and junior CC DesLauriers have committed to Bowdoin and the University of Vermont respectfully.

Post-grad Grace Caligiuri (Loomis Chaffee), a Colby commit, will be a Deerfield goaltender.

HOTCHKISS

Coach: Corey Cooper

With some good depth throughout the lineup, the Bearcats have the potential for a pretty solid season.

A quartet of seniors will provide leadership in Lydia Bullock, Molly Donegan, Kayla Robertson and Ellie Traggio. Freshman Lila Snow (Chicago Mission) hopes to crack the lineup.

The defensive braintrust will be senior Catherine Martin, senior Jami MacDonald and sophomore Annabel Raffin. Two young defensemen new to the program are freshmen Sadie Panaro and Rowyn Pemrick.

Hotchkiss is blessed with three tested goaltenders in senior Lize Takoudes, sophomore Steph Ionescu and junior Kirsten Pariseau.

LOOMIS CHAFFEE

Coach: Liz Leyden

The Pelicans were another program unable to play games last winter. So, be sure that the club is chomping at the bit to get this season underway.

“With last year being what it was there will be a lot of players stepping into new roles,” Leyden said. “That said we will have depth at every position so are poised to be competitive in every game.”

Loomis should have an impressive forward group. Senior returners Cally Dixon (Dartmouth), Zoe Pincelli (Middlebury) and Amanda Quan (Union) are all committed, as is junior Maggie Johnson (Princeton). Junior Hamilton Doster is back as well.

The blue line features three committed skaters as well in senior Sophia Testa (Hamilton) and juniors Molly Jordan (Boston College) and Annie Sun (Harvard). Jordan has also been named to the USA U-18 National team.

Post-grad and Princeton commit Taylor Hyland, a recent graduate of Nobles, will give the Pelicans solid goaltending, as will returning sophomore Leila Fournier.

KENT SCHOOL

Coach: Shawn Rousseau

Aylah Cioffi
Kent

The Lions may be younger than usual this season, but don’t expect them to backslide much at all. With the young talent, coach Rouseau is excited about the future of the program as well.

Ryann McDonald
Kent

A solid group returns in the forward ranks with senior captains Megan Woodworth and Taylor Jeffrey, both Nova Scotia natives, senior Lillie Edwards, junior Aylah Cioffi and sophomores Megan Duplantie and Mia Montanari. Adding to the mix are newcomers Elise Payne, Averi Weninger, Ryann McDonald, Elie Srpoule and Caitlin Pierce.

Junior LuLu Landsman and sophomore Sophie Rousseau will be sound defenders. Adding to the blue line depth are newcomers Chayce Hyndman, Elizabeth Bonner and Maisie Koo.

Kent boasts a pair of sophomore goalies in Lauren Ferrari and Melissa Song.

Angela Megdanis
Taft

TAFT SCHOOL

Coach: Gretchen Silverman

A strong junior class and excellent goaltending will be vital to any success the Rhinos have this winter. Coach Silverman is also enthused about the group of new players to the program.

Ashley Wright
Taft

A leader up front is junior Angelica Megdanis, a recent Harvard University commit. Senior Callia Ferraris and junior Chloe Agopian are two more key returners. New sophomore Kyla O’Byrne and freshman Emily Smith hope to have an immediate impact.

On defense, junior Ashley Wright has committed to Franklin Pierce. Sophomore Maisy Ricciardelli will have big responsibilies. Look for new junior Finley Davignon and freshmen Rachel Turer and Sam Richard to have roles as well.

Taft welcomes back two goaltenders in senior Jenna Guglielmi and sophomore Truus vs Wees.

WESTMINSTER

Coach: Jessica Keough

Having not played last season, the team’s upperclassmen will need to re-establish team culture and dynamics that have been a hallmark of past Martets squads.

Up front, senior Cammi Ahern is an Endicott College commit and is joined by junior regulars Hailey Tullo, Amelia Molin and Liv Fernandez. Keep an eye on freshman Adrienne Hall (Jr. Wolfpack).

Hailey Tullo
Westminster

Expected to log some serious minutes in the defensive zone are senior Callista Adorno, senior Caroline Pratt and sophomore Alex Whalen. New sophomore Sydney Courtmanche (Jr. Wolfpack) will fit right in on the blue line.

In the nets, senior returner Kayla Ireland is ready for a big season.

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