The Knights were definitely a going concern last winter, and look to be a pain in the neck to play against again this year. Coach Ed Bourget says his club will rely on its senior leadership, with depth being a team strength.
Seniors up front Bourget will look upon for leadership include Siyeon Lee, Jori Balsam and Hailey Douglas. They will complement returning offensive leaders like junior Maya Mangiafico (Brown commit), junior Molly Griffin (Northeastern commit) and sophomore Jenna Hallice. Among the youngsters ready to challenge at forward are freshmen Sophia Kennedy, Ashley Hallice and Sydney Bornstein.
On defense, seniors Lauren Jackson and Jameson McKenna will have key roles while sophomore Mia Biotti is back after a solid freshman campaign. Anna McGrath and Hillary Galle are two new freshmen looking to make a splash.
Senior Rei Halloran will be in the goaltending mix.
LAWRENCE ACADEMY (15-14-0)
Young up front, the Spartans will need to find a way to generate solid offense. Defense and goaltending will be strengths.
Senior and Trinity College commit Mia Fusco will lead with experience up front, a returning group that also includes junior Roisin Casey and sophomores Jess Michals, Jamie Babineau, Meagan Hayes and Ava Petrone. Sophomore Taylor Girouard and freshman Lainie Lemieux are two newcomers ready to crack the lineup.
Coach Kevin Potter’s blue line group is battle-tested, with seniors Jamie Comeau (Providence commit) and Erika Lizotte (Sacred Heart commit) anchoring a unit that also boasts junior Jenna Seibold, junior Alyssa Berardino, sophomore Morgan Vigeant and sophomore Sydney Lester.
In goal, senior Shelby Guinard is rock-solid.
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MILTON ACADEMY (12-7-1)
With strong goaltending and a good crop of returning forwards, the Mustangs will be tough if they can play consistent good team defense.
Seniors Mary Thompson (30 pts) and Sadie Lestage (16 pts, both committed to Middlebury, will be keys on offense for coach Ryan Stone, as will juniors Kate Dudley (20 pts) and Caroline Guden (14 pts), and sophomore Lily Zavolas (14 pts).
Another Middlebury commit is senior Julia Johnson on the Milton blue line. Freshman Caroline Baldwin is a newcomer ready to help out.
And in goal, senior Maggie Emerson, committed to Dartmouth, will be one of league’s top netminders.
NOBLE & GREENOUGH (26-3-3)
With an amazing 15 committed players (14 to D1 schools), the Bulldawgs, defending New England D1 champions, will be tough to beat. Still, coach Tom Resor says a top priority is to replace key graduation losses.
At forward, Nobles can throw out the likes of seniors Maddie Bayard (13 pts – Middlebury) and Courtney Hyland (33 pts – Harvard), juniors Katie Armstrong and Maeve Connolly (Penn State), sophomores Ellie Bayard (Harvard), Madison Michals (Vermont) and Katie Pyne (Boston College), and freshman Kate Ham (Boston College). New freshman Emerson O’Leary has committed to Princeton.
On defense, seniors Lily Farden (30 pts), Nick Lutschaunig and Rose O’Connor have all committed to Harvard, as have sophomore Jenna MacDonald and freshman Kaley MacDonald. Junior Cassidy Piersiak is a Brown recruit.
And in goal, sophomore Taylor Hyland moves into the starters job as veteran Kelly Pickreign has moved on to BC. Hyland has committed to Princeton as well.
ST. MARK’S (12-13-1)
With over 50 percent of last year’s offensive output having graduated, the Lions will need to have a much more balanced scoring attack, to go along with solid defensive play.
Senior veteran Julianna Gong (15 pts) will be a vital cog on offense for coach Casey Bates. Looking for her role will be new freshman Avery McInerny.
Sophomore Alicia Souliotis (12 pts) will have a big role on the blue line. New sophomore Delaney Grace and freshman Tess Barrett are defensive players to keep an eye on.
In goal, junior Lydia Rascher is a returning starter. New sophomore Erin Murray joins the fold.
The Seawolves have some huge graduation losses to deal with, but still possess a solid core of veterans capable of taking this team pretty far.
There is still talent up front, led by seniors Annie Berry (UNH commit), Olivia O’Brien (Yale commit) and Cindy Giandomenico (Colby commit). Sophomores Ashley Clark (Providence commit) and Skylar Irving (Northeastern commit). New sophomore Abby Newhook has committed to Boston College. Also in the fold is new junior Samantha Barletta.
On the blue line, junior Julia Shaunessy, a Boston University commit, will be a key force for coach Eric Long. Senior Madeline Mahoney and junior Samantha Quackenbush are back as well. New junior Natatie Nemes and sophomore Kiley Smith add quality depth.
Junior Christine Steege is a returning varsity goaltender.