Girls Prep Hockey – ISL Team Previews: Nobles, Tabor Look For Increased Offense; Brooks, Rivers, St. Mark’s Have New Coaches

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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BB&N (14-14-0)

Senior leadership will be the foundation of success for the Knights, as depth and experience will be team strengths.

Coach Ed Bourget will count on offensive production from the likes of senior Meg Britt (Bowdoin commit) and juniors Hannah Weyerhaeuser (Yale commit) and Izzy King.

Aleksa Caron
BB&N

What should be a stout defense will center around juniors Emi Biotti (Harvard commit), Brenna O’Reilly and Lexi Mara, and senior Caily Larouco. New freshman Aislin Val Vliet will be in the mix.

BB&N features lots of experience between the pipes with senior veterans Alexsa Caron (Stonehill commit) and Annabelle Najarian.

Rowan Kennedy Brooks

BROOKS (13-9-2)

New head coach Jackie Clark inherits a club that just missed the post-season a year ago. A good nucleus returns.

Lauren DuBarry Brooks

At forward, leaders for the Bishops will be senior Bella Hacker (Hobar & William Smith commit), senior Rowan Kennedy and junior Isabella Mondolfi.

Defensively, senior Kylie Correa, junior Lauren DeBarry and sophomore Addison Peel will log big minutes.

Junior Kyleigh Matola is back in the nets.

GOVERNORS ACADEMY (8-17-1)

The Govs will be a young club this winter, and one that will possess some good team speed.

Caitlin O’Donnell Governors Acad.

A pair of juniors – Ella Tucker and Caitlyn O’Donnell – will spearhead the offense for coach Claudia Barcomb. Two new forwards to watch are freshmen Lana Hardin and Elena Gordon.

Two vital seniors on the blue line are Reese Pascucci (Sacred Heart commit) and Anna Tardif (Hobart William Smith commit).

Sophomore Liz Loung is a returning goaltender.

Potential There For A Big Groton Season

GROTON (18-4-4)

It was a banner 22-23 season for the Zebras, who reached the New England Small School championship game. This year’s squad will be much more experienced.

“We set some high bars last winter and hit those goals,” said Groton coach Tim LeRoy. “However, teams will be ready for us this year and we’re excited for the challenge. It’s going to take a lot of work and commitment to get back to where we were last March.”

Scoring should come from returners like junior Maddie Cronan, and sophomores Tina Scalese, Jaelyn Trudell and Jamie Noonan, with junior transfer Hazel Hughes (Worcester Academy) and eighth-grader Zoe Smith (Assabet) adding to the talent up front.

Senior Keira Ley, a Harvard commit, and sophomore Sydney Nelson are cornerstones on the blue line. A newcomer to keep an eye on is eighth-grader Rose Fischer (Cleveland Barons).

In goal, senior Veronika Hadamovsky returns looking for a big season. Freshman Nora Wilson is back as well.

LAWRENCE ACADEMY (13-13-3)

Veteran coach Kevin Potter feels his top six group of forwards will be the team’s strength and could dictate how the team fares this winter.

That group includes seniors Reese Pereira and Sarah Gallant, juniors Geena Cookinham, Kayla Rice and Ava Glab, and sophomore Nuala Gibbs. Incoming sophomore Georgia Costello (Winchester HS) will contribute, and the team has three new freshman forwards in Kate Tarr, Clover Logan and Callan Stewart.

Senior Maddie Rivet and sophomore Mairead Carey are key returning defensemen. New freshman Katelyn Nickerson (Framingham HS) joins the blue line crew for the Spartans.

The team welcomes two new goaltenders with the arrival of sophomore Jocelyn White and freshman Liv Doucette.

Luisa Ferrari Middlesex

MIDDLESEX (3-19-0)

The Zebras are looking forward to the the new season as a solid core returns. Playing strong defense and attacking the net will be keys.

Kat Garabedian Middlesex

Up front, seniors Katie Athanasoulas and Olivia Vlacich, juniors Finley Crosby and Ellie Calo, and sophomores Janie Martin, Lily McTeague, Ali Marsters and Cassidy Bruno all return.

Chloe Gromko Middlesex

A defensive nucleus features senior Maggie Miller, junior Isla Ferrari and sophomore Luisa Ferrari. Senior Kat Garabedian and junior Vivienne Cook are experienced goaltenders for coach Briana Mastel.

Newcomers ready to make a splash are freshman forwards Merritt Fitch, Alison Fiedler and Michelle Cai, sophomore defenseman Chloe Gromko and freshman defenseman Lucy McGaraghan.

Rebecca White
Milton Acad.

MILTON ACADEMY (14-8-2)

The immediate task for the Mustangs will be to replace eight seniors, so everyone will need to step quickly into new roles. “If we can put all the pieces together, we will be another strong campaign this year,” said Milton coach Ryan Stone.

Christina Sweeney Milton Acad.

Despite the graduation hits, there is still a strong forward group in seniors Christina Sweeney, Emily Counihan and Kylie Lick, and juniors Rebecca White, Julia Guden, Maddie Bonavita and Jessie Ward. A freshman looking to contribute is Sadie Quatrale (Pembroke HS).

Defensively, junior Susannah Ward and sophomore Mary Quatrale are back, and joined by new junior Ashley Clarkson, sophomore Ruth Chen and freshman McKenna Ruland.

The goaltending job will be handled by returning senior Laurie Deguire and junior Ava Scannell.

NOBLES (23-6-3)

Ample depth and experience will be a big plus for the ‘Dawgs, who lost a hearbreaking 1-0 overtime game to Willison in the Elite 8 semifinals last March. Ramping up scoring output will be a factor.

Maddie Krepelka Nobles

Veteran head coach Tom Resor, who has annouced this will be his final season, returns a host of forwards with seniors Meghan Loeber (Connecticut College commit) and Maddie Krepelka, juniors Molly MacCurtain (Northeastern commit), Sage Albright and Calleigh Brown, and sophomores Gretta Hulbig, Rachel Zhao, Ashley Loeber and Addy Keaveney all back.

Sophia Levering Nobles

A talented defensive unit has been a Nobles staple and this year is no exception. Seniors Olivia Maffeo (who could also see time at forward) and Jaime Griswold are both Boston College commits. Senior Sophia Lovering has committed to Yale, and senior Ainsley Gray to Middlebury. Junior Laney Mead and sophomore Maddie Jaeger are two more solid rearguards returning.

In the nets, senior Anya Zupkofska (Brown commit) will be one of the prep’s top netminders. Junior Annie Spring is back as well between the pipes.

RIVERS (9-13-2)

New head coach Keith McLean feels he has a young, gritty, hard-working team that he expects to be competitive with the top echelon on the ISL.

Junior Lindsay Morin and freshman Brooke Bartlett will have key roles up front for the Red Wings. A pair of eighth-graders hoping to have an impact are Simone Burns (Jr. Eagles) and Nora Swaim (East Coast Wizards).

Sophomore Kylie Rabazzi will be a key on defense. Freshman Kathryn Butkus (Assabet) will be an asset.

In goal, junior Serafina Applegate is a returning starter.

Michaela Birmingham
St. George’s

ST. GEORGE’S (11-11-2)

A promising group of newcomers, along with some key returners, should make the Dragons a tough out this winter.

Up front, seniors Zoe Puc (St. Anselm commit) and Parker Lial (Hamilton commit) will lead the offense for coach Kim Tiberi. New faces in the forward ranks are sophomores Cora Buzzard, Kylee Bolding and Anni Unger, and freshman Sophie Procaccini.

Senior Michaela Birmingham (WNE commit) and senior Mae Lial will have key defensive responsibilities. Freshman Maggie Buffery looks to chip in.

A sophomore, Kalyssa Bayne, and new freshman Agustina Dursi, will be in the goaltending rotation.

Matthews The New Head Coach At St. Mark’s

ST. MARK’S (4-18-3)

The Lions have a new bench boss, former Boston University associate head coach Kerstin Matthews, and a host of new faces that need to get acclimated right away.

Ella Lefebvre
St. Mark’s

Holdovers at forward who will provide guidance are senoir Riley Perkins (Endicott commit) and juniors Ella Lefebvre and Hadley Gibbons. Looking to make a splash are new junior Amne Khamis (Shattuck St. Mary’s), sophomores Kierra Finno and Maribeth FitzGerald (Worcester Academy), and freshman Katie Barrett (Sandwich HS).

Meghan Barrett
St. Mark’s

Junior Channing Brush is back on defense, where junior Meghan Barrett (Sandwich HS), sophomores Bridget FitzGerald (Worcester Academy) and Siena Letendre, and freshmen Shae Webber and Paige Mattson are all in to the program.

Junior Jackie Wright is a returning netminder for the Lions. New sophomore Ines Khamis is in the mix.

Seawolves Need To Replace Some Scoring Punch

TABOR (19-4-2)

The Seawolves return a strong group on defense, but will need to replace some firepower up front.

Ayla Abban
Tabor

With that, senior Ayla Abban (Amherst commit), senior Lizzie Greeley and senior Whitney Dacko (Merrimack field hockey commit) will be tasked with generating the necessary offense, along with new junior Grace Stirling and sophomore Charlotte Landau.

Avery Olson
Tabor

Cornerstone defensemen for coach Eric Long are senior Kaitlin Sullivan (Holy Cross commit) and junior Addie Paskowski. New sophomore Lucy Stearns looks for a role on the blue line.

Both goalies from last season have graduated, so there will be a new face between the pipes. Northfield transfer Avery Olson will be a top candidate for solid minutes.

THAYER (12-11-3)

Abby DeAnzeris Thayer

A solid returning nucleus breeds optimism for the Tigers, who played everyone tough last winter.

At forward, junior Morgan McGathy (Harvard recruit) was named to the USA Hockey U18 team and will head to the World tournament in January. She is joined up front by senior Mia Ng, and juniors Kate Sullivan, Wren Abboud and Sacred Heart commit Veronica Taylor.

Lizzy MacDonald Thayer

A veteran defense for coach Brandy Fisher-Bailey features seniors Joey Brown and Ceila Benson, and sophomore Abby DeAnzeris. Senior Lizzy MacDonald returns in goal.

Expect a host of talented young players to make the roster and have impacts.

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