The 8-team Lakes Region has put together a schedule that hopefully will see each team play each other twice for a 14-game season. Games are expected to start this Friday and be played only on weekends through mid-March. As things are now set up, teams will play the same opponent each weekend, home-and-home.
Tilton @ Kimball Union
Proctor @ New Hampton
Brewster Academy @ St. Paul’s
A focus for the Huskies in this abbreviated season is to improve on skills and further develop team play with the 21-22 season in mind.
Coach Craig Churchill will look for strong offensive play from sophomore Julia Pellerin, Boston College commit, returning seniors Maddy Young and Emma Robertson and junior Casey Chesner. Players new to the lineup this year that will contribute are senior Lilli Armstrong and juniors Lilli Bills and Jansen Lucas.
Plenty of experience is back on the blue line in juniors Courtney Colarullo (Maine commit) and Jo Tattersall (Brown commit), senior Callie McLaughlin, junior Ava Gosnell and sophomore Lucie Legro. New junior Brooke George, who played at Selects Academy last winter, is in the fold as well.
Junior Sophia Hausberger and sophomore Avery Callison are a pair of returning netminders for the Huskies.
The Pelicans will have plenty of new faces on a team that took the Patsy Odden Large School Championship last winter, as it cracked the 20-win plateau again, outscoring opponents to the tune of 109-52, including 50-6 in the last nine games enroute to the title.
Coach Heather Farrell, who enters the season with 179 career wins, will get solid leadership from the team’s only three seniors, forwards Lauren Legler (captain), Meghan Mallgrave (captain) and Caroline Grant.
Junior tri-captain Kristina Allard and junior Jade Arnone are veterans on the blue line.
The team will feature a host of talented newcomers as well.
A veteran club with nine seniors/post-grads on the roster, the Rams are looking to have a strong season.
Offensive catalysts project to be senior Megan Gates (20 goals last year) who has committed to Sacred Heart, and junior Victoria Medina-Visceglio. Post-grad Anna O’Neil will be heavily involved. Jaden Thackson should be a key forward as well.
Junior Diana Poland (12 pts) will be a defensive anchor of a group that also welcomes back Conley Ladabouche and Maddison Silverman, who has committed to Stevenson University.
Senior Sydney Baxter and post-grad Megan Nolan will handle the goaltending for coach Jessica Young.
The Wildcats are under new management, with Sam Ftorek taking over as head coach. He feels his club will be strong defensively, and will need to produce more offensively to win consistently.
Junior returners Abigail Flanagan and Lucie Turcotte, and sophomore Kate French are key returners up front for the Wildcats. Two freshmen to watch are Ainsley Lonczak and Julia Chedel.
Two junior cornerstones on the blue line are Gretchen Dann and Audrey Donahue. Junior Shannon Moran is a returning goaltender.
Coach Nicole Bartlett expects her team to be stronger on defense this winter. The Bulls will be a fairly young team, which has the coaching staff excited.
An offensive nucleus will be built around a returning group that features seniors Alia Piccinni and Pippa Sheffield, juniors Ahneka Noyes and Sage Amaliksen and sophomore Ella Cedrone. Two freshmen joining the ranks are Grace Adams and Marissa Lafferty.
On defense, senior Morgan Agran has committed to Plymouth State. Sophomore Phoebe Fisher is another returning, while newcomers Grace Murphy (junior) and Caitlin Slider (freshman) will be worked into the rotation.
The Bulls are solid in goal with senior Gwen Bowler, an Adrian College recruit.
The Wildcats have been training vigorously and look forward to playing some games, IF the state of Vermont relaxes current rules regarding travelling to compete over state lines. They have a solid group.
Plenty of production has returned for coach Chris Ardito in junior Riley Walsh (38 pts), sophomore Liv Brooks (23 pts), sophomore Julia Small (20 pts), junior Danielle McCarthy (16 pts), junior Meagan Spring (12 pts) and senior Anais Fortier (12 pts). Adding some nice depth are post-grad Taylor Nowak and new junior Leola Brown, sophomore Emma Laroche and freshman Georgia Loomis.
A rebuild defense will include new sophomores Megan Ognibene and Eva Hofmeister and freshman Brooklyn Pizzimenti.
Both goalies – senior Izzy Segui (14 GP) and junior Maika Paquin (15 GP) – are back as well.
With virtually its entire roster back from last season, the Hornets have the necessary ingredients to be much improved this winter.
Senior Caroline Coyne, last year’s points leader, will captain the club and lead the offensive attack along with senior Madie Waddell, juniors Natalie Daniels and Violet Sperry and sophomore Bridget Everett. Sophomore Mia McNamara, new to the program this year, will be involved as well.
A pair of seniors – Jamie Hort (Hamline commit) and Caroline Larsson – will backbone the defense. New junior Allie Cirnis will be an offensive-minded blueliner. Senior veteran Maeve Corcoran is back as well in the Proctor net.
The Bobcats look to be hard to play against and compete against the rest of the Lakes Region clubs.
Key forwards for coach Jamie Smith project to be junior Megan Ward, and sophomores Halle Mules, Zoe Tamborello, Delphine Tamborello and Shannon Murphy.
On defense, senior Erin Carter and sophomore Laney Harrold will have a top pairing for the Bobcats. In goal, look for junior Lauren Ward and new freshman Rhyan Pitari to handle the duties.