A look at a handful of prep school programs in the Mid-Atlantic region
HILL SCHOOL (11-10-7)
Coach: Ari Baum
The Blues boast players from 17 different states and provinces, and have just one opponent on their schedule (Lawrenceville) within four hours of their campus. “We are big believers in the strong and diverse culture we have,” said coach Baum. “We will continue to travel a great deal and are playing many of the top programs in New England.”
Junior Charlie Rauch (a UNH commit) headlines a group of returning forwards that also has juniors Sarah Anthony, Sasha Goldberg and Nina McKenna, and sophomores Caolin Thomason and Katie Torr. Two new forwards intigrated into the lineup are junior Ashley O’Hara (Syracuse Nationals) and sophomore Sydney Saracene (Rochester Jr. Amerks).
Penn State commit Giavanna Mancy, a junior, and Brooke Heck, also a junior, are back on defense, where junior Samantha Miller (St. Louis Blues), sophomore Madison Bent (St. Louis Blues) and freshman Avery Cohen (Team Nova Scotia) join.
Two returning varsity goalies are senior Olivia Cimorelli and sophomores Jaelynn Bucinell.
Coach: Nicole Uliasz
The Big Red will be young overall, but possess some good team speed, which they hope to use to their advantage.
The offense will flow through senior Ari Kozak, a Princeton commit. Senior Jocelyn Acosta is back and will be a key, as will seniors Madison and Meghan Montanaro. A freshman to keep an eye on is Emma Walling.
On the blue line, senior Abby Hehl, a St. Lawrence commit, and sophomore Ellie Dimatos will be cornerstones. New junior Morgan Hendler will have a role.
Senior Naomi Martinez is returning in the cage.
Coach: Taylor Holze
New head coach Holze says the biggest strength of her squad is the veteran returning group. She adds that buying into a strong defense-first identity will be a key to success.
Up front, seniors Laura Castronova and Molly Sullivan will be key pieces to the offense, a group that welcomes in freshman Abby Richardson.
Three solid blueliners are back for the Panthers in senior Christine Mavrakis, junior Blake Dubeau and junior Kindred Hare.
Portledge also has a pair of goalies returning in junior Jillian Storminger and sophomore Sarah Smyth.
RYE COUNTRY DAY
Coach: Jessica Zimmerman
Coach Zimmerman will have a young squad again, as she continues to build the program in this, her third year at the helm.
In the scoring department, production will be needed from returning seniors Payton Caggiano and Charlotte Holtby, both captains.
Senior Morgan Daily and sophomore Julia Heintz hold down the fort on the blue line, while newcomers Ainslie Whitman (sophomore) and Freya Collins (freshman) will handle the goaltending duties.