Girls Prep Hockey – Pre-Season Top 15: Can Williston Make It 3 Straight NE Titles?

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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Girls Prep Pre-Season Top 15

RankTeam*PRWLT
1Williston2701
2Phillips Andover2431
3Nobles2363
4Dexter Southfield1753
5Loomis Chaffee1474
6Kent1940
7St. Paul’s1982
8Tabor1942
9Cushing17123
10Groton1844
11New Hampton2292
12Taft14103
13Millbrook20100
14Westminster12113
15Thayer12113

The 2023-2024 Girls Prep Hockey season gets underway with a handful of games Wednesday and, similar, the last few years, there will be plenty of talented teams.

Going with the axiom that you are the champs until someone beats you, HNIB News will go with Williston Northampton (27-0-1) as our # team in the Pre-Season Top 15. The Wildcats are two-time defending Elite 8 champions, and have lost just one game over the past two seasons. Coach Krista Talbot-Syfu will have her usual blend of a solid core and talented new younger players.

#2 Phillips Andover (24-3-1) lost to Williston in the Elite 8 title game a year ago, and in the semifinal round in 2022, and despite being very young, will be in the hunt. The Big Blue boast three USA Hockey U-18 National team members in forward Caroline Averill and defensemen Molly Boyle and Maggie Averill.

#3 Nobles (23-6-3) would like nothing better to give veteran coach Tom Resor another New England championship in his last year behind the bench. A key for the ‘Dawgs will be turning things up on offense.

Looking to build on a banner 22-23 season that culminated in an Elite 8 berth, #4 Dexter Southfield (17-5-3) is primed for bigger things this winter. It will be interesting to see if they can repeat the success.

Founders League members Looomis Chaffee (14-7-4) and Kent (19-4-0) come in at #5 and #6 respectively. Both were Elite 8 tournament participants last season.

Lakes Region power #7 St. Paul’s (19-8-2) had a strong finish to last season, unbeaten in its last 12 games en route to a Large School championship.

#8 Tabor (19-4-2) has a strong returning group on defense. If they can score on a consistent basis the Seawolves will be a tough out.

Depth will be a strength for #9 Cushing (17-12-3) and the Penguins fully expect to challenge for post-season honors.

Keep an eye on #10 Groton (18-4-4). The Zebras have made tremendous strides the past few seasons and appear ready to take the next step.

Rounding out our Top 15 Pre-Season rankings ar #11 New Hampton (22-9-2), #12 Taft (14-10-3), #13 Millbrook (20-10-0), #14 Westminster (12-11-3) and #15 Thayer (12-11-3).

** Check back on www.hnibnews.com for team previews in the next few days.

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