Girls Prep Hockey – Preview Of Western Independents: Good Group Back At Frederick Gunn, Berkshire; New Coaches At Greenwich, Hoosac

Gary Demopoulos
Gary Demopoulos
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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BERKSHIRE (9-17-0)

Gracyn Kurrie Berkshire

With a host of returners in the lineup, the Bears are optimistic that they will be a tough out this winter.

Brooke Eselunas Berkshire

Coach Lisa Marshall welcomes back the team’s top two scorers in senior Emma McGowan (Yale commit) and Brooke Eselunas (Colby commit). Other key seniors are Mia Lovering (Hobart William Smith) and Abby Esulunas (Elmira). New sophomore Victoria Tesoro and freshman Peyton Laperle (VT Dynamo) will contribute.

Emma McGowan Berkshire

An experienced rearguard contingent has seniors Gracyn Kurrie (Endicott) and Addie Frechette, and the junior quartet of Izzy Hurkala, Emma Leahy, Adriana Echavarria and Mairead Campbell.

Junior Julie Echavarria returns in goal and will team with new freshman Katie Hurley at the position.

Consistent Hockey The Key For Saints

CANTERBURY (11-11-2)

Playing consistent hockey for all three periods will be a must for the Saints, who have a good group returning.

Seniors Gianna Pacillo and Camryn Beauvais (Anna Maria commit) and junior Maya Lileika will be vital to the attach for coach Molly Gintoli.

On defense, senior Maddie Diglio (Hobart and William Smith commit) and sophomore Amanda Ranaudo project to be cornerstones. Freshman Hannah Bishop (Mid-Fairfield) will add depth to the blue line.

Junior Noel Schaab is a returning netminder. Freshman Piper Young will be in the mix as well.


Bella Schifano Frederick Gunn

Returning all of their top scorers, four defensemen and both goalies, the Highlanders are primed to be an improved squad this winter.

Sofia Cuozzo Frederick Gunn

An experienced forward group returns seniors Bea Flynn, Bella Schifano, Jordan Hopping, Sophia Nower, Jo Wimler and Natalie May, and juniors Sky Toffolo, Sofia Cuozzo and Izzy Junkin. Bolstering that group will be sophomore Ashley Edmonds (Winchendon), sophomore Brianna Boulanger (Mid-Fairfield), junior Natalie Clark (NJ Titans) and freshman Maria Gilshannon (Mid-Fairfield).

Sophia Nower Frederick Gunn

Back with another year of experience on defense for coach Dan Allen are senior Ryleigh Gagnon and juniors Mia Merrill, Olivia Kurtz and Megan Sladish. Sophomore Sophia Dadd (CT Polar Bears) and freshman Kaidence Wright (Lovell Academy) join the crew.

Goaltending duties will again fall on senior Emma Eschweiler and junior Emily Krauss.


The Gators are under new management, with Jordan Brickner taking over as coach. She gets the task of molding this group.

Peyton Williams Greenwich Acad.

Key forwards are seniors Peyton Williams and Molly Roth, and freshman Niamh Cooney. New freshman Emma Harrison (Hartford Wolfpack) should step in.

Sophomore Chloe Cleaves will be a factor on the blue line. Julia Duval is a freshman rearguard from the CT Ice Cats.

The Ice Cats is also the program that new freshman goaltender Arya Pelletier comes from.


This team could possess the most depth the program has ever had, which will be a good first step for new head coach Allie Sugar.

Leading things offensively will be post-grad Nina Hudakova, senior Shoshana Lofstock and juniors Blayne Dussold and Geneva Letal. A group of newcomers up front include senior Lea Glosikova (Czech Republic), junior Irene Damianakis (Lac St. Louis), senior Sofia Ierardi (Holderness) and junior Princess Delano (NJ Colonials).

A key returner on the blue line is Ryanne Rathburn. Ready to show what they can do are new junior Mackenzie Santora (Jr Hurricanes), sophomore Teyla Geekie (Calgary Fire) and freshman Isabella McKenna (Jr. Flyers).

The Owls have a pair of solid goaltenders in junior Alexis Scherzer and junior Alisha O’Doherty.

MILLBROOK (20-10-0)

With only one senior graduating from a team that won 20 games a year ago, the Mustangs are really excited for the upcoming season to see what they are capable of.

Leaders up front for coach Erica Shapey-Freymann will be senior Caleigh Murphy (Franklin Pierce commit), junior Lila Pannacciulli (Sacred Heart commit), junior Piper Smith and sophomore Jillian Smith. Freshman Merritt Tessier (Mid Fairfield) looks to crack the offensive lineup.

On defense, senior Shaye Jasiel has committed to Oswego State. Senior Jayla Stever and junior Emily Morin also return.

In goal, senior Jessica Trocchio is a veteran presence. New sophomore Lilliah Tambourine will press for time.

Plenty There For Wildcats Run At A Third Straight Title

WILLISTON (27-0-1)

The Wildcats have had an amazing run, going 51-1-1 over the last two seasons, both capped with New England Elite 8 titles. Can the team go for three in a row? Be sure they will be in the mix.

Emily Hamann Williston

A senior leadership group in the forward ranks for veteran coach Christa Talbor-Syfu sees Monique Lyons (Brown commit), Emily Hamann (Williston commit) and Camille Armaganian (Northeastern field hockey commit).

Clarkson commit Caroline Aufiero headlines what should be a talented blue line group. Junior Liv Ferebee is a returning goaltender.

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