Girls Prep Hockey Top 15: Red-Hot Kent Moves Up To #3; Dexter Southfield Hosts Williston Wednesday

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 Top 15

RankTeam*PRWLT
1Williston11300
2Andover21100
3Kent81020
4Nobles31131
5Tabor5830
6Dexter Southfield9931
7Cushing61051
8Milton Academy10731
9Loomis Chaffee4651
10Westminster11731
11St. Paul’s15570
12New Hampton7840
13Groton13921
14Deerfield12641
15Phillips ExeterNR520

Two teams have definitely stepped to the forefront in this latest installment of the HNIB News Girls Prep Top 15.

Both defending New England Elite Tournament champs Williston (13-0-0) and Phillips Andover (11-0-0) are perfect on the season to date. Williston has outscored opponents by a very impressive 60-9 margin. Andover has scored 37 goals, and allowed just eight.

Circle the date February 11th: That’s when the two teams face each other at Andover.

While the rest of the pack has taken turns beating each other, #3 Kent (10-2-0) has put together a hot streak. The Lions are a perfect five for five in January, running their win streak to eight in a row. Included are January wins over Nobles and Loomis Chaffee. Kent is at Pomfret Wednesday then hosts Williston in a key showdown on Saturday.

#4 Nobles (11-3-1) has won three straight after suffering a loss to Kent and being tied up by Rivers. The ‘Dawgs have Winchendon (Wednesday) and Exeter (Saturday) this week.

It was a big weekend for #5 Tabor (8-3-0), as the Seawolves put up 18 goalis in wins over New Hampton and Hill School. Looking ahead, Tabor will see Thayer (Wednesday) and a rematch with Loomis Chaffee (Saturday).

#6 Dexter Southfield (9-3-1) is up a few spots in this latest rankings. They host top-ranked Williston on Wednesday, and Thayer on Friday.

#7 Cushing (10-5-1) had a recent 1-3-1 stretch, but defeated Thayer and St. Mark’s in its last two outings. A key game looms Wednesday with St. Paul’s. Middlesex will be the Penguins opponent on Saturday.

#8 Milton Academy (7-3-1) had a 2-0 win over #9 Loomis Chaffee (6-5-1), and loss to Dexter Southfield (3-1) and most recently a scoreless tie with #13 Groton. The Mustangs travel to Governor’s Academy Wednesday and host Austin Prep on Saturday.

Loomis Chaffee has Taft Wednesday before the Tabor game on Saturday.

Westminster (7-3-1) rounds out the top ten. The Martlets are 3-0-1 in their last four and have Millbrook (Wednesday), Portsmouth Abbey (Friday) and Hotchkiss (Saturday) this week.

Phillips Exeter (5-2-0) enters the rankings this week at #15 after back-to-back 3-2 overtime wins over Deerfield and Worcester Academy.

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