With a large number of returning players back from a club that was solid last year, the Bishops project to be a serious challenger in Division 2 circles.
Seniors Caroline Keefe (Connecticut College commit), Mia LaPlante (Hobart William Smith commit) and Lucy Verdone headline an impressive list of letterwinners at forward. Also back are juniors Claire Zaidy, Isabella Miller, Carly Stefanini, Taylor Charpentier and Quinn Healy, and sophomore Brianna O’Neill.
Coach Lori Charpentier also welcomes back a solid nucleus of four defensemen in seniors Caroline Cutter (Middlebury commit), Ashley Houlihan and Amanda Monahan, and sophomore Nancy Perkins. Goaltending will be a strongpoint with the return of senior and St. Anselm commit Caroline Kukas, last year’s D2 Player of the Year, and sophomore Sydney Correa.
Expect Brooks to have a talented class of newcomers to augment this veteran cast as well.
GOVERNOR’S ACADEMY (3-18-2)
New head coach Claudia Barcomb heads into the season with a young team, one that should improve as the year goes on.
Junior Rory McPherson is slated to be a catalyst at forward for the Govs. Newcomers ready for the challenge are sophomores Lauren Fraser and Ashley Hart, and freshman Lily Shannon and Ciara Ryan.
A rock on defense is senior Samantha Davidson. Two freshmen to watch on the blue line are Maura Fiorenza and Jillian Fisher.
New freshman Devon Galizo will compete for the starting goaltender’s job.
Adapting to new systems and having some players taking off different roles will be key for the Zebras, who are expecting immediate impacts from new players.
Seniors Lily Delaney and Nikki Pollis will be asked to lead the offensive attack for coach Randi Dumont. Expect bigger roles for returning sophomores Elena Junkala, Cassidy Thibodeau and Neve Ley. New youngsters up front are sophomores Maddy Son and Emily Pollis, freshman Maya Gite and eighth-grader Karenna Beckstein.
On defense, the senior duo of Bridget Cornell and Halle Livermore will hold down the fort.
The Zebras have a senior at the goaltending position in Sara Glawe.
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A lot of returners are in the fold for the Zebras, who can improve if they can get great team chemistry and work hard.
At forward, senior Angelina DeVellis is back with a host of juniors – Kiley Briand, Lola Davis, Ali Joseph, Isabelle Allieri and Malloy Clifford. Joining the forward ranks are sophomore Meagan Ansley and freshmen Alana Burm, Holly Levasseur and Danielle Lawton.
A core group of returning blue liners for coach Kate Hession Hoar includes senior Lily Jarrett, juniors Nicollette Roark and Riley Galizio and sophomore Maddie Murphy.
Senior Caroline Bedrosian brings experience to the goaltending position.
Second-year coach Dana Trivigno is expecting her team to play fast, and work hard, as the Red Wings look to get back to the New England championship game.
Leading the way offensively will be senior Kate Shaughnessy, committed to Williams, and senior Camille Phelan, committed to Connecticut College. Expect big things from junior Rylie Glennon.
Senior Leslie Schwartz, an Amherst college commitment, will backbone the Red Wings defense. Senior Katie Nadeau and junior Lily Branka also return.
New freshmen Eve Stone will fight for time between the pipes.
ST. GEORGE’S (12-11-1)
New head coach Ryan Mulhern inherits a team strong and experienced in all areas. If everything falls into place, the Dragons could be a serious contender in Division 2.
Talent up front includes senior Olivia Mastrangelo (26 pts), senior Liv Haley (11 pts) and senior Megan Grimes. Bolstering that group are junior Mary Leys (20 pts) and sophomores Katie Keenan (23 pts) and Maisie MacGillivray. New freshmen Caroline Fioio and Delaney Reed add depth.
The St. George’s defense will feature four seniors veterans. Peyton Mulhern (10 pts), Madi Aumann (10 pts), Katie George (12 pts) and Libby McNeil will form a solid unit.
There is depth in goal as well with returning junior Mia Gardner and new freshman Katie Desa.
The Tigers fell back below the .500 mark last winter with a young team. With much of that core back, Thayer could be a tough team to beat this winter.
For that to happen, the offense will need to click more consistently. That task will fall on senior Dylan Amonte (20 pts) and juniors Madison McCaffrey (16 pts), Rivers Morris (16 pts), Claire Weber (14 pts) and Emily Cataldo (14 pts).
Coach Brian Cibelli’s defensive unit returns some key players as well, with senior Grace Foresteire, juniors Ava Cornforth and Meghan Webb and sophomore Claire Kennedy (10 pts) all with varsity experience.
The goaltending chores fall on returning sophomore Leonie Kuehberger and new sophomore Cam McCrystal.