Mass. Girls D1 Top 10
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With defending D1 champ Austin Prep moving on to the prep ranks, it leaves an opening that a host of teams will look to grab as the 2022-2023 MIAA hockey season gets underway.
Catholic Central League power St. Mary’s (14-8-3) gets the nod as the #1 team in the HNIB News Mass. Girls Division 1 Top 10. The Spartans did not graduate anybody from last year’s club that went to the D1 quarterfinals and boast a trio of committed seniors in Jenna Chaplain (Assumption), Amanda Forziati (University of NE) and Kelly Lovett (Worcester State).
Another veteran team is #2 Notre Dame Academy (12-6-4). Like St. Mary’s, the Cougars return a lot of talent. A key for them will be to replace the departed Lily Pendergast in the nets.
#3 Acton Boxboro (18-5-3) may not have the biggest roster, but don’t let that fool you. The team is talent-laden, led by junior defenseman Allison Corrieri.
Keep an eye on #4 Shrewsbury (16-7-1). The Colonials reached the D1 semifinals last season and have solid returners at each position, including in goal with junior Risa Montoya.
#5 Arlington’s (22-2-1) roster will be smaller in numbers this winter, and without star scorer Maddie Krepelka, who moved on to Nobles. Still, the Spy Ponders have enough to be considered a contender.
#6 Winthrop (18-1-1) is the defending Northeastern Hockey League champion and returns the bulk of its key players. The Vikings did lose goalie Summer Tallent to graduation, so they will need solid play from that position.
Another team from the rugged MVC/Dual County Large is #7 HPNA (12-9-1). Coach Gary Kane’s club has a solid nucleus and ready for big things.
#8 Peabody/Lynnfield/North Reading (16-5-1) lost only two key players from the 21-22 campaign and has a strong group of sophomores that already have a year under their belts.
#9 Billerica/Chelmsford (11-11-0) also has a strong group back and ready to make some noise.
Closing out the pre-season Top 10 will be the Catholic Central’s Bishop Feehan (13-7-3), coming off the team’s best season a year ago that saw them reach the D1 Round of 16.