Here’s a look at some of the Girls HS teams in the state of Vermont.
The Sea Lakers are excited for the season, with a strong nucleus returning.
The forwards have potential to put up some big numbers. Junior Meghan Lehouiller (24 pts), junior Madison Chagnon (28 pts), sophomore Brynn Coughlin (18 pts), junior Olivia Maher and junior Elise Scorsome all return for another season. New freshmen Mershon Sky and Paige Moody will help out.
Junior Brooke Barrows and sophomore Kendall Muzzy are book-end rearguards. Freshman Erin Boyd joins the blue line group.
Co-coaches Molly DiMasi and Jamie Rozzi are excited with the return of senior Ally Peters in the nets.
BFA – ST. ALBANS (19-3-1)
The defending D1 state champions lost just one player to graduation, so calling them a pre-season favorite is by no means a stretch.
Coach Luke Cioffi, closing in on 300 career wins, has plenty of talent up front with the likes of seniors McKenna Remillard (30 pts), Linsey Larrow (19 pts), Peyton Dukas (25 pts) and Lizzie Hill (20 pts), and juniors Chloe Rouleau (13 pts) and Meghan Connor (24 pts).
Senior Elizabeth Dukas (14 pts) is the backbone of the defense. The Comets also have two strong goalies in junior Madeleine Hungerford and sophomore Macie Boissonneault.[one_fourth] [/one_fourth] [one_fourth] [/one_fourth] [one_fourth] [/one_fourth] [one_fourth_last] [/one_fourth_last]
A strong senior class will keep the Hornets in the mix, although they will have to fill some holes up front due to graduation.
Offensive catalysts for coach John Maddalena will be the senior duo of Olivia Miller-Johnson (37 pts) and Maddy Young (31 pts). Molly Bruyns (10 pts) is back as well, while new sophomore Sydney Martin and freshmen Ella Gibbs and Nielsa Maddalena will fight for key roles.
Senior Frankie Martin will anchor the Essex defense. Freshman Ashley Stempek will be in the mix.
In goal, new sophomore Megan Ginnett will battle for the starter’s job.
WOODSTOCK UNION (14-5-1)
The Wasps should be strong, looking for a well-balanced offensive attack and solid defensive play.
Junior Elizabeth Peck and sophomore Faye Stevens are two key holdovers up front for coach Ian Coates. New sophomore Alessandra Cimis will be an impact player either at forward or defense. Junior Kendyl Boisvert should have a key role.
Two seniors – Elizabeth Currier and Khara Brettell – will take care of things on the blue line.
RICE MEMORIAL (13-6-0)
Graduation took a heavy toll for the Green Knights, who might battle some depth problems this season.
Coach Aaron Miller will rely heavily on senior forward Lisa McNamara, who fired home 28 goals last year, and junior defenseman Kate Buckley (6 goals).
MIDDLEBURY UNION (7-12-0)
The Tigers will be very young, rostering just one senior. So, new players will need to make an immediate impact.
Up front, junior Merry Kimble and junior Taylor Moulton will be offensive catalysts for coach Matt Brush. Senior Aleta Mathers and freshman Avery Gale will chip in.
Sophomore Audrey Schnoor is a key defenseman for the Tigers, while freshman Carlisle Brush is ready to show what she can do.
Only seven players return for the Crimson Tide, who lost eight seniors and 75% of their scoring. The door is wide open for new players to seize open opportunities. Spaulding has also moved down to Division 2 for this year.
Junior Morgan Mast (6 goals), last year’s second leading goal scorer, will be vital to the offensive attack, as will senior Riley McFaun (1o pts). Two new freshmen to keep an eye on are Emily Morris and Elia Pitonyak.
On defense, senior Amanda Gerrish will log a ton of minutes. In the nets, senior Amber McGinley is the school’s all-time saves leader and was a second team D1 All Star selection a year ago.