1. Brunswick

The Dragons may not repeat with an undefeated season, but watch out by midseason. Seven seniors will miss a few early games because of school trips to Europe. Freshman Lydia Caputi and sophomore Molly Herman will share goaltending duties, and the team returns all but three players from last year’s 16-0 team. A strong bet to reach the state final again.

2. Waynflete

The Flyers lost some key seniors, but despite being young, this team is always loaded and should again contend for the Class B title. Amy Allen will lead the attack, and Morgan Woodhouse should hold down the transition game. A new goalie — freshman Katherine Torrey — will patrol the net.

3. Scarborough

A strong group of veterans returns to the Red Storm, a perennial Class A power that intends to make a deeper run in the playoffs this season. Led by Lindsay Hagerman and Ellie Morin in the midfield and offense, the Red Storm will get Jackie Morin back on defense after she sustained a knee injury in field hockey.

4. NYA

The Panthers nearly pulled off an upset against Waynflete last spring in the Class B final, so the foundation is there despite losing five key seniors, including their goalie. NYA is led by aggressive Courtney Dumont on offense and Hayley Bright on defense. Talented freshman Molly Strabley could make an immediate impact.

5. Yarmouth

The Clippers are younger than a year ago, with just five seniors, but it’s unwise to count out this team. Yarmouth is loaded with juniors, including midfielder Danielle Torres, and is anchored up front by senior attack Becca Bell. A strong playoff run is likely.

 

– Jenn Menendez