Ring the Bell for Northwood Generates Funds — and Enthusiasm

RTB+Blue+2x3The 2nd annual “Ring the Bell for Northwood” event is currently going on and creating a lot of excitement on the Northwood School campus. Each March, the Northwood family around the world — alumni, students, parents, friends, faculty, and staff — come together for Ring the Bell, a multi-day celebration of Northwood that concludes with a 24-hour online fundraising event.

Ring the Bell for Northwood celebrates students, parents, faculty, and alumni by giving back to the Northwood community.  At any point during the countdown you can check your social media feed and find videos — featuring students, faculty, and alumni — that show just what the Northwood family is about.


Director of Advancement Mr. Alex Niefer

Last year, the first year of the event, “Ring the Bell for Northwood” raised $134,150 in gifts to the Northwood Fund from 313 donors. These gifts contribute to all aspects of life at Northwood, including: academics, athletics, operation, and salaries. When asked about Ring the Bell’s success, Director of Advancement Mr. Alex Niefer  said, “I think it’s really because there’s so much enthusiasm, dedication and gratitude that our alumni, parents, and friends feel for Northwood that made Ring the Bell for Northwood successful. It didn’t take a lot to get people enthusiastic and giving. We just needed to remind people of their time at Northwood with the 10 days of videos.”

Niefer was elusive about this year’s target. “The goal for this year is to obviously beat last year’s,” said Niefer, “but the real goal will be revealed at midnight. Last year we set a goal of $75,000 and I can tell you that our goal is more than that this year.”

In addition to supporting the Northwood family, students who contribute may wear jeans on March 8th as well as having a shot at earning a Headmaster’s Holiday.

“It really is an opportunity to celebrate the generosity of all those who support Northwood, not only students who donate funds, but also those who donate their time and energy and do so much for this place,” said Niefer. “Hopefully, as this grows year after year, people will get more and more enthusiastic about Northwood School and remember their time here.”

For additional information or to donate visit: https://www.supportnorthwood.com


Girls Hockey Sends Seniors Out With a Win


Senior Class ‘18 : (From left to right) Olvia Skriloff, Hanna Rose, Kendall Dubin, Nicki Kendrick, Kylie Kroes, Moe Tsukimoto, Sierra Benjamin, Sara Donatello, Keeley Rose, Ashley Davis

Saturday night the girl’s hockey team hosted their final game of the season at the Olympic Center in honor of the 10 graduating seniors. On an emotional night, the Huskies were able to channel their energy and crush CP Dynamo 10-1.

The game began with all 6 “Four Year Survivors” starting in the first puck drop. In the first minute, Moe Tsukimoto (Forward, 2018) and Keeley Rose got on the board, allowing the Huskies to take a quick 2-0 lead. The pressure continued to be all Northwood throughout the first as 4 more goals were scored before the end of the period. Aimee Headland (Forward, 2019), Kendall Dubin (Forward, 2018), Hadley Swedlund (Forward, 2020) added one a piece and Tsukimoto picked up her second of the game to make the score 6-0.

In the second, play began to even out as the Huskies struggled to maintain their high intensity pace. Halfway through the second period Ashley Davis (Goalie, 2017 PG) exchanged positions with Olivia Skriloff (Goalie, 2018). In the last half of the period Miranda Bookman (Forward, 2020) got on the board pushing the lead to 7-0. In the final seconds a breakaway was allowed and CP Dynamo capitalized to cut the lead to 7-1.

The third period was more in tune with the first as the Huskies regained control and netted 3 more goals to complete the 10-1 win. Hanna Rose (Defense, 2018) added a goal, Headland added her second of the game, and Tsukimoto completed her hat trick.

With this weekend win, the Huskies move to 31-14-6 on the season. This coming weekend the girls will travel to Buffalo, NY to compete in the state tournament. If they win, the girls will extended their season into April where they will compete at nationals.

Follow Northwood Girls Hockey games on Twitter (@nwsgirlshockey) live play by play updates year round.

We would like to honor all of our seniors and thank them for their time at Northwood:

“I’m going to miss the seniors. Though all the ups and downs of the season they have always found a way to show us underclassmen how to keep our heads high. They’ve been there since the first day to help us as new students and make us all comfortable in a new environment. They have been great influences on all of us and made my first year and great one. Thank you to all the seniors and I wish you all the best of luck in all of your futures” – Marina Alvarez ‘21

#2 Nicki Kendrick – 4 Years
#7 Hanna Rose – 2 Years
#8 Sara Donatello – 4 Years
#12 Keeley Rose – 2 Years
#20 Kylie Kroes – 4 Years
#21 Kendall Dubin – 3 Years
#22 Moe Tsukimoto – 4 Years
#24 Sierra Benjamin – 4 Years
#30 Ashley Davis – 4 Years
#31 Olivia Skriloff – 3 Years

Girl’s Hockey Falls Short in NAPHA League Championship

The girls hockey team traveled to Port Hope, ON this past weekend to compete in the NAPHA league championship tournament. The Huskies were 1st seed in the MacLeod division heading into the tournament and secured that title after going undefeated in the round robin play. The girls went 3-1 on the weekend, ultimately placing 2nd in the league. [Read more…]

Girls’ Hockey Splits 1-1 With Hill School at Home


Senior Sierra Benjamin rushed the puck.

The Girls’ Hockey team hosted Hill School twice on their home sheet. Moe Tsukimoto’s (Forward, 2018) hat trick stole the first win but the Huskies struggled to string together a second game, ultimately splitting the weekend 1-1.

The first game took place Saturday night. The girls faced off against Hill School for the first time this season, in exciting comeback fashion. Hill started the game with a fast pace that took the Huskies by surprise. They controlled the puck in the Huskies’ defensive zone for the majority of the period, eventually capitalizing on the rush taking the lead 0-1. Just a few minutes later Hill struck again off a screen and tip in front of the net, extending their lead to 2-0. After a flat start, Tsukimoto was able to cut Hill’s lead in half and close the period out 1-2. Coming back on the ice for the second period the Huskies were able to even out the pace of the game. Tsukimoto collected her second of the game off of her own rebound to tie the game 2-2. The third period remained scoreless as both goaltenders held strong. As overtime began Hill took back control of the play yet the Huskies prevailed. Off a rebound from Ashley Davis (Goalie, 2017 PG) Tsukimoto collected the puck and scored blocker side on a breakaway to win the game 3-2. Davis posted the win in net.

Less than 12 hours later the puck dropped again. This time the Huskies were stronger from the start but small defensive breakdowns proved to be too much to overcome. After controlling the puck in the Huskies’ defensive zone for a few minutes Hill was able to strike first and take the lead yet again, 0-1. They held their lead into the second period until Aimee Headland (Forward, 2019) scored backdoor tying the game at 1. Just a few minutes later a defensive breakdown led to a breakaway and Hill was able to regain their lead, pushing the score to 1-2. The third period started with Hill scoring a weak goal that extended their to 1-3. The remainder of the period played out until the final minutes when Madison Novotny (Defense, 2021) scored her first Northwood goal from the point. In the final minute of play the Huskies pulled the goalie for the extra skater but the effort wasn’t enough. Hill scored an empty net goal to finish the game 2-4. Davis posted the loss in net.

With this weekend’s results, the Huskies move to 27-13-6 on the season. Next weekend, the Huskies have two games against New Jersey prep Hill School.

Follow Northwood Girls Hockey games on Twitter (@nwsgirlshockey) live play by play updates year round.

Girl’s Hockey Ties Lawrenceville School at Union

The Girls Hockey team traveled to Union College Saturday afternoon, to faced off against prep rival Lawrenceville School. The girls outshot Lawrenceville, 29-15, but ultimately the game ended in a 2-2 tie, as Northwood recorded their sixth tie of the season.


Lexi Hooper ’20 clears the front of the net in recent Girls’ Hockey action in Lake Placid. (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge)

The Huskies started the game strong and overcame the adversities of injured players and a long bus trip. The girls outplayed Lawrenceville from the start and were able to strike once in the first period. Lexi Hooper (Defense, 2020) scored blocker side to take the lead for the Huskies 1-0. Midway through the second, Lawrenceville was able to tie the game up 1-1 on a rush. Going into the third, the Huskies had the offensive lead and continued to push hard towards the Lawrenceville net. Despite maintaining control, Lawrenceville was able to capitalize on their power play and take the lead with just under 10 minutes remaining. Eight minutes later, Keeley Rose drew a penalty and the Huskies tied it up on the power play. Moe Tsukimoto (Forward, 2018) scored off a Sierra Benjamin (Defense, 2018) feed in front to knot the game at 2-2. Neither team could find the back of the net as time expired. Courtney Fairchild (Goalie, 2020) saved 13 of 15 shots in the tie.

With this weekend’s results, the Huskies move to 26-12-6 on the season. Next weekend, the Huskies have two games against New Jersey prep Hill School.

Follow Northwood Girls Hockey games on Twitter (@nwsgirlshockey) live play by play updates year round.

Girl’s Hockey Struggles in Last Regular Season League Weekend

The Girls Hockey team traveled to Stanstead in late January to compete in their last regular season league weekend before playoffs, which take place February 23rd to 25th. Despite going into the weekend with the odds in their favor, the girls struggled top to bottom collecting only one win over the four-game weekend. [Read more…]

Interim Girls’ Hockey Coach Gino Riffle Named Permanent Head Coach


Head Coach Gino Riffle behind the bench with Assistant Coach Leigh Getz.

On Wednesday, Head of School Mike Maher announced that Gino Riffle, interim Head Girls’ Hockey Coach, has been appointed permanent Head Coach. Coach Riffle had taken on the role of Head Coach of the girls hockey team after the departure of Coach Schodel late last summer. Schoedel took a coaching position at Harvard. Since then he has worked side-by-side with Assistant Coach Leigh Getz to lead the girls to their current 25-9-5 record. [Read more…]

Girl’s Hockey Splits Weekend With Nichols School

The Girl’s Hockey team traveled to Syracuse on January 20-21 to compete against league rivals Nichols School. They split the weekend, going 1-1 and collecting 2 league points.


Marina Alvarez ‘21 rushing the puck out of the defensive zone

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Girls’ Hockey Takes Second in Home Tourney [Photo Gallery]


Senior Sara Donatello on the breakout in action at the 2018 Northwood Invitational Tournament.

This Huskies hosted five girls teams in the 39th annual Northwood Invitational Tournament. The girls were undefeated with two ties against tough competition in round robin play, and faced Selects Academy U16 in the championship game.

The Huskies started the weekend by facing Appleby College from Oakville, Ontario. It was clear from the first puck drop that Northwood was competing to send a message. The girls immediately took over the play and Moe Tsukimoto (Forward, 2018) scored on a rush to take the lead 1-0. After a few minutes of back-and-forth hockey, Appleby was able to capitalize on a rush tying the game 1-1. The first half of the game was evenly played by both sides, with each team having ample scoring opportunities. By the time the second half came, Appleby had taken control of the offensive play, but the Northwood defense was able to hold off to preserve the tie. Ashley Davis (Goalie, 2017 PG) posted the tie in net. [Read more…]

Girl’s Hockey Posts 3-1 Record in NAPHA Play at UMaine

This past weekend the girls traveled to the University of Maine to face off against four league teams for the first time this season. The Huskies managed a 3-1 outcome, despite the many adversities, including not practicing since before holiday break.


Keeley Rose ‘18 skating on a rush

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