Girls Lacrosse Looking to Build

After one week of games, the girls lacrosse team is still looking for a chance to ring the victory bell and stands at 0-2-1.

GLaxSticksThey started the season on the road versus Massena, Vermont Academy, and Potsdam. The first contest in Massena saw the girls fall behind 7-1 after the first half, only to fight back and close Massena’s lead to 10-8 with three minutes left. Led by Madison Gneo ‘17, Mina Petrovich ‘18, and Sara Donatello ‘18, the girls did not quit and made this quite a competitive game.

On Wednesday, a 3 hour bus ride to Vermont Academy ended in a 10-10 tie. Kira Collins ‘17 was excellent in goal and Madison Gneo ‘17 led the girls offensively with 5 goals.

On Friday, the Huskies faced off against Potsdam. The girls started the game not ready to play. Sloppy turnovers and penalties allowed Potsdam to jump out to a 5-3 lead at the half. The second half was very even with Collins making big stops and Keeley Rose ‘18 and Kelsey Bannister ‘17 leading the defense. Northwood closed the gap to 7-6 and found themselves with power play and a chance to tie in the closing minutes. Potsdam won the ball and did a good job playing keep away and prevented the Huskies from gaining any offensive opportunities to close the game. Head Coach Gino Riffle said, “For a group where many are new to the game, the first week of the season had many positives to build upon.”

Next up for the girls is Ogdensburg at home on Monday. Good seats are still available.

Boys Lacrosse Goes 1-1 to Start Season

It is spring sports season on campus, and that means the boys lacrosse team is back in action. In the first game of the season the Huskies faced off against Plattsburgh High School and started the year off with a 9-4 victory. Senior AJ McCarron was solid between the pipes. Elias Fleishman (Attack, 2020) and Will Arquiett (Attack, 2019) both recorded hat tricks, and Nate Boak collected two goals (Attack, 2020).


Head coach Jamie Welsh said, “Our first game against Plattsburgh was a good place to start our season and build some confidence. The team played well despite never having played together and it being our first time out doors. We maintained possessions and demonstrated that we have a something to build on for the remainder of our season.” Welsh was also pleased with his players. “ Patrick Callahan and Elias Fleischmann demonstrated some strong talent and promise at the midfield position,” he said, “and they were able to effectively work with attackmen Nate Boak and Will Arquiett.”  Coach Welsh said “the defensive core was led by senior Drew Goldberg and two other seniors, Stephen Gilligan and Matthew Petizian. Matthew played his first game at long pole and recorded no penalties and made very few mistakes.” The coach was happy with the rookies. “Our young players and new players also had a good opportunity for some playing time and to learn the game of lacrosse,” said Welsh. “Wyatt Friedlander ‘19, Fallou Sylla ‘20, and Trevor Souza ‘19 all got reps cycling through attack. Sam DiBitetto saw his first minutes at the close of the game working to force a Northwood turnover in the closing seconds.”

In the second game of the season, the Huskies had a setback with a 15-0 loss to regional powerhouse Canton High. “Canton proved to be a much sterner test,” said Coach Welsh. “And we were not at full strength, due to the threat of a snow storm that forced a number of players to have to make alternate travel arrangements. The players that played demonstrated grit and a never quit attitude, despite not being able to generate many scoring opportunities and only a few good offensive possessions. With a few practices under our belt the team will return to action this week.”

Seniors Earn Privilege of Baring Legs


Senior Jesper Peltonen proving he never skips leg day.

It is springtime on campus, and with the warm weather, comes the senior privilege of being able to wear shorts. Northwood has a tradition of relaxing dress code for the seniors between spring break and graduation.

This morning, the senior class received an email from Mr Riffle that read:


Mr. Maher has approved your request to wear shorts during the class day.  This is effective immediately.  Please keep in mind:

1) No gym shorts

2) No flip-flops

3) Polo or button down shirts with a collar must be tucked in.

4) Still no hats allowed during the class day.

Senior Jesper Peltonen had this to say about the news:  “It is a privilege; I have waited for this since I got to Northwood.”

Northwood Takes New Approach to Admissions Process


Brad D’Arco, Director of Admission and Financial Aid

The Northwood admissions office has undergone a lot of change in the past year, and they received a record number of applicants for next fall. This year, to congratulate students on their acceptances the admissions office made personalized videos for each student who was accepted. Mr. Brad D’Arco, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, said, “Northwood is now on a traditional admissions deadline with a January 31st application deadline, and a March 10th decision, so most of the students who applied and were admitted, will be admitted to other boarding schools as well.”

Regarding the videos, D’Arco said admitted students “will be getting acceptance packets from three or four other schools at the same time they receive ours. We wanted to do something to distinguish ourselves. Although ninety videos is a lot, we are trying to show the students that because we are a small school and a small community we already know who the students are and what they’re interests are before they are enrolled. We are trying to highlight that as an appealing feature about Northwood to those students.”

ASD2For the videos Mr. D’Arco teamed up with Creative Director Mr. Michael Aldridge to make personalized videos for each of the accepted students. After the admissions office finished making decisions, they went back through the applications to identify specific interests, and Mr. Aldridge matched up kids with Northwood people based on their interest. For example students who are into the outdoors received greetings from outdoor program Mr. Don Mellor and hockey players received greetings from Junior Team Head Coach Chadd Cassidy. Each video included at least three teachers and a couple of students. Aldridge also used a drone to record spectacular an aerial footage of the campus, which was definitely an outstanding aspect of the project.

The feedback on the videos has been positive. Mr. Aldridge said “the admissions office received some emails and it looks like people really appreciated [the videos]. As a new student coming into a school it must be nice to have someone personally greet them and know who they are.” Aldridge went on to add that he “would think we would continue to do them, and after going through process once I can see how we can make them even better next year and maybe customize them even more.”

There were well over 200 applicants during this admission cycle, a huge increase from previous years. The acceptance rate was 39%, which makes it a more competitive applicant pool than Northwood has had in many years.

ASD1Another change was that forty-two of the ninety admitted students are 9th graders, which likely means a much larger ninth grade class. There are twenty-eight ninth graders this year, and only 9 the year before. Also remarkable is that of that group of admitted ninth graders, only one plays boys hockey.

“The reduction in boys hockey teams next year [from three teams to two],” Mr. D’Arco said, “has allowed our admission office and our coaching staff to be focused on a smaller number of players, to be more selective, and to really dial in on the students who are gonna have the greatest impact on our school and on our program,” said D’Arco. “I believe that those steps, as strong as our athletic programs our now, is gonna make them even stronger.”

Mr. D’Arco credits the increase in applicants to a couple of simple reasons. “Northwood is fortunate to have a larger admission office now,” he said. “From September through December myself, Ms. Wardlaw, and Mr. Neilson, traveled to 14 countries, and 25 states to promote Northwood School more broadly. Northwood has always had a great community, great academic programs, and strong athletics, but most people only knew about athletics,” said D’Arco. “So what we did was really shift the idea, and talk a lot about some of our new academic programs like Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Design, and the LEAP program. Doing that allowed us to receive more applications from students looking at the school for academic reasons while still remaining attractive to students for athletic reasons.”

The final step of the admissions process was two Revisit Days, coordinated by Associate Director of Admissions Ms. Carrie Wardlaw. During Revisit Days admitted students came back to campus, sat in on some classes and got an even better feel for Northwood. This was the first year Northwood has offered Revisit Days, Mrs. Wardlaw said, “because we knew our applicant pool was so talented, and all of our admitted students had other acceptances, so we wanted to give them all a chance to come back and go through a full day at Northwood. We knew that if they really get to know us then we’d have a chance to get them here in the fall.” Both Revisit Days were full, and the admissions office received positive feedback from the visiting students and their families, many of which have committed to Northwood.

16U Team Falls Just Short of Nationals


(March 10-12, 2017) The boys 16U hockey team had a solid showing at states, but fell just short of earning a berth to the USA Hockey National Championships.

In game one the Huskies faced off against the hometown Buffalo Regals. Despite powerplay goals from Will Arquiett (Forward, 2019) and Pat Callahan (Forward, 2018) Northwood suffered a tough 3-2 overtime loss, but earned 1 point from the game.

As a result of the OT loss, game two was a must-win against a scrappy Syracuse Stars team.  Northwood controlled play from the start, but had trouble beating the Stars goaltender.  The Huskies continued to battle and netted two goals securing a 2-0 victory behind a Verneri Virtanen (2019) shutout.

A game three win against the Westchester Express, whom Northwood tied earlier on in the season, was another must in order to secure a trip to nationals. The Huskies came out flying and jumped on the Express early, forcing them to take penalties, but Northwood couldn’t capitalize on their power play chances.  Northwood held a 2-1 advantage heading into the 3rd period, behind goals from Pat Callahan (Forward, 2018) and Sean Bunting (Forward, 2019).  A Westchester goal early in the third knotted the game at two, and Westchester took the lead with less than 10 minutes to go.  Northwood pushed back, but failed to score and tie up the game.

The loss meant the end of the season for the 16U team. Head Coach Trevor Gilligan said, “It was a tremendous season, with lots of mental and physical growth and development.  I couldn’t be more proud of the consistent effort each member put in throughout the year.  It is certainly a team, and season, that I will look back on and smile.”

Dress Code: Campus Reactions to Petizian’s Essay

DressCodeDress Code is always a hot topic at prep schools. Students usually argue about what is and what is not dress code, and whether one gender has it easier than another. Matthew Petizian ‘17 recently wrote an essay that shared his opinion that female students have more leniency with dress code than male students do. He claimed that while in the official dress code both boys and girls are required to wear collared shirts that are tucked in, it is only enforced for boys, and he took it upon himself to conduct an experiment to investigate this matter. The Mirror traveled around campus talking to students and faculty to see what their opinion was on current dress code and Petizian’s article. [Read more…]

Mr. Reed An Important Community Servant

On Friday January 27th Northwood’s longtime faculty member Stephen Reed was unanimously elected as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the North Country Community College. Mr. Reed has been on the board since August, and will now be taking on the lead role.


Mr. Stephen Reed, presiding over his first meeting as North Country Community College Board Chairman. (Photo: Chris Knight for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise)

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Questions for…Jesper Peltonen’17


Senior Jesper Peltonen of Finland


Who would you pick to play yourself in a movie about your life?


Matt Boomer (Photo: IMDB)


What are the last 3 web sites visited in your browser history?

Google docs, youtube, netflix


What is your favorite viral video?


What is your celebrity crush?


Selena Gomez


What is your favorite smell?

Cool Ranch Doritos


What is your most treasured possession?

My credit card


Which talent would you most like to have?



What is your favorite place at Northwood (or Lake Placid)?

My dorm room


If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?


Questions for…Kaden Pickering ’17


Kaden Pickering ’17 of Madrid, NY.

Who would you pick to play yourself in a movie about your life?


My buddies say I look like Mark Wahlberg, so I’d have to go with him. (Photo:

What are the last 3 web sites visited in your browser history?
Netflix, Google Classroom, youtube

What is your favorite viral video?


What is your celebrity crush?


Jennifer Aniston (Photo: US Weekly)


What is your favorite smell?

Coffee early in the morning at home


What is your most treasured possession?

My Hockey equipment


Which talent would you most like to have?



What is your favorite place at Northwood (or Lake Placid)?

The Olympic Center


If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

I’d want to be an eagle so I could fly

Questions for…AJ DiCesare ’17


Senior A.J. DiCesare of New Jersey


Who would you like to play you in a movie?


Bryan Cranston


What are the last 3 web sites visited in your browser history?

Google Drive, The Mirror, Gmail


What is your favorite viral video?


What is your celebrity crush?


Paula Patton


What is your favorite smell?

Auntie Anne’s


What is your most treasured possession?

My (and Christian’s) car


Which talent would you most like to have?

Musical talent


What is your favorite place at Northwood (or Lake Placid)?

The ‘32 rink


If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

A black Lamborghini

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