Soccer Splits Series Vs Oakwood SC

aaaaaaaaaaaIt is the middle of Winter in Lake Placid, but for Northwood’s soccer teams, Black Rock FC, it is still soccer season.  This past weekend both teams traveled to Glastonbury, Connecticut, near Connecticut’s Capital City of Hartford, to play teams from the Oakwood Soccer Club program.  Both teams left it all out on the fields, with the U17 team ending the weekend with a victory and the U19 quad falling short. Here are the quick facts about the two games.

Black Rock FC U19 V.S. Oakwood Soccer Club U19

Final Score: Black Rock FC: 3     Oakwood Soccer Club U19: 5

Black Rock FC Goal Scorers

Abdou Samb ‘2021 (1 goal)

Diego Dutil ‘2019 (1 goal)

Mateo Rodriguez ‘2020 (1 goal)


Black Rocks FC U17 V.S. Oakwood Soccer Club U17

Final Score: Black Rock FC: 2     Oakwood Soccer Club U17: 1

Black Rock FC Goal Scorers

Jalen Commissiong ‘2020 (1 goal)

Luke Smith ‘2021 (1 goal)

When both teams got back to school, some of the players were rather discouraged by the way that the weekend panned out. U19 striker Alex van Schalkwyk ‘19 said regarding the U19 game that “We lost, which is obviously frustrating, but I think that we improved in our performances from earlier weeks. But I also know that we can do better if we stay more disciplined, and show more passion as a team.”

Black Rock FC’s U17 Heach Coach Mr. Martinez saw the game as well, and when asked about the game, said that “In my opinion, the U19s had a tremendous start. The game was actually tied up at 2-2, and I think that they controlled the game pretty well up to that point.  Things just got a little bit out of hand when they scored again and went up 3-2. But overall, after the game, I still felt pretty good about the way that we played, and I don’t feel like the scoreline truly reflected how they played as a team.”

Mr. Martinez praised his U17 team’s play this weekend as well, saying that “The U17’s had a great start, and they were dominate throughout the game.  They had most of the possession through the first half, and if they could have put away their breakaway and the shot off the post, they could have scored a lot more than just 2 goals in the game.  But overall, it was just a great weekend for them.”

Although Black Rock FC’s teams might have split their games this weekend, it was overall still a great weekend of soccer for the students of Northwood School. This weekend, the boys travel to Philadelphia to play the Philadelphia Union’s U19 and U17 academy teams. These are supposed to be two tough opponents, but if this season has already taught us anything, it’s that no team is too much for Black Rock FC.

Humans of Northwood: Him Sum Wong ’20


I am Him Sum Wong, and I’m from Hong Kong. I play center midfield for Black Rock FC. My favorite thing about Northwood is the campus because it’s rather small, which makes it very convenient for me to get from place to place. Walking from the dining hall to the gym takes less than a minute Other than school and soccer, I love to relax in my room and watch either Netflix or NBA basketball.  My favorite school subject this year has been Geology because it’s very interesting to learn. I also like that I take that class with a lot of other soccer players. After living in America for half a school year now, I feel like the biggest difference between the United States and Hong Kong is that Hong Kong always feels busy, whereas America feels a lot more laid back and calmer. While this type of lifestyle certainly feels different, America is still slowly beginning to feel like home to me.

As told to Kyle Bavis ’19

Humans of Northwood: Joona Havia ’20


I am Joona Havia, and I am a soccer player from Helsinki, Finland. My favorite things about Northwood are my friends and soccer…but soccer comes first. I think the biggest difference between living in Finland and the United States is the people and the food. I can’t really describe how the people are different, but as for the food, American food is just so less healthy in general. I do love American hamburgers, though. Yummy! My favorite subject in school this year is English because I love to improve my English vocabulary. When I get older, I want to be a professional soccer player, but if that doesn’t work out, then I want to become a personal trainer. But for right now, I am a happy center back for Black Rock FC at Northwood School.

As told to Kyle Bavis ’19

Winter Weekend Features Hockey Tournament and Much More

shddhdThere is little doubt that the best part of winter at Northwood is Winter Weekend, when the school community — including students, parents and alumni — comes together to celebrate winter sports, catch up with friends, and appreciate unique experiences available in Lake Placid.

Winter Weekend is also the year’s largest sporting event at the school, featuring the 40th Annual Northwood Invitational hockey tournament, in which thirty-six teams will compete in four divisions.


Northwood and Shattuck-St. Mary’s players in the handshake line after a Northwood INvitational game in 2017 (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge).

The Junior Team will have three games this weekend in the Showcase Division, which features some of the best U20 hockey teams in North America. On Saturday, January 19th, the Junior Team will play Nichols School. On Sunday, they face St. Andrew’s College, one of Northwood Hockey’s biggest rivals, and on Monday they take on Albany Academy.


Junior team action at the 2018 Northwood Invitational Tournament (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge).

The Prep Team will play in the Invitational Division against NH Avalanche and North Broward Prep on Saturday, and against Islanders Hockey Club on Sunday.

For some Northwood athletes, this weekend will be an opportunity to be scouted by junior and college teams and rise to a higher level in their hockey career.


Aimee Headland ’19 celebrates a goal in the 2018 Northwood INvitational (Photo: Mr. Aldridge).

Girls’ Hockey will also be in action this weekend, playing in the Girls’ Invitational Division, with games against Walpole Express and OHA on Saturday, and Rice Prep, the girls’ most bitter geographical rival and league foe, on Sunday.

Complete tournament schedules and results are available on the tournament website.



Pond Hockey on Mirror Lake.


The hockey tournament isn’t the only Northwood event in town this weekend. There will also be receptions for alumni ski racers and for all alumni and parents, a cross country ski outing, and even a pond hockey tournament. A schedule of events is available here.

So no matter if you live and breath ice hockey, or just want to experience beautiful Lake Placid in her winter glory, this weekend at Northwood is the place to be.

Fun Things to do Outside During the Lake Placid Winter

With the air crisp and cool, the mountains layered with fresh powder, and the pond frozen thick enough to skate on, the winter of Lake Placid is magical. While most Lake Placid locals and Northwood students take advantage of the wonderful winter environment by skating, skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, and many others, some of us students who are new to the village may not know how to enjoy these winter activities. I am here to tell you first-timers how to have fun while staying safe here in Lake Placid. [Read more…]

Dean’s List Students Share Study Habits

classroom-2093744_960_720Athletics are big at Northwood School, so it is a big accomplishment if you are recognized for your athletic achievement.  But there is a select group of Northwood Students who have reached an even more exclusive accomplishment: they have earned a spot on the Dean’s list.  To make Dean’s List, Freshman and Sophomores must achieve a minimum GPA of a 3.7, and for Juniors and Seniors, the minimum GPA is a remarkable 4.0, each with no grade below a B+. Remarkably, despite these lofty requirements, 36 students are on the Dean’s List for the first trimester.

The Mirror spoke with a few of these special Northwood Students to find out how they achieve such high marks, and what advice they would give student aspiring to make the Dean’s List.

Alex van Schalkwyk ‘19, of South Africa, is a striker on the soccer team. He said that he usually spends about 2 hours every day studying.  “I stay motivated because I want to get into a good college, and those schools have high expectations academically. Also, I like to push myself to improve in life every day.”

Aleksei Rutkovski ‘19 is from Russia and plays hockey. “I usually spend about 4 hours at my working space, but I don’t study that entire time.  Work time for me is probably only about 2 hours a night maximum.” Aleksei balances his school work with other commitments or responsibilities. “I have a list of priorities that often switch around, making me spend more or less time on different things.  For me, successfully managing my time mainly comes down to just understanding my goals, and deciding if what I want to do at any given time is worth it in the long term or not,” said Rutkovski.

Aiden Smith ‘19, a ski racer from New Jersey, stays motivated to do so well in school in part by competing with his twin sister Chelsea, also a senior. They are constantly trying to one-up each other in their grades. He also said that, aside from this sibling rivalry, he also wants to put himself on a good track for life.

Aiden was asked, “what one piece of advice that you would give to students who are aspiring to make Dean’s List next trimester?”

“Just understand that what works for me might not work for you,” advised Aiden. “So study as much as you can, and go to teachers for any questions you have,” he added.

All of these students may have come from different parts of the world, possess different backgrounds, and see the world in different ways, but in the end, one thing applies to all of them: They are all very accomplished students who have bright futures ahead of them.

Seattle Gets New NHL Team

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International Students Experience First Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time-honored tradition in the United States. Also celebrated in Canada, Thanksgiving is not widely known outside of North America. Many international students who are new to the Northwood community, such as many of our soccer players, experienced their first ever Thanksgiving in America. And so I sat down with several Northwood students and interviewed them about how they spent their holiday. [Read more…]

Community Responds to Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

It was just another Saturday for many at Northwood this past weekend.  Some took the ACT while others slept in or got up and had breakfast. Some were in the Boston area for a big hockey tournament, and others were gearing up for another weekend of exciting Black Rock FC soccer matches. [Read more…]

NHL Power Rankings Part 2: The Top Half

And now, Part 2 of our Northwood Mirror NHL Start to Season Power Rankings! Click here for part 1. [Read more…]

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