Gilligan Named Head Girls’ Hockey Coach



Trevor Gilligan ’03 (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge)

March 22, 2019 –  At a Girls’ Hockey team meeting yesterday morning, Dean of Students and Athletic Director Gino Riffle announced that Trevor Gilligan ‘03 would be the Head Girls’ Hockey coach for next season, taking over the team from Riffle who has coached Girls’ Hockey for the past two seasons. [Read more…]

Women’s Hockey Alumni Earn Conference Honors

Recently, several Northwood girls’ hockey alumni earned awards from their teams’ athletic conferences. The honorees included Hanna Rose ‘18 (Plattsburgh), Sierra Benjamin ‘18 (Plattsburgh), Keeley Rose ‘18 (Nazareth), Lauren Klein ‘17 (Colby), Nicole Mensi ‘15 (Manhattanville) and Katelinn Cummings ‘17 (Cortland).

SUNY Plattsburgh first-year student Hanna Rose recently was awarded Rookie of the Year and landed on the NEWHL all-rookie team. Rose recorded fifteen points on seven goals and eight assists. She is tied for 14th in the league for scoring, and 15th for total points in the NEWHL.

Rose’s former Northwood defensive-partner and current teammate Sierra Benjamin was also named to the all-rookie team and was one of the leaders in the NEWHL with eighteen points on sixteen assists and two goals, making her tied for fifth in assists and 11th in scoring.

First-year Nazareth College defender Keeley Rose made the UCHC all-rookie team and second team all UCHC. She ended the season with 28 points, with 12 goals and 16 assists.

Sophomore forward Lauren Klein of Colby College earned All-NESCAC honor. Klein finished the season with seven goals and six assists for thirteen points. She helped lead Colby to a 12-10-3 overall. In NESCAC play, her faceoffs played a key role in Mule success and she had ten points, on six assists and four goals.

Senior forward Nicole Mensi of Manhattanville College was named to the first team UCHC all-conference. The captain led the team in points this season ending with 31 on 17 goals and 14 assists. She also led the team with five game-winning goals.

Finally, at the NEWHL league championship game between SUNY Cortland and SUNY Plattsburgh, Katelinn Cummings a sophomore defender at SUNY Cortland, received the NEWHL Elite Academic Award for having the highest GPA (currently a 4.03) of all players in the championship game.

Girls Hockey Falls in NAPHA Championship Final

Prior to winter break, the Northwood girls hockey team traveled to Stanstead, Quebec to compete in the annual NAPHA championship tournament and fell just short of winning the title.


Ella Fessette ’21 in action earlier this season at the Olympic Center (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge).

The Huskies ended up first in their division to earn a bye at the start of the weekend. Despite losing in the championship game, the Huskies never gave up and competed hard til the end, going 2-1 on the weekend. [Read more…]

Girls’ Hockey Winless at Hill and Lawrenceville

This past weekend the Girls’ Hockey team traveled to Pennsylvania and New Jersey to play two games against the Hill School and the Lawrenceville School. Despite the finish, the girls fought hard and brought great competition. [Read more…]

Girls Hockey goes 3-1 in Syracuse


Madison Novotny ’21 in action at the Olympic center. Photo: Mr. Aldridge

Girls’ Hockey traveled to Syracuse on February 1-3 to compete in four games. One against the Buffalo Bisons, One against the Syracuse Nationals, and two against Gilmour Academy. The girls went 3-1 on the weekend.

The first game of the weekend was against the Buffalo Bisons. Right from the start, the Huskies didn’t hold back and showed that they can play with anyone. Most play went back and forth between the two teams with many scoring opportunities for both teams. In the second however, the bisons got on the board taking the lead 1-0. The game ended with the bisons winning 1-0.

The second game was against the hosts, the Syracuse Nationals, and the Huskies dominated from the drop of the puck. In the second, Aimee Headland (Forward, 2019) scored off a shot from the slot taking the lead 1-0. In the third, the nationals didn’t back down as they scored within the first couple minutes of the third tying the game at 1. However, the Huskies weren’t done as they scored three more times in that stanza. Marina Alvarez (Defense, 2021) scored one and Hadley Swedlund (Forward, 2020) added two pushing the Huskies to the win 4-1.

The third game was against NAPHA opponent Gilmour Academy. Play was going back and forth between the two teams and the Huskies had lot of opportunities on net. In the first, on the powerplay, Miranda Bookman (Forward, 2020) scored coming out of the corner with a shot on net from the slot pushing the lead to 1-0. Just a couple minutes later, Gilmour responded with a goal tying the game at 1. In the second, the Huskies came back as Madison Novotny (Defense, 2021) scored off a shot from the point top-shelf taking the lead 2-1. The game ended with the Huskies winning 2-1.

The last game of the weekend was a rematch against Gilmour at Syracuse University and the Huskies took control of the game right from the start. Three minutes into the game, Headland added her second goal of the weekend gaining the Husky lead 1-0. In the second, Kate Hagness (Forward, 2021) scored off a scrum in front of the net pushing the lead to 2-0. Gilmour wasn’t going to hold back as a couple minutes later, they responded with a goal making the score 2-1. The game ended with a Husky win 2-1, ending the weekend with a record of 3-1.

With this weekends wins, the Huskies go to 19-21-4 on the season. Next up for the Huskies is two games, one vs the Hill School and one vs the Lawrenceville School. Follow the northwood girls hockey twitter (@nwgirlshockey) for updates year round.

Girls’ Hockey Goes Undefeated Against NAHA

On January 12-13, the Northwood girls hockey team hosted NAHA for two home games The Huskies went undefeated on the weekend with a record of 1-0-1. [Read more…]

Northwood Students Have Strong Showing in Children’s Games

Northwood School student-athletes took home three medals and a lifetime of memories in the International Children’s Winter Games held in Lake Placid last week. The Games attracted young athletes from all over the globe to compete in various events including Ice Hockey, Alpine Skiing, and Freestyle Skiing. Northwood School had six students competing in the games: Iliana Smith ‘22 and Paige Melicant ‘22 for girls hockey, Lukas Klemm ‘22 and Peppi DelliQuadri ‘22 for boys hockey, and Kate Broderick ‘22 and Rowan Norfolk ‘22 for Alpine Skiing. [Read more…]

Girls Hockey Sweeps Third League Weekend with Three Wins

(December 8-9, 2018) The Girls’ Hockey team recently traveled to Troy, New York to play three games, two against Hoosac and one against Rice. The team swept the weekend with all three goalies recording a shutout. [Read more…]

Humans of Northwood: Paige Melicant ’22

Paige Melicant

Paige Melicant ’22 (Photo: Miranda Bookman ’20)

I’m a freshman on the girls’ hockey team, and I’m from West Salem, Ohio. This past summer I went to Venice, Verona, and Bolzano, Italy for hockey and got third place in the World Selects Invitational. One of my favorite things about Northwood is living alongside my best friends. My favorite teacher is Ms. Getz because she understands me both on and off the ice. One of my favorite things to do at Northwood is to go with my friends to watch the boys’ hockey teams play. The adjustment to the winter schedule has been ok. I actually don’t mind it. Having hockey done in the morning is easier than having it after school.

As told to Miranda Bookman ’20

Humans of Northwood: Lexi Hooper ’20


Lexi Hooper ’20 (Photo: Karli Lafferty ’19)

I am Lexi, and I’m from Charlotte, North Carolina. This is my third year at Northwood. I am known for eating applesauce between periods of my hockey games. Before coming to Northwood, I played on the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite, and I billeted with a teammate in Pennsylvania for the year. Even though I am the only person in my family to play ice hockey, my siblings and parents have been really supportive. One of my older sisters was born with no eyes or a nose, and my other sister is a preacher. I guess you could say my family is far from normal. After Northwood, I hope to attend college for pre-medicine and then go to medical school to become a surgeon, but my plans may change.

As told to Miranda Bookman

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