Undefeated Girls’ Hockey Dominates VT Shamrocks Jamboree

(September 27-29, 2019) The girls hockey team traveled to Burlington, Vermont to participate in the Vermont Shamrocks Jamboree. The girls ended the weekend with a 4-0 sweep, scoring 37 goals and letting none in.

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Girls Hockey Undefeated in First Weekend

(September 20 – 22, 2019) Last weekend, Girls’ Hockey had their first set of games for the 2019-2020 season, playing one against Ontario Hockey Academy and two against the East Coast Wizards. The girls ended up sweeping the weekend, going 3-0.  [Read more…]

U19 Soccer Falls Just Short in Semis at Dallas Cup

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Soccer players pose for a photo in Dallas (Photo: Black Rock FC).

Over Spring Break, the Black Rock FC traveled to Dallas, Texas to compete in the annual Dr. Pepper Cup, which is one of the most premier youth soccer competitions held in the United States. The U17s placed second in their group, and the U19’s were edged out by Dynamo Academy in the semi-finals.

U19 Weekend Results: 3-1-1

Game 1: vs Liverpool Football College
Score: Tied 2-2

Game 2: vs RSL-AZ North
Score: Won 2-0

Game 3: vs American Academy of Soccer
Score: Won 4-0

Game 4 (Quarterfinal): vs Barca Academy
Score: Won 4-1

Game 5 (Semi-final): vs Houston Dynamo
Score: Lost in Penalty Kicks

Goalkeeper Bernardo Simoes ‘19 reflected, It was an amazing experience to play against the best teams in the country at the biggest tournament in the U.S. Compared to last year, it was an improvement in terms of results since Black Rock last year only got one point. We made it to the semi-finals this year. It was unfortunate that we didn’t make it to the finals, but we are going to use the experience to do better next year”.


U17 Weekend Results: 2-1

Game 1: vs Club Menedy
Score: Won 6-1

Game 2: vs Albion SC
Score: Won 2-0

Game 3: vs FC Dallas Youth Premier
Score: Lost 2-0

Francisco Castillo ‘19 said, “In the beginning, it was very cold. It was getting colder and colder, until you went out and then your body felt better.”

After competing in Dallas, both teams celebrated the successful week with a farewell dinner.

Northwood to Adopt Block Schedule Next School Year

Most colleges students have classes that last about an hour and meet fewer than five times per week. Next year, so will Northwood School students.

Beginning in the 2019-2020 academic school year, the class schedule will shift from every class meeting every day for forty minutes with five minutes of passing time between periods to five of seven classes meeting each day, for fifty-five minutes and with fifteen minutes of passing time between periods. The longer passing time in the new schedule will allow for shuttles to transport students between the classroom buildings on campus and Northwood on Main, which will open in the fall.



The New Block Schedule of Classes will begin next school year. Underclass students will try out the new schedule later this spring.


The academic day will start at 7:55 and end at 2:50 and will include a dedicated time at 10:40 am for “Community Meetings,” which on some days will be school meeting and other days would include advisory, class, and club meetings at 10:40. Additionally, there will be designated shuttle runs to the classes that will be taught at Northwood School on Main and two flex periods.

keep-calm-new-schedule-coming-soonThe new schedule was announced by Mr. Jamie Welsh at a recent school meeting. Welsh is part of a faculty committee that worked on the new schedule. Welsh also explained that between December and April, classes will continue to be held in the afternoon. During the winter months. athletics will still meet in the mornings and classes in the evenings.

Underclass students will have an opportunity to give the new schedule a try. The school will run a trial of the new block schedule after LEAP and before final exams. Students will have many opportunities to offer feedback and suggestions on the new schedule during the trial.

More information about the trial will be shared by Dr. Laura Finnerty Paul in the coming weeks.

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…]

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