Girls’ Lacrosse Games Postponed

Adria Tebo ’23 at a recent girls’ lacrosse practice. (Photo: Facebook/Northwood School)

The Girls’ Lacrosse team was supposed to travel to Potsdam last Wednesday and Massena on Saturday, but the games were postponed due to an outbreak of coronavirus at school. The Girls’ Lacrosse team is usually outside everyday practicing and having fun, getting prepared to play a few scrimmages. However, now with them being postponed, players and coaches don’t know when they’ll be able to practice or play games againWhile in quarantine, the girls can’t practice as a team, but are still having fun passing within their cohorts. Coach Broderick, Coach Weaver and all the girls are hopeful that we can reschedule these scrimmages to have a fun season amid this quarantine. 

Soccer Team Mixes Business and Pleasure in Arizona

After a hard-fought week of non-stop soccer in Texas at the Dallas Cup, Black Rock FC | Northwood Boys Soccer arrived in Phoenix, Arizona. The rest of Northwood School had just been released for Spring Break, so the boys of the soccer team were looking forward to the chance for some relaxation.’ Many believed this meant sleeping in, time by the pool, and no additional strenuous exercise. Head Coach Jon Moodey had other plans.  

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Day 1 consisted of an early morning wake up for a hike of Dixie Mountain in the Phoenix Sonoran Preserve. Hiking in the desert around Phoenix is only safe in the morning and evening because of the extreme mid-day temperatures (soaring to 100F, even in April). The desert landscape is stark and lifeless to the untrained eye, but wildlife and plant life flourish there. Owls, rattlesnakes, scorpions, and towering cactuses were all on display.  

The next week saw a mix of fun and work. The team trained and toured at NAIA Ottawa AZ, a 4-year-old University that focuses purely on athletics. The college coaching staff welcomed Black Rock into their weight room, locker room, and allowed the team to practice on their home turf. The U19 and U18 teams also got the chance to play 80minute friendly matches against Del Sol FC and Real Salt Lake FC. This totaled 4 games in Arizona.  

The highlight of Arizona for the team was a road trip to the Grand Canyon. The group broke up and hiked the Southern Rim. They then descended the canyon on the South Kaibab Trail passing Ooh Aah Point before eating lunch at Cedar Ridge. Views were panoramic as it was truly a day to remember.  

A final memory for many of the boys was the Fossil Creek Waterfall. Cliff jumping and swimming in the crystal-clear water proved to be a fulfilling reward for the long trek.  

Arizona was a great second leg to the month-long journey. It provided great balance during a soccer specific trip. 

Huskies Fare Well at Dallas Cup 

The Dallas Cup proved to be quite the experience for the Boys’ Soccer teams. The Cup lived up to its reputation as the best soccer tournament in North America through difficult competition, talented players, and quality games across the board. Here is a recap of the Northwood’s performance in the 2021 Dallas Cup.   

The U19 team featured the traditional Black Rock- Northwood squad, with a few guest players (Jai Bean/ South Kent ’21/ Duke ’25, Mohammed Seidu/ South Kent ’21/Marshall ’25, Ethan Prescott/ South Kent ’22, Aidan Marroquin/IHC ‘22, and Abdul Shakur/Millbrook ’21/Duke ’25) each bringing their own set of talents to the group. Guest players also posed the challenge of quick integration into the team, something the squad took on very well.   

Game 1 for the U19s was against highly-touted FC Dallas. Class soccer was played on both sides and the match was tied at halftime. Northwood struck the post twice early in the second half, but gave up a goal with only minutes to go, losing the match 0-1.   

The U19 squad at the 2021 Dallas Cup (Photo provided)

The loss to Dallas FC was painful, but it ultimately sparked the fire that would give the team a fantastic 4-1 victory over defending national champions, Solar 02 boys on goals goals by Luke Smith ’21, Alvaro Garcia Pascul ’21, Slater Loffredo ’21, and Abdul Shakur.   

The team used this momentum to defeat Texas powerhouse, Capital City 6-0 in the final group match. Unfortunately, FC Dallas would go on to win their next two games as well, winning the group by accumulation of points. Black Rock showed character and a lot should be taken from the team’s gritty performance.   

The U18 squad at the 2021 Dallas Cup.

The U18s similarly featured the same Black Rock- Northwood soccer team, with guest players, (Stefano Faillace, Andres Gordillo, Konrad Kyrsztoforski, Julian Vivas (all from IHC) and Mikey Hofstetter) joining the squad. The team started strong with a massive 3-0 win vs nationally-ranked Capital City on goals from Jeremy Tsang ‘22, Mikey Hofstetter, and Ben Guglielmetti ’22.   

The next day the team unfortunately fell 3-1 to Manitou FC of Minnesota. The lone Northwood goal came from Liam Doyle ’22.   

In the U18s final day of competition, the boys pulled out a 1-0 win against Falls Town FC from North Texas.   

This left 3 of the 4 teams in Bracket F deadlocked at 6 points. Unfortunately, the tiebreak was goal differential, and Falls Town edged the Huskies by just one goal to advance. All of the U18s will get an opportunity to return the Dallas Cup next year and have the chance to seek redemption. 

Spring Sports and Activities Bring Normalcy

(Image: Northwood Athletics)

A year ago, campus was empty, everyone was taking classes from home, and most of the country was locked down. Spring at Northwood was canceled. This school year students are again participating in spring sports and co-curriculars.

There are many options this year, including intramural sports. The list of sports includes girls’ and boys’ lacrosse, co-ed crew, rock climbing, mountain biking, white water kayaking, golf, tennis, drama, track, yoga/hot HIIT, and dance.

Spring sports at Northwood give students a chance to be active while still having fun at the same time. While we are unsure of a possibility of games, we are hopeful and excited to have fun. Coaches Mr. Tom Broderick and Mr. Tim Weaver have been working hard with the girls’ lacrosse team while having fun and playing speed lacrosse. The girls’ lacrosse team has scheduled a scrimmage against Massena, which will be a fun opportunity for the team to play and bond.

Girls’ Hockey Goes 1-1-2 in Syracuse 

The Girls’ Hockey team at the Olympic Center. File photo.

Over the weekend of March 12-14, the Northwood Girls’ Hockey team met up in Syracuse NY, to play four games. Starting off the series of games on Friday, the girls played the Valley Eagles coming out with a 3-1 win. Goals scored by Kennedy Wilson ‘22, Iliana Smith ‘22, and Ashlyn McGrath ‘21.  

The next day, the girls had backtoback games at 5:30 and 8:45 pm. Starting off the day the girls had a tough 2-1 loss, with the lone goal scored by Meg Cramer ‘21. Right back at it after that, the girls played the 8th ranked, Philadelphia Jr. FlyersAfter a hard-fought game, they tied 2-2. Goals scored by Mackenzie Hull ‘21, and Brooke Kelly ‘23. Ending the weekend, the girls had their last game against the Jr. Flyers with a 5-2 loss. Goals scored by Kennedy Wilson ‘22, and Marina Alvarez ‘21.  

The following weekend the girls travel to Buffalo, NY, for a three-game series against Nichols School.  

Junior Hockey Team to be Founding Member of New League 

Recently, after more than a year in the making, six leading men’s preparatory hockey-playing institutions announced the establishment of the Prep Hockey Conference (PHC). This league is set to begin play in the 2021-2022 season. In addition to Northwood School, teams involved are Culver Academies (Culver, IN), Mount St. Charles Academy (Woonsocket, RI), Shattuck-St. Mary’s School (Faribault, MN), South Kent School (Kent, CT), and St. Andrew’s College (Aurora, Ontario Canada).  

This league compromises institutions rich in history and tradition with a strong commitment to academic and athletic excellence. All these teams are like-minded in their goals and aspirations for the PHC, focusing on improving the overall student-athlete experience while building rivalries through healthy competition.  

Chadd Cassidy, the head coach of Northwood’s Junior Team says, “Northwood is humbled and excited to be part of the Prep Hockey Conference. It provides an opportunity for our school and players to compete at the highest level against like-minded programs. We are looking forward to a strong partnership with all our league members.”  

The PHC is committed to providing the best possible hockey experience for its players, fans, and stakeholders. Brendan Merriman ‘21 of the boys hockey team said, “It’s really exciting and a lot of guys are looking forward to the opportunity to play in a highly competitive conference with some of the best teams in the country.” The group plans to establish itself as the premiere prep hockey league in North America by setting the highest standards for competitiveness and maintaining a level of the institutional investment that demonstrates a significant commitment to its hockey programs and facilities.  

Girls’ Hockey Takes Three at Nichols

Members of the Girls’ Hockey Team celebrates a goal in the 2019-20 season. (Photo provided)

The girl’s hockey team traveled to Nichols School in Buffalo this past weekend to play a threegame series against in-state prep rival Nichols. In the first game, the girls had a 2-1 win with goals scored by Ella Fesette ‘22, and Madison Lawrence ‘23.  

For the second game of the weekend, the girls won 3-0, with goals scored by Mackenzie Hull ‘21, Meggan Cramer ‘21, and Kennedy Wilson ‘22. For the last game of the weekend, the girls ended strong with another 3-0 win, with goals scored by Fesette, Kennedy Wilson ‘22, and Ashlyn McGrath ‘21.  

The girls had a strong and competitive weekend that gave them energy to be ready to play four more games next weekend in Rochester, New York, where we will be playing Selects Academy, Syracuse Valley Eagles, and Niagra Purple Eagles. While in Rochester, we will also be having our Senior Night to honor this year’s seniors.  

Huskies Race Against Top Collegiate Skiers

Most Northwood School athletes dream of competing at the highest level of intercollegiate competition. For members of the ski team, they get to compete at that level while still at Northwood. On February 25 and 26, NYSEF hosted the NCAA Division I St. Lawrence University carnival at Whiteface, where Northwood ski team and alumni competed against the top collegiate ski racers in the east. 

The SLU Carnival was the first race of the season with racers from outside our region, and it was especially difficult because it was also Northwood’s athlete’s first chance this season to race against top racers 

Some of the East’s top ski programs, like University of Vermont, Boston College and University of New Hampshire traveled to Whiteface to race GS at the Carnival. 

Northwood senior Audrey Higgins-Lopez (right) was on the podium at the St. Lawrence University Carnival. (Image: NYSEF)

Northwood’s top athlete was Audrey Higgins-Lopez ‘21 who placed 5th. Other strong finishers were: Benni Caloro ‘21 (8th), Norah Dempsey ‘21 (13th), Jake Reynolds ‘19 (6th  & 12th) and Andrew Van Slyke ‘20 (15th). 

Soccer Teams Compete in NYC

The U19 soccer team in action last weekend. (Photo provided)

After a long drought of not playing games, the Black Rock/ Northwood boys soccer teams traveled to Manhattan this past weekend to play a series of games against NYC-area opponents. The U19 team played against Barcelona Academy (NY), Westchester Flames, and Manhattan SC. The U18 team was scheduled to play three games but only ended up playing two against World Class FC and Real Jersey. 

The U19 over their course of three games finished the weekend 1-1-1. Their first game was against Barcelona Academy (NY) and tied 1-1. The goal scorer was Alvaro Garcia Pascual ‘21. The next game was against the Westchester Flames with a final of 7-1. The goal scorers of the game were Garcia Pascual (3), Slater Loffredo ‘22, Gian Franco Rodriguez Straccia ‘21, Eduardo Guerra Alonso ‘21, and Arnezha Astwood ‘21Their last game of the weekend was against Manhattan FC and was a 1-2 loss. The single goal was scored by Titouan Desveaux ‘21 

For the U18’s, their first game that was supposed to be played was a win by forfeit. Their second game of the weekend was against World Class FC and was a 1-4 loss. The goal was scored by Liam Doyle ‘22. Their last game of the weekend was played against Real Jersey with a 0-4 loss.  

The soccer team had been working hard on the indoor turf field and in the fitness center longing for games. This was a great opportunity for the team to travel and get some games in for their Black Rock season. The boys and their coaches are looking forward scheduling more games in the coming weeks and through spring break 

Girls’ Hockey Heads Off Campus for Series of Games 

Members of the Girls’ Hockey Team celebrates a goal in the 2019-20 season. (Photo provided)

The Northwood Girls’ Hockey team left campus yesterday to play a series of games over the next few weeks in March. The last time the girls’ team has played games was in the second week of January 

Over these next few weeks, Northwood’s Girl’s Hockey Team will face some of the topranked teams in the nation, includingHoneyBaked, NAHA, Jr. Flyers, Selects Academy and many more. Between games the girls will go to their homes or stay with a teammate and take classes remotely. 

The girls began the month by dominating play against Nichols yesterday and winning 5-1. Goals scored by Marina Alvarez ’21, Ella Fesette ’22 (two), Ana Pavlaslova ’23, and Madison Lawerence ’23, who netted her first ever Northwood goal. 

The girls are currently in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where they will face off against Selects Academy (ranked #8 in the nation) on Friday morning at 11:00am, and Friday afternoon against NAHA (ranked #5 in the nation) at 6:15pm. On Saturday they face off against HoneyBaked (ranked #6 in the nation) at 2:00pm and from there depending on their record they can compete in the playoffs for some more hockey. 

The following weekend, the girls will be making their way to Syracuse the weekend to play against Valley Eagles and possibly the Jr. Flyers (ranked #12 in the nation) for a solid weekend series.  

The weekend of March 20th the Huskies will be in Rochester, NY to face off against Selects Academy in a series of games against their intrastate rival 

Finally, the girls will end their run of games in Buffalo the weekend of March 27th playing a few games against Nichols School. 

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