Skate it Forward to Raise Funds for 9/11 First Responders

Skate it Forward is a hockey tournament organized by Northwood’s community service group CARE as a fundraiser for an organization dedicated to the first responders of 9/11, the Ray Pfeifer Foundation. [Read more…]

Prep Team Splits Final Weekend and Brody Gets 400th Win

The Prep Team went 1-1 against OHA for their last weekend of games including their senior game on Sunday. The weekend was intended to honor the graduating seniors but wound up being a dual celebration. Thomas “Brody” Broderick hit his 400th win as a hockey coach, with all 400 wins at Northwood. [Read more…]

Soccer Team Tries Their Luck In The Sin City


The soccer team competed in Las Vegas recently.

It was a very exciting weekend for Black Rock FC, who made a journey to Las Vegas, Nevada, to try their luck in a highly-scouted showcase with college coaches from all around the country.  The adventure for the Northwood teams started Thursday morning at 3 A.M. when a charter bus picked up both the U19 and the U17 teams and drove over two hours to Burlington International Airport in Vermont. The teams then caught a 7 A.M. flight to Las Vegas, with a connection in Chicago, arriving at Sin City at 2:50 P.M. Matches started the next day, and over the course of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the U19’s and U17’s each played a gruelling 4 games against elite competition from all over the United States. The fixtures for these games can be found below.

U19 Results

Game 1: Black Rock FC V.S. Strikers FC
Score: T 1-1
Black Rock FC Goal Scorers:
Matías Valenzuela ‘19 (1 goal)

Game 2: Black Rock FC V.S. BEACH FC ECNL
Score: W 3-2
Black Rock FC Goal Scorers:
Petro Paggi ‘19 (1 goal)
Cory Booth ‘19 (2 goals)

Game 3: Black Rock FC V.S. DTFC DESA
Score: W 2-0
Black Rock FC Goal Scorers:
Cory Booth ‘19 1 goal)
Diego Dutilh ‘19 (1 goal)

Game 4: Black Rock FC V.S. BYSC CORONA
Score: W 4-0
Black Rock FC Goal Scorers:
Diego Dutilh ‘19 (2 goals)
Abdou Samb ‘21 (1 goal)
Matías Valenzuela ‘19 (1 goal)



Game 1: Black Rock FC V.S. Laguna United FC
Score: T 0-0

Game 2: Black Rock FC V.S. ECNL 00B Pride SC
Score: L 0-4

Game 3: Black Rock FC V.S. RIVERSIDE CITY FC
Score: L 4-7
Black Rock FC Goal Scorers:
Alvaro Garcia Pascual ‘21 (1 goal)
Kenji Mboma ‘20 (2 goals)
Marc Wharfe ‘21 (1 goal)

Score: L 1-2
Black Rock FC Goal Scorers:
Luke Smith ‘21 (1 goal)


The highlight from this slew of games was the U19’s second game against BEACH FC ECNL. After about 30 minutes of play, Black Rock FC was down 2-0, but Petro Paggi ‘19’s stellar goal pulled the game to within one, and with two later goals by Cory Booth 19’, Black Rock FC was able to rally the troops and pull off the win in exciting comeback fashion. Once the final whistle blew, Booth realized that he had won his team the game. He said, “I thought to myself that it was a much harder game than it needed to be, but in the end, I was also just glad that I could bring one home for the team.”

In addition to the games, the boys had some fun off the pitch as well. They got to visit the Las Vegas Strip not just once, but twice. There was even a roller coaster on the strip that some of the players got to ride. The roller coaster was a hit especially among many of the international players, who had never seen a roller coaster dead smack in the middle of a city before. A few of them were quite confused, though, when they saw the re-creation of the Statue of Liberty right next to the coaster, wondering how and why the Las Vegas strip was borrowing one of New York City’s greatest monuments.

For the Northwood’s soccer teams, this past week was exciting indeed. But the adventures for Black Rock FC are far from over. In fact, in just one month, both teams are heading to Dallas, Texas to try their luck yet again against some of the best U20 soccer teams in the country.


Skyline of Dallas, Texas – Where Black Rock FC Will Be Heading To Next Month.


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.

Junior Team Ends Regular Season with Senior Ceremony

On March 2nd and 3rd, the Junior Team had their Senior game as well as an away game. The team is now preparing for New York State Championships and hopefully National Championships in April. While their season may not be over yet, the team held a ceremony to honor its seniors before the first game of the weekend. Both games were against CP Dynamo U18, from Clifton Park, NY.

The first game of the weekend was held at the 1932 Rink on Saturday. Both teams stayed strong letting in no goals until a little over three minutes left of the first period. Josh Waters (Forward, 2019) scored leaving Northwood ahead by one point for the remainder of the first period. The second period saw two goals from the Huskies, bringing the score to 3-0.  Daniel Colabufo (Forward, 2020) scored a little over halfway through the period, shortly followed by another goal by Finlay Ulrick (Forward, 2019). The game ended with two more goals from Tommy Bannister (Forward, 2020) and Reid Leibold (Forward, 2020) making the final score 5-0 Huskies.

After the game, Northwood honored the fifteen seniors by having the parents or coaches give their kids flowers.

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On Sunday, Northwood traveled to CP Dynamo’s home rink for another game to round out the weekend. Both teams held out for half the first period until once again, Josh Waters (Forward, 2019) scored on the powerplay. The game stayed locked at 1-0 until the third period when after only five minutes in Will Arquiett (Forward, 2019) scored even-strength bringing the game up 2-0. The game ended 3-0 Northwood thanks to the final goal from Daniel Colabufo. (Forward, 2020.)

On the weekend of March 15th, catch the Junior Team at New York State Championships at Northtown Center in Amherst, New York.

Prep Team Tops Trinity College School


John Biechler ’10 in action at the Olympic Center earlier this season (Photo: Michael Aldridge).

On Friday, March 1 the prep team traveled to Canton, New York for a single game against the Trinity College School. It was a close game, ultimately ending 6-4 in favor of the Huskies, thanks to Johann Tremblay Kau ’22 in net with 28 saves in net. John Biechler (Forward, 2019) scored two goals and had one assist with one goal being an empty netter. Brendan Merriman (Forward, 2021) had one assist as well as one goal. Alexander Ray (Forward, 2019) had two goals and two assists. Fellow senior Grey Pfefferkorn (Forward, 2019) had one goal as well as one assist. Other players who had assists were Devon Jolley (Defense, 2020), Zach Ellsworth (Defense, 2020), Owen Allard (Forward, 2022), and Ryan Panico (Forward, 2022).

This weekend, March 9th and 10th, the Prep Team has their last games of the season, both against OHA. The game on Saturday will be at 8:50 PM in the ‘32 rink and the Sunday one will be the game to honor the Seniors held at 12:15 PM in the USA Rink.

Reynolds Wins FIS Super G in Sunday River


Jake Reynolds ’19 atop the podium after winning a GS race at Sunday River Resort in Maine.

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Mackin ‘13 Nominated for Hobey Baker Award


A Northwood alum Corey Mackin ‘13 is a nominee for the 2019 Hobey Baker Award, which is awarded annually to the top male player in college hockey. Mackin attended Northwood in the 2012-2013 school year and played on Northwood’s Junior Hockey team.

Mackin is from Philadelphia and came to Northwood on the recommendation of Mr. Jim Sutow ‘80, a Northwood alum and influential hockey coach and mentor in Philadelphia. “He was the most skilled player on our junior team that year and was a natural goal scorer,” said Mr. Steve Reed. Mackin attended Northwood his senior year and was coached by Mr. Josh Leroy.

After graduating Northwood, Mackin went on to play in the BCHL for the Coquitlam Express, where he played 58 games and tallied 111 points for the 2014-15 season. He was awarded the Vern Dye Memorial BCHL Player of the Year Honor and the Brett Hull Award for being the league’s top scorer. He then went on to play in the NCAA for four seasons at Ferris State University and averaged over 24 points per season while playing an average of 36 games per season.

The Hobey Baker Award criteria include candidates exhibiting the exceptional character traits of the award’s namesake, Hobey Baker. A legendary American hero, Baker was a World War I fighter pilot and was known as America’s greatest amateur athlete in his day, excelling at hockey and football at Princeton University. Award candidates must demonstrate a strength of character both on and off the ice, contribute to the integrity of his team, and display outstanding skills in all phases of the game. Consideration should be given to scholastic achievement and sportsmanship.

Fan voting is currently open. Key Hobey Baker announcement dates for 2019 include:

Top Ten list of candidates: March 20
Hobey Hat Trick of three finalists: April 4
Hobey Baker Award announcement: April 12

The 2019 Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced from a field of three Hobey Hat Trick finalists on Friday, April 12, 2019, during the NCAA Frozen Four Championship in Buffalo, NY. The award ceremony will be held at the Harborcenter and will be broadcast nationally on NHL Network and streamed live at more info on the Hobey Baker Award or to access the Hobey logo, please visit

Munter 1st in GS and Fisher 2nd in Slalom in U19 State Championships

U19 States

Image: NYSEF

Several of Northwood’s U19 alpine team raced in State Championship events over February break. Five athletes, male and female, raced in Slalom and Giant Slalom Races at West Mountain.

In the U19 men’s slalom, Martin McDonough ‘20 finished 7th. In the GS, Gabe Munter ‘20 finished 1st and McDonough finished 11th.

In the U19 Women’s Slalom, Beth Fisher ‘19 finished 2nd and Amelia Brady ‘21 finished 18th. In the Women’s GS, Ana Spencer ‘20 finished 15th and Brady finished 23rd.

Soccer Has Mixed Results on Philadelphia Road Trip

In late February, both soccer teams traveled to Philadelphia to play two games in a showcase and another game against Philadelphia Union Academy.

U19: Weekend record 2 wins and 1 lost.

Saturday the team played against Philadelphia Union Academy and lost 2-0.

Sunday they played two games in a showcase. IN the first game against West Mount they won 5-0. Goals were scored by:

  • Diego Dutilh ‘19 (2)
  • Pedro Paggi ’19
  • Lucas Rodriguez ‘20
  • Own goal by a West Mount player

The second game was against Penn Fusion, and Northwood’s offense exploded to win the game 9-1. Goals were scored by:

  • Diego Dutilh ‘19 scored a hattrick
  • Chris Athanasiadis ‘19 (2)
  • Alex van Schalkwyk ‘19 (2)
  • Cory Booth ‘19
  • Pedro Paggi ‘19


U17: Weekend record 0 wins and 3 losses.

They first played against Penn Fusion and lost  4-1. Alvaro Garcia scored the only goal for Northwood.

Next up was West Mount and the team lost 2-0.

ON Sunday, they played the MLS Academy team, Philadelphia Union and lost  2-1. Luke Smith ’21 scored the only goal for Black Rock Residential Academy at Northwood.


The soccer team heads to a major showcase/tournament in Las Vegas this weekend.

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