Girls Hockey Season Update
Halfway through its winter season, the Girls Varsity Ice Hockey team has had a strong start with a record of 7-6-2.
Halfway through its winter season, the Girls Varsity Ice Hockey team has had a strong start with a record of 7-6-2. Most notably, the team placed third in the prestigious Patsy K. Odden Invitational Hockey Tournament, beating the talented Loomis Chaffee School and Phillips Andover Academy and only losing to the number-one New England team in a shootout. This year, the team is led by Co-Captains Kate Monihan ’19, Chloe Ashton ’19, and Sydney Bechtel ’19, and is coached by Head Coach Nicole Uliasz. When asked to reflect on the team’s successes thus far and what is to come, Monihan and Uliasz pointed to a number of things that will bring them a strong finish to end the season.
Many newcomers have learned to make an impact on the ice. Monihan noted that Courtney DeNaut ’19, a new postgraduate goalie, “has performed consistently under pressure, creating many offensive opportunities for Big Red to attack opponent teams’ defense.”
In addition, underformers Kyley Toye ’22, Holly Kiernan ’22, and Gia Massari ’21 have risen to the occasion in close competition and shown off their skill.
The team is also proud of its dynamic. Monihan attributes much of the atmosphere to both Uliasz and the team, saying, “Our coaches always foster a really tight-knit environment, and this team has had a special belief in one another that has greatly contributed to our performance this season.”
Uliasz expressed a similar sentiment, saying, “The team works well together. [The members do] a lot of encouraging and keeping each others spirits up.”
Nevertheless, the team continues to improve every game, building on skills worked on in practice such as communication and picking up sticks. Coach Uliasz said, “We need to be more consistent. We sometimes start off slow in the first period instead of coming out ready to play.”
When reflecting on the team’s season, both Uliasz and Monihan point to the team’s success at the Patsy K. Odden Invitational Hockey Tournament as a pivotal moment. The team is especially proud of the win against Loomis Chaffee, coming back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game and win in a shootout. Recently, Big Red triumphed 4-2 over Northfield Mount Hermon High School. Coach Uliasz said, “All the girls played together and never stopped fighting.”
Big Red will face The Hill School in its next game on Wednesday, February 6 at the Loucks Ice Center. Having lost against Hill earlier in the season, the team looks to improve on its weaknesses, build on its strengths, and dominate Hill in its next showdown. With five games left, the team hopes to add to an already strong season.