HHS Girls Hockey
“Tradition Never Graduates”
From the Captains:After eight of our returners took part in an exciting repeat victory in the girls’ soccer state championship, we are excited that it is finally hockey season! Again, our schedule consists of many challenging out-of-state games, and we can’t wait to show them what Hanover Hockey is all about. Head Coach John Dodds—last year’s NHIAA Coach of the Year—returns for his thirteenth consecutive season, while Assistant Coach Brian Drew returns for his eighth. Helping out the coaches this year are Amherst hockey alumni Josie Fisher (HHS ‘08) and Courtney Hanlon.We welcome six talented newcomers to the team, who impressed the coaches and captains with their skills and attitudes. After losing both netminders at the end of last season, the Marauders reloaded with new goaltenders Cici Barton (‘19) and Freja Stürup (‘18). Fresh faces on the blue line this year are Bryn Kable (‘19), Olive Scull (‘18), and Rose Sperry (‘18), while Hannah Curtis (‘18) joins the talented offensive squad. We are excited to see these new players develop at this high level.Returning on defense are juniors Sarah MacCormick, J-J Taube, and Leslie McNamara, and forwards Cate Wagner (‘18), Mahler Meyerrose (‘17), Clare Gardner (‘17), and Maddie Lyons (‘17) look to build on their offensive success from last year. Seniors Matti Hartman, Eliza Laycock, Ella Williams, Kelly Brigham, and Julie Montgomery enter their last season in the Marauder jerseys, and are eyeing their fourth consecutive state title.We are excited to continue our tradition of excellence, both on and off the ice. Through community service, academic proficiency, and family commitment, we show that we are more than just a hockey team. This season will bring new challenges, but we are most definitely up for the task.On behalf of the 2015-2016 Hanover High School Marauders, we thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you at the rink!Your Captains,Matti Hartman ‘16Eliza Laycock ‘16Ella Williams ‘16
2014-2015 36 skates, 18 sticks, 1 Goal
From the Captains:
It’s finally the most wonderful time of year!
After a challenging and exciting season last year, we are determined to build on the momentum, defend our fifth straight state championship, and conquer tough out-of-state teams. Head Coach, John Dodds, is returning for his twelfth season, supported by our wonderful assistant coaches, Brian Drew and Peter Perkins, both returning for their seventh seasons. We look up to them for their hockey expertise, tutoring sessions, extraordinary stories, and overall life advice.
Sophomore goaltender Kiely Smiga McManus , will join senior Katie Fenton between the pipes. Sophomores Sarah MacCormick, J-J Taube, Clare Gardner, and Leslie McNamara, as well as freshman Cate Wagner impressed captains and coaches with their tenacity, skills, and passion for the game. We can’t wait to see what they will accomplish this season.
Returning at the blue line are senior defenders Margeaux Baker, Delia Nahabedian, and Emma Malenka. They will be the backbone of our strong defensive game, as well as a huge part of our offense.
Sophomores Maddie Lyons and Mahler Meyerrose, juniors Matti Hartman, Julie Montgomery, Kelly Brigham, Ella Williams, and Eliza Laycock, as well as senior forward Sarah Wagner, will work to continue their offensive success from last season. We are excited to have senior Sarah Polidor as our team manager. We know she will be a positive force on the bench.
Yet again, we look forward to playing out of state teams. With the addition of Woburn, Bellows Free Academy, and Austin Prep, as well as the tournament in Massena, New York, we know this season will test the strength of our team and we are certain they are up to the task.
On behalf of the 2014-2015 HHS Girls’ Hockey Team, thank you for your support and we will see you at the rink!
Emma Malenka ’15, Margeaux Baker ’15, Sarah Wagner ’15
2013-14 Leave No Doubt
From the Captains:
Last season we earned our fourth consecutive state title and finished with an undefeated season in New Hampshire. We are so excited to be back at the rink and gearing up for the tough season ahead of us. We hope to continue our success this year and will be working hard on and off the ice to reach our goals. Our schedule will be the most competitive yet, and we are looking forward to the challenge. In addition to maintaining a tough NH schedule we have added many competitive games with out-of-state teams, so every practice will be taken seriously to prepare ourselves for these new opponents.
The hard work started this summer with our endless fundraising efforts. Our successful fundraising provided us with enough funds to travel to Minnesota to attend the Schwan Cup Invitational Tournament over winter break. The hard work continued as soon as tryouts began, with more girls competing for spots than ever before.
Joining the team this year are three ferocious forwards and one solid defenseman: Ella Williams (’16), Maddie Lyons (’17), Mahler Meyerrose (’17), and Lillian Stout (’17). They add new energy to the team, and will help increase our level of play. Returning between the pipes are goaltenders Katie Fenton (’15) and Emily Gougelet (’14), looking to build on their strong play from last year. Backing them up at the blue line are defenders Margeaux Baker (’15), Emma Malenka (’15), Delia Nahabedian (’15), and Caroline Howell (’14). Providing the offensive force this year are Matti Hartman (’16), Eliza Laycock (’16), Julie Montgomery (’16), Kelly Brigham (’16), Sarah Wagner (’15), Sarah Muller (’14), Grace Tecca (’14), and Emily Acker (’14). Unfortunately Sarah Polidor (’15) will be unable to play this year due to a concussion, but her loyal spirit and enthusiasm will be a continued inspiration to the team.
Head coach John Dodds is returning for his eleventh consecutive season with the team. Brian Drew and Peter Perkins will also be returning for their sixth season. We will look to them for enthusiasm, knowledge of the sport, and continuous encouragement.
On behalf of the 2013-2014 Hanover High School Marauders, we thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you at the rink!
Emily Acker ’14
Caroline Howell ’14
Grace Tecca ’14
2012-13 New Team…Same Dream.
Despite graduating 5 repeat NHIAA Champions and losing a senior captain to prep school transfer, the Marauders will re-load once again, with six strong skaters from the ranks of HHA… and look to be competitive, as always, in what some might (naively) describe as a “re-building year” following three consecutive (and fourth of five) NHIAA Girls’ D1 Hockey state championships.
Freshmen forwards Matti Hartman, Eliza Laycock, Julie Montgomery, and Kelly Brigham, along with sophomore forward Sarah Polidor and defender Delia Nahabedian, will step up to NHIAA girls’ high school hockey. Senior co-captains Kelly Gaudet and Katrina Menard will help mentor the new Marauders’ transition. Second year goaltender Katie Fenton has been pressed into starting service in relief of a recovering Gaudet between the pipes, while juniors Emily Acker, Caroline Howell, Sarah Muller and Grace Tecca are expected to help rebuild last year’s scoring power and tenacious, backchecking defense. With a year of high school hockey maturation, sophomores Margeaux Baker, Emma Malenka, Sarah Wagner should begin to carve their own mark as Marauders.
Once again, the complementary coaching talents of John Dodds, Brian Drew and Peter Perkins will guide this young team toward contention for another state title. This year’s competition will include two new teams in Conval and Bishop Brady-Trinity (hybrid), expanding the Girls’ D1 division to eleven teams.
2011-12 Ahead “…Better Tomorrow than Today.”
It was a fitting end to a nearly perfect season: the Marauder girls consolidated an unblemished 16-0-0 NHIAA ’10-11 regular season record with commanding playoff victories over formidable opponents Bishop Guertin and Oyster River, to capture consecutive (and 3rd in 4 years of NHIAA-sanctioned girls’ ice hockey) NH high school Girls’ Ice Hockey titles. The team also defended their 2009 Christi Corrigan Blitz holiday tournament championship at St. Albans, defeating host and ultimate Vermont State Champion, BFA St. Albans for the 2010 trophy. (Indeed, the season’s solitary loss was to the second place team in Vermont, whom they later tied.)
This year’s five seniors would like nothing more than to graduate with a third state championship in four years, but are all very aware of what that will require. Although having captured two titles since, most were varsity freshmen when the Marauders struggled in 2008-09 campaign and were unable to defend their inaugural NHIAA Girls’ Hockey championship.
But with every new year there comes change, and there are some voids to fill. Each of only three players lost to graduation was a four-year varsity player and two were all-state selections. This season junior Kelly Gaudet, no longer the understudy, will assume primary goaltending responsibilities behind a completely intact defense of returning seniors Hannah Lyons and Lauren Hoh, junior Katrina Menard and sophomore Caroline Howell, who together allowed the fewest goals against in the state. Freshman goaltender Katie Fenton will get her first experience at the high school level with the benefit of this protection.
On offense, Black is back. The most prolific scoring line in the state, of Madison Hill, Tessa Hill and Maddie Dewhirst will try to reproduce hockey alchemy this season…turning speed and finesse into red light. Not to be outdone, returning junior Kate Pattison, and sophomores Emily Acker, Sarah Muller and Grace Tecca should build on the scoring firepower that they began to find throughout last season. These twelve veterans will also welcome new freshmen Margeaux Baker, Emma Malenka and Sarah Wagner (all advancing from HHA with great skating skills and strong shots) to HHS Girls’ Hockey, helping them adjust to new positions and acclimate to the crisp passing game, two-way speed and physicality of girls’ high school hockey. The four new players and new uniforms will give the Marauders a little different look this season, but they should remain as strong and focused as ever. Seventh year head coach John Dodds, with returning assistants Brian Drew and Peter Perkins, will have the enviable “task” of plotting how to best deploy talent of such depth.
Arthur Ashe said: “Success is a journey not a destination. The doing is usually more important than the outcome. Not everyone can be Number 1.” Embracing that, the Marauder Girls will embark upon another season’s voyage, full of championship potential, but understanding the challenges ahead… and emphasizing teamwork, friendship, high level competition and fun.
2010-11 Preview: A Tough Act to Follow
Anyone who saw the first scrimmage at Essex, VT a year ago in November understood the work that lay ahead. Five players new to high school hockey stepped up to begin rebuilding the loss of eight ’08-09 players… and did so admirably. More than just a slogan, “It starts now” would become a blueprint for the season. The team showed their potential by winning the Christi Corrigan Blitz tournament at St. Albans. Then after a tentative 5-2-1 first half of NHIAA competition, they stormed to a 7-0-1 finish, nearly running the table, to end with the best record in the division and capture the one-seed in the state tournament. The rest is history: with a convincing win over Leb in the semis, followed by that tense 2-0 shutout of BG at Verizon Arena, to capture a second NHIAA Girls’ D1 Championship in three years.
This year’s campaign begins having to replace four graduates, including two all-state nominees, from a generous pool of enthusiastic, talented and versatile underclassmen.
All three co-captains are four-year varsity players (and the only seniors) who will lead a still maturing ‘10-11 team. Juniors Lauren Hoh and Hannah Lyons will provide some experienced guidance for a young defense including freshmen Grace Tecca, Caroline Howell and others. Co-captains Courtney Mayers and Leah Eickhoff will be joined by sophomore Kate Pattison on the blue line, while the “three twins'” black line (juniors Madison and Tessa Hill and Maddie Dewhirst) hope to re-create their productive and balanced scoring attack again this year.
Sophomore Katrina Menard will likely anchor the red line with freshmen Emily Acker and Sarah Muller.
Sophomore Kelly Gaudet returns with a year of varsity goaltending experience to back up senior co-captain Leah Eickhoff, providing the Marauders with a depth of netminding talent not enjoyed by many other girls’ teams in high school hockey.
The Marauder girls’ program will remain steady at the helm, as Head Coach John Dodds and Assistants Peter Perkins and Brian Drew will all return behind the bench.
Unfortunately, NH girls’ hockey has not grown (still only 9 teams) since its inception, but competition will again be stiff, as most of last year’s top scorers in the state will return to high school action. Furthermore, a home-and-home pair of interstate games with last year’s Vermont Girls’ D1 ice hockey runner-up, Spaulding High School (Barre), has been added to the Marauders’ schedule, providing what should be two more, high level contests. As always, the destination is Verizon, but the journey should include hard work, team and individual growth… and fun.
A tough act to follow, indeed. But it will be fun to watch. Go Marauders!
2009-10 “It Starts Now.”
The Marauder Girls look to reload after a frustrated season of promise in ’08-09, marked by first ever losses to Lebanon in the regular season, and to a lower seed in the playoff quarterfinals….falling short of a goal to defend their inaugural NHIAA 2008 Girls’ Ice Hockey Championship title.
This year’s Co-Captains Katie McLaughlin and Laura Sanderson, along with fellow seniors Hannah Kornfeld and Hillary Gorlin, will need to lead by example a team comprising mostly underclassmen, as Hanover graduated starting seniors from every position and lost an additional player to prep school defection.
In attempt to fill an eight player void, the team will welcome three freshmen: goaltender Kelly Gaudet, and forwards Katrina Menard and Kate Pattison…and two sophomores Lauren Hoh and Hannah Lyons.
Junior goaltender Emily Eickhoff, who brings two years of NHIAA experience in the crease, returns with speedy and seasoned classmate forwards Leah Eickhoff and Courtney Mayers .
Last year’s productive Freshman Line of Madison and Tessa Hill and Maddie Dewhirst may see some reassignment.
Although there will be new faces (and uniforms), we are fortunate that the same great coaching staff of Head Coach John Dodds, with Assistants Peter Perkins and Brian Drew will pilot the team again this year. Their challenge will be to find the best combinations of youth and experience as they chart a course back to the Championship game. Regardless of whether that happens this year, we know there will be some good hockey and a great team effort, making rough sailing for their competition. It starts now.
2008-09 Season Outlook
The Hanover High School Girls’ Ice Hockey program is likely the oldest girls’ public high school ice hockey programs in the country, playing competitively against secondary and preparatory schools in New England since 1987. The 2007-08 season marked the first year of NHIAA-sanctioned girls’ competition in the state, making NH only the fourth state in the country to officially support girls’ high school hockey. The ’07-08 Marauders dominated the nascent Girls’ D-I with an 18-0 record and seized the inaugural NH state championship with a 5-3 win over long-time rival Concord High School, validating many years of winning the “unofficial” state championship tournament.
Hanover’s effort to defend their NHIAA Girls’ Championship will see personnel changes at both player and coaching positions.
New Assistant coach Peter Perkins will be helping Coach Dodds this season. Coach Perkins brings to the program a wealth of experience in coaching women’s hockey at all levels. Many thanks go to “retiring” Assistant Coaches Mike Hall and Mark Bean, for their contributions to the Team’s success over the last several years! (We hope that Mike may still be able to spend some time with the team.) We also appreciate some help from Brian Drew on the bench.
In addition to the loss through graduation of HHS’s all-time leading scorer and 2008 NHIAA Player of the Year Josie Fisher, forward Mikayla Menard and experienced defender Portia Simmermeyer, the ’08-09 Marauders will be without Linnea Burnham, who is studying in France, and Tizzy Brown who transferred to Holderness.
Six experienced Seniors return to anchor the team (Annie Cravero, Megan Cronkite, Regan Dewhirst, Aviva Gottesman, Sarah Healy and Kelsey Nichols) and will be joined by new-by-transfer arrival Martha Koch.
From Hanover Hockey Association arrive Juniors Hilary Gorlin and Hannah Kornfeld, who will join returning classmates Laura Sanderson, Katie McLaughlin, and Sophomores Lauria Clarke, Leah Eickhoff and Courtney Mayers.
Freshmen Madison and Tessa Hill also come from HHA’s U-14 Girls’ team, where they were a ubiquitous combination scoring threat; and Madison Dewhirst played U-14 Girls’ hockey with the 2008 Tier 2 New England Championship runner-up Hartford/Lebanon Hurricanes.
Both goaltenders (Emily Eickhoff and Aviva Gottesman) return after their “rookie” seasons at the high school varsity level last year.
The depth of talent and broad experience of the ’08-09 HHS Girls’ Hockey Team promise another exciting season of competitive and high quality hockey.