The Women’s Varsity Hockey Program is recognized as one of the premiere prep school programs in one of the most competitive high school leagues in the country. It is an elite team that attracts top student-athletes from all over, playing one of the more competitive schedules in New England with about 32 games per year. This helps prepare them for success in college on the ice and in the classroom.
Since its inception in 1984, the team has had much success in both wins and college placement. The Huskies won two NEPSAC championships in the mid 90’s and in the last four years have put up an impressive 89-27-9 record under the leadership of experienced Head Coach Craig Churchill. In that four year stretch the Huskies have won four consecutive Lakes Region League Championships, two E.G. Watkins Tournament Championships, had two NEPSAC postseason berths culminating with a 2017 NEPSAC Division 1 Championship. Coach Churchill’s focus is on development of the individual and in his time at New Hampton has developed three invitees to USA hockey’s top 66 camp, two invitees to the U.S. under 18 training camp in Lake Placid, one USA Today Female Hockey Player of the Year (2016) and the most decorated U18 player of all time helping to bring home the gold medal in three U18 world championships as well as earning top D honors at the world championships for two years in a row (2016 & 2017). Coach Churchill has also developed players that have been recognized on the NEPSAC All-Star team, as well as the 2017 NEPSAC Player of the Year. Coach Churchill has developed five players that have reached the impressive feat of 100 points in their Husky careers.
New Hampton School is an ideal program for a player looking to further develop both physically and mentally. With a holistic approach to the development of its players, the coaching staff consistently seeks ways to prepare its student athletes. New Hampton uses a full-time Strength and Conditioning coach along with a yoga instructor and mindfulness coach to accomplish some of these development goals. New Hampton hockey players are very fortunate to be able to train and play in the new Jacobson Arena, completed in 2017. This arena features a state of the art ice surface with one of the most impressive team rooms in New England.
Our Athletes have gone on to represent the following programs:
Sacred Heart University
University of New Hampshire
Lake Forest College
William Smith College
Alumnae have also competed for the U.S. Senior National team as well as the U18 National Team, Brampton Thunder and the Boston Blades.
The Huskies would travel to Phllips Andover Academy to face the Big Blue before a much needed long weekend. The Huskies would look to bounce back after a disappointing loss to rivals St. Paul's School. Olivia Sollows '19 would look to have a strong performance against the Big Blue. Although Andover would score first, the Huskies would come back with a Power Play goal as a low, hard shot would come from the point to tie the game at one. The Huskies would have multiple opportunities to score but were unable to capitalize. However, Andover would steal the lead and eventually the game from the Huskies. The Huskies will have to come back reenergized and ready to finish out the season strong in hopes to qualify for the NEPSAC playoffs.
The Huskies would travel to Dexter Southfield to face a gritty team and a strong goalie. Although the first period remained scoreless, the Huskies would tally two goals in the second period each by Savannah Norcross '18. MJ Peters '19 would make some great saves to keep a two-goal lead heading into the third period. Maddie Crowley-Cahill '20 would release a low and hard shot from the point, which would hit Kinley Miller's '19 stick and find its way in the back of the net. A lack of communication between the goalie and a defensemen would result in Dexter's first and only goal, giving the Huskies a 3-1 victory.
The Huskies would come out strong at the Jake against Lakes Region opponent, Kents Hill School. The Huskies would honor their four seniors, Savannah Norcross, Caelin Flaherty, Riley Jordan and Melissa Marciales in a fun team-win against Kents Hill. Freshman Maddie Young would not only earn her first goal as a Husky, but would earn a natural hat-trick all in the same period. Lauren DeBlois '19 and Savannah Norcross '18 would each tally mutiple points for the Huskies. The Huskies will face Berwick in a make-up game on Monday at the Jake.
Coach Churchill became the head of the New Hampton women's program in 2010 after coaching boy’s prep hockey for the seven years at the varsity level. Churchill spent two years at Colorado Academy running the offense and power play. Along with those duties he was responsible for NCAA and junior hockey placement. Coach Churchill then moved to Brewster Academy where he spent 5 years. In his time at Brewster, Coach Churchill played a key role in recruiting and college placement helping to recruit and place athletes on various Junior teams as well as NCAA Division 1 and 3 programs.
Coach Churchill’s coaching philosophy is centered around the development of the individual so that each of his players will be in a position to reach the maximum potential for growth upon graduation from the New Hampton School. For Coach Churchill coaching is not about developing systems for the team, but about developing systems where the individual players strengths will shine. “Managing individuals comes before managing the team or systems; it is my job to find a way to coach each of the individuals on my team, often times with a very different approach for each one.” Churchill’s coaching career began in the Oyster River Youth Association at the Pee Wee and Bantam levels. As well, he has worked at Play Like a Pro Hockey camps for Scott Drevitch and worked as an on ice director of the Charlie Holt Hockey Camp. Churchill has also been involved as a talent evaluator for the Laconia Leafs of the AJHL and a head coach for HUB CITY Hockey in both the Chowder Cup and Eastern Junior Hockey League Summer Showcase. Coach Churchill also coached at the U15 USA National Camp in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
Coach Churchill played his high school hockey at Lakes Region foe Proctor Academy. After a very successful high school career, Coach Churchill made the decision to go back home to Durham and play at the University of New Hampshire, which competes in the American Collegiate Hockey Association.
Coach Churchill lives on campus in O'Connor House with his wife Jen, their two sons Quinn and Malcolm, daughter Maeve and their dog Sage