The New Hampton Field Hockey program is a team of dedicated and passionate athletes and coaches. The coaches and captains hold to a philosophy which stresses skill-building and injury prevention. The young women that make up this team form strong bonds from the first day they set foot on Kennedy Field for preseason. These bonds unite them as they strive for a common goal.
New Hampton is a member of the Lakes Region League and competes in Class C of the New England Preparatory School Athletic Conference. The team plays a competitive schedule in the fall that includes crossover games with Class A and B teams. The field hockey team is very fortunate to play on Kennedy Field, a field turf surface. Field hockey is a smooth, fast game when played on turf. Kennedy Field gives our athletes a major advantage in skill development. Many New Hampton field hockey players go on to play in college, most recently at Trinity College and Babson College.
The Huskies faced the Rams in their final regular season matchup during Powder Keg. Coming off of a tough loss to Pingree a few days before, we were determined to come out on top. The Huskies controlled the majority of the game, peppering the Tilton goalie with shots and lots of offensive pressure. In the end, the Huskies landed 17 shots on the Tilton goalie. Tilton was able to capitalize and cause 5 offensive corners and pressure our defense enough to score 2 goals. Despite Tilton’s fire and tenacity, it was no match for the Huskies who came out on top with 5 goals, 4 of which were scored by Amelia Monahan. The other goal was scored by senior captain Taylor Healey from a stroke relatively late in the second half. Maddy Young would end the day with 2 assists. Great day to be a Husky and to keep the Keg!
We are excited to move on to post-season playoffs where we will matched up again with Pingree on Wednesday!
The Huskies took on Pingree on Wednesday for their first post-season match up in the blistering cold. They were excited for a chance at revenge, having lost to Pingree only a week prior. The Huskies started off strong with possession shifting evenly between the two teams. Offensively, we had a few close opportunities sending fast balls up the center and weaving through the Pingree defense; however, we were unable to capitalize. Pingree was the first on the board and we ended the first half trailing 0-2. Not feeling daunted, the Huskies started the second half with a new fire and motivation. We created several more close opportunities, but were still unable to capitalize. Pingree was able to score again, seemingly sealing their fate. We kept fighting, though more hesitantly. With a few minutes left in the game, Pingree scored a beautiful chip shot goal on a fast break that sealed the deal. It was a hard fought game and a tough end to our 2019 season. We are very proud of our team and how far we've come this season.
New Hampton Field Hockey took Kennedy Field early on Wednesday night to celebrate the senior class in their final home game against Pingree. The Huskies will graduate 5 seniors: Taylor Healey, Elsa Cassidy, Kathy Donnelly, Bailey Jenness, and Bridget Conkling. Their dedication to Husky Field Hockey has been admirable and their leadership as a class has helped to unify our team in the 2019 season. Their contributions to NHS Field Hockey will be greatly missed next year, but we look forward to keeping up with their journeys that lay ahead!
The Huskies were first on the board with an unassisted goal by Amelia Monahan ‘21 early into the first half. Play went back and forth in the opening 30 minutes of play, and Pingree was able to get two tallies up on the scoreboard. However, a determined Husky offense was able to close the deficient with a goal by Haley Stanley ‘21, assisted by Jazzy Peterson ‘21. With about ten minutes to play in the first, Pingree was able to regain the lead with a goal scored on an offensive corner opportunity.
Unfortunately, Pingree played more fiercly in the second half and the score got a little bit away from the Huskies. A stroke with 8 minutes left to play and an odd-man rush with 3 minutes on the clock solidified a Pingree victory. Kathy Donnelly ’20 had an outstanding game in net and dominated the defensive end. She ended the day with 17 saves. While not the outcome they had hoped for, the Huskies left it all out on the field for their seniors and they should be proud of the grit with which they played their last home game on Kennedy. Husky Nation, please come out and support New Hampton at Tilton School for our Annual Powder Keg Event this Saturday!
The Huskies came out energized and ready to play after the long weekend. Proctor came out fast, but so did the Huskies. The Huskies were the first on the board in the first half with a beautiful goal from Haley Stanley assisted by Amelia Monahan. The Huskies maintained possession in the first half, showing off our strong self-starts, redefending, and hustle throughout the field, especially in the midfield. Offense was creating amazing opportunities for goals in Proctor’s defensive circle, and we knew we were on the cusp of capitalizing. After a slew of shots on goal and two impressive Proctor defensive saves, the Huskies launched a shot headed in goal, but a Proctor defender’s foot blocked the shot from going in. This gave the Huskies an opportunity we had not had yet this season, a stroke! Amelia Monahan took a strong push pass to the right that slid past the goalie and put us further ahead of Proctor.
The second half was still controlled by the Huskies, but Proctor came out with a newfound fire and intensity that we were able to adjust to. Kathy Donnelly had some great saves when Proctor made its way into our circle and snuck shots through our strong defense. In the last few minutes of the game, Proctor drew an offensive corner and were able to score. After this goal was an important time for the Huskies to stay composed and keep doing the great things that we had been doing all game. We maintained possession and kept pressuring Proctor offensively until the game ended. It was a very good game with excellent effort throughout the field. Great day to be a Husky!
The New Hampton field hockey team had a well-played game against Kimball Union Academy on Friday the 18th. In the first half, the girls came out strong, fierce, and ready to play our game. Staying strong on offense and defense, we worked tightly as a collective unit in keeping
clear communication, marking, and poise over the ball. Scoring two goals in the first half, and then scoring another two to finish the game we finished strong with a 4-0 win over Kimball Union Academy. Taylor Healey scored two goals, both assisted by Maddy Young. Amelia Monahan also scored two goals, both of which were assisted by Elsa Cassidy.
This huge win couldn’t have been done without the whole team, but some special recognition goes to Emily Downing, Jazzy Peterson, and Sage Patel for giving the extra effort when we needed some extra support throughout the field whether that be speed while redefending, good selective shots on cage, or communicating better with our teammates. We are looking forward to the next few games this season after this great game.
Priya Sivalingam centers her coaching philosophy on four tenets: 1. No excuses 2. Control the controllables 3. Honest communication and 4. Mentally tough. By focusing on these four aspects on and off the field, in and out of practice, our team can offer a balance of comfort and accountability, both of which are necessary in creating a positive and productive team culture.
Priya played DIII field hockey at Williams College. Before Williams, she played at The Hotchkiss School, a fellow NEPSAC team. Throughout her athletic career she anchored the defense at center back. Prior to New Hampton, Priya has coached various ages and levels of field hockey players in clinics and camps held mostly at Williams College.