The girls’ varsity hockey program seeks to cultivate the team’s level of play, cohesiveness, and resilience and develop each player’s skills, knowledge and love of the game. We emphasize being coachable, working hard, and being competitive with and supportive of one’s teammates.
Practices are progressive and develop players’ skills and knowledge through repetition, multiple touches on the puck, and small games that simulate situational play. Off-ice programs complement the on-ice experience, as we have season-long strength and skills programs and frequent video analysis. Ultimately, our goal is not only for Holderness hockey players to be recruited to college hockey programs, but to know the games so well they become integral parts of their college teams.
Several Holderness student-athletes have gone on to play hockey at the NCAA level at schools including Colby, Bowdoin, Wesleyan University, Middlebury, Brown, Connecticut College, Williams, and Lake Forest.
The Bulls traveled to Tilton on Sunday, February 28th for a 5:45pm game. The girls had a lot of energy and knew that they had to work harder to get the puck past Tilton's goalie. The first period started off with most of the play in the offensive zone with 13 shots on net. With 9:25 left in the second period, Sage Amaliksen won the face-off back to Marissa Lafferty who then made a pass to Ella Cedrone at the blue line. Ella shot the puck and with traffic in front of the net, the Bulls scored the first and only goal of the game! The girls played the rest of the game not holding back, tallying a total of 36 shots on net. Tilton pulled their goalie in the last minute of the game, but Megan Cunningham came up with some key saves as Holderness earned their first win of the season!
Ian, who grew up in Medway, MA and attended Buckingham Browne and Nichols School, holds a BA in both Mathematics and Physics from Wheaton College. Ian first arrived at Holderness in 2013, and then returned in 2016. Before Holderness, he taught math and coached Boys' Varsity Lacrosse at New Hampton School and served as a data analyst for Enterprise Risk Management. At Holderness, Ian coaches boys' varsity lacrosse and boys' JV hockey. Ian is married to Kelly Casey (also a teacher at Holderness), and together they have a son Tom and a dog Bogey.