Girls' Ice HockeyDuring the 2000-01 season – just the third year of coeducation at The Hill - a group of girls’ who were interested in playing ice hockey joined the JV “B” boys’ team before forming a dedicated girls’ team at the end of the season. The next winter, the first varsity girls’ hockey team took to the ice, and the program shortly thereafter became established in the Mid-Atlantic and New England. Over the last two seasons, the program has elevated its stature to reach the top tier of prep hockey in North America.
The coaching staff believes that structure, attention to detail, and hard work are the building blocks of success. Off-ice conditioning is available during the preseason, as Hill has a full-time strength and conditioning coach on staff. During the season, the team typically is on the ice six days a week, and utilizes off-ice time for video instruction and team-building activities. A goaltending coach also is available for on-ice goaltending instruction during the season.
As important as our tangible success is, our program takes the most pride in the overall experience our student-athletes have both within and outside the hockey program. We take pride in how well our alumnae perform at the collegiate level, both academically and athletically. Our student-athletes have committed to or gone on to top Division I and Division III colleges/universities.
Our program is housed in the Hall/Eccleston Arena, which is a part of The Hill’s Athletics Complex in the heart of campus. Ice goes down in late-September, and is available to our student-athletes until the conclusion of the season. The rink holds 500 spectators and contains state-of-the-art facilities.
For more information on the girls’ hockey program please email Head Coach Ari Baum or fill out the online inquiry form below.
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Ari Baum arrived at The Hill in 2012 and took over as the head coach of the varsity girls' ice hockey team that winter. After graduating from Cornell University in 2007, he returned to his high school alma mater, The Gunnery in Washington, Conn., where he was an assistant coach with the perennial New England power varsity boys’ hockey team. Coach Baum also served as the associate athletic director and coached in the girls’ tennis program. He recently earned his master’s degree from Columbia University’s Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership. Coach Baum is The Hill's Dean of Students and a member of the history department, and he resides in Upper School Dormitory.
Laura McConney: Coach McConney began coaching varsity girls’ ice hockey at The Hill in 2016. She attended The Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Conn. where she was a 10-time letter winner. Four of these letters came from her time with the varsity ice hockey team, which she captained during her senior year. After a strong career at Loomis, Coach McConney went on to play at Middlebury College, where she competed in three NCAA tournaments, including a runner-up placement, and four NESCAC conference tournaments, including a conference win. She became a full-time member of The Hill community in 2019 and currently serves as Student Life Coordinator in addition to her coaching duties. Aside from coaching at The Hill, Coach McConney is also active in the USA Hockey community, both in the Mid-Atlantic District and the New York District.
Meghan Toomey: Coach Toomey arrived at the Hill this year (2019-20) as an assistant coach. She has coached for just under 10 years in a variety of different locations and age levels. She has coached at Colgate University, Kents Hill School, and Kimball Union Academy (KUA). She attended KUA for her junior and senior years of high school where she played soccer, hockey, and lacrosse, and where she served as captain her senior year. In her two years at KUA, her team was New England Champions and New England Runner-Ups. She was a full-scholarship student-athlete recipient at St. Lawrence University, where she was captain of the team her junior and senior years, one of which she helped lead the team to the NCAA Frozen Four Championship. She played professionally in Montreal, Quebec where her team competed in the NWHL Championship, and Lugano, Switzerland where her team won the Swiss Championship. She is thrilled to be joining Hill and is looking forward sharing her enthusiasm and passion for hockey with the program. In addition to hockey, Meghan will be working as the Assistant Director of College Counseling and living in USE4 with her husband and three daughters.
Below is a list of Lady Blues alumni who currently are playing college hockey (including sixth formers who have committed for next year).
Sophie Goldberg '19 - Adrian College
Nicole Guidi '18 - Sacred Heart University
Sami Shoebottom '18 - Sacred Heart University
Cannady Taleghani '18 - Sacred Heart University
Kristine Earl '17 - University of Pittsburgh (ACHA)
Laura Garvey '17 - Wesleyan University
Marissa Letizio '17 - Sacred Heart University
Kendall Mason '17 - Miami University of Ohio (Division 1 club)
Katie Sciales '17 - Miami University of Ohio (Division 1 club)
Emma Stillwaggon '17- Lebanon Valley College
Haley Wheeler '17 - New England College