Hockey - Girls Varsity
Ice hockey was established as a varsity sport for girls in 1991, and since then Berkshire School has developed a strong tradition of excellence. Berkshire entered the New England Prep School league as a Div. II team and, after capturing the New England Championship in 1999, became a Div. I program. During the teams’ 15 years at the Div. I level, the Bears have made the playoffs nine times and earned two New England Championships (2003 and 2006).
In a typical season, Berkshire will play around 25 games. The Bears play one of the most competitive schedules in New England with games against the top Div. I teams in Eastern and Western New England. The members of this program pride themselves on building a foundation where character and teamwork are the focus. Players develop their skill sets while working within a team and learning how to play the game at a faster pace. The skills the players learn on and off the ice will help them attain their aspirations of playing at the next level while also setting them up for success outside of the ice rink.
During the 2008-2009 season, the girls moved into the new state-of-the-art athletic center with two sheets of ice, one Olympic sized and the other an NHL rink. The Jackman L. Stewart Athletic Center includes a fitness and training center, which the team uses for its off-ice training, as well as a training room and spacious.
Originally from Suffield, Conn., Coach Becky Zavisza '05 came to Berkshire after spending the three years at Pomfret School. Coach Zavisza led the Pomfret Girls Hockey team to the New England Girls Ice Hockey Prep School Championship quarter finals during the 2014 season and to the Championship game during the 2015 season. Prior to her work at Pomfret, Coach Zavisza worked at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, as a Sports Event Manager at ESPN Wide World of Sports. She is a graduate of Berkshire School ('05) and a 2009 graduate of Boston College, where she enjoyed a successful career as a member of the Womens' Ice Hockey team winning three Beanpot Championships, made two NCAA appearances including one trip to the Frozen Four, and earned Hockey East First and Second team Honors. Coach Zavisza was also a member of the U.S. Women's Ice Hockey National Team Program while she attended Boston College. At Berkshire, she won a New England Girls Ice Hockey Prep School Championship in 2003, and won a New England Championship in Shot Put, Discus, and Javelin. Coach Zavisza also earned All-American Honors in the Javelin at the Nike Outdoor Nationals in 2005.
At Berkshire, Coach Zavisza serves as Associate Director of Admissions, Assistant Track & Field Coach, and a Dorm Parent in Allen.
Assistant Coaches: Sylvia Gappa, Heidi Woodworth
|Jaime Allan||2018||West Simsbury, CT|
|Catherine Appleyard||2020||Rye, NY|
|Maddie Beitler||2017||Cumberland, RI|
|Maggie Curran||2017||Needham, MA|
|Erin Dillon||2017||Hazlet, NJ|
|Harley Frechette||2019||Greenwich, CT|
|Rylie Griffith||2020||West Hartford, CT|
|Katie Hargrave||2018||Westford, MA|
|Elsie Harrington||2019||Bedford, NY|
|Annie Hauser||2020||White Plains, NY|
|Ryan Jewell||2017||Essex Junction, VT|
|Claire Lemker||2017||Duluth, MN|
|Andi McGraw||2017||Sheffield, MA|
|Molly O'Neill||2017||La Grange, IL|
|Holley Riva||2019||Lakeville, CT|
|Caroline Sugar||2018||Canton, CT|
|Jack Weeden||2017||Bedford, NY|