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.

Schedule & Scores

Opponent Date Time Location Result Score
vs.
Kent School
Kent School Loss 0-3
vs.
The Hotchkiss School
Stewart Athletic Center Loss 1-2
vs.
Taft School
Stewart Athletic Center Loss 0-3
vs.
Lawrenceville School
Stewart Athletic Center Loss 1-2
vs.
Winchendon School
Cushing Academy Tie 1-1
vs.
Vermont Academy
Cushing Academy Loss 1-6
vs.
Cushing Academy
Cushing Academy Tie 0-0
vs.
Worcester Academy
All Day
Cushing Academy Loss 1-6
vs.
Loomis Chaffee School
Stewart Athletic Center Loss 0-9
vs.
The Williston Northampton School
Stewart Athletic Center Loss 0-5
vs.
Noble and Greenough
Stewart Athletic Center
vs.
Millbrook School
Millbrook School Tie 1-1
vs.
Northfield Mount Hermon School
Stewart Athletic Center Win 3-2
vs.
Lawrence Academy
Lawrence Academy Win 3-2
vs.
Cushing Academy
Cushing Academy Loss 1-2
vs.
The Gunnery
Stewart Athletic Center Loss 2-6
vs.
Buckingham Browne & Nichols
Stewart Athletic Center Loss 1-7
vs.
Canterbury School
Canterbury School Loss 3-5
vs.
The Hotchkiss School
The Hotchkiss School Loss 1-4
vs.
Pomfret School
Pomfret School
vs.
Deerfield Academy
Stewart Athletic Center Loss 1-5
vs.
Choate Rosemary Hall
Stewart Athletic Center Loss 1-6
vs.
Westminster School
Westminster School Loss 3-5
vs.
Noble and Greenough
Stewart Athletic Center Loss 1-7
vs.
Taft School
Taft School Loss 0-5

Coaches

Originally from Suffield, Conn., Coach Becky Zavisza McCabe '05 came to Berkshire after spending the three years at Pomfret School. Coach McCabe 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 McCabe 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 McCabe 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 McCabe also earned All-American Honors in the Javelin at the Nike Outdoor Nationals in 2005.

At Berkshire, Coach McCabe also serves as Associate Director of Admissions and Assistant Track & Field Coach.

Assistant Coaches: Sylvia Gappa, Heidi Woodworth

Email coach: bzavisza@berkshireschool.org

Team Roster


# Name Position Class Hometown
4 Danielle Malarney Defense 2019 Harwinton, CT
6 Grace Parker Forward 2018 Johnstown, NY
7 Harley Frechette Forward 2019 North Ferrisburgh, VT
8 Emma Blanchette Forward 2021 Monroe, CT
9 Emma Wynne Defense 2020 Salisbury, CT
10 Catherine Appleyard Forward 2020 Rye, NY
11 Emily Bouvier Forward 2021 Shelton, CT
12 Elsie Harrington Forward/Defense 2019 Bedford, NY
14 Holley Riva Forward 2019 Lakeville, CT
16 Gillian Maher Forward 2021 Pearl River, NY
17 Caroline Appleyard Forward 2021 Rye, NY
18 Claire Knight Forward 2021 Darien, CT
20 Katie Hargrave Forward 2018 Westford, MA
21 Emma Birmingham Defense 2021 Enfield, CT
22 Rylie Griffith Forward/Defense 2020 West Hartford, CT
24 Caroline Sugar Defense 2018 Canton, CT
30 Jaime Allan Goalie 2018 West Simsbury, CT
33 Annie Hauser Goalie 2020 White Plains, NY
Flynn Stewart 2018 Sun Valley, ID
Alex Buckfire Manager 2018 New York, NY
Caitlin Swirbul Manager 2018 New Canaan, CT

Recaps

Opponent Date Score Recap
vs.
Kent School
0-3
vs.
The Hotchkiss School
1-2
vs.
Taft School
0-3
vs.
Lawrenceville School
1-2
vs.
Winchendon School
1-1
vs.
Vermont Academy
1-6
vs.
Cushing Academy
0-0
vs.
Worcester Academy
1-6
vs.
Loomis Chaffee School
0-9
vs.
The Williston Northampton School
0-5
vs.
Noble and Greenough
vs.
Millbrook School
1-1
vs.
Northfield Mount Hermon School
3-2
vs.
Lawrence Academy
3-2
vs.
Cushing Academy
1-2
vs.
The Gunnery
2-6
vs.
Buckingham Browne & Nichols
1-7
vs.
Canterbury School
3-5
vs.
The Hotchkiss School
1-4
vs.
Pomfret School
vs.
Deerfield Academy
1-5
vs.
Choate Rosemary Hall
1-6
vs.
Westminster School
3-5
vs.
Noble and Greenough
1-7
vs.
Taft School
0-5