Cronin, 2-Time NHS Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee

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1995-1996 Women’s Ice Hockey Team — Inducted 2012


The 1995-1996 Women’s Ice Hockey Team was a dynamic mix of talented athletes and enthusiastic newcomers. Coached by Christy Everett and Robert “Bob” Ewell, the team included some women who had never played hockey before and others who were well-seasoned competitors.On the heels of its first New England Championship in 1995 and with a handful of returning team members, this small group of young women worked extremely hard and realized success on the ice with a second consecutive New England championship. Each team member earned ice time, and many of the less experienced players improved dramatically over the course of a single season. More importantly, the combined success of individual athletes and a united team set the stage for a promising era of women’s athletics at New Hampton School.
Ewell was the strategist, making quick decisions on the bench and teaching the girls the many systems of hockey on the white board in the locker room. Everett focused on teamwork and pushing the players to give all they had every game. 
Beyond the championship success and accomplishment, this group of adolescents produced a long-term, positive impact on New Hampton School. Many were three-sport athletes and student leaders in the classroom, in the dormitories, and throughout the entire school community. Moreover, they were a powerful and necessary female voice that was highly respected by faculty and students alike. The work ethic, strength of character, and positive role modeling displayed by each team member transformed the culture of the New Hampton School. 
The character of this team featured a terrific mix of talent and tenacity. The team returned a strong core of players from the 94-95 season, and more than a handful of this team went on to play Division I college ice hockey. Goaltender Mandy Cronin ’98 was so consistent that the defense, anchored by Nancy Collins ‘97, skated the puck more and was able to be a force on offense as well. Critical to the team’s success were experienced, hard working skaters including Mary Marren ’99, Megan Collins, ’98 and Molly Schiot, ’98. This group was the most talented and most vocal on the team, constantly challenging themselves and encouraging their teammates to do more than anyone imagined possible. Team captain Amanda Beedy ’96 had not played as long as some of the younger players, but was the heart of the team and respected by all.
Team members Nicole Drew ’97, Emily Hawkins ’96 and Gretchen Leisenring ’97 were great athletes and positive contributors to team chemistry. Jamie Lalos represented a good, solid skater and other team members who contributed to dynamic team environment included Meagan Levitt, Emi Komatsu, Meredith Speer, Tomoko Takagi, Seone Goguen, and Kelly Anaya. 
Highlights of the season include:  51 saves by goalie Mandy Cronin; Nicole Drew’s four goals against Pingree; Nancy Collins first career hat trick, scoring four goals against Bishop Brady; beating St. Paul’s School for the first time; a 3-4 loss to Cushing which felt more like a win because of the perseverance and unity displayed by the Lady Huskies; and a 9-0 victory over Holderness School. 
By the time this team progressed to tournament play, the squad was down to only 12 active members, but the Huskies’ determination and drive carried them through quarterfinal play into the semifinal contest where they defeated Pomfret School 2-0. The final game slated New Hampton against Brooks School, and the Huskies prevailed with a 3-0 victory. 
For a winning combination of coaches, for building a united team from individual strengths, for setting a new standard for women’s athletics which continues today, it is a privilege to recognize and induct the players and the coaches of the 1995-1996 Women’s Ice Hockey Team into the 2012 New Hampton School Athletic Hall of Fame.

 Amanda H. Cronin ’98 – Inducted in 2008

She was captain of the Huskies’ hockey and soccer teams in both her junior and senior years as well as four-year captain of the Women’s Softball Team. While at NHS, she received the Gulick Award for Women’s Soccer in 1996, the Paul Family Hockey Award in 1996 and 1997, and the Outstanding Female Athlete Award at Commencement 1998.

Mandy was the first woman to sign a letter of intent with the University of Maine Black Bears, which was a newly formed Division I ice hockey team in 1998.  She was goaltender for this team for four years, serving as captain during her junior and senior years. During her freshman year, she was also goaltender for the University of Maine’s Division 1 Soccer Team.  Mandy’s hockey skills earned her the University of Maine Scholar Athlete Award, 2001-02 as well as the Women’s Hockey Senior Black Bear Award.  

Upon graduation, Mandy joined the Durham Telus Lightning of the National Women’s Hockey League as captain and goaltender from 2002-05, moving on to the Toronto Aeros as goaltender for one year before joining the National Women’s Hockey League champions, Brampton Thunder, in 2006-07. A highlight and dream realized for Mandy, however, was her selection to the USA Women’s National Hockey Team’s prep camp for the 2004 Four Nations Cup. Most recently, in 2007, Mandy founded M-Power Hockey, Inc. a development program and hockey school for young women operating in New England and Canada.

    Mandy Cronin's enthusiasm and love for the sport of hockey was evident from start to finish during my son's hockey clinic (over the 2008 Christmas break). Not only is she great with the kids, she uses innovative techniques to get them skating and playing better while having fun. My son loved it!!

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