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The Boston Shamrocks Elite U19 Women's Hockey Team is a full season team formed to develop young women hockey players to the level and ability required to play college hockey.
The Boston Shamrocks Elite U19 Women's Hockey Team is a USA Hockey registered U19/Canadian Intermediate AA team and play in the Junior Women’s Hockey League (JWHL) on college campuses against some of the best teams in North America. The Shamrocks will also play in some of the top tournaments in the United States and Canada guaranteeing outstanding competition and maximum exposure to college and National team coaches. Past tournaments have included Chowder Cup, NAHA Labor Day, Stoney Creek, Polar Bears, and the JWHL Challenge Cup.
The Boston Shamrocks work hard in developing and promoting their student athletes. Nearly 100% of all Boston Shamrocks players go on to continue their growth and success at the collegiate level.
Boston Shamrocks student athletes have enrolled and played hockey at the following 46 institutes of higher learning:
Amherst College Augsburg College
Bemidji State University Boston University
Brown University Chatham University
Clarkson University Connecticut College
Holy Cross Cortland State Univ.
Franklin Pierce Harvard University
New England College Nichols College
Manhattanville College Mercyhurst Univ.
Middlebury College Minnesota State Univ.
Morrisville State College Norwich University
Penn State University Plattsburg State Univ.
Plymouth State Univ. Providence College
Rhode Island College Sacred Heart University
Saint Anselm College Salve Regina University
St. Mary's College St. Michael's College
Stevenson College Syracuse University
Union College Univ. of Southern Maine
UMass. Boston University of Maine
Univ. of New England Univ. of New Hampshire
Univ. of Notre Dame Univ. of Connecticut
University of Vermont University of Wisconsin
Utica College Wesleyan University
Williams College Yale University
The Boston Shamrocks provide:
» Professional Coaching Staff
» 50-60 Game Schedule
» On The Ice Six Days A Week
» Approx. 125 Practices Mid Aug.-March
» Consistent Practice Times Throughout The Season
» Dedicated Team Locker Room w/Individual Stalls
» Twice Weekly One Hour Sessions at Mike Boyle’s S & C
» Tutoring and SAT/ACT Test Prep Sessions
» Supervised Team Housing Available
» Travel Via Team Coach Bus
» Equipment & Clothing Package Provided
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TOP NEWS STORIES
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
The Shamrocks opened up their first JWHL game of the year vs Pacific Steelers on Friday morning. The Shamrocks fell to the PAC 3-1 on an empty net goal. In the first two periods, it was all Pacific. At the end of the first, it was 1-0 PAC, then after 2 it was 2-0 PAC. Goaltender, Kia Castonguay was outstanding in net for the Shamrocks facing 42 shots and only allowing 2 goals. The Shamrocks had some great opportunities in the first two periods but could not capitalize. After the second period intermission, the Shamrocks turned it around. With 12:48 remaining in the third period, Meagan MacNeil nets her first goal of the season from linemates Michaela Boyle and Kelly Golini. The Shamrocks kept fighting but could not find the back of the net. Unfortunately, with a couple minutes remaining in the period, the Shamrocks get put in the box. The Shamrocks pulled their goalie to even things out, but the PAC found the back of the empty net to make it 3-1.
Friday night the Shamrocks hit the ice against Balmoral Hall for their second game. The Shamrocks got on the board early at 19:24 with a goal from Kelly Golini assisted by Meagan MacNeil and Michaeal Boyle. 6 minutes later at 11:45, Meagan MacNeil nets the Shamrocks second goal from Golini. Balmoral responds at 10:23 to make it 2-1. At 7:40, Rose Mrocka, the Shamrocks go to penalty killer nets a short-handed goal to make it 3-1. 2 minutes later at 5:48, Lexi Stanisewski nets her first of the season from Jaden Trboyevich and Paige Sullivan. With 21 seconds left in the period, Balmoral nets their second ending the period 4-2, Shamrocks. Meagan Grants starts the scoring of the second period at 11:28 making it 5-2 Shamrocks. Lexi Stanisewski nets her second of the game with a great tip from Meagan Grant's shot that she received from Courtney Kelly. The Shamrocks end the second period up 6-2. At 13:25 of the third, Balmoral player Keyara Lea nets her second of the game making it 6-3. Soon after at 12:10, Balmoral scores again making it 6-4. Coach Doherty calls a timeout to settle the Shamrocks down and regroup. The Shamrocks are able to keep the score at 6-4 until Balmoral pulls their goalie and Meghan Galanos hits an empty net shot ending the game 7-4, Shamrocks. Cassidy McEwen was the netminder for the Shamrocks facing 37 shots.
Shamrocks faced NAHA White for their first game on Saturday. After the first period NAHA nets 2 powerplay goals making it 2-0. In the second period, NAHA nets their third powerplay goal making it 3-0. NAHA responds again at even strength making it 4-0. At 3:12, Katie Leffler nets her first of the season from Courtney Gauthier making it 4-1 to end the second. The Shamrocks cannot find the net in the third and NAHA ends up scoring twice in the third making it 6-1. Cassidy McEwen stood on her head for the Shamrocks facing 61 shots.
Saturday night the Shamrocks ended the JWHL Boston Weekend with the New England Hockey Club. NEHC gets on the board first at 6:32 with a power play goal which ends up being the only goal scored in the first period. In second period, Bella Hanson nets her first of the season from Michaela Boyle on a 5-3 powerplay at 15:33. NEHC responds back on the power play at 12:58 making it 2-1 NEHC. With 8:09 remaining in the period, Sarah King gets the puck from defenseman Meghan Galanos and ties the game at 2-2 on the power play. At 6:41 of the third period, Paige Sullivan gets the GWG putting the Shamrocks up 3-2. With 4:32 remaining in the period, Courtney Kelly gives the Shamrocks a go ahead goal making it 4-2. The Shamrocks end the weekend with a 2-2-0 record.
Friday, August 19, 2016
Veteran Boston Shamrocks goalie Kia Castonguay, who has risen through the ranks from the U16 to the U19 team and is committed to Clarkson University, dons the August '16 USA Junior Hockey Magazine cover. By Joshua BoydUSA Junior Hockey Magazine
At Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, Mass., on nearly any given summer's day, you can find roughly 20 members of the Boston Shamrocks women's junior program skating and working on skills in hopes of making this next hockey season their very best. And possibly their last junior year before a hopeful college hockey career.
“We do skills, drills and – if we can get a decent amount of girls – we'll scrimmage,” said first-year Shamrocks U19 head coach Danielle Doherty. “We'll get 20 to 25 of the local girls. I'm on the ice, and all of our coaches – Maria Nasta, Amanda Pelkey and Molly Corl.” Doherty was hired in May, not long after the end of the 2015-16 season. A former player for Boston College, where she played in four Frozen Fours, Doherty brought a year of head coaching experience to the Shamrocks – not bad for someone who just hung up the skates as a player in 2015.
“I got a phone call from Bob and right after that phone call, I set up a meeting to meet with him,” said Doherty. “When I walked into his office and the rink, I was sold. Bob gives his heart and soul, and the No. 1 thing he cares about is the girls, to helping them become the best they can be.” “The first thing that I tell every girl is we treat them pretty much like professionals. I could tell that right from the first time I came into the rink,” added Doherty. “From how Bob presents the team and treats the girls to the equipment, the ice time, everything.”
Doherty is one member of a larger, all-female coaching staff for the Shamrocks' women's teams. She is joined by UMass-Boston standout Nasta and former University of Vermont star Pelkey. Nasta is also head coach of the U14 team, working with assistant coach Christina Henkins. The overall staff also includes U16 head coach Corl (Saint Anselm College) and her assistant coach Abbey Gauthier (Providence College).
“There's a lot of new light put into the program, and you can see that from the amount of recruits we got in a short period of time,” said Rotondo, of the 2016-17 coaching staff. “The excitement and interest has jumped up a lot.” “I think that's huge for the players, to see an all-female staff,” said Doherty. “They're going to listen to us, and respect us. We've been there before. We know what they should be expecting.
“I've been a player, so I've done this before. Pelkey is playing for the U.S. National Team, so she's played at a high level. It's really rewarding when one of your coaches has played for the National Team, and also professionally [for the Boston Pride, of the NWHL],” added Doherty. “Maria's been in the hockey world for many years. We form good relationships with the players, and that's one of the most important things.”
Rotondo was excited when he found out that Doherty might be available to coach his team. “This was a very quick decision,” said Rotondo. “This was a panel of me and two other professionals who are highly respected in the hockey industry. The end result was that Danielle is young and well-respected, has lots of energy and it transfers to the ice, and the way kids react to it. “It took a couple meetings, but we signed her on board and she and her staff were out recruiting two weeks later,” Rotondo added.
Rotondo is not surprised at how quickly some of the top players on the Shamrocks' wish list were signed for 2016-17. “It's the way she presents herself in a professional manner, the way she communicates with parents, the way she sells the program and tells the truth,” said Rotondo. “She'll say ‘Speak with [Rotondo], speak with our academic coordinator [Hannah Irving] and her assistant coach Abbey Gauthier (Providence College). The rest is up to your daughter to come here and perform.'”
2016-17 U19 Boston Shamrocks
Paige Sullivan (Thunder Bay, Ont.)
Jaden Trboybevich (Anchorage, Alaska)
Mary Lambert (Plaistow, N.H.)
Rose Mroczka (Lee, N.H.)
Katie Leffler (Coral Springs, Fla.)
Courtney Gauthier (Tampa, Fla.)
Lexi Stanisewski (Lawrence, Mass.)
Meagan MacNeil (Weymouth, Mass.)
Kassi Graves (Fairbanks, Alaska)
Bella Hanson (Eagle River, Alaska)
Cameron Payne (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.)
Cassidy McEwen (Lloydminster, Alberta)
Kelly Golini (Tewksbury, Mass.)
Jordan Hoya (Edmonton, Alberta)
Courtney Kelly (Arlington, Mass.)
Kia Castonguay (Ipswich, Mass.)
Michaela Boyle (Reading, Mass.)
Sarah King (Wilmington, Mass.)
Ashley DeFusco (Cranston, R.I.)
Lauren Hennessey (Lynnfield, Mass.)