Girls’ Ice Hockey

This year’s varsity squad finished the winter with a respectable 12-10-1 record, though there were many chances for the team to garner a few more victories. In the end, Taft competed tenaciously with the best teams in New England, only to come up just short in most of those contests. Those crucial 3rd period goals never materialized for this scrappy, physical team, and this inability to finish off opportunities haunted Taft in close games versus Hotchkiss, Cushing, and Berkshire, the three top-ranked prep school teams. Yet, there was some remarkable scoring prowess from senior co-captains Nicole Uliasz and Kelly Sheridan, along with a very solid season for senior Emily Smith in the net. Sheridan, a gifted forward and playmaker, set a new standard for assists in one season (34), while Uliasz’ team-leading 25 goals propelled her to the career record of 108 goals in four years, just passing Sara Coan’s (’88) 106. Coach Patsy Odden closes out her exceptional 25-year career with 371 wins, 99 losses, 13 ties, and 3 N.E. Championships.

Boys’ Ice Hockey

All the superlatives, statistics, and awards could not quite capture the special triumph of this year’s hockey team. With a best-ever 20-0-3 regular season record and the #1 ranking in New England, Mike Maher’s fast, united, and powerful team succeeded at the highest level in this most competitive of prep school leagues. The team dominated most opponents with a high-flying offense led by captain Tim Pettit and juniors Ryan Shannon, Christian Jensen, and Ryan Trowbridge. The season began with the Lawrenceville Tournament title—thanks to an inspiring double-overtime victory over Choate in the finals—and included spectacular wins against very talented teams from Deerfield (1-0), Hotchkiss (4-1), and Avon (5-1). While the offense entertained the packed crowds at the Mays Rink, it was also remarkable team defense that held opponents to 33 goals in 23 games, an improbable 1.43 average per game. Juniors Chris Ries and Mark Spadaccini shared the goaltending duties, while defensemen Ryan Sochacki, John McNicholas, Sean Cronin, Mike Erensen, and Jamie Sifers all had tremendous seasons. Co-captains Eric Dalton and Pettit deserve much of the credit for uniting this very talented team which, despite a first-round tournament loss, accomplished more than the coaches, players, and fans ever imagined. Mike Maher was honored with the Referee Asssociation’s Coach of the Year award.
Boys’ Ice Hockey

Housatonic Valley and Founders’ League Champions
Head Coach / Mike Maher
Captains / Eric Dalton ’00, Tim Pettit ’00
Record 20-0-3
Angier Hockey Award / Eric Dalton
Coaches Hockey Award / Tim Pettit Captains-Elect / Christian Jensen ’01, Ryan Shannon ’01, Ryan Trowbridge ’01

<center>Icing on the new super rink</center>
Icing on the new super rink


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