• Field Hockey - Varsity

    2022 - 2023


    The Kimball Union Academy Field Hockey team is made up of a strong group of well-rounded female athletes who work hard both on the field and in the classroom. KUA competes in the Lakes Region League, a league comprised of New Hampshire and Vermont schools within the New England Prep School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC). We travel all over New England to play against other very competitive schools. Our program is perennially among the top in our league, having finished as a finalist in the NEPSAC tournament in 2015, and a quarterfinalist in 2012 and 2018. With a strong tradition of winning, the team captured the New England Prep School Class C Title in 2007, 2008, and 2009.

    The 2021 team is made of players from all over the world including places as close as Meriden, NH, and as far as Florida and Germany.

    Many Kimball Union Wildcats have gone on to play at the collegiate level. Recent graduates have or are currently playing at James Madison University, Merrimack College, Skidmore College, Utica College, and St. Lawrence University.

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Team Schedule: Scroll Right for All Games

Away
League
Proctor Playday
Location: Proctor Academy
Home
Scrimmage
St. Paul's School
Location: Kimball Union Academy
Home
League
Hebron Academy
Win 9-0
Location: Kimball Union Academy
Away
League
Proctor Academy
Loss 0-1
Location: Proctor Academy
Home
League
Tilton School
Win 3-0
Location: Kimball Union Academy
Away
League
Kents Hill School
Loss 2-3
Location: Kents Hill School
Home
Northfield Mount Hermon School
Loss 1-5
Location: Kimball Union Academy
Away
Dexter-Southfield School
Loss 0-3
Location: Dexter-Southfield School
Home
League
Proctor Academy
Win 3-1
Location: Kimball Union Academy
Home
League
Holderness School
Win 4-2
Location: Kimball Union Academy
Home
Cancelled
Deerfield Academy
Location: Kimball Union Academy
Away
League
New Hampton School
Loss 0-2
Location: New Hampton School
Home
League
Ethel Walker School
Win 4-0
Location: Kimball Union Academy
Away
League
Brewster Academy
Win 2-0
Location: Brewster Academy
Home
League
New Hampton School
Loss 1-2
Location: Kimball Union Academy
Away
League
Tilton School
Win 7-0
Location: Tilton School
Home
Phillips Exeter Academy
Loss 0-5
Location: Kimball Union Academy
Home
Cushing Academy
Loss 1-3
Location: Kimball Union Academy
Away
League
Holderness School
Tie 1-1
Location: Holderness School
Away
Austin Prepatory School
Win 5-3
Location: Austin Prepatory School
Away
League
St. Paul's School
Win 2-1
Location: St. Paul's School

Statistics

Overall Statistics
W L T %
9 8 1 52.8
League Statistics
W L T %
8 4 1 65.4
Non-League Statistics
W L T %
1 4 0 20

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Team News

List of 15 news stories.

  • Big overtime draw

    On a gorgeous night on the Holderness campus, the Cats took on the Bulls in an entertaining back and forth affair. There was a buzz in the air and the both teams were ready to play. KUA got on the attack early and pushed the pace. Keeping the ball in the attacking circle winning corners and finally making it count, Ainsley Lonczak put the ball past the goalie to give the Cats a 1-0 lead. There was lots of skill showed by both sides, leading to physical play in order to gain space on the field. Stella Kozak again stood tall when called upon, helping keep the Bulls off the board through the 1st half. As the second half started, both side were still going at top speed, and creating chances on both ends.  There were multiple crosses that didn't find the intended target but were dangerous and applied pressure to the D. Both midfields were causing turnovers and leading transitions, but open field was hard to find. Holderness continued to press and broke through with just under 5 minutes to play. KUA did not hang their heads. The girls rallied and almost broke the tie in the last few seconds of the game. At the horn, 1-1 was the score and 7v7 overtime loomed. In the overtime period, it was non stop action back and forth with both teams having opportunities, but the goalies came up big. The game ended in a tie, but KUA left everything on the field and played a great game. 
    The Cats take on Austin Prep tomorrow.
  • Big W

    After an overtime game and a 2 hour bus ride, some weary legs and foggy minds are to be expected. This is what was seen on the field in the first few minutes of this game. The Cats had given everything they had the night before and they were really digging deep. It helps when a cross from Ariana Ftorek gets through all of the defenders and Eva Rossmassler standing on the back post is ready and tips the ball home for a 1-0 lead. This seemed to invigorate the girls and just 2 minutes later Ariana hammered a ball past the goalie for a 2-0 lead. In he 2nd quarter, the play was a bit more balanced with Austin Prep getting a little chippy. The Cats began to use the speed of their passes to exploit holes in the defense and after some great passing the Cats cushioned their lead with another goal from Ftorek. As KUA settled in, clearly tired form the night before, Austin Prep began to tilt the field. They applied pressure and finally broke through with just over 2 minutes left in the half. After the break, leading 3-1, KUA took the field and worked tirelessly. The defense was under siege and bent but did not break. Caroline Daft was creating many turnovers with block tackles and kept transitioning to offense, but it was a bad break that allowed AP to transition and convert a 4 on 1 into a goal. Now 3-2, a frustrated team made positive things happen. The group moved the ball upfield got it to Ariana Ftorek who scored her 3rd goal of the game. 5 minutes of battle later and off a big ball, AP again score on an odd numbered rush against. In typical fashion, there was no head hanging, and off the restart it took just 21 second for Ariana Ftorek to get the ball downfield and into the net for her 4th of the game, with just 4:07 left on the clock. Playing smart defense first hockey for the rest of the game, KUA left Austin Prep with a 5-3 win and are now getting ready to take on St. Paul's Friday.
  • Big tilt, 'Cats come up just short

    In a rematch from a week ago, New Hampton came to KUA looking for an easy win, what they got was anything but that. KUA came out of the locker room dialed in and ready to work. Both teams were connecting on their passes and moving the ball down field, getting chances. Both goalies made great saves keeping both teams off the board. It was not until 5 minutes left in the 1st quarter that Ariana Ftorek broke the scoreless tie. She stepped into the circle and fired a drive into the top corner of the net, giving the 'Cats a 1-0 lead that they held for the last five minutes. NHS started to show some frustration and began to play a more physical game, but KUA did not back down and held them at bay until halfway through the 2nd quarter. 1-1 going into the 2nd half, and the 'Cats were poised to take over the game. KUA did everything but score in the 3rd. They took the ball to the net, earned many corners and shot from everywhere. On defense, they kept NHS to the outside, protected the circle and let Stella Kozak see all of the shots. In the fourth it was again back and forth with both teams refusing to give an inch, until New Hampton won a corner. NHS made some nice passes and found the back of the net to take a 2-1 lead, with 11 minutes left to play. For the final ten minutes, KUA controlled the play, forced the issue but just could break through. The girls gave everything they had but couldn't level the score. Though a loss is never a happy time, there were no hanging heads and plenty of positive momentum to build on for the away game against Tilton Saturday.
  • Big road win gets the 'Cats back on track

    On what felt like a summer day in Tilton, NH, KUA took care of business. KUA got off to a sluggish start and had to get their legs under them after leaving it on the field the night before. Though most of the play was in the Tilton end for the 1st quarter, things seemed to be just a bit off and passes weren't connecting and there were few shots on net. Scoreless after 1, the girls rallied and got back on track. After controlling there play, with just 3:05 left in the half, Ainsley Lonczak got the 'Cats on the board tipping home a sweep from Analena Connors. just 2 minutes later, Portia Berard went through half of the Tilton team, then laid off the ball for Ariana Ftorek to fire it home to increase the lead. After the half KUA cam out fired up and ready to put the game away. In the 3rd, Cam Callahan scored 2, Portia Berard and Mallory Clark scored 1 putting the game out of reach. In the 4th, with 2:30 left, McKenna Dockery scored her 1st ever field hockey goal to put an exclamation point on the game. As the final buzzer sounded and the team went to congratulate Stella Kozak on yet another shutout,, every player had a chance to get on the field and have an impact on the game. This was a great way to finish off a 3 game weekend and a made the bus ride home seem that much shorter. The Wildcats host Exeter on Wednesday, in what is sure to be a great game. 
  • Big W for the 'Cats

    On Saturday on Pope, there was a feeling in the air, a confidence on the bench and a desire that couldn't be matched as the team took the field for warmups. The attention to detail let everyone know that the game was already decided. KUA stared strong, applying pressure, passing around the opposition and creating chances on offense putting Ethel Walker's players on their heels from the beginning. Just 5 minutes in, Mallory Clark notched what would be the winning goal to put the 'Cats ahead 1-0. With great defending not allowing Stella Kozak to be under continuous pressure, she was able to make the saves necessary to keep the lead into the 2nd quarter. Again just 5 minutes in, KUA struck again, this time Ariana Ftorek scored her 1st of the game to extend the lead to 2-0. The middle of the field played exceptionally well, with Ainsley Lonczak, Lulu Leppard and Michaela Cokinos creating turnovers and starting the transition game to keep the pressure on the opposition, giving them no time to recover and catch their breath. With a deeper bench and more players in and out of the game, KUA continued to impose their will as the game progressed. After the half KUA came out quick again. The ball remained in the offensive half for until Ariana Ftorek scored her second of the night. There was a bit of a let down with a 3 goal cushion and Stella Kozak was tested, and she passed with flying colors. Turning away all of the shots that she faced on her way to yet another shutout, her poise in the net would never let on that she is new to the position. Going into the 4th, there was a renewed focus and drive to put the game away. With 8:36 left, Ariana Ftorek did just that, she netted her 3rd for the hat trick and sealed the win for KUA. It was a great team effort, and that is just what it will take to keep this going on Wednesday when KUA travels to Wolfeboro to take on Brewster Academy. 
  • Long Trip, Big Win

    KUA traveled to Wolfeboro to take on Brewster on a sunny but windy and cold day. The 'Cats came out and were a bit sluggish after the long ride. The game was back and forth with many forced turnovers for both sides but the 'Cats kept the play in the Brewster half for most of the 1st quarter. They attacked the circle, controlled the ball and supported each other leading to many corners and sustained pressure. With 5:11 left, Ainsley Lonczak broke through on one of those corners and tipped home a drive from Lulu Leppard. For the rest of the quarter Brewster carried a lot of the play, but the KUA defense wouldn't allow any dangerous chances. The shots were taken from the outside and handled routinely by Stella Kozak. In the 2nd quarter the play was more back and forth, leading to a lot of play in the midfield. Caroline Daft was under pressure all game, and refused to let anyone past. She had countless block tackles which lead to transitions giving KUA some life. Defense leading to offense Lulu Leppard scored with 6:14 left in the hall to put the 'Cats up 2-0, and that is how the half would end. The 3rd quarter was carried by Brewster with KUA losing their shape a few times leading to shots that were canceled out by Stella Kozak. In the 4th the focus was on defense and support of the ball and each other. KUA played smart, sent balls to space for their teammates, defended as a whole and held the ball when needed. In the end Stella made 12 saves and the team got their first road win of the season 2-0. There will be a quick turnaround for the team, as they host New Hampton, Friday on Pope at 4:30
  • Tough Game

    In a hard fought game, KUA came up a bit short at NHS on their parents weekend. The ' Cats came out strong and worked hard in the 1st quarter but couldn't seem to get on track or catch a break. Already playing with a short bench because of sickness, Mary Parker took a drive off the knee and was sidelined the rest of the game. Things seemed to be turning when after an NHS goal, it was confirmed that Stella Kozak couldn't make the save because she was tripped on the play. KUA used this good fortune to put on some pressure. Unfortunately KUA could not capitalize, but the intensity picked up and the game was back and forth. NH struck 1st and did not look back. Though the 'Cats did not stop charging the could not solve the defense that NHS had in place and ended up losing 2-0. The team left everything that they had on the field, and need to recover quick as they take on Ethel Walker's tomorrow on Pope.
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  • Calls didn't go our way

    After traveling to the Boston area and getting ready to compete, the team came out and played hard. It was a tough physical game that was played by both teams. KUA battled hard an had some great chances that they were not able to capitalize on. Ariana Ftorek had some crosses that couldn't be finished on the back post. Mallory Clark had some shots that were stopped by the Dexter Goalie. The defense, lead by Michaela Cokinos held strong and Stella Kozak did all that she could to keep the ball out of her net. With the midfield working har to facilitate the ball and defend, KUA and Dexter went into the half scoreless. 
    After another hard fought quarter, with chances for both teams, an unfortunate bounce altered that path of the ball, and Dexter capitalized for a 1-0 lead. KUA tried to get the momentum on their side, but to no avail, Dexter scored another goal, then followed it up just over a minute later to take a 3-0 lead. A timeout by coach Whittemore settled the players down and got them ready to work an a comeback. The 'Cats played well, worked hard got some chances but in the end fell short. There was no quit on the field, and as has been the case, they stayed unified in defeat.
    There are brighter days ahead as the 'Cats will take on Proctor Wednesday at home.
  • Bus Legs did KUA no Favors

    After a 3 plus hour bus ride with some eventful plot twists, the team finally arrived on the campus of Kents Hill. With just under 30 minutes to prepare, the girls scrambled to get into game mode and warmed up the best they could. At the start of the game, it was a back and forth contest that was not very crisp on the KUA side of the ball. There were many turnovers and passes that did not connect but the girls did their best to keep spirits up and work their way out of it. At the 9 minute mark, off a scramble, KUA was called for an infraction in the circle and KH was awarded a penalty stroke. Though Stella did her best, their shooter made a great shot and the lead was 1-0. After applying some pressure and turning the tide a bit, KH received a corner as the quarter expired, made the Wildcats pay and went up 2-0. At the end of the 1st half, KUA came to life with some good passing plays and offensive zone possession time. With just over 2 minute to play in the half, Ariana Ftorek made a rush down the right side and crossed the ball where Mallory Clark banged it home to bring the 'Cats to within 1. With the 2nd half being a back and forth affair, both teams did a great job clogging up the middle, so there were very few chances. The defense continued to do well for both sides until the referees decided to factor into the game, by giving KH another stroke. This time, learning form the previous stroke, Stella Kozak got her stick on the ball, but could not quite keep it out of the goal. After coach Whitt Called a timeout, the team rallied and got to work. The continued to pressure the KH goal, but couldn't break through, until a loose ball found its way to Ariana Ftorek, who banged it home with 1:47 remaining. If there was more time it was possible that KUA could have pulled even, but time ran out, and the girls had to get on he bus for the long journey back to The Hilltop. 

    KUA plays NMH on Wednesday at Pope field.
  • Great game, ok result.

    It was a gorgeous day on The Hilltop, when KUA took on perennial powerhouse NMH. With some notable players out of the lineup for KUA, there was a real next player up mentality that was going to be implemented in this game. The 'Cats came out strong with Cam Callahan scoring her first goal off a cross form Ariana Ftorek just 46 seconds into the game. This was just the start that KUA needed to get some momentum. The two teams continued to trade rushes but KUA commanded the majority off the play in he 1st quarter. With time winding down, NMH started to get chances and finally broke through to tie the game.  In the second quarter, KUA started strong, but slowly ran out of gas, the defense was bending but not breaking. Caroline Daft and Bright Clark were platooning on the outside D positions, creating lots of turnovers and Hillary Mackall was helping Stella protect the middle. The 2nd quarter went back and forth, with neither team scoring a goal but NMH took a lot of shots. At halftime, there was a lot of positive talk and eagerness to get out on the field and build upon the success that stye had. There was no quit from the team but they knew it was not going to be easy. As the 2nd half began, it was clear that the "cats were starting to run out of gas. As NMH continued to pepper the goal with shots, Stella stood tall and thwarted everything shot at her. With some tired bodies on the field, NMH scored 2 goals in the last 5 minutes to extend their lead. In the 4th quarter, there were some real great performances put forth in the losing effort, Mallory Clark was controlling the ball, and play, working hard to distribute when she could. Ella Erickson did great in a defensive role, not allowing any easy passes. Portia Berard was great as a two way midfield, defending and distributing, and McKenna Dockery did good work in the high mid position. Lena Connors and Eva Rossmassler worked hard and helped create space with speed to release pressure on the defense, and Lulu Leppard had some really nice drives to her get the ball to the offensive players and create scoring chances. In the end, NMH was too much for the Wildcats to handle on this day. Though the score ended up 5-1, there is no doubt that it could have been much higher if it was not for the outstanding play of Stella Kozak. Making 24 saves on the day, she was far and a way the best player on the field, for both teams. Time to get some rest, fine tune some things and get back on the winning track.

    The Wildcats next game is this Saturday at Dexter- Southfield. It is a 4:30pm start, hope to see some parents there.
  • Black out Game Shutout!

    As the sun went down, the lights came on, the fans showed up and the girls showed out! There was a chill in the air and ice in the veins of the Wildcats on this first night game of the year! The Wildcats took on rival Tilton, and left no doubt who was the better team on this night. KUA controlled play from the first whistle until the last horn sounded. Lead offensively by Mallory Clark with the ice breaker and eventual game winner and Ariana Ftorek adding 2 insurance goals, it was a team effort getting Stella Kozak her second shutout of the season. In the 1st quarter the 'Cats stifled and frustrated Tilton, not allowing hem to get any momentum and rarely getting over half. Lulu Leppard and Ainsley Lonczak were key distributors of the ball, allowing the offense to keep their foot on the gas and not letting the Tilton D to catch their breath. Lena Connors and Cam Callahan made sure that when the ball was in doubt, KUA had pressure and created turnovers that lead to multiple corners. The 2nd quarter was much of the same with KUA getting on the board on a nice revers chip by Mallory Clark that went up and over the goalie. 
    The 2nd half was a dominant performance with only one blip. Tilton sent a long ball that squeezed past all of the 'Cats sticks somehow, and turned into a 3 on 1. With Tilton on the rush, Bridget Clark and Mary Parker hustled back to make sure that Stella only had to face 1 shot, then the ball was cleared. It was a tense moment, but one that was handled with no panic but everyone moving with purpose to preserve the shutout. In the end, this was a team effort, and one that proved to the team and the fans that this team is a group to be reckoned with in the Lakes Region this year.
    There is little time t rest as the team will get on the bus and head to Kent's Hill for a game on Saturday.
  • 1-0 Defeat evens the season record

    Another strong showing for the Varsity squad in a tough 1-0 loss to Proctor. After a short ride, the Wildcats came out with some bus legs and Proctor was on the attack. The KUA defense played well and made the Hornets take shots that were contested, all of which were turned away by Stella Kozak. Towards the end of the quarter the 'Cats got back on track and took some of the momentum back. Some nice passing plays leading to outlast and opportunities in the Proctor half. The second quarter was a back and forth affair, with both teams having chances in the circle. KUA did a great job of bending and not breaking when the ball entered the shooting areas. Michaela Cokinos and Mary Parker really protected the middle of the field when Proctor attacked the right side, causing multiple turnovers leading to transition chances. On the offense, Ainsley Lonczak and Mallory Clark were key distributors, allowing the forwards to be dangerous. As the half time horn sounded, both teams took a well deserved rest. 

    In the second half, it was the tale of inches. On the offensive side, KUA did a great job winning corners and just missed capitalizing on a few of them. Ariana Ftorek beat the goalie with a shot, but just barley missed the net.  Eva Rossmassler was alone on the back post for a cross, but couldn't get her stick on the bouncing ball. That seemed to be the way things were going, but the team never gave up the fight. With 15:23 left, Proctor broke through and took a 1-0 lead. Instantly, the 'Cats went back on the offensive, pressuring the goalie trying to tie the game. No one gave up and they gave it everything that they had, but couldn't find the back of the net. Though the team came up short on the scoreboard, they played an amazing game and have shown a lot of growth as a group over the past 2 weeks. The future is bright for this KUA team, and the future is now.

    The 'Cats next game is 6pm this Friday 9-23, under the lights on Pope field. This is the first night game, a black out game, so if you are going to be in attendance please wear as much black as you can!
  • Wildcats Win Season Opener

    The KUA Field Hockey team came out strong in their season opener. Wildcats were ready to play an early afternoon game. The team immediately attacked the net and put pressure on Hebron's defense. With about 8 minutes remaining in the first quarter, the Wildcat's first goal was inserted into the circle off of a free hit by Lulu Leppard; Ari Ftorek then redirected the ball for the goal. Just 5 minutes later, Portia Berard carried the ball past a Hebron defender into the circle and took a shot that Hebron's goalkeeper saved. Ainsley Lonczak got the rebound off the goalie and redirected the ball past her into the net. Wildcats ended the 1st quarter 3-0, with the final goal coming from Ari Ftorek, who deflected a pass from Cam Callahan into the net.

    In the 2nd quarter, the wildcats scored 3 goals with just under 5:30 remaining in the quarter. 1st goal was carried in my Cam Callahan, who sent a cross ball for Eva Rossmassler to redirect into the net. 2nd goal was a cross ball by Eva Rossmassler to Ari Ftorek, who deflected the ball into the net. The final goal of the quarter was off of a corner with time expired. Wildcats kept the ball in the circle, and Eva Rossmassler got a final touch to direct the ball past the goalkeeper.  

    Wildcats were up 6-0 to start the 3rd quarter, which remained the score until the 4th. With just under 12 minutes remaining, the Wildcats earned another corner, and Cam Callahan inserted the ball to Michaela Cokinos, who ripped a shot from the top of the circle into the net. With a little over 5 minutes remaining, Caroline Daft sends a strong ball through the circle to Eva Rossmassler, who redirects it into the net. The game's final goal was a group effort and involved all new players for the Wildcats. Portia Berard put pressure on the Hebron defender, while Bridget Clark made a move to come up with the ball and cross it to McKenna Dockery, who took a shot on net, but the Hebron goalkeeper blocked it. Eva Rossmassler settled the rebound and deflected the ball past the goalie. 

    The final score for the game was KUA 9 Hebron 0. Scoring summaries:
    Ari Ftorek - 3 goals
    Ainsley Lonczak - 1 goal
    Eva Rossmassler - 4 Goals, 1 Assist
    Michaela Cokinos - 1 Goal
    Cam Callahan - 3 Assists
    Lulu Leppard - 1 Assist
    Caroline Daft - 1 Assist

    Wildcats look forward to their first Lakes Region League matchup against Proctor Academy on Wednesday, 9/21, at 2:30 pm.
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