Girls 16U hockey team is off to a very hot start after returning from a much-needed winter break. The team has spent countless hours practicing, and their hard work seems to be paying off. Just before their road trip to Philadelphia, the team won their first game back from break. As they went to Philadelphia for a five-game tournament stretch, to say the least, the girls were prepared.
The girls went into Philadelphia with lots of confidence and that strategy sure seemed to work. The 16U team went an impressive 5-0 in Philadelphia. Since the break, the 16U Girls Hockey team has gone 8-3.
They are looking forward to continuing their winning streak into the rest of the season. Captains Lily Winckler and Molly Cataldo were asked to reflect on their team and the accomplishments they have made since returning from Christmas break. Lily stated, “It is just such an encouraging feeling to me knowing that we have been able to capitalize on recent events. Especially coming back from break and being able to immediately pick up from where we left off and take it a step further.” Molly adds, “It is such a pleasant feeling, and it helps us gain our confidence as we head into the rest of the season. We are also very proud of the hard work and integrity everyone brings every day.” They are excited to continue to put in the work on and off the ice to make this team the best it can be.
Both Molly and Lily have witnessed notable motivation from their fellow teammates. In order to have such a successful team, they need teamwork. “I think one thing this team has been able to do well which has led to our successes us buying in. Buying in is such an important aspect of having a successful team and each individual has been doing that since they arrived at Winch. Without each player buying into everything we have done and will continue to do we would not be where we are today,” stated Molly.
Girls’ hockey may not always be sunshine and rainbows all the time. The team has faced small challenges but finds ways to overcome them. Since September of 2023, the 16U team has played roughly almost fifty hockey games. Also countless practices each week. One of the challenges they have faced is, “The biggest one would be exhaustion, essentially when traveling. Having long travel days and staying in hotel rooms for multiple weekends in a row while being extremely fun can also get repetitive and tiring while also playing 5-7 high-level hockey games. It can get to be a lot but having a nice rest day to reset and focus on yourself and school has been extremely beneficial for our team.” (Lily Winckler ‘26).
The girl’s 16U team is preparing for their next tournament (NGHL Championship Weekend) down in Hingham, Massachusetts. Then, they head off to the nation’s capital, down in Washington, DC where they will be playing in the JWHL Challenge Cup. We wish the girls the best of luck as they head into the rest of the season.
16U Captains: Lily Winckler ‘26 and Molly Cataldo ‘25
Written By Abby Stone ’24