Marshall School will compete at the varsity level for girls hockey in the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) starting in the 2015-2016 school year. The announcement comes just one year after Marshall added girls hockey at the junior varsity level and began participation in the MSHSL.
“Our plan at the onset of adding girls hockey was to expand the program to include varsity competition as the numbers and talent allowed,” Kevin Snyder, Marshall School’s Athletic Director said. “We are very excited to be able to open up the varsity option after one successful season.”
The move has been approved by the Lake Superior Conference, and is expected to be approved by the MSHSL as well.
“We have a committed, talented group of players who have a great deal of experience in hockey, and we’ve had a strong first season together,” Hilltoppers head coach, Sean Storie, said. “There will certainly be some challenges at the varsity level, but I’m confident we are ready to take the next step for Marshall girls hockey.”
The current Hilltoppers junior varsity team has posted a record of 17-3-1 through 21 games this season. Marshall travels to Silver Bay to take on North Shore this Thursday evening at 5 p.m., before hosting Minnehaha Academy at Mars Lakeview Arena this Saturday at 1 p.m.
“When I first arrived at Marshall last year it was clear there was a core group of student-athletes already at our school who were drawn to girls hockey,” Kevin Breen, Marshall’s Head of School, said. “We are thrilled to be able to provide the type of extra-curricular opportunity about which our current and future Hilltoppers are passionate, while pairing hockey with our academic experience.”
On average, more than 98% of Marshall graduates attend a four-year college. The 66 students who graduated from Marshall in 2014 were offered more than $5 million in merit-based academic scholarships. The Class of 2015 has an average ACT score of 27, more than four points higher than the Minnesota state average. Marshall offers 24 different athletic extra-curricular opportunities, with more than 90% of students choosing to participate in at least one option.