The Hotchkiss field hockey program is committed to excellence in and out of the classroom and on the playing field. This pursuit of excellence has warranted an amazingly rich tradition of success since Hotchkiss went coeducational in the fall of 1974. As a member of the Founders League, the Western New England Prep School League and New England Prep School Athletic Council, the varsity squad has compiled quite a noteworthy record throughout its 42 year history.
Offering three levels of competition provides an opportunity for student-athletes of varying ability and experience the chance to participate interscholastically. The varsity, junior varsity and thirds teams practice on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with games typically on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The junior varsity and third teams average 12-14 games per season, while the varsity plays a demanding 15-game schedule against many of the top Division I teams.
Even more important than the win-loss record, the beautiful playing facility or the college placement, however, is the personal growth that each athlete experiences during her field hockey career. Being a part of the Hotchkiss field hockey program teaches the importance of honor, character, hard work, and respect for others.
-- Robin Chandler, Head Coach, Varsity Field Hockey
Under head coach Robin Chandler, the program has reached the pinnacle of New England prep school field hockey and remained there for more than a decade. The team has won 12 New England Class A championships, including 10 consecutive titles from 2002-2011 and most recently in 2014. The Bearcats have also captured 17 Founders League titles (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006-2015) and 12 Western New England Championships (1998, 1999, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010-2015) under Coach Chandler, whose record with the team stands at 303-22-17.
Our natural-grass facility includes two full-sized playing fields, one for the junior varsity and thirds teams. The quality of this playing surface has played a major role in the development of our highly skilled players over the years. In addition, our facility has been the site of three Division I New England Tournaments (1994, 1996 and 1998). Hotchkiss has also been very fortunate to install a synthetic turf field that was completed in the fall of 2006. This terrific facility is the home for our varsity field hockey and lacrosse teams.
Head coach Robin Chandler '87 returned to the Hotchkiss faculty in 1995 as the assistant athletic director, and now holds the position of Director of Athletics. While a student, she was the first female athlete at Hotchkiss to win 12 varsity letters, captaining all three teams (field hockey, ice hockey, and softball) in her senior year. Ms. Chandler continued her hockey career at Dartmouth College, where she earned Honorable Mention All-Ivy honors in 1989, 1990, and 1991, when she captained the school's first-ever Ivy League title.
Assistant coach Kaitlyn Perrelle '06 joined the team in 2016 after coaching stints at both Harvard and Lafayette. Ms. Perrelle graduated from Princeton University in 2010, where she lettered in both field hockey and lacrosse. She led the Tigers to four Ivy League championships and a NCAA Final Four appearance, and earned multiple All-Ivy League honors. At Hotchkiss, Ms. Perrelle was captain of the field hockey team, which won four New England and three league titles, and the lacrosse team, which won one Western New England and two league titles. She was also Hotchkiss' first All-American field hockey player. Ms. Perrelle was also a member of the USA Field Hockey U-21 national team from 2007-09 and won a gold medal in the 2008 Junior Pan-American Games.
Assistant coach John Virden '64 has been with the program since 1997. Coach Virden, who works primarily with the goalies, retired in 2015 after 34 years of service in myriad positions, including 25 years as Dean of Students.
Assistant coach Jamie Phinney is in her second year with the team. A Harvard graduate who captained the ice hockey team for the Crimson, Coach Phinney was also a member of the US women's Olympic hockey team that won bronze at the 2006 games in Torino. Coach Phinney works and lives at the Salisbury School.
Over the years, many of our players have continued their field hockey careers at top Division I and III collegiate programs such as Princeton, Brown, Dartmouth, Boston College, Williams, Amherst, Middlebury and University of Michigan. We have had a great deal of success in this area because Hotchkiss has a reputation of strong academics coupled with top-notch athletics.
Catherine Fowler ‘11 -- Middlebury College
Leah Settipane ‘12 -- Boston College
Ally Chute ‘12 -- Guelph University
Carly Bennett ‘13 -- Michigan University
Sara Martineau ‘13 -- Boston University
Priya Sivalingam ‘14 -- Williams College
Grace Jennings ‘15 -- Middlebury College
Hannah Leckey ‘16 -- Brown University
Olivia Ostrover ‘16 -- Harvard University
Calla Khilnani ‘16 -- Williams College
Emma Lukens ‘16 -- Middlebury College