At Hotchkiss we believe that education reaches beyond the boundaries of our classrooms and main building. The development of our students' non-cognitive skills; Boldness, Enthusiasm, Accountability, Respect, Commitment, Attitude, and Teamwork, or BEARCAT as we say, happens at our athletic venues on a daily basis.
We believe that there is more to the game of lacrosse than the game itself. We work the girls to be the best people, teammates, and athletes that they can be by presenting goals and challenges and supporting each other to achieve them. It is a give and take. We learn, laugh and play hard together!
I have brought my children up around these teams and they have not only taught the girls a thing or two about what it takes to be a good teammate but have been lucky enough to be on the receiving end as well.-- Anna Traggio, Head Coach, Girls Varsity Lacrosse
The girls work very hard, both academically as well as athletically, to continue our winning tradition. In the last 14 years we have won the Western New England championship four times (2004, 2011, 2013, 2014) and the Founder’s League championship six times (2005, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014), finishing in the top three all other years but one.
Head coach Anna Traggio joined Hotchkiss in 2003 as an assistant coach for the girls’ varsity lacrosse team and became head varsity coach in 2004. Mrs. Traggio graduated from Brown University in 1993 with a degree in psychology. A three-year starter, she was named Honorable Mention All-Ivy in 1992 and 1993 as the second-leading points scorer both years.
Assistant coach Blake Wynot joined the team in 2002 after distinguished playing careers at Friends Academy on Long Island, where he earned All-American honors, and at Maryland, where he was a three-year starter and reached the NCAA Final Four twice.
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.
Under Coach Traggio, the program has produced 16 All-Americans and 17 Academic All-Americans. Here are just a few of the notable alumnae who have extended their lacrosse careers to the Division I and Division III levels:
Charlotte Schmidlapp '03 – Cornell
Sarah Downing '06 - Vanderbilt
Kaitlyn Perrelle '06 - Princeton
Caitlin Irvine '07 - Trinity
Catherine Fowler '11 - Middlebury
Amelia Dickson '13 - Cornell
Joey Coffy '14 - Cornell
Hafsa Moinuddin '15 - Brown