About the Program
The girls’ ice hockey program has a long and storied tradition of competing at the Division 1 level of prep hockey in the highly competitive ISL (Independent School League). The Mustangs train within an outstanding hockey facility and state of the art fitness center right on the Milton campus. The competitive game and tournament schedule, along with our practices and strength and conditioning program, allow for players to develop to their full potential. Former Mustangs have gone on to play college hockey for several of the top division I and III programs.
The Milton girls’ ice hockey program is committed to achievement on the ice and in the classroom combined with life balance. The lessons learned by our athletes, hard work, commitment, teamwork, winning with grace and losing with honor, are lessons that will stay with them throughout their lives.
Our goal is to develop the total person, one who is a role model to others, athletes and non-athletes alike. Through the development of the athlete as a complete player, teammate, student and young adult, the Milton girls’ ice hockey team provides a platform for the player to achieve her goals and set an example for others. We strive to provide a developmental model that is based on personal, athletic and academic achievement.
To achieve these results we will create a team-first, competitive and fun learning environment on a daily basis. This model will put our players in the best position to have great college options, and a successful future with and beyond hockey.
Coaches and Captains
1st Team (Varsity)
Head Coach: Ryan Stone
Ryan Stone is beginning his 5th season at Milton. Last season was the most successful season in recent history at Milton. Coach Stone guided the Mustangs to an 16-12-0 record with a 7-5 record in the ISL and the team earned a berth in the New England Division I Tournament for the first time in over 15 years.
Coach Stone has over 15 years of women’s college coaching experience. Prior to Milton, he was the top assistant coach at Colgate University. He has also been an assistant coach at Brown University and was the first ever head coach at RPI. In the 2005-06 season Coach Stone took a year away from the collegiate ranks, living in Harbin, China as he served as the head coach of the Chinese National Women’s Hockey Team. Ryan has also spent the last ten summers coaching at the USA Hockey Girls Development Camps. The past five summers, Coach Stone has been one of the on-ice directors at the USA Hockey Select 15 and Select 14 National Development camps. From 2012-2015, in addition to leading Milton, he served as an assistant coach for the Boston Blades women’s semi-pro team of the CWHL, the 2015 & 2013 Clarkson Cup Champions. Ten players from that team represented the US and Canada on their respective teams at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games.
Coach Stone also serves as one of the Class of 2018 Deans at Milton, and resides on campus in Forbes House.
Assistant Coach: Lauren Fitzgerald
Lauren Fitzgerald is in her second year as a coach at Milton. She came to Milton after a successful college career. Lauren played a Colgate for one season before finishing her career at Trinity. In her senior season, she helped the Bantams to a NESCAC Championship and NCAA appearance.
Assistant Coach: Blake Bolden
Blake Bolden joins the Milton staff this season, while continuing her pro career with the Boston Pride of the NWHL. Blake was a 4-year standout defender with the Boston College Eagles, helping the team to 3 straight NCAA tournament appearances. She was named to the Hockey East all-league team and in her senior season, she was a Patty Kazmaier nominee, with 29 points from her defensive position. Blake continued her hockey career after college with two years on the Boston Blades of the CWHL, helping the team to a Clarkson Cup Championship. And in the first season of the NWHL, Blake was drafted by the Boston Pride and helped that team earn the first ever Isobel Cup.
Captain: Claire Dudley ’18
Assistant Captains: Meaghan Steck ’18 & Emily van der Veen ’18
2nd Team (Junior Varsity)
Head Coach: Brian Reeves
Assistant Coach: Gregg Reilly
Assistant Coach: Amy Hickey