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 in an outstanding hockey facility and state of the art fitness center right in the center of the Milton campus in the Athletic and Convocation Center. The team plays a competitive game and tournament schedule, which includes co-hosting the prestigious Harrington tournament during the winter holiday season.
That, combined with a 2:1 practice to game ratio and an outstanding 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 just finished his 7th season at Milton. In his tenure, the team has reached some new milestones. In 2017-18 the team recorded their highest ISL finish and best overall and ISL records in the past 15 years, finishing with a 12-7-1 record overall and a 9-3-0 record in the ISL. The team has also recorded its highest finish ever in the prestigious Harrington Holiday Tournament, been selected for the New England Tournament (in 2016) for the first time in over 15 years, and won the Exeter New year’s Tournament.
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 also 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 2021 Deans at Milton, and resides on campus in Forbes House.
Assistant Coach: Lauren Fitzgerald
Lauren Fitzgerald is in her third 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. Lauren also helps out coaching Field Hockey and Softball at Milton.
Assistant Coach: Matt Petherick
Captains: Julia Johnson ’19 & Mary Thompson ’19
Assistant Captains: Maggie Emerson ’19 & Sadie Lestage ’19
2nd Team (Junior Varsity)
Head Coach: Brian Reeves
Assistant Coach: Gregg Reilly
Assistant Coach: Amy Hickey