Stamford Spinnakers
The Girls Ice Hockey Association   
of Stamford, Connecticut

High School (U19) Team Alumnae

True Blue Alumnae*

Seems like girls hockey in Stamford just got started, but the oldest of the Spinnakers alumnae are well beyond college.

Our first captain, Kathleen Malloy '99, worked for the defense with the Spinnakers; now she's doing it again as a Greenwich lawyer.  Caitlin Barnes played defense for the University of Vermont, and is now giving something back to the game as a coach in Darien.  Nicole Mandras, source of many of our early goals, went on to play wing for St. Lawrence University.  Following an excellent hockey career at University of Southern Maine and Hamilton College, Kerry Leonard coached at Colby and then returned to Fairfield County, where, in 2008-09, she coached Wilton HS's new girls team and was recognized as FCIAC Coach of the Year.  As an upperclassman at UVM, Lauren Ferraris '00 thought enough of her years with the Spinnakers to mention them in the bio on her personal home page.  The Spinnakers remember you, too, Lauren.  The four Hynes sisters started a Women's Hockey Club at UCONN in 2005, and it was later joined by Courtney Northrop '07 and a number of our Girls Spring Hockey veterans.  The club played its way to the ACHA's national playoffs in 2006 and 2007, where it competed with Christina Kemp '04, a member of the UMASS Amherst club.  There was a time when Christina's goaltending kept Kristie Ambruso '07 on the bench.  Hard to believe, when we consider Kristie's career as our #1 goalie, and all the games she saved for us.  Her former teammate, Laura Vitolo '05, played hockey at Sacred Heart University.  Anne Altieri played for St. Michael's in Vermont.  Jenny Hopkinson played for the University of Maryland in the DVCHA.  Jess Rosen '04 went to college in Santa Barbara, California, and promised to play hockey if she ever got tired of going to the beach.  Congratulations to Emily Kuchta '07, who was elected WSTC Fairfield County Athlete of the Year after helping to lead our 2006-07 team to its first GAL championship and two tournament championships!  Emily was also a star in other sports on interscholastic teams at McMahon HS.  In 2008 and 2009 we graduated 12 more standout athletes (two of whom are pictured below), and we look forward to adding their post-grad stories here in the years ahead.

What about the rest of our alumnae?  If you ever wore a Spinnakers jersey, we want to know what you're doing...and brag about it.  We also want to know your e-mail address so we can invite you to alumnae events like our homecoming game on Thanksgiving weekend.  Send us a note.


*and one alumnus, Coach Morganteen.