MORRISTOWN, NJ – The Morristown High School girls ice hockey program made history on Friday afternoon playing in its first-ever game against Morristown-Beard School at Twin Oaks Ice Rink in Morristown.
Coached by Kelly Dolan, an alumna of Morristown-Beard, the Colonials went up against the Crimson in an all-girls game featuring a ton of local interest. Morristown lost the
game, but the overall day was a huge success.
“It was our first game ever, so all things considered I think it was a pretty good result for us,” Dolan said. “We had a huge turnout. The place was packed. The stands were full of people.”
Morristown has four games on its schedule this year with 19 girls on the team.
“Things have been going great,” Dolan said. “It has been a really great experience so far. We’ve had a ton of support from the boys program. We have a great group of girls. We had 19 girls come out, which is unheard of for a first-year program.”
For Dolan, playing against her old high school was also an interesting experience.
“It was really cool,” she said. “The varsity coach there (Bruce Driver) was the coach I had. He was really excited to see another girls team in the area. He was really happy for me. It was awesome to play where I used to play.”
The goal for Dolan is to see the program get to varsity level competition. Right now, the girls program is primarily playing junior varsity teams.
“Most of the girls have never played hockey before,” Dolan said. “It’s a full learning experience for everyone, myself included. They are getting it pretty quickly. Our best player is only a freshman. In a few years I’d like to develop into a competitive varsity team. I think that’s the overall goal.”