Colleges with Top Women Field Hockey Teams

Field Hockey Scholarships

Several colleges and universities in the U.S. have women’s field hockey teams.

The origins of field hockey as an American sport aren’t clear. While we understand the game was imported from England and sometimes played informally at colleges before 1900, it was popularized by its introduction to Vassar in 1901. The NCAA doesn’t sanction men’s field hockey as a sport. That distinction is only for women’s field hockey.

Though an Olympic men’s field hockey team playing for the United States because of the lack of support at most colleges, it is hard to find properly trained players and the team suffers as a result. Women’s field hockey, in contrast, entices a lot of interest as a collegiate sport.

Top Field Hockey Programs

The women at these universities understand how to run the field!

James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA)

Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)

Lebanon Valley College (Annville, PA)

Long Island University — C.W. Post Campus (Brookville, NY)

Lynchburg College (Lynchburg, VA)

Mansfield University of Pennsylvania (Mansfield, PA)

Massachusetts, University of, Lowell (Lowell, MA)

Alvernia University (Reading, PA)

American University (Washington, DC)

Bellarmine University (Louisville, KY)

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (Bloomsburg, PA)

Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA)

Rowan University (Glassboro, NJ)

SUNY — Albany (Albany, NY)

SUNY — Cortland (Cortland, NY)

Salisbury University (Salisbury, MD)

Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, NY)

Springfield College (Springfield, MA)

St. Lawrence University (Canton, NY)

Stanford University (Stanford, CA)

Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY)

Tufts University (Medford, MA)

Boston University (Boston, MA)

Duke University (Durham, NC)

Messiah College (Grantham, PA)

Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)

Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT)

Ohio University (Athens, OH)

University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT)

University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)

University of Louisville (Louisville, KY)

The University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD)

Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA)

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)

Wake Forest University (Winston Salem, NC)

Williams College (Williamstown, MA)


How to Play Street Hockey

In the

Street hockey can be played using various items.

world of street sports, games are led by the most basic considerations such as weather, space, and necessity. Using what’s on hand. A baseball and catcher’s mitt? A soccer ball? A hockey stick, dead tennis ball, and cinder blocks?

If it’s some of the above, you’ve got the fixings for a game of street hockey. You really don’t need much. Just a ball that’ll stay down, a stick, and a way to mark off a boundary so you know where to shoot. Think of it as ice hockey without the ice and less padding.


The goal is the same: to put the ball through your opponent’s goal and to stop your opponent from putting it through yours. Of course, to this end, padding won’t hurt, particularly where inline skates are used. But even if the footwear is sneakers, creating a slower game, some protective equipment is advised. After all, you’re playing on asphalt.

If you’ve ever played ice hockey, you understand what you need for the street version of the sport which is mainly everything except the ice and the ice skates.

At the absolute minimum, all you really need is a hockey stick, a puck or non-bouncing ball, and anything to designate the goals on both ends of the court. That could mean bricks, cinder blocks, or a couple of La-Z-Boys.

You really do need protection

While there’s no checking allowed in street hockey and no one’s going to be slamming your head into the boards, a real good head-first tumble onto the asphalt will hurt a bit. So do have a helmet.

In street hockey, the game played appears like ice hockey. There’s a face-off to begin play, in which the two centers fight for initial control of the ball. Each team tries to put the ball through the opposing goal, passing between players and covering their designated space on the court.


Krysten Mayers: Breaking Stereotypes in Field Hockey

Her father, Leroy, was a player on the Barbados Men’s National Field Hockey Team. Outside of the United States, field hockey was always a sport dominated by both men and women. In the U.S., mostly women play because the sport is still fairly new to the country. Krysten Mayers remembered many times during her childhood where her father had to travel with his national team to various parts of the world to compete.

Field Hockey Beginnings

One day when he came back from touring, she asked him if he could teach her field hockey. He was a little hesitant at first, seeing that it is a hazardous sport, but she was finally able to convince him. At that time, she was around five years old and enthusiastic to learn this fun and interesting sport. That day, her father transitioned from being just her dad to becoming her coach.

As a member of the field hockey teams in her middle and high school and of “G-

Krysten Mayers learned her incredible field hockey skills from her father.

Force,” she started off being oblivious to the hidden game beyond the game on the field of how her race played into her success. Though, as she got more experienced as a player and as a person, the uncomfortable nature of feeling singled out got under her skin. The only reason she understands what it feels like to be on a team and feel completely comfortable is that she was also a member of the Barbados Women’s National Field Hockey Team.

Her development as an African American field hockey player in the U.S. has been a complex but humbling experience. Many folks were not happy that she was crushing it in a white-dominated sport. This forced her to always strive to be better than best because it was only then that she would be acknowledged for her efforts to succeed. It is this mentality that has carved her into who she is today and what will carry her into her future endeavors.

Kenya’s 1st Ice Hockey Team

Ice hockey isn’t exactly the first, second or third sporting activity that comes to mind when you try to put Africa and sports in one train of thought. However, the sport is really taken seriously in several parts of the continent. What is good is knowing that though temperatures are high, there are some countries devoted to ice hockey including Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Algeria, and South Africa.

In warm Kenya, an ice hockey team, the Kenya Ice Lions, defy the weather odds

Kenya’s first ice hockey team, The Kenya Ice Lions, strive to play in the winter Olympics. 

and practice the sport in the only ice rink in Eastern and Central Africa with the desire of playing professional ice hockey and being in the Winter Olympics. Due to the unpopularity of ice hockey, the team has gone on this far through self-motivation and passion.

The Kenya Ice Lions began with a group of Kenyan men who had a real interest after following it for many months. Wanting to be able to move and play like the teams they saw on YouTube, they took advantage of the ice rink in Nairobi and met faithfully to practice until they garnered attention and were helped to create an official team.


Since then, the team members who live in various parts of Nairobi meet once a week to practice. But the true challenge for the team is the fact that their hockey team is the only one in Kenya making it hard to play against a proper team.

The hopeful team is faithfully eyeing qualifications into the Winter Olympics where they pray to make history, offering more awareness of the sport in Africa and igniting more interest for the sport’s development in the continent.

All hopes are high that the team will qualify and make history similar to Phillip Boit who represented Kenya in cross-country skiing in three Winter Olympic Games.

NHL Rule Changes For 2019-20 Season (Part II)

Penalties for Unsuccessful Challenges (Continued):

The Situation Room in Toronto will continue to handle initiating video review in the final minute of regulation time and overtime not to mention continuing to have final say over all Coach’s Challenge video review decisions with input and advice from both the On-Ice Officials and a former Official staffed in the Situation Room.

Referees Review of Major/Match Penalty Calls and Double Minor High-

Referees’ will have more to watch for on the ice this upcoming season.

Sticking Penalties

Major & Match Penalties: Referees will be required to do an on-ice video review for all Major (non-fighting) and Match Penalties they see on the ice for the purpose of (a) “reducing” the penalty to a two-minute minor penalty or (b) “confirming” the penalty. Referees shall not have the choice to rescind a called penalty altogether.

Other Approved Rule Changes

Helmets: Subject to further consultation with the NHL Players’ Association on exact language, a player who loses his helmet during play must (a) leave the playing surface, or (b) get his helmet and put it on his head correctly.

A player who is making a play on the puck or who is ready to make an immediate play on the puck when his helmet comes off shall be given a good amount of time to finish the play before either exiting the ice or getting his helmet. Failure to comply with the above will result in a minor penalty being given to the offending player. A player who removes an opponent’s helmet on purpose is going to be assessed a minor penalty for roughing.

Face-Offs Following an Icing & To Begin A Power-Play: Following an icing and at the beginning of any power-play, the offensive team will have the option of which end zone dot the face-off will occur.

Awarded Goal: If the goal post is displaced on purpose by a goalkeeper during a “breakaway”, a goal will be awarded to the non-offending team.

NHL Rule Changes For 2019-20 Season (Part I)

The NHL is going to have numerous rule changes for the 2019-20 season which will include using expanded video review and improved player safety initiatives, as well as encouraging even more offense and flow in the game.

The rule changes were approved by the League’s Board of Governors, NHL

New rules are coming to the 2019-20 hockey season.

General Managers and the Competition Committee over the last few weeks. NHL Hockey Operations will work on the exact rule book language over the coming weeks. Below is an overview of the changes:

Expansion of Coach’s Challenge

New Category: Besides Coach’s Challenge for “Off-side” and “Interference on the Goalkeeper”, a third category will let the Coach’s Challenge of goal calls on the ice that follows plays in the offensive zone that should have resulted in a play stoppage but didn’t.

This change will let plays be challenged that may involve pucks that are high-sticked to a teammate in the offensive zone, pucks that hit the spectator netting, pucks that have gone out of play but are touched in the offensive zone and hand passes that go before a play stoppage and conclude in the scoring of a goal. Plays that have penalty calls will not be subject to a Coach’s Challenge.

Coach’s Challenges for these sorts of plays (and for “Off-Side” Challenges) will only be available if the puck does not come out of the attacking zone between the time of the missed infraction and when the goal is scored.

Line Changes for Defensive Team: The defensive team will not be allowed a line change when a goalie stops the puck on any shot from outside the center red line. Likewise, if the actions of a skater of the defensive team create a stoppage by inadvertently dislodging the net from its moorings, the defensive team won’t be permitted to do a line change. In both of these examples, the offensive team will have the choice of which end zone dot the face-off will occur.

Hockey Trailblazer Angela James

To see Angela James play hockey was to see something amazing. Her powerful stride left all her competitors in her dust. Her bone-rattling body checks, when that was still part of the women’s game, awaited anyone who tried to catch up with her. She was, as many say, women’s hockey’s first superstar.


James was born in Toronto to an American father who moved to Canada from racially segregated Mississippi and a white Canadian mother. James got her start in hockey in the boys’ house league.

Angela James won four world championship gold metals.

James grew up in a tough neighborhood in North Toronto and skated her way through race and gender barriers as a young black woman playing what was long thought of as the white man’s game. She made it all the way to the international stage and never came to a podium she couldn’t top, winning four world championship gold medals, as well as registering 22 goals and 34 points in 20 games over those four tournaments. She created the way for so many young Canadian women to go on to play hockey on the Olympic stage. The irony is James herself never did.


Even though she’s has since retired from her playing days, James’s legend continues to grow with each young woman who laces up the skates. In 2010, she was the first woman inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame, an honor she shared with Team USA star Cammi Granato.

James earned the nickname “The Wayne Gretzky of Women’s Hockey” after a college season at Seneca where she accomplished 50 goals and 73 points in 14 games.

Angela James is the second black player to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, along with NHL goaltender Grant Fuhr. James was one of the first two women and the first openly gay player to get into the Hall in 2010, seven years after Fuhr’s induction.

Best Hockey Films of All Time (Part IV)

GOON (2011)

Another film that could appear to rank too low on this list. But Goon, similar to Slap Shot, isn’t standing the test of time very well.

Good is still a good hockey movie even though the main character can’t skate.

An amusing story about a dim-minded Doug Glatt (Sean William Scott) who can’t skate but can protect and fight the skilled players by intimidation, this independent Canadian film wants to sell the idea of the self-aware goon who vehemently avenges his teammates since the game is certainly violent. It succeeds as entertaining and fun, as Doug is perhaps the nicest hockey player ever on film. However, its celebration of fighting and lack of attention toward the outcome of fighting just don’t add up.


It’s hard to fill out a roster of great hockey films, and Miracle just makes the cut. There are way better films, like Inside Out, that is hockey themed. There are way better films that few have seen, like Swift Current, which documents Sheldon Kennedy’s experience of sexual abuse in junior hockey. And even though Miracle has its charms, it exemplifies what’s stale about hockey films.

Miracle is guilty of the most hockey film clichés on this list. A group of underdog players beats the invincible team in improbable fashion. The players are bag-skated until they learn an important lesson. The coach dismisses the odds and relies on trust and instincts. The name on the front of the sweater is more vital than the one on the back. A dressing-room speech encourages victory.

Honorable Mentions

The Sweater: This National Film Board short is a time capsule of 50s French Canada, and in that context, it’s a staple in the hockey world.

Inside Out: The Pixar-animated film touches a little on the main character’s relationship with hockey, but it becomes a crucial element to a beautiful story. If you want a good cry, cry heavily on this film.

Best Hockey Films of All Time (Part III)


Despite The Mighty Ducks being the usual Disney fare, it was the hockey film for a generation of young hockey fans who’d never watched The Bad News Bears. A championship game that didn’t conclude with a fight but instead a skilled play. A coach who tells his player, “I believe in you, Charlie. Win or Lose.”

The Mighty Ducks rebukes the win-at-all-costs notion of many hockey films while a team of lower-middle-class kids beats the rich kids. It’s one of the few to have non-male and non-white players on the featured team, and gives on- and off-ice screen time to each character.


Another film taking aim at Canada’s national politics combined with hockey, The Rocket rises above the average hockey biopic by portraying Canadiens legend Maurice Richard as the top of the Quebecois cultural spear during a time of separation between English Canada and French.

The Rocket’s sensitive approach to the story is viewed too in the filming of the hockey scenes. The low-lighting of 50s hockey arenas, the helmet-less players, and the cool color hues give us a notion that Richard is by himself in the cold of the rink.


One of the few movies about a women’s hockey team is called The Game of Her Life.

Documenting the lead-up to the first women’s Olympic ice hockey tournament in ‘98, The Game of Her Life offers a unique and rare look at one of the most important chapters in women’s hockey history from a Canadian perspective.

Made by the National Film Board and directed by Lyn Wright, the film tells of Team Canada’s ascent to its first Olympic Games and its heartbreaking loss to Team USA. These were the first Olympic matches between two of hockey’s greatest rivals, and the very true tension between the teams is set up and explored excellently in the film.


Best Hockey Films of All Time (Part II)

NET WORTH (1995)

There is one part of this film that will stick with someone. Detroit Red Wings general manager Jack Adams is discussing with Gordie Howe over the star’s one-year contract. Howe’s wife Colleen had just encouraged her husband to ask for an extra $2,000 over last season instead of his usual $1,000 raise. Howe is manipulated by Adams and doesn’t. Adams smiles and throws the signed contract in the drawer.

Based on the novel by David Cruise and Alison Griffiths, Net Worth tells about the beginnings of the formation of the NHL Players’ Association in the face of overbearing owners who exploit the players and bust their attempts to create a union.

Hockey is fun. It’s a boy’s dream. At least that’s what owners have been telling everyone.

Once you’ve watched Net Worth, you won’t forget it.


The best hockey movies contain factual pieces about the history of hockey and how the sport originated.

No list of the best hockey films can be accurate or complete to the sport’s troubled history without acknowledging its abusive or exclusionary nature. And no hockey film does this better than Indian Horse.

Taking place within Canadian residential schools that neglected and abused Indigenous children, the film based on Richard Wagamese’s book of the same name centers around a young boy Saul Indian Horse who is taken from his family but tries to pull himself out of the residential school life by schooling himself to play hockey.

Indian Horse is not a story about a resilient “other” who is successful despite the odds. Saul quits hockey despite pleas from his coach who appeals to Saul by showing him the success of Indigenous NHLer Reggie Leach.

SLAP SHOT (1977)

The throne for best hockey film has been Slap Shot’s to lose for years, and yet it’s put out again and again on best-of lists like it’s a geriatric honoree at a Montreal Canadiens pregame ceremony. Its cultural impact and iconography are irrefutable but it’s time to give the throne to more inclusive films.