Five Seasons (80-39-6 through 2016-17)
David Stockdale enters his sixth season as head coach of the Franklin Pierce University women's ice hockey program in 2017-18. The only coach in program history, through five seasons as the bench boss in Rindge, Stockdale has posted an 80-39-6 (.664 winning percentage) record over 125 games at Franklin Pierce to run his record to 84-55-6 (.600) over 145 games in six seasons as a collegiate head coach.
Hired to begin the program at Franklin Pierce with just 20 games of collegiate head coaching experience under his belt, Stockdale came on board in October of 2011 to begin preparations for the team's inaugural season of 2012-13. In addition to recruiting ahead of the team's on-ice debut, he assisted in overseeing renovations of the program's off-campus home, the Jason Ritchie Ice Arena, ensuring the women's program had a lockerroom to call its own, adjacent to the space occupied by the Franklin Pierce men's program. Throughout the preparation year and the team's first season, Stockdale also shepherded the program towards a spot in ECAC East, where it began play in 2014-15.
In 2016-17, the Ravens finished at 18-7-2 under Stockdale, including a mark of 12-5-0 in the New England Hockey Conference. The season was highlighted by the signature weekend sweep thus far in program history on Jan. 20-21. Franklin Pierce pulled out a 3-2, upset win at No. 3 Norwich on Friday night, backed by 43 saves from Shannon O'Neil, and then turned around and notched a 2-1 win over Holy Cross on Saturday afternoon. O'Neil earned the first major award in program history at the conclusion of the season, as she was named NEHC Goaltender of the Year, and later was named to the New England Hockey Writers All-Star Team. O'Neil (First Team) and Alex Brolsma (Third Team) earned All-NEHC honors on the year, while Meg Gilbride landed on the All-Rookie Team.
In 2015-16, Stockdale led the Raven women to a 17-8-1 mark and a conference record of 10-7. Franklin Pierce played well on the road with a 9-4-1 record. During a tough stretch at the beginning of January, the crimson and grey won five straight contests while four of the five duels were played on the road. At the end of the season, senior defensemen Hayley Arnold became the first player in program history to earn All-Conference honors as she was named to the All-NEHC Second Team. Before the playoffs, the Ravens were ranked as the third seed at the NEHC Open hosted by Saint Anselm and were clawed by the Hawks 2-0. However, the Ravens got another chance and defeated Saint Michael's 6-0 in the consolation game which gave the crimson and grey a third place finish.
The program's ECAC East debut in 2014-15 went better than even internal projections could have anticipated, as the Ravens rolled to a its first 20-win season (20-6-1), including a 13-4-0 league mark which allowed them to finish tied for third. The program also made its first-ever postseason appearance, where it defeated Saint Michael's in the semifinal round of the ECAC Open Tournament, but eventually fell to Holy Cross in the title game. Among the highlights of the season were a six-game winning streak in November, a seven-game winning streak spanning December and January, and another six-game winning streak in February. The Ravens continued to protect their home ice in 2014-15, with a 10-2-1 record at Jason Ritchie Ice Arena, leaving the team 22-2-1 at home over the last two years.
The success allowed the team to take home a pair of postseason honors in 2014-15, though it likely deserved even more recognition. Sophomore forward Marissa Ketterman led the league in overall scoring, with 15-20-35 in 25 games, and finished fourth in scoring in league play, with 10-11-21 over 17 games, but settled for an All-ECAC East Honorable Mention. Also an All-ECAC East Honorable Mention, sophomore goaltender Shannon O'Neil led the ECAC East in overall save percentage (.947) and ranked third in goals-against average, while ranking second (.953) and third (1.38) in those same categories, respectively, over 479:55 in the crease in league play.
The Ravens set the table for their ECAC East debut with a wildly successful campaign in 2013-14, the program's last of two independent seasons to begin its existence. Stockdale guided the team to an 18-4-2, which included a nine-game unbeaten streak from Jan. 7-25 and a perfect, 12-0-0 record at home at Jason Ritchie Ice Arena. The .792 winning percentage ranked fourth in the country among all Division II/III squads.
A program which had featured lopsided production out of its top line in its inaugural season began to flash some depth the second time around, as 10 players topped 10 points. Karsyn Baker (17-15-32) and Colleen Doucette (7-15-22) both improved on their freshman go-arounds, while continuing to man the team's top line, along with Michaela Faia (6-11-17). Marisa Ketterman (11-8-19) proved to be the team's leading freshman threat, as she finished second on the team in goals and third in scoring while splitting time between the second and third lines. Defensively, a pair of freshman backstops, Noelle White (52.1% of team's minutes) and Shannon O'Neil (47.7%), combined to notch three shutouts on the way to posting a 1.66 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage.
In the program's only season thus far, it began its history with a 7-14-0 campaign in 2012-13. The mark was good enough to post the most wins among three Division II/III squads playing their inaugural campaign that year, bettering both Stevenson (6-15-1) and Univ. of New England (1-10-0). During the season, the Ravens faced off five times against Division I independent Sacred Heart, including squeaking out a 3-2 win at home on Feb. 15 against a team which finished 16-13-2; it was arguably the premier victory of the program's first season.
The inaugural edition of the Ravens was led by an all-freshman top line of Karsyn Baker (9-18-27), Colleen Doucette (12-9-21) and Michaela Faia (11-9-20), who combined to account for 32 of the team's 49 goals on the season (65.3%). The trio were the only players on the club to top 20 points, while Sarah Sheils (2-8-10) also reached double digits in only 11 games, before missing the rest of the season due to injury. Amelea Gray, a transfer from Hamline, proved herself a respectable backstop in the Ravens' debut, as she posted a 2.93 goals-agaisnt average while logging 93.9% of the team's minutes in net. With a roster featuring only two juniors and 22 freshmen, the Ravens will look to continue to add depth and are poised for growth through the program's formative years.
Stockdale joined Franklin Pierce from Castleton State, where he took over as the head coach six games into the 2006-07 campaign and oversaw every facet of the program, including budget, travel, recruiting and academic monitoring of his student-athletes. Three of the top four scorers in program history played for Stockdale during the season and all three posted their highest single-season scoring totals under his mentoring.
Following Castleton State, Stockdale served as the assistant coach and head recruiting coordinator for Chatham University for two seasons from 2007-09 and then joined Univ. of Maine as an assistant coach for the 2009-10 season. It was a return to Orono for Stockdale, who opened his coaching career with three years as an assistant for the Black Bears in 2003-05, before becoming an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Southern Maine in 2005-06.
In addition to his collegiate experience, Stockdale -- a 2003 graduate of the University of New Hampshire -- recently served as the head girls’ hockey coach at Seton Catholic Central School in Plattsburgh, N.Y. During Stockdale’s time at Chatham, he helped to recruit four of the top-five players in program history for career scoring. He also has extensive instructional experience as he has served as an evaluator and counselor at various hockey camps, including serving as an evaluator and camp coach for USA Hockey since 2006.
Franklin Pierce University Women's Hockey Head Coach
|Years||Wins||Losses||Ties||Conf. Wins||Conf. Losses||Conf. Ties||Highlights|
|2014-15||20||6||1||13||4||0||ECAC Open Tournament Finalist, Program Record for Wins|
|2015-16||17||8||1||10||7||0||Third Place; NEHC Open Tournament|
|2016-17||18||7||2||12||5||0||Tied for fifth place; NEHC Open Tournament|
|FPU Total||80||39||6||35||16||0||.664 FPU / .686 Conference|
|Six Year Total||84||55||6||37||29||0||.600 Overall / .561 Conference|
Castleton State College Women's Hockey Head Coach
|Year||Wins||Losses||Ties||Conf. Wins||Conf. Losses||Conf. Ties||Highlights|
|2006-07||4||16||0||2||13||0||Took over after five games|
|One Year Total||4||16||0||2||13||0||.200 Overall / .133 Conference|