Duluth Marshall Girls Growing with the Program

Alicia Tipcke
Updated: January 07, 2020 10:47 PM

Girls hockey is a young tradition at Duluth Marshall. The program, now halfway through its sixth season, has seen a lot of fledgling talent grow.


"I started to join the team when I was in seventh grade, and that's kind of when we started building the program," said Caitlin Breen, a senior forward with Duluth Marshall.

Breen has been with the Hilltoppers since the program's inception in 2014. When she joined, it was the first girls team she was a part of.

"I grew up in Boston for a short period of time. Moved out of there when I was five. Then I went to Detroit, played a little bit of boys hockey, and then I came to Minnesota. It was the first time I played girls hockey," said Breen.

Boys hockey is what Breen says has helped shape her success in the sport, "it definitely taught me how to be tough and how to be more aware on the ice and definitely how to get stronger to keep up with some of the boys on the team."

Breen now serves as a strong leader on the Hilltoppers. Sitting at 8-6-1 on the season, the 12th ranked squad thrives on their diverse roster with players ranging from seventh to twelfth grade.

"At the start of the year I was paired with a seventh grader playing varsity, and that was really an awesome opportunity for me because I know I was in that position playing varsity in seventh grade. I know how much the senior I played with made an impact on my play," said Duluth Marshall junior defenseman Maren Friday.

"I've learned a lot. I'm learning every day. They're just such great role models. [The upperclassmen] teach me on and off the ice," added Hilltopper freshman forward and defenseman Meredith Boettcher.

The team's top five goal scorers include three seniors and two freshman. Depth on the bench could be their weapon for winning in these final eight weeks on the schedule.

"This is where it really gets serious. We need to decide, 'hey this is something we want to do we want to get to the state tournament' and bare down and just start checking away at all of our goals," said Stephanie Erickson, head coach of the Duluth Marshall girls hockey team.

Boettcher added one last note, "you have not seen the rest of us yet."


Alicia Tipcke

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