Minutes earlier, as a few remaining leaves began to fall, some of the school’s 410 students walked to class.
The sun was shining and it was a beautiful late fall day on the picturesque 350-acre Middlesex School campus in Concord, Mass.
Briana Mastel grinned from ear to ear. She’s excited to be the new assistant director of admissions - and thrilled to be starting her tenure as Middlesex’s varsity girls hockey coach.
Mastel was a star prep school athlete, a three-sport captain at Choate Rosemary Hall.
A native of Wallingford, Conn., Mastel took her hockey talents to Harvard University, where she won a Beanpot championship, two Ivy League titles, and helped the Crimson earn a trip to the national championship game.
After graduating from Harvard, Mastel signed a professional contract with the Boston Pride of the National Women’s Hockey League. She played in 30 games for the Pride over the last two seasons.
Now the 27-year-old Mastel is ready for her next challenge, leading the Middlesex program after serving as a coach with the East Coast Wizards’ junior program.
Mastel recently answered 10 questions from NEHJ.