McGathey earns hockey gold at IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship
Morgan McGathey ‘25, a proud member of the U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Hockey Team, recently traveled to Zug, Switzerland, with her teammates to compete in the 2024 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Women’s World Championship. Team USA won all six of its games and took home gold Jan. 14 with a 5-1 victory over Czechia in the championship game.
A forward, McGathey played all six games of the tournament. The Braintree native scored two goals and tallied six assists. And, watching an ocean away, McGathey’s Thayer coaches and teammates cheered her on every step of the journey.
“The coaching staff is beyond excited for Morgan and the US U18 team on their performance in the world championships,” said Brandy Fisher-Bailey P ‘28, ‘29, Thayer’s girls varsity head coach. “We could not be more proud of the role Morgan played and her overall performance as measured by statistics and sportsmanship. Her teammates were super-excited to see her playing at the top level and loved getting to hear all about the competition and travel abroad for Team USA.”
McGathey, who has committed to play college hockey for Harvard University, serves as a captain for Thayer’s varsity squad with Mia Ng ‘24, Celia Benson ‘24, and Josephine Brown ‘24. Her positive impact is felt both on and off the ice, said her coach.
“Morgan is the kind of person you dream about coaching,” said Fisher-Bailey. “She not only has an A+ skill set on the ice, but she’s also humble and hardworking. These character attributes make her an outstanding role model for our team.”
But McGathey wasn’t the only one with Tiger pride celebrating a world championship in Zug. Melissa Piacentini ‘12, the current assistant coach of the Northeastern women’s hockey team, served on the national team’s coaching staff as its video coach.
Learn more about Team USA and its victory by visiting the IIHF website.