Immaculate High School has announced that four Ridgefield students from its athletic program will go on to play sports in college.


At the school's third signing ceremony of the year, student athletes represented ten sports at colleges and universities, including Division 1 and Division II schools.

Ridgefield residents included:

  • Natalie Kennedy of Ridgefield will play D1 women’s ice hockey at Sacred Heart University where she will be a nursing student in the honors program. Natalie has played as a center on the Brewster Lady Bulldogs ice hockey team, where she has been a captain for the last three years, but will most likely play wing at Sacred Heart. The Bulldogs won the New York State Amateur Hockey Association U16 Championship last season and attended the USA Hockey Nationals. At Immaculate, Natalie played defense on the girls lacrosse team and is one of the senior captains.

  • Maura Murphy of Ridgefield will run both cross country and track (mid-distance) for Springfield College. As captain, Murphy ran cross country and track. She was a strong member of the Immaculate teams that won the SWC and State Championship titles and earned third place in the New England Nationals meet this fall.

  • Sophia Pilla will attend the University of Georgia’s College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, where she will be a part of their Division 1 equestrian team. She will study to become a large animal veterinarian.  Pilla had top finishes in the equitation, hunters and jumpers divisions at premier shows across the country. In 2018 she won the Overall Washington Equitation in Lake Placid (N.Y.) and the Maclay in Wellington, Fla., which qualified Pilla to compete in the George Morris Equitation Championship. Among other honors, she also won multiple titles in the Junior Jumpers in 2018, qualifying for the US Jumper Championship in Washington finishing second in the speed round, and won the $10,000 Junior Jumper Classic at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington.

  • Anna Richards will major in Nursing at Sacred Heart University, where she will also be a member of its Division 1 varsity cheerleading squad. A captain of the Immaculate cheer team her senior year, Richards was named to the SWC All-Patriot cheerleading team. She also played lacrosse at Immaculate her junior and senior years.


Immaculate High School, located in Danbury, is a private, non-profit Catholic college-preparatory institution that serves students from 28 communities in Connecticut and New York. It was founded in 1962.


For more information, contact Public Relations Coordinator Janine Azzi at jazzi@myimmaculatehs.org or call 203-744-1510.