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Women's Ice Hockey—2009-10 Season Overview
2013-14 Season Outlook
WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College women's hockey team will start the 2013-14 season with a new-look coaching staff, but the Mules will have a veteran team on the ice and some promising newcomers.
Mallory Young, an assistant coach at Colby for the past four years, will be the interim head coach. Young, a 2005 Colby graduate, will work with new assistant coach Steph Moberg.
Colby returns four-year starter Brianne Wheeler (Brussels, Ontario) in goal and its top eight scorers from last year's 10-15 squad. Young also has eight first-year players on the roster.
"Practices have been high tempo, a lot of energy, and we're excited for the season," Young said. "The first-years bring a sense of energy, but we also know that we have to be patient with them as they learn systems and get accustomed to the speed of the game."
Wheeler, the team's captain, played 95.6 percent of the minutes last year and led the New England Small College Athletic Conference in total saves (682). She earned All-NESCAC honors after the 2011-12 season and heads into her final year with 1,947 saves in 70 games.
Sophomore Angelica Crites (Middleboro, Mass.) and first-year Hannah Insuik (Andover, Mass.) also will see minutes in goal.
"The plan is to get Angelica and Hannah some playing time," Young said. "Bri playing 95.6 percent of the minutes is a lot. A lot will depend on where we are in the season, what we've done so far."
Sophomore forward Megan Fortier (Falmouth, Maine), an All-NESCAC field hockey player at Colby, led the Mules in scoring a year ago with seven goals and nine assists for 16 points. Fortier has played three seasons of varsity field hockey and ice hockey and has led the Mules in scoring each time.
Senior forward Annie Papadellis (Hopkinton, Mass.) and junior forward Lauren Guarente (Wellesley, Mass.) were tied for second in scoring with 13 points apiece. Papadellis had a team-best nine goals and four assists, while Guarente led the Mules in power play goals (4) and had seven goals and six assists.
Senior Samantha Slotnick (Canterbury, Mass.) is the team's career active leading scorer with 18 goals and 14 assists for 32 points. She had seven goals, including three on the power play, and four assists for 11 points. Elisa Rascia (Park Ridge, Ill.) had four assists and Brenna Davis (Andover, N.H.) had one assist.
First-years Katie McLaughlin (Glenburn, Maine), Nikki Donato (Duxbury, Mass.), Hannah Dineen (Parkland, Fla.), Jess Barkley (Toney, Ala.), Delaney Flynn (Scituate, Mass.), Eleanor Knutzen (Winchester, Mass.), and Kailey Buxbaum (Medway, Mass.) will be looking for quality minutes at forward.
The Mules have enough depth on the forward line for Young to move sophomores Maddie Dewhirst (Hanover, N.H.) and Katie Tang (Cambridge, Mass.) back to defense. Dewhirst had four goals and four assists last year, while Tang finished with two goals and four assists.
Natalie Fischer (Freeland, Md.) led all Colby defenders in scoring last year with three goals and five assists for eight points. Carolyn Fuwa (Wilmette, Ill.) had one goal and six assists and Jackie Tavella (East Longmeadow, Mass.) added two goals and two assists. Kat Mackey (Columbia, Md.) also is back on defense after playing all 25 games a year ago.
2010-11 Season Outlook
The Colby College women's ice hockey team will look to rebound from a tough 3-17-5 record from last year in a season where the Mules had just one goaltender for much of the year.
Head coach David Venditti solved that problem with three first-year goalies on the roster this season. Grace Dickinson, Andrea Schweitzer, and Brianne Wheeler are battling for the starting job.
Senior tri-captain Stephanie Scarpato earned All-NESCAC honors for the second straight year with 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points to lead Colby's offense. She has 34 goals and 46 assists for 80 career points.
Marissa Simmons helped out offensively last year with a team-best 13 goals and added six assists for 19 points. Liz Osgood, a tri-captain, added five goals and nine assists for 14 points and has 32 career points. Elissa Kurtz has 29 career points after dishing four assists last year, while tri-captain Meryl Poulin will supply an offensive spark after missing last year with an injury. Tasha Rivard, Sydney Campbell, Alex Essman, Hannah O'Brien, and Meredith Reynolds also return on the forward line.
Kathy Shei (1 goal, 7 assists) and Meghan Tedoldi (4 goals, 2 assists) each return on defense and both had success offensively. Ally Kane and Caroline Chessare also return on the blue line.
First-year players Samantha Slotnick, Annie Papadellis, Sylvia Xistris, Natalie Fischer, and Torie Palffy will all look to make an impact in their debut seasons.
Colby had arguably one of the biggest upsets in any NCAA Division III sport last year. The Mules took a 3-2 home win over top-ranked Amherst, which went on to win the national championship. The Jeff had gone more than 50 games without losing a NESCAC regular season game before the stunning win.