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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: November 14, 2012
WATERVILLE, Maine --- With one of the top goaltenders in the New England Small College Athletic Conference between the pipes, the Colby College women's hockey team should be tough to play every night in the 2012-13 season.
The Mules, who went 6-17-2 a year ago, open the season Friday at fifth-ranked Middlebury College at 7 p.m.
Colby goalie Brianne Wheeler (Brussels, Ontario) received a nice compliment when the coaches in the league voted her on the All-NESCAC second team, despite playing on a team with a losing record. Wheeler had a .920 save percentage in league games last year and has 1,265 career saves in two seasons.
Colby ninth-year head coach David Venditti watched the Mules struggle on offense a year ago. Colby had just 33 goals in 25 games last year, but will return the top four scorers from last season. Samantha Slotnick (Canterbury, Conn., 6 goals, 7 assists), Lauren Guarente (Wellesley, Mass., 4 goals, 3 assists), Annie Papadellis (Hopkinton, Mass., 4 goals, 2 assists), and Meredith Reynolds (Marion, Mass., 3 goals, 3 assists) will be counted on for offense.
Jazz Bazinet-Phillips (Baltimore, Md.), Sylvia Xistris (Larchmont, N.Y.), and Maddy Borek (Durham, N.H.) also return on the forward line for Colby. First-year forwards Katie Tang (Arlington, Mass.), Maddie Dewhirst (Hanover, N.H.), Breanna Davis (Andover, N.H.), Elisa Rascia (Park Ridge, Ill.), Megan Fortier (Falmouth, Maine), and Sara LoTemplio (Morrisonville, N.Y.) will help to score goals. Fortier just led the field hockey team in scoring in her first season, while Tang could also play defense.
Senior tri-captains Kathy Shei (Iverness, Ill., 4 goals, 13 assists in career) and Ally Kane (Montpelier, Vt., 1 goal, 3 assists last year) will lead the defense in front of Wheeler. Caroline Chessare (Hopkinton, Mass., 4 goals, 1 assist), Carolyn Fuwa (Wilmette, Ill., 2 goals, 3 assists), Jackie Tavella (East Longmeadow, Mass., 2 goals, 2 assists), and Natalie Fischer (Freeland, Md.) also return.
Kat Mackey (Columbia, Md.) is the lone first-year Mule to play on defense. Sophomore Olivia Rivera (Sayville, N.Y.) and first-year Angelica Crites (Middleboro, Mass.) are goalies and will look for minutes behind Wheeler.