The Wesleyan University women's ice hockey team will begin its 2016-17 season with a home-and-home against Division I Sacred Heart University. The opening game will take place on Friday, November 18th at 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart, and will be followed by a 3 p.m. contest at Spurrier-Snyder Rink on Saturday, November 19th.
Head Coach Jodi McKenna, who is entering her ninth season at the helm, will look to guide the Cardinals to their 15th NESCAC Tournament appearance.
The Cardinals' 2016 slate features 16 NESCAC games and seven out-of-conference matchups. Of the team's 23 contests, 11 will be played at home on Spurrier-Snyder Rink, while two currently feature top-15 opponents in the USCHO and D3hockey.com rankings – No. 5/4 Middlebury and No. 7/6 Amherst. Wesleyan will not see a NESCAC opponent until the first week of December, but has a solid slate of non-conference games that will help prepare the Cardinals for the rigors of conference play.
MEET THE TEAM:
- Wesleyan returns 17 players from last year's team and will add eight freshmen to the roster. The team also boasts a strong veteran presence with seven seniors coming back. McKenna notes that the senior class will be key for the team this season, and the group as a whole has "skill, grit, speed and smarts."
- Jess Brennan '17 led the team in goals last year with seven, and amassed a team-leading ten points as well. Along with Ellery Sarosi '17, who was second in goals (6) and points (9), and recorded two game-winning goals, the two seniors will look to lead the offense to a successful season.
- Madzie Carroll '17, Rachel Aronow '17 and Cici Frattasio '18 each registered six points a piece last season and will look to be valuable contributors to the team.
- The freshmen class features Alexis Banquer, Colleen Castro, Allie Damren, Allegra Grant, Miranda Nestor, Alicia Nickolenko, Caroline Seibold and Sam Smith. McKenna says all seven will see time at every position, especially in net, where the Cardinals graduated both of their goaltenders; Laura Corcoran '16 and Corinne Rivard '16. She says the newcomers have "brought a great skill set and energy to the team."
HEAD COACH JODI MCKENNA:
"We are looking forward to starting and to showing what Wesleyan hockey can be. The NESCAC is a great league in which to play. Every game is tough and we are excited to make our mark."