The team has added nine new players who looks to prove themselves in this upcoming matchup. These players have proved themselves in the two weeks of practices that have prepared them for this moment. Forwards Josie Dillard, Allie Litzinger, and Caroline Forsmo have added a new level of competition to the team and seek to make a positive impact especially for this weekend’s series against DU. Every practice, they run the drills with confidence and energy that will be advantageous for the forward lines as a whole. Freshmen Darby Easterday, Alyssa Schmidt, Sarah Watler, and Michelle Kaczmarek have proved to be a great benefit to the defense lines. During the 2017-2018 season, the team had to run with an average of three defensemen per game, which is practically unheard of for a hockey team in general, let alone an ACHA Division I team. This was a great challenge, but the addition of new players will further the intensity and balance of the defense lines. Sonya Benson, Teagan Ries, and Mackenzie Roberts are the goalies this year. Mackenzie Roberts is a first year graduate student, so her extensive knowledge of goaltending at the collegiate level will help guide the freshmen goalies into the years to come. Both Teagan and Sonya are dependable players on the ice and are eager for their chance to excel between the posts.
Many of the returning players are also looking to make an impact on the outcomes of the games and demonstrate their leadership. Maria King is the only graduate this year, so she wants to make this year the best possible year for the women’s ice hockey team. Her knowledge of the game is very useful in the chalk talk sessions. She is always willing to help the younger players on and off the ice.
It would be impossible to talk about the team without giving credit to our coaches Loch Miller, Sarina Perret and Kelly French and academic advisor Peter Jacobs. These individuals shape how the team is today and give necessary support and structure.