12/10/2014, 12:00pm EST
Team Set to Compete in 2015 Winter World University Games in Granada, Spain, Feb. 4-14 USA Hockey today announced the 22 players named to the U.S. Women's National University Team that will compete at the 2015 Winter World University Games, Feb. 4-14, in Granada, Spain.
The team is comprised of players from collegiate ice hockey teams affiliated with the American Collegiate Hockey Association.
"This is a tremendously experienced group of women we're taking to Spain," said Katie Holmgren, general manager of the 2015 Women's National University Team. "We've performed well in the past two tournaments, and we expect that trend to continue with this year's group."
2015. U.S. Women's National University Team Roster
Leading the way offensively are teammates who are also the top two scorers in ACHA Division 1 -- Hayley Williams (Crete, Ill./Miami University/20-17-37), who was a member of the 2013 U.S. Women's National University Team, and first-time team member Rachael Booth (Washington, Mich./Miami University/17-20-37). Adding to the firepower are Amanda Abromson (Braintree, Mass./University of Massachusetts/8-16-24) and Katie Augustine (West Chester, Ohio/Miami University/10-13-23), both members of the 2013 U.S. Women's National University Team, and newcomer Kaley Mooney (West Chester, Ohio/Miami University/10-13-23). The trio are among the top 12 point getters in ACHA Division I.
Paige Harrington (Mansfield, Mass./University of Massachusetts/8-12-20), Caleigh LaBossiere (Acton, Mass./University of Massachusetts/8-7-15) and Morgan McGarth (Mayfield Village, Ohio/Miami University/2-10-12), all who played in the 2013 Winter World University Games for the United States, highlight the U.S. blue line and rank among the top 12 in points among defensemen in ACHA Division I.
In total, eight players from the bronze medal-winning 2013 U.S. Women's National University Team are on the 2015 U.S. roster, also including forwards Monica Korzon (Ann Arbor, Mich./University of Michigan) and Cassie Catlow (Saundertown, R.I./University of Rhode Island).
NOTES: All women's games will be played at both the Granada Sport Palace and the Mulhacen Pavilion ... To follow Team USA at the Winter World University Games, visit the event page at USAHockey.com and follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter ... Nine states are represented on the roster. Michigan leads the pack with eight representatives, while Massachusetts has five. Illinois and Ohio have two a piece, and Colorado, Connecticut, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island each have one ... Miami University leads all schools with six representatives, while the University of Massachusetts has four and nine other schools have at least one representative ... Kristen Wright (Broomfield, Colo.), head coach of the University of Colorado women's ice hockey team, will serve as head coach of the 2015 U.S. Women's National University Team after being an assistant coach at the 2013 Winter World University Games. Scott Hicks (Oxford, Ohio), head coach of the Miami University women’s ice hockey team, and Shelley Looney (Buffalo, N.Y.), a two-time member of the U.S. Olympic women’s ice hockey team (1998, gold; 2002, silver), will serve as assistant coaches ... The United States will field a women's ice hockey team in the Winter World University Games for the third straight time. Team USA won a bronze medal in the 2013 Winter World University Games to become the first men's or women's ice hockey team from the U.S. to win a medal in the event.