The Connecticut College women´s hockey team will open the 2010-2011season Friday night with a 7:00 p.m. game against Williams College at Dayton Arena.
Under the direction of head coach Kristin Steele, the Camels have made three consecutive appearances in the NESCAC Women´s Hockey Championship and advanced to the semifinals for the first time in 2009.
This winter, the Camels will be led by senior captain Brigid O´Gorman (1 goal, 6 assists, 7 points), who will be joined by assistant captains Abby Hine (6-2-8) and Ashleigh Kowtoniuk (7-6-13).
O´Gorman, a finalist for the 2010 Hockey Humanitarian Award is a talented defender with a powerful slap shot. Look for O´Gorman to be much more involved in the offense this season.
Hine plays every game with a high energy level and urgency. The College´s all-time leading field hockey scorer has tallied 14 goals on the ice and can wear out opponents with her gritty style of play.
Kowtoniuk is an unselfish player with a Division 1 skill set who has contributed to the team´s most productive scoring lines in each of the past two seasons.
Senior Celia Medeiros (7-5-12) and sophomore Ariel DiPasquale (8-5-13) will reunite with Kowtoniuk on the same line and that should continue to be good news for Camel fans. Together, this talented troika accounted for 33% of the team´s offensive production in 2009-2010 with 22 goals and 21 assists.
Kelsey Kirker (4-10-14) is coming off of a productive junior campaign and ranked seventh in the conference with nine assists in league games last year.
Junior Jill Dolliff (1-4-5) has had a strong pre-season and could be ready to breakout this season on the forward line.
On the defensive side of the puck, senior Kourtney Martin (2-3-5) has proved to be one of the toughest players on the team.
Sophomore Amy Leichliter (5 games, 1.71 GAA, .909 Save Pct.) will start the year in goal. Leichliter posted two shutouts in her rookie season between the pipes and is ready to take a step forward into a larger role.
The Camels will welcome eight first year players to the squad, who are ready to contribute to the program.
In the words of Kowtoniuk, one thing is certain, lacing up the skates and wearing the Camel sweater in Dayton Arena requires commitment and dedication but it´s also a lot of fun.
"Every day the 26 of us get together, trying to work to achieve a common goal," Kowtoniuk said. "It´s an awesome experience."
Drop the puck!
November 18, 2010