Women's Hockey Outlook
On the move and looking to improve after a second and hard fought season in the trenches of the ECAC Women's Hockey League, Boston College women's ice hockey returns with strong recruits and seasoned upper classmen.
Senior Laura Traynham, captain of this year's squad, will lead an Eagle team comprised of nine freshmen, five sophomores, two juniors and two seniors. Traynham, a power forward in her fourth year, will be able to lead by example with her experience and solid play. She looks to build on last season where she finished with 44 points, second on the team and 21st in the ECAC. Liz Dawson joins Traynham as the only other senior on the Eagle roster. Dawson saw action on the blue line and up front last season and will add to this year's defense.
Foward Ryan MacLeod, a speedy left wing from CosCob, Conn., with a knack for finding the net, joins fellow junior Claudine Pietrucha from Verona, N.J. Pietrucha is looking to see considerable time between the pipes, but she will be competing for time with three incoming freshmen goal tenders.
Forward Genevieve Missirlian from Glenbrooke, Ill., and Carrol McCaffrey from Winnetka, Ill., return after finishing outstanding freshmen years. Missirlian amassed 11 assists and two goals last season while playing in each of the 27 games and McCaffrey saw ironman-like time on the blue line last season and will be relied upon this year to bolster the Eagle defense. Sophomore Erin Magee also had an outstanding freshman campaign, becoming one of the most feared forwards in women's college hockey. She topped the Eagles stats with 64 points and 39 goals. Rounding out the Eagle attack is sophomore Nicole DeBlois from Seekonk, Mass., and power house Tabor Academy. She will also see time on the blue line, addding to the Eagle defense.
Perhaps the most prominent aspect of this year's team is the recruiting class. Nine freshman joined the Eagles this year and they each have the ability to make an immediate impact on the team.
Three goaltenders, Lauran McDermott from Lawrenceville, N.J., Laura Dickman, from Vernon Hills, Ill., and Christy Nentwig, from Chesterfield, Mo., will be competing for playing time with Pietrucha, the returning junior. Dickman is a product of the Taft School, a school that produced former BC great Kerri Tiernan, also a goaltender. Nentwig, a St. Mark's standout, will see some familiar faces at Kelley Rink when she joins up with former high school mates Erin Magee and Genevieve Missirlian.
Lauran McDermott, the backbone of the Lawrenceville school, will also add to the strong goaltending of this year's squad.
Forward Kate Ayotte from Bolton, Conn., has potential to make an impact, along with Trieste Pierandri, whose brother Nick is a member of the men's hockey team at Boston College.
After a standout career with the N.H. Selects, forward Gena Nolin is ready to suit up in maroon and gold and will be looked upon to put the puck in the net. Carmela Daley from Carmel, N.Y., should also add some scoring punch after her years with her high school boy's varsity team.
Stephanie Ridge, who hails from Phoenix, Arizona,, has impressed the coaching staff thus far, and Elizabeth Grande, BC's first Minnesota recruit, top off freshman muster.
The schedule will be tougher than last season's and includes a first ever holiday tournament for the Eagles who will play in the Old Lang Syne tournament at Dartmouth Dec. 28-29. A highlight of the schedule will be when Boston College hosts the Women's Beanpot Tournament Feb. 11.