Oct. 4, 2012
Chestnut Hill, Mass. – The No. 3/4 (USCHO.com/USA Hockey Magazine) women’s hockey team will open their 2012-13 campaign Friday night at Kelley Rink against rival Boston University. BC begins the season ranked No. 1 in the preseason Hockey East Coaches’ Poll for the first time in program history.
The Eagles are coming off their second consecutive Frozen Four appearance and look to take the next step as they welcome back 19 players from last year’s squad. Led by sophomores Alex Carpenter (21 goals, 18 assists) and Emily Field (13 goals, 19 assists); BC tries to improve on a scoring attack that registered 2.95 goals for last season.
Senior Captain Blake Bolden (eight goals, 13 assists) returns to solidify a stingy defensive unit that only allowed 2.14 goals per game last season. Senior goaltender Corinne Boyles is coming off the most successful season of her career (24-10-3, 2.15 GAA, .921 save %) where she finished second in Hockey East play in GAA and winning percentage.
The Eagles will welcome another highly touted freshman class consisting of: Kaliya Johnson (Chandler, Ariz.), Dana Trivigno (Setauket, N.Y.), Meghan Grieves (Cary, N.C.), Lexi Bender (Snohomish, Wash.), Haley Skarupa (Rockville, Md.), and Taylor Blake (White Rock, B.C.). Trivigno, Skarupa, and Bender all participated in the USA Hockey Women’s National Festival back in August with Skarupa earning a spot on the Select Team for their series against Canada.
The Terriers enter the season fresh off of a Hockey East title last season and are led by captains Jill Cardella and Marie-Philip Poulin. Despite playing in only 16 games, Poulin notched 25 points which ranked her fifth in team scoring overall. BU will also welcome back goaltender Kerrin Sperry, whom has a registered a career 40-18-4 record, 2.11 GAA, and .920 save percentage in 62 career games for the Terriers. In their only action of the season, BU defeated McGill University 4-1 in an exhibition game last Sunday.