PC Women’s First Half Player Reports
Kate Bacon, forward- Her productivity (4-2-6 in 15 games) has been just a few rungs less flashy than some of her fellow freshmen, but Bacon has flaunted her turbine power in stirring some exhilarating rushes, a few of them shorthanded. That was exactly how she nailed her first collegiate goal, thrashing two-on-none with Katy Beach in an Oct. 25 tangle with Boston College.
Katy Beach, forward- Voted one of two A-captains for the year, Beach is on pace to squeeze out a career year with eight points at the halfway mark of the regular season. All four of her goals and two assists have come on the power play.
Danielle Ciarletta, goal- Surprisingly dislodged from her #1 spot by a thriving Genevieve Lacasse, the senior stopper’s services are still plenty good when her partner needs a breather. With five start-to-finish outings to her credit, Ciarletta is posting career best numbers with a 1.96 GAA and .919 save percentage.
Ashley Cottrell, forward- The forgotten piece of a radiant rookie trinity –opposite Lacasse and Laura Veharanta- Cottrell has emerged as an invaluable playmaking centerpiece on the top line. Nine of her first 11 career points have been helpers, including seven recorded collaborations with Veharanta. Cottrell also stands out as the plus/minus leader among Friar skaters (+9).
Lauren Covell, forward- One of four PC skaters yet to etch a single point on the year.
Jackie Duncan, forward- Duncan, one of only four juniors, appears to have restored her regularity in the lineup. She has already charged up five points in 14 games (missing three with a brief injury), made a series of silent special teams contributions, and has not taken a penalty in her last 10 ventures.
Christina England, goal- Has yet to see action, owing chiefly to the consistency of Ciarletta and Lacasse, but should be ready and able in case of an emergency.
Jennifer Friedman, defense- Inseparably linked with fellow rookie Christie Jensen since the end of October, Friedman’s aptitude in every zone, but especially her own, is currently reflected in a not-so-shabby +4 rating.
Abby Gauthier, forward- The rookie’s blatantly publicized twig of endless ammo hasn’t exactly carried over to the Divine Campus. She has kindled but six shots on net for a 1-2-3 scoring transcript in 14 games played.
Christie Jensen, defense- The stay-at-home freshman has been a regular on the penalty kill –although her own PIM total of 22 ranks second on the Friars chart- and has demonstrated efficiency in setting up the breakout from her behind her cage.
Genevieve Lacasse, goal- With all of the offensive speed bumps that have plagued the Friars early on, Lacasse’s surprise stability in the crease makes her the runway leading candidate for team MVP. From her October debut on, she has authorized three goals on but two occasions and consumed a hefty bushel of 360 saves in 12 appearances –a spot-on median of 30 per night. With the December deceleration in effect, she is on pace for the Hockey East Triple Crown, leading her peers in GAA, save percentage, and winning percentage in league action.
Colleen Martin, defense- The junior defender has already equated her freshman and sophomore totals with four points.
Pam McDevitt, forward- On call for 16 of 17 games this season, McDevitt splashed a personal drought with her first point (an assist) in the latest 4-1 triumph of Maine.
Stephanie Morris, forward- On November 22, Morris joined her fellow fourth-year Friars in the 100-career-game club, but has yet to hatch any goose eggs in her 2008-09 scoring chart.
Erin Normore, forward/def.- Normore has responsibly kept at it with her venturesome, board-to-board habits and flexibly accepted her variable assignments between the front and back lines. Come the resumption of PC’s game schedule –a Dec. 30 day trip to Yale, she will become the 32nd Friar on record to dress for at least 125 career games.
Jean O’Neill, forward- O’Neill has yet to return to her freshman form after a preseason injury, but splashed a personal drought just before the team went on respite by raking home the game winner –her first goal since February and the source of McDevitt’s aforementioned helper- in Part II of a sweeping excursion to Maine.
Mari Pehkonen, forward- What would have ideally been an explosive senior season has been docked by international obligations, illness, and general team-wide trouble concocting offensive outbursts. Assuming she has enough time to restore full strength, expect the Finnish Flare to resurge for the next two-plus months of her final Hockey East pennant race.
Arianna Rigano, forward- Still acclimating to a upgrade in tempo at the Division I level, the junior transfer out of Saint Anselm has been on call every night and scraped out three points.
Leigh Riley, defense- Lately assigned to a unit with Martin, Riley stands out as an all but unbreakably sportsmanlike player, having taken a slim two minor penalties in 15 appearances.
Alyse Ruff, forward- The established first-line winger has had a few cold spurts on the scoresheet, but nothing close to a sophomore slide –a decent six goals and eight points through 17 games. Add the fact that Ruff has inserted four deciding goals (three clinchers, one equalizer) and that the Friars tend to win when she scores (5-0-1).
Breanna Schwarz, defense- Has yet to see game action in her three-month-old collegiate career.
Brittany Simpson, defense- Simpson has followed through on her appointment to the captaincy, anchoring the top power play unit for seven of her nine points (all but one of them assists) and leading her fellow full-time blueliners with a +6 rating.
Jen Smith, goal- Ditto England.
Laura Veharanta, forward- The database and highlight reels speak for themselves. Veharanta is on a seamless streak, all the more impressive given that she arrived to a somewhat offensively fettered, defense-minded squad. Like her fellow winger Ruff, Veharanta is filling up on firsthand strikes (12 of her 18 points are goals) and has slugged seven of those on the power play.
Amber Yung, defense- Yung has somewhat mellowed the take-after-Normore approach of her freshman year but still has four assists to go with her less credited defensive responsibilities.
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