PC women’s hockey preseason player reports
Nicole Anderson- The rookie forward shall be the first Friar in recent memory to stand at a listed 6-0 or higher, and time shall tell to what degree that comes in handy.
Kate Bacon- One of the team’s more frequent shooters all last year, Bacon’s refinement resolution for this season is simply finding a way to tune the mesh a little more.
Jess Cohen- With her peerlessly pungent scoring resume from prep school, Cohen figures to challenge returnees Abby Gauthier and Jean O’Neill for one of the two vacancies in the “top six” half of the depth chart.
Ashley Cottrell- All eyes await the encore from an instant impact playmaking center, who is also sculpting a decent rep at the face-off dot and returns tied with Alyse Ruff for the best plus/minus among Friar forwards (+7).
Lauren Covell- There’s a lot of room and a lot of time for this youngster to sharpen up.
Jackie Duncan- The gritty, grinding senior can ask, on a personal basis anyway, for little more than a stable bill of health and an according constant presence in the lineup for the first time in her career. Contented, confident players tend to deliver more.
Christina England- After a two-year waiting period, England is suddenly the lone backup in the goaltending department, all but finally assuring her of a little authentic game action. Genevieve Lacasse will likely need a breather once in a while.
Jennifer Friedman- Amongst all returning defenders, Friedman has been the most conspicuously active in the offensive zone, particularly on the power play. With Erin Normore and Brittany Simpson out of the equation, let’s see if she’ll step up her implied two-way penchant.
Abby Gauthier- On the heels of a late-blooming rookie year and a Seventh Player selection, look for a more-acclimated Gauthier to get more pucks to (and in) the net. After all, if her last two goals have come against almighty New Hampshire, then…
Emily Groth- A slim supply in the defensive corps means its lone frosh ought to be oriented in a hurry.
Christie Jensen- A gritty home front specialist comes back seeking to build on a decent plus-4 rating and a reduction in penalty frequency in the latter half of her freshman year.
Genevieve Lacasse- At this point, little more than continuity can be asked of the Scarborough Save-ior. And if the youth movement up front delivers the progression that it promises and offers better cushions, she should be able to drop her stressed shoulders a little more.
Colleen Martin- It’s all on the blue line’s plus/minus queen –and it’s only senior- to lead a still-burgeoning bunch in the home zone, with some hefty help from juniors Leigh Riley and Amber Yung, of course.
Pam McDevitt- Much like her classmate Duncan, McDevitt’s personal pact involves striving to go out with a bang.
Jean O’Neill- So far, O’Neill has rolled up a rather encouraging freshman transcript, followed by a yearlong game of catch-up after a sophomore injury. Now might be her calling to cement her identity, preferably that of another can’t-hurt scoring regular.
Arianna Rigano- The second-year senior will likely suit up a little more regularly this season after missing 10 games in her first year post-transfer out of Division-III.
Leigh Riley- Pretty much an established stay-at-home specialist, Riley, as mentioned above, should now be banked on as a rearguard vanguard ahead of three sophomores and a freshman in the defensive den.
Alyse Ruff- She’s only a junior, but now, in all essence, the most senior amongst PC’s more prominent point-getters. If she stays on pace and assumes an expected upgrade in leadership, Ruff ought to bump up her productivity to the upper-20s by season’s end.
Breanna Schwarz- Her club membership formally certified through a Most Improved Player accolade even after she had redshirted all last season, Schwarz should be a game night staple on a remarkably young blue line this year.
Laura Veharanta- After keeping plenty busy with a handful of high-profile inline tournament championships over the summer, the Friars’ returning top gun seeks to build on a sparkling 31-point rookie campaign and help reinvigorate the team’s offensive punch.
Jessie Vella- After submitting her NLI last winter, Vella proceeded to polish off a spot-on Sonny Watrous tear –exactly one point per game (34)- in the Ontario-based Provincial Women’s League. A good, immediate translation from that to the collegiate level could be somewhere within the teen range.
Amber Yung- Yung is indubitably itching to spruce up her stats –particularly in the ways of points scored and plus/minus- all of which were a bit of a dip from her freshman log and did not always reflect her true, determined colors.
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