women's hockey 2018-19 season preview

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University women’s ice hockey enters the 2018-19 season after having two back-to-back successful campaigns. The squad made their way back into the NESCAC Championship tournament the last two years and are hoping that a strong regular season will propel them into playoffs. During the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, Wesleyan earned the eighth-seed in both NESCAC quarterfinal appearances and squared off against top-seeded Middlebury each time.

Head coach jodi mckenna's thoughts

“I am encouraged by our work ethic and how hard the players have worked in the off-season. We have a good mix of experience with the returners, coupled with fresh energy from our newcomers. We play in a tough conference, but I believe that if we accrue points every weekend, we can put ourselves in a strong playoff position by the end of the regular season. To do so, we are going to need contributions from everyone in our lineup, from seniors to first-year players, and we need to play six strong periods every weekend.”

key returners

#1 Allegra grant

  • Hometown: Winnetka, Ill.
  • High School: Philips Exeter Academy (N.H.)
  • Class: 2020
  • Position: Goaltender

Goaltender Grant played a critical role on the squad last year, earning Second Team All-NESCAC laurels, as well as All-New England Division III honors. During her sophomore season she posted a .940 save percentage and made 40 or more saves seven times during the 2017-18 campaign.

#10 gina mangiafridda

  • Hometown: Pelham, N.Y.
  • High School: Loomis Chaffee (Conn.)
  • Class: 2019
  • Position: Forward

Mangiafridda led the Cardinals with 12 points on six goals and four assists as the senior will expect to play a key part of Wesleyan’s offensive attack again this year.

#14 Sarah goss - captain

  • Hometown: Wellesley, Mass.
  • High School: Wellesley
  • Class: 2019
  • Position: Defender

Goss closed out the 2017-18 season with a team-high nine assists and one goal as the Cardinals will look to her for both talent and leadership this year.

#17 Jackie kilar

  • Hometown: Weare, N.H.
  • High School: John Stark Regional
  • Class: 2019
  • Position: Defender

During her junior year campaign, Kilar played in all 25 games, recording two goals and dishing out six assists.

the newcomers

#6 cali stevens

  • Hometown: Avon, Conn.
  • High School: Loomis Chaffee
  • Position: Forward

#11 stella ramsey

  • Hometown: Madison, Wis.
  • High School: Madison East
  • Position: Forward

#12 audrey mcmahon

  • Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
  • High School: Jones College Prep
  • Position: Forward

#18 ally detre

  • Hometown: Morristown, N.J.
  • High School: Morristown-Beard School
  • Position: Forward

#22 steph o'brien

  • Hometown: White Plains, N.Y.
  • High School: The Hotchkiss School
  • Position: Forward

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