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women's ice hockey 2019-20 Season preview

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan women’s ice hockey team kicks off the 2019-20 season on Friday, November 15th when it heads to Bowdoin for a two-game series. The Cardinals finished the 2018-19 campaign qualifying for the NESCAC Tournament for the third-straight year, recording their most wins since the 2014-15 campaign.

thoughts from head coach jodi mckenna

We expect to see contributions from all four classes this year. The depth that we have provides us with a solid foundation needed to compete in both practices and games, as well as our competitive NESCAC weekend series. Our goal this year is to climb the NESCAC ranks with a focus on our process and embracing everything that comes our way.

key returners

#1 allegra grant

Photo by: Jonas Powell '18

Grant returns for her senior year coming off an impressive 2018-19 campaign in both hockey and lacrosse where she was named an All-American in both. On the ice, Grant eclipsed her 2,000th career-save and was named to the All-NESCAC First Team after registering a save percentage of .943 and a goals against average of 2.00. She was the first Cardinal in program history to earn All-American honors, as she was named to the Second Team. She also earned NEHWA Division III All-Star honors to cap her successful season.

#2 maggie curran

Photo by: Jonas Powell '18

Curran played a major role on defense last year, while stepping up offensively in pivotal games. All three of her goals came against conference opponents, while she also dished out three assists on the year.

#7 caroline seibold

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Seibold returns for her senior season after playing strong defense last year, helping Wesleyan to a penalty kill of .857 and a team goals-against average of 2.15.

#9 allie damren

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Damren returns as Wesleyan’s leading goal scorer (six) from a year ago, while recording the second most points with 13. Her seven assists were second on the team.

#25 Sydnée Goyer

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Entering her junior year, Goyer returns after scoring five goals and four assists last season. After dropping the first game of the series to Bowdoin last year, Goyer was instrumental in helping lift the Cardinals past the Polar Bears in game two, factoring on three of the four scores (1G, 2A).

newcomers

#3 brooke keough

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  • Hometown: Marblehead, Mass.
  • High School: Philips Academy Andover
  • Position: Defender

#4 bridget cornell

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  • Hometown: Abington, Mass.
  • High School: Groton School
  • Position: Defender

#11 caroline jenkins

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  • Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
  • High School: Fenwick
  • Position: Defender

#13 chiara christie

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  • Hometown: Durham, N.H.
  • High School: Phillips Exeter Academy
  • Position: Forward

#14 rachel ziff

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  • Hometown: Ashburn, Va.
  • High School: Riverside
  • Position: Defender

#15 jori balsam

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  • Hometown: Newton, Mass.
  • High School: Buckingham Browne & Nichols Upper School
  • Position: Forward

#17 caitlin reilly

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  • Hometown: Pelham, N.Y.
  • High School: Hotchkiss School (Conn.)
  • Position: Forward

#30 rei halloran

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  • Hometown: Boston, Mass.
  • High School: Buckingham Browne & Nichols Upper School
  • Position: Goaltender

the coaching staff

Jodi McKenna enters her 12th season at the helm of the Wesleyan women's ice hockey program and she is excited to welcome back Elizabeth Wulf and Mackenzie Bruch. McKenna has guided the Cardinals to the NESCAC Quarterfinals the last three seasons, while coaching the program's first All-American in 2018-19, goaltender Allegra Grant. Wulf joined the coaching staff in 2018-19 after graduating from Middlebury in 2018, while Bruch enters her second season as the goalie coach.