Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College Bantam women's ice hockey team, which finished the 2011-12 season with a 15-11 overall record and came in fourth place in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) with a 9-7 league mark, will host the league foe Connecticut Camels in a season-opening two-game series on Friday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. and the next day at 4 p.m. The Bantams, undeer the guidance of NESCAC and New England Division II/III Coach of the Year Carson Duggan, defeated Hamilton, 3-1, in the 2011-12 NESCAC Quarterfinals but lost, 4-1 at Middlebury in the NESCAC Semis. The Bantams should benefit greatly from a less tumultuous off-season and pre-season, as Duggan was not hired last year until the fall which contributed to a 1-6 start.
Senior captain Britney Ryan (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) and senior Rebecca Rosen (Syosset, N.Y.) are both proven veterans on the back line. Ryan is a stalwart defender with six goals and 26 assists in her career, while Rosen has goal-scoring ability and can run the power play. Junior defender Sarah Duncan (Dedham, Mass.) is fast and a tireless worker, while sophomore blueliner Lily Gacicia (Milton, Mass.) developed into a solid all-around defender in her rookie campaign. Sophomore Emily Riccio (Simsbury, Conn.) also returns on the back line, while Martha Griffin (Exeter, N.H.) and Shelby Labe (Pine Brook, N.J.) are first-year defenders.
Trinity's current crop of forwards are its deepest group of scoring talent the team has seen in recent years, as the Bantams look to be a more balanced offensive unit in 2012-13. Juniors Lauren Glynn (Westwood, Mass.), Emily Kleidon (Oakdale, Minn.), and Abby Ostrom (Carlisle, Mass.) combined to score 22 goals with 11 assists last winter, while sophomore Lucy Robinson (Toronto, Ontario) came into her own in the second semester last season to finish with five goals and eight helpers. Captains Chelsea Campbell (Surrey, British Columbia) and Hillary McNamara (Milton, Mass.) have shown exemplary leadership in pre-season, and both have been steady contributors on the ice throughout their respective careers. Junior forward Whitney Colbert (Ithaca, N.Y.) has been impressive in pre-season, and sophomore Lauren Fitzgerald (Milton, Mass.) has also proven herself capable. The first-year forwards will make a significant impact on team, beginning with the first game, as several can put the puck in the net and the group of them has helped raised the intensity level at practice.
In net, junior and All-NESCAC First Teamer Alexa Pujol (New Canaan, Conn.) gives Trinity a proven weapon. Also earning All-New England honors, Pujol posted a save percentage of .932 and a GAA of 1.80 a year ago. Classmate Kristen Maxwell (Nashville, Tenn.) continues to push Pujol in practice, and would be starter on many college teams. Senior goaltender Beth Hitchcock (New Canaan, Conn.) has earned shutouts in three of her four career starts.