WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- The Ephs last season ended in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC championships against Amherst. The team ended their 2017-2018 season with a 10-8-7 record and are ready to take on the next season, starting with back to back games at Hamilton this weekend.
"Our goals are always to be competitive in the NESCAC, finish top 4 to host quarter final game but at the same time we're staying focused on the day to day process to make that happen," head coach Meghan Gillis said.
The Ephs graduated 5 seniors but they return 87% of their scoring offense from last year. Annie Rush, last year's MVP, and Claire Mancheski will serve as captains this year with assistant captains Abby Brustad and Eliza Quigley. Alongside forwards Olivia Stokes and Anna Fucillo, these seniors are all important returners. "All six are impact players for us" said coach Gillis.
The junior class is made up of forwards Amanda Reisman, Sarah Michels, and Hallie Whitmore, all-academic defensemen Mia Carroll and Caroline Dignard, and returning goalie Marissa Anderson. The sophomore class returns All-NESCAC winger Meghan Halloran alongside Avery Dunn, Gabi Montembeault, Michaela O'Connor, Georgia Keogh, and Sarah Levitt on offense and defenseman Brynn Puppe.
New to the team this year are freshmen goalies Chloe Heiting from the Gentry Academy in Woodbury, Minnesota and Emma London from Wellesley, Massachusetts who attended the Noble and Greenough School. Delaney Szlezyngier from Kent School and Sterling Heights, Michigan and Blake School alum, CC Wallin from Edina, Minnesota will step into defensemen positions. Freshmen forwards Elizabeth Welsh from Winchester, Massachusetts, Bri Lacock from Hanover, New Hampshire, and Brianna Hill from Falmouth, Nova Scotia complete the freshmen class.
This talented team is looking forward to converting their skill and hard work on the ice into results, "We left last season unsatisfied with our performance so we're excited to get back into games and try and execute to our full potential" said captain Annie Rush.
With a majority of their starters returning to the ice this year, the Ephs have a solid opportunity to build on their strengths from last year. "We have so many strong returners as well as new freshman, so I think we can use our depth to our advantage and believe we can really dominate the NESCAC this year," said sophomore forward and All-NESCAC pick Meghan Halloran.
Ready to take care of unfinished business, the Ephs worked hard in the off season and feel well-conditioned and confident for the upcoming season.
The first puck drop of the season will occur in Clinton, N.Y. on Saturday, November 17 at 7:00 PM when the Ephs take on NESCAC foe Hamilton. The two teams will meet again on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 PM to conclude the opening weekend of play.