Returning 17 letterwinner from the 2011-12 team, women's ice hockey has 31 of its 37 goals back on the ice as well as four-year starting goalie Ashleigh Corvi '13 to give Wesleyan the talent needed for a NESCAC tournament bid. It has been eight years since the Cardinals reached the post-season and this season's veteran squad is determined to see that unfortunate streak come to an end.
Last year, Wesleyan got off to a great start with a 5-3 victory at Williams and took two of its final five NESCAC matchups, defeating both Hamilton and Colby, but Wesleyan just missed out of the playoffs. In 2012-13, co-captains Becca Koppel '13 (#22, photo upper left) and Jenna Vanderlinden '14 (#12, main photo) will be rallying the troops, led by the scoring of NESCAC Rookie of the Year Jordan Schildhaus '15 and Kelsey Muller '13. Each netted eight goals a year ago. Schildhaus added five assists for a team-leading 13 points while Muller helped out on a pair of tallies. Other top returning scorers include Glenn Hartman-Mattson '14 with five goals and Cara Jankowski '15 with four.
Corvi has been a rock in net for Wesleyan over her three seasons with 61 games played and 59 starts. A year ago, she posted a .903 save percentage and 3.62 GAA, slightly better than her career marks of .898 and 4.28. With 2,203 career saves, Corvi averages almost 38 saves a contest through three seasons.
Koppel and Vanderlinden are both defenders but contributed seven and four points, respectively, on offense a year ago. Laura Wasnick 15, Jennelle Herrick '14, Lilah Fones '15 and Caitlin Bray '15 all return to the blue-line crew as well. At forward, the Cardinals will look for added production from Hannah Jellinek '15, Kit Van Hise '14, Sydney Morgan '14, Alicia White '15, Mackenzie McPike '15 and Mackey Hemphill '15.
Five newcomers join the ranks with two of them goaltenders - Corinne Rivard '16 and Laura Corcoran '16. Immediate contributions from skaters Lottie Barton '16, Laura Mead '16 and Jennie Robinson '16 would help solidfy the Cardinals' lineup.
As was the case last season, Wesleyan inaugurates the campaign with a pair of NESCAC contests against Little Three rival Williams. This time, however, both games are in Middletown, the first on Fri, Nov. 16. The game on Sat., Nov. 17 is slated for a webcast and can be viewed by clicking < here > starting at 3 p.m.