Reaching the ECAC Division III playoffs for the third time in the four-year history of the conference, Wesleyan women's ice hockey posted its fourth straight winning mark under the tutelage of head coach Donna Wright. Team achievements this season included an overall record of 15-8-2, 13-4-1 in ECAC league play ; a Little Three title ; and the third seed in the six-team ECAC Women's Division III playoffs after finishing the regular season as the top team in the South Division. Wesleyan outscored its opposition by a tremendous 99-49 margin overall, 91-31 in league play.
Playing in the opening round of the ECAC tournament, Wesleyan, seeded third, fell to Sacred Heart, seeded fifth, 4-1. Trailing just 2-1 heading into the closing moments, the Cardinals, playing without the services of team captain Susie Bellizzi `99 and defender Regan Schubel `01, permitted two empty-net goals which made the final margin deceptively large. Sacred Heart went on to oust second-seeded Bowdoin, 4-0, before losing to four-time champion Middlebury, 5-2.
Bellizzi again topped the team's scoring list, as she did each of her four seasons. Named ECAC Division III player of the year, Bellizzi posted 49 scoring points overall, 43 in league play, ranking second and first, respectively, among ECAC Division III players. She also posted an amazing eight game-winning goals, all in league games, ranking first in the conference in that department. Bellizzi closed out her career with a Wesleyan team-record 206 scoring points, the most by any Wesleyan ice hockey player (female or male). She accomplished this in 99 career games. She also will graduate as the team record-holder for points in a season (59 in 1996-97), goals in a season (37 in 1996-97), goals in a career (137) and assists in a career (69).
Two other Cardinals received ECAC honors as defensewoman Kate Whitman `99 and goalie Emma DeSimone `01 were named second-team all-stars. Whitman finished fifth in the league and overall scoring stats among defenders with 16 and 14 points, respectively. DeSimone posted a 1.94 goals-against average and a 91.3 save percentage.
Liz Adams `02 tied for second in the league for scoring among frosh, netting 15 goals and 12 assists during the regular season. Erin Morris `99 closed out her four-year career in fine fashion with 26 points on 11 goals and 15 assists. She amassed 78 points in her career, which ranks seventh on the all-time career scoring list at Wesleyan. Andrea McKnight `00, a top defender who added 14 points to her career total, has 42 points over three seasons and will look to become only the second Cardinal defender to eclipse the 50-point barrier as a senior. Katie Mileno `00 served in the valuable role as reserve goalie after returning from a semester abroad. She came up with a stellar 1.15 goals-against average in 209 minutes of action while going 3-0 on the year. She has started 38 games in her three-year career and has a 2.69 career goals-against average.
Wesleyan's most successful team with respect to Little Three titles in recent years, women's ice hockey captured its fifth consecutive title by defeating Williams, 5-2, and Amherst, 8-1. It was the second outright title in a row after sharing the crown with Williams for three seasons.
Ranking among the top eight teams in the country for Division III throughout the year by U.S. College Hockey Online, Wesleyan was ranked fourth in the final poll.