WATERVILLE, Maine – The Colby College women’s hockey team was one of the most improved teams in the New England Small College Athletic Conference last year and lose just three seniors heading into the 2018-19 season.
The Mules, under third-year head coach Holley Tyng, open up at home against Bowdoin College on Saturday at 7 p.m. Colby and the Polar Bears play at Brunswick at 3 p.m. Sunday.
“We will definitely benefit this season from having a large number of returning players. I’ve seen it in our team culture throughout the fall,” Tyng said. “We do have goals for the season, but as a program we talk more about focusing game to game and to play in the moment. Don’t put any pressure on ourselves and compete hard each day. If we can do that and continue to grow as individuals and a team, I’ll be pleased.”
Seniors Lucy Dembeck (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) and Carly Thomas (Lincolnshire, Ill.) are captains along with juniors Tess Dupre (pictured, Dover, Mass.) and Moira Mullaney (Worcester, Mass.). Dupre was second on the Mules in scoring with four goals and five assists for nine points. Mullaney added four goals and three assists, Thomas finished with four goals and one assist, and Dembeck had one goal.
The Mules had more offense last year and a big part of that came from sophomore forward Anna Cosentino (Brentwood, N.H.), who led the Mules in scoring with seven goals and seven assists for 14 points.
The improved offense helped the Mules finish with an 8-13-4 overall record and a trip to the NESCAC playoffs, but Colby will need to take another step offensively to move up the standings.
“We have more depth this season than we’ve had since I’ve come to Colby and I hope we can distribute the scoring evenly among all lines,” Tyng said. “I hope we can all build upon the experiences we gained last season and take another step in our development as a team this year.”
Junior forwards Cassidy Holzer (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Lily Santonelli (Boston, Mass.) both had two goals and four assists for six points. Sophomores Lauren Klein (Minnetonka, Minn.), Lily von Stade (Norwalk, Conn.), Natalie Maus (Evergreen, Colo.), Elizabeth Brashich (Penfield, N.Y.), and Hailey Rohall (Weston, Mass.) all contributed offensively in their first seasons.
Sophomore Tay Munson (Wilmette, Ill.) played on defense yet still finished tied for second on the team in scoring with three goals and six assists for nine points. Juniors Mikayla McLaughlin (Glenburn, Maine) and Izzy Tegtmeyer (Portland, Ore.) also return on defense. Tegtmeyer had six assists a year ago and McLaughlin chipped in with three goals and one assist. Sophomore Jenna Greenbaum (Amherst, Mass.) also returns on defense.
The defense will play in front of four goaltenders this season. Cierra San Roman (Orange, Calif.) played 1,100 minutes last year and made 564 saves while posting a .929 save percentage. Fellow sophomore Savannah Shaw (Auburn, Maine) played 350 minutes and had three shutouts and a .960 save percentage, while senior Katie Fenton (Norwich, Vt.) also returns. The newcomer is first-year Nina Prünster (Salzburg, Austria), who played for the Austrian National Team.
“We are really fortunate to have great depth and healthy competition among our goalies,” Tyng said. “Having a solid situation in net allows everyone in front of them to play with confidence. As a coaching staff, we know each of our goalies can help our team win games on any night.”
Sophomore Aimely Michaud-Nolan (Wells, Maine), a transfer from Union College, will play on defense. First-year players Sadie Kuhn (Woodstock, Vt.), Stephanie Lane (Wilton, Conn.), and Emily van der Veen (Duxbury, Mass.) also play on defense.
First-years Lexi Cafiero (Guilford, Conn.) and Colleen Donoghue (Meriden, N.H.) will join the forward line.
“The first-years will all be called upon to play key roles throughout the course of the season, and I know they will be ready,” Tyng said.