Newly minted Lindenwood Lion and Colorado Select alums Shara Jasper and Nicole Hensley swept the awards at the Lions season ending awards banquet. Shara received the Offensive Player of the Year Award along with recognition for her hat tricks during the season and program record career and season scoring records. Nicole received the Defensive Player of the Year, Most Valuable Player and Student-Athlete of the Year Awards, along with recognition for her shutouts and NCAA career and game saves records. Way to cap off two great collegiate careers girls - congratulations from Colorado Select!
Lindenwood University's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee hosted the second annual ROARS Awards Banquet was held on April 25, 2016 to celebrate the athletic and academic achievements of the Lions over the past year. Lindenwood senior goalie and Colorado Select alum Nicole Hensley was selected as Lindenwood's 2015-16 Female Student-Athlete of the Year and for the Female Record Breaking Performance of the Year. Nicole earned the awards as a first-team all-conference performer finishing her career with over 4,000 saves, the most ever by a women's college hockey goalie. She was also a member of Team USA at the World Championships, winning a gold medal. Nicole also performed in the classroom, including being a four-time CHA Student-Athlete of the Year. Very nice honor from your educational institution Nicole!
Nicole Hensley, Lindenwood Lion and Colorado Select alum, has been invited to the USA Hockey second annual U.S. Women's National Team Goaltending Development Camp from May 12-15, 2016 at Schwan's Super Center in Blaine, Minnesota. The camp consists of 18 of the top female goaltenders who are eligible for international play. Nicole attended the inaugural camp last year and was in net for an 8-0 victory over Russia for the U.S. Women's National Team earlier this month at the World Championships in Kamloops, British Columbia as the team brought home gold. Keep working Nicole!
Nicole Hensley, Colorado Select and Lindenwood Lion alum, was the focus of an April 22, 2016 Denver Post article entitled "Nicole Hensley of Lakewood is Brick Wall of U.S. Women’s Hockey". The article focused on Nicole's shutout and gold medal at the IIHF World Championships for the US Women's National Team, noting that Nicole grew up playing for the Foothills and Colorado Select club teams. Nicole said she’ll never forget her shutout against Russia, stating “I couldn’t have asked for a better first game. The girls were so supportive. The support from the coaching staff and players was fantastic. It was a great experience to get in there and get the start.” Looking foward to many more success stories in the future Nicole!
In her first career start between the pipes for the US Women's National Team, Colorado Select and Lindenwood Lion alum Nicole Hensley guided the U.S. Women's National Team to an 8-0 victory over Russia at the 2016 IIHF Women's World Championships in Kamloops, British Columbia. Nicole turned in a 16 save shutout performance, making several impressive saves early on in the game and helping Team USA secure its third consecutive victory to begin the tournament. The team went on to win the gold medal for the 2016 IIHF Women's World Championships with an overtime victory over Canada in the championship game. USA! USA! Way to start your National Team career Nicole!
Colorado Select and Lindenwood Lion alum Nicole Hensley and the U.S. Women's National Team held a training camp in Everett, WA prior to traveling to the World Championships in Kamloops, BC. After practice on Monday, March 22, 2016 four members of the national team — defenseman and alternate captain Kacey Bellamy, forward Kendall Coyne, defenseman Megan Bozek and goaltender Nicole — helped conduct an on-ice session with five local Washington Wild teams. The young players were put through the paces for an hour as they skated around orange cones, controlled rubber donuts along the ice and hopped over hockey sticks — receiving encouragement throughout from among the best players in the world — whose presence is serving as inspiration for the local girls hockey community. Way to give back girls!
In an article entitled "Klee Wants More Success with U.S. Women's National Team" in the April 4, 2016 edition of Colorado Rubber Hockey, U.S. Women's National Team coach Ken Klee comments on Colorado Select and Lindenwood Lion alum Nicole Hensley: "We’re very excited to have Nicole join our national team for the first time. She’s had a tremendous college career and we’re looking forward to seeing how she can continue to improve as a national team player.” Congrats on a great college career Nicole and good luck at Worlds!
Manhattanville Valiant junior defenseman Taryn Harris, a Colorado Select alum was named to the 2015-16 All-Academic team as announced by the New England Hockey Conference. To be eligible for the All-Academic recognition, a student-athlete must carry a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average and must have completed at least one full year at their current institution. Congrats on a great junior year Taryn and making the Select proud of its student-athletes!
Stevenson College Mustangs senior forward McKenzie Taggart, a Colorado Select alum, was named to the Colonial Hockey Conference 2015-16 All-Academic Team. To be eligible for All-Academic recognition, a student must carry a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA and have completed one full-year at their current institution. Congrats McKenzie on a great career and the academic recognition!
Colorado Select alum Taylor Osowski, current Utica Pioneers sophomore forward, was named to the ECAC West Conference All-Academic Team. In order to be eligible for the league's All-Academic Team, student-athletes must carry a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and have completed at least one full year at their current institution. Congratulations Taylor on being a STUDENT-athlete!
Nicole Hensley, Select and Lindenwood alum, was honored as the Colorado Sportswomen of the Year for ice hockey. This is the third straight year that she has earned the award. INicole was also inducted into the Colorado Sportswomen of the Year Hall of Fame. Sportswomen of Colorado is recognized as the first community-based organization in the nation to solely honor female athletes, celebrate their achievements, and recognize those whose efforts have advanced girls' and women's individual and team sports endeavors. Congratulations from Colorado Nicole!
The Colorado Select alumni trio of Alexandra "Z" Karlis, Catherine "Kat" Alexander and Kristen "Cashew" Embrey lead the University of Massachusetts - Boston Beacons to the best season in their history. Not only did Z's leadership in her second year as a team captain, Kat's strong defense leading the team in blocked shots and Cashew's offensive leadership in points, plus/minus and shots lead the team to their first-ever conference title in the New England Hockey Conference, they also made their first-ever appearance in the NCAA tournament. Congratulations girls on making the Select proud leading the most successful women's ice hockey team in UMass-Boston history!
Colorado Select's own Nicole Hensley, a former Lindenwood Lion goalie, was featured in the Faces in the Crowd section of the March 14, 2016 edition of Sports Illustrated. The nod highlighted Nicole becoming the first NCAA netminder to surpass 4,000 saves and her selection to compete for Team USA at the World Championships, along with her .922 save percentage and her 2.52 GAA during her senior campaign. Congratulations on the national recognition Nicole!
Colorado Select and Lindenwood Lion alum goaltender Nicole Hensley was featured in an article entitled "LU's Hensley Named to U.S. National Team" in the March 8, 2016 edition of the Lindenwood Legacy, the University's student newspaper. The article highlighted Nicole's collegiate career for the Lions and discussed her selection to the U.S. Woman's National Team for the World Championships along with her future hockey plans. Nice article Nicole!
Two Colorado Select alums, Emma Sunness and McKenzie Taggart, four years ago were members of the Stevenson College inaugural women's ice hockey team. Four years later Emma's defense and McKenzie's offense has led the Mustangs to the inaugural Colonial Hockey Conference championship, quite an accomplishment in a short period of time. The Mustangs won the championship on a power play goal in overtime, with McKenzie recording an assist on the goal. The team is 30-5 all-time when McKenzie records an assist. Emma and McKenzie endured a 6-15-1 record in the program's inaugural season, but saw the program improve in 4 short years to a program-best 23-3-1 record, including a 13-0-1 mark during the conference's regular season. Congratulations girls on being a part of building a program from the ground up!
Kristen Embrey, current University of Massachusetts - Boston forward and Colorado Select alum, had a breakout junior season for the Beacons. Kristen appeared in all 29 games and finished the year with six goals and 14 assists to become the first 20-point Beacon since the 2009-10 season. In addition, she lead the team with a +20 rating and 95 shots on goal. Congratulations Kristen on an fantastic offensive season that we know will continue into your senior tour!
McKenzie Taggart, Colorado Select alum and Stevenson College forward, lead the Mustangs offensively this season, tying her career-high with 25 points while dishing out a school record 18 assists. She also scored seven goals, including two game-winners. McKenzie leaves the program as its all-time leader in assists (49) and points (80). Congrats on a great career McKenzie and leaving your mark on the Mustangs program!
Colorado Select alum and current University of Massachuesetts - Boston Beacon Kat Armstrong was the top defenseman for the team during her junior year. Kat appeared in all 29 games for the Beacons and had a team-leading 60 blocked shots, while the next highest total on the team was 28 blocked shots. Congrats Kat on a great junior season and best of luck for a repeat as a senior!
Colorado Select alums Shara Jasper and Nicole Hensley, both Lindenwood Lion alums, received 2016 first team all conference awards from College Hockey America (CHA). Shara, a Lion forward, had arguably the most impressive offensive season in Lindenwood program history with 36 points in 37 games, including 23 goals and 13 assists. She equaled the single-season record for points, while setting the single-season mark for goals scored, finishing the seaon with nine multi-point games and five multi-goal performances, including back-to-back hat tricks on October 10 and October 30. Shara added five game-winning goals during her senior season, also a program record. She was named CHA player of the week three times this year.
For the second time during her tenure as a Lady Lion, Nicole, a Lion goalie, was tabbed as an all-conference first team performer after being named to the first team a season ago. Following her historic four-year career, Nicole is the owner of every Lindenwood goaltending record. She made 32 starts between the pipes for Lindenwood, achieving career-best marks in save percentage (9.22) and goals against average (2.52). Nicole also set the NCAA career saves mark on January 29 at Robert Morris, eclipsing the previous mark of 3,809 and ending her career with 4,094 career saves. The icing on the cake for two great collegiate careers girls! Congratulations!
Colorado Select and Lindenwood Lion alum goalie Nicole Hensley was featured in an article entitled "Hensley Saves Her Best in Rewriting NCAA Record Books" in the March 2, 2016 edition of Colorado Rubber Hockey magazine. In the article, Nicole reflects on her NCAA career and game saves record, her collegiate career and how fast it went and her growth from her freshman to senior year, along with discussing her experience with the Colorado Select and her future plans. It has been some 4 years for you Nicole!
Nicole Hensley, Lindenwood Lions and Colorado Select alum, was quoted in a February 27, 2016 Denver Post article entitled "Avs, Red Wings Stadium Series highlights growth of hockey in Colorado". The article focused on the growth and popularity of ice hockey in Colorado. Nicole stated in the article that “I actually started to play hockey because the Avalanche won the Stanley Cup in 2001. Definitely sparked the interest. I was a huge fan.” Nicole, we are glad that the AVs came to town to spark your interest!
Colorado Select alum McKenzie Taggart, a Stevenon College Mustang senior forward, was named all-conference honorable mention for the inaugural season of the Colonial Hockey Conference. McKenzie lead the conference with 16 assists. Her 0.67 assists per game ranked 19th in NCAA Division III. She was tied for third in the conference with 23 points as she finished with seven goals. Her plus-12 rating ranks third amongst all conference forwards. She also finished the season with two game-winning goals and one power play goal. Congratulations McKenzie on being honored in the CHC's inaugural year with a great senior campaign!
Nicole Hensley, senior goalie for the Lindenwood Lions and Colorado Select alum, has been named to the U.S. Women's National Team that will compete in the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship. The event will be held from March 28 to April 4, at Sandman Centre in Kamloops, British Columbia. Eighteen of the 23 players on the roster were on the team that helped the U.S. earn the gold medal at the 2015 IIHF Women's World Championship. Congratulations Nicole!!
On February 13, 2016, Colorado Select alum and Lindenwood Lions goalie Nicole Hensley backstopped the Lions to a 1-0 win over the Penn State Nittany Lions. Nicole finished the game with 23 saves en route to her second shutout of the season, and the fourth time she has blanked an opponent during her career. Congrats Nicole!
Share Jasper, Lindenwood Lion forward and Colorado Select alum, was named the College Hockey America (CHA) player of the week for the week ended February 7, 2016. This was the third time Shara has earned the award during the 2015-16 season. To earn the award, she tallied four points over a two-game stretch against RIT. In the first game, Shara recorded assists on both Lindenwood goals, bringing her season assist total to 11. The following day, she picked up both goals during the Lady Lions 2-1 victory. The two goals helped her expand her conference-leading goal total to 18. The game-winning goal was Shara's fourth of the season, while the two multi-point performances were her seventh and eighth such games on the year. Congrats Shara!
Colorado Select alums and current Lindenwood Lions Shara Jasper, forward, and Nicole Hensley, goalie, enjoyed a 2-1 victory over RIT on senior day at their last regular season home game for the Lions. Shara had two goals while Nicole had 30 saves in the victory. Both Shara and Nicole enjoyed pre-game ceremonies for the seniors with their parents on the ice prior to the game before the victory. Click on the link to see their post=game interviews. Congrats on great careers girls!
Harvard sophomore forward and Colorado Select alum Nikki Friesen scored her first collegiate goal on February 6 in a 4-1 Crimson win over Yale University. Nikki netted the game-winner powerplay goal on a tip in front of the net. Congrats Nikki, the first of many more to hit the back of the net!
Colorado Select alum and Holy Cross Crusaders freshman forward Julie Matthias earned her third rookie of the week award from the New England Hockey Conference for the week of Feb. 1-7. In the Crusaders' comeback win against Saint Anselm, Julie scored the team's first goal of the game at 5:32 of the third period with an unassisted shorthanded goal, and notched the game-winner in overtime with a tip in front of the net. She leads the team with five game-winning goals this season, and leads the conference with four shorthanded goals. She is third on the team in scoring with 22 points, and leads the team in goals scored with 16. Congratulations Julie on a the third award and a fantastic rookie campaign!
Nicole Hensley, current Lindenwood Lions goalie and Colorado Select alum, on February 2, 2016 with 48.92 percent of the vote, Nicole Hensley was voted on Herosports.com as the D1 Women's Hockey HERO of the Week. During the week, Nicole turned in a 35-save shutout in a 1-0 win against Mercyhurst in which she tied the NCAA all-time career saves record of 3,809 during the game. Congratulations Nicole!
Lindenwood Lion goaltender and Colorado Select alum Nicole Hensley as featured in an article entitled "Goalie Breaks NCAA Career Saves Record" in the February 2, 2016 edition of the Lindenwood Legacy, a University student news paper. The article discusses Nicole's recording breaking saves and her thoughts on the remainder of the season, along with her future plans. Lindenwood head coach Scott Spencer called Nicole "the rock of the [Lindenwood hockey] program from Day One" and stated that "[t]he record is just a reflection of what she is: amazing, jaw dropping at times like you can't believe that she just save that." Nice work Nicole!
In a 5-2 loss to the Robert Morris Colonials on January 29, 2016, Nicole Hensley, Lindenwood Lions senior goaltender and Colorado Select goalie alum, reached a historic milestone with her first save of the game. The save represented Nicole's 3,810th career save, breaking the NCAA record of 3,809 held, ironically, but former Robert Morris and Olympic goaltender Brianne McLaughlin. The game was stopped briefly to save the historic puck and for the PA announcer to inform the crowd of what had just occurred. This was Nicole's NCAA record, as her freshman year at Lindenwood she broke the NCAA record for number of save in a game, stopping 90 of 92 shots in a triple overtime playoff game with, again ironically, Robert Morris. Congratulation Nicole on holding 2 NCAA records and we are sure Robert Morris will be glad to see your collegiate career come to an end!
Colorado Select alum Nicole Hensley was interviewed live on This Week in College Hockey America. The topics discussed ranged from her recording breaking career save performance this week to what her team needs to do the rest of the season to what her post-graduate plan entail. Click the link to hear to the full interview. Nice job Nicole!
New Hampshire Wildcat goaltender and Colorado Select alum Kyra Smith was named Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week by Hockey East for the week ended January 24. It is the second Rookie of the Week accolade and fourth Hockey East award overall for Kyra. Kyra was in net for a weekend sweep at the University of Maine, stopping 53 of 54 shots for a 0.50 GAA and .981 save percentage. She recorded her first career shutout with a 32-save effort in one game, a 3-0 victory. In the other game, she stopped 21 of 22 shots in a 5-1 win. Kyra was also featured in the University of New Hampshire Service Credit Union Student-Athlete Spotlight for her performance. Keep racking up the awards Kyra!
Lindenwood Lions senior goaltender and Colorado Select alum Nicole Hensley was named the College Hockey America goalie of the week for the week of January 18-24. This is the fourth time Nicole has won the award this season, and the 10th time during her career as a Lady Lion. In the first of a two game series with the CHA leading Mercyhurt University Lakers, Nicole made 23 saves on 24 shots faced during the Lady Lion's 2-0 loss. She allowed the first goal of the game with 59 seconds remaining in regulation on a powerplay, before the Lakers added an empty-net tally 50 seconds later. In the second game of the series, she turned in a 35 save shutout performance, as Lindenwood defeated Mercyhurst by a score of 1-0. In the process of recording her third career shutout, Nicole tied the NCAA all-time career saves record of 3,809. For the season, she has started 21 games and compiled a .930 save percentage and a 2.36 goals against average. Congrats on a record tying week and the award Nicole!
Colorado Select alum Kyra Smith, current New Hampshire Wildcats goaltender, recorded her first collegiate career shutout on January 24 against the Maine Black Bears. Kyra put up a 32-save performance to backbone the Wildcats to a 3-0 victory against the University of Maine. In the 2-game weekend series with the Black Bears, she stopped 53 of 54 shots. Congrats Kyra getting that first shutout under your belt!
In a 35 save shutout of the College Hockey America conference leading Mercyhurst University Lakers on January 23 in a 1-0 victory, Colorado Select alum and Lindenwood Lion senior goaltender Nicole Hensley tied the NCAA career saves record at 3,809 saves. Nicole's effort tied her for the NCAA record with USA Olympic Team goaltender Brianne McLaughlin, who played at Robert Morris University. Click the link to see Coach Scott Spencer's post-game comments on Nicole and Nicole's post-game presser. Congrats Nicole!
Colorado Select alum and current New Hampshire freshman goaltender Kyra Smith was the subject of an article contained in the January 2015 issue of Colorado Rubber Hockey Magazine. The article focuses on Kyra's transition from a new freshman goaltender for the Wildcats to their starting goaltender. Head Coach Hillary Witt stated that "You don't want to throw anyone right into it" and "we felt it was time to give Kyra a chance. She gives us the best chance to win." In the article Kyra says her role models where her dad, Rich (a former Select coach), her brother Logan (currently playing at the College of Holy Cross), Select alum Nicole Hensley (currently playing at Lindenwood University and the U22 Women's National Team) and former Colorado Avalanche goalie Patrick Roy (current Avalanche head coach). Coach Witt also stated that "The great thing is that she just goes about her business, but works hard....We liked her quiet confidence and her ability to be steady in net." Nice job Kyra in working into the Wildcats starting roll!
Following a two-game sweep over Division I Sacred Heart, Stevenson College senior forward and Colorado Select alum McKenzie Taggart was named to the Colonial Hockey Conference Weekly Honor Roll for the week ended January 17. McKenzie scored two goals and added an assist in the two-game series. scored a power play goal in the second period for the eventual game-winner in a 3-2 victory on Friday. She followed that performance with another game-winning goal while also recording an assist in the 2-0 win on Saturday. In 11 career games against the Sacred Hear, McKenzie has scored 11 goals and recorded 13 points. Five of those goals have come on the power play. McKenzie, you have Sacred Heart's number!
Colorado Select's own Jaime Meroz, a freshman goaltender for the Hamilton College Continentals, earned a shutout in a 3-0 win over St. Michael's College in her collegiate goaltending debut. She faced 26 shots in the blanking the Purple Knights, including five during the two power play opportunities and 14 stops in the second period. Wow, what a way to start your collegiate career in the crease Jaime!
Colorado Select alums and Lindenwood Lions seniors Shara Jasper (forward) and Nicole Hensley (goaltender) were the focus of a January 7 USCHO.com article entitled "Lindenwood Looks to be the Next Surprise Team Out of the CHA". Lindenwood Coach Scott Spencer, in talking about Shara, stated: “The puck follows her. She puts herself in good spots. She’s got pretty good instincts around the net. For all of our young kids, it’s another rock for us to have an older kid who has played a lot of good hockey, played against a lot of good teams, to maybe settle down a young group that gets a little erratic at times and panicky. She’s a good calming factor for us up front with that for sure.” With respect to Nicole, Coach Spencer stated: “That’s been our rock back there for my first two years here, and the four years that she’s been here........ She comes up with big saves. She’s a heck of a goaltender. Everything that she gets is well deserved, because she works her tail off to get it. It’s been great having her......If I was a betting man, I don’t think her hockey career is over after college here either. I don’t want to jinx anything, but I think she’ll go and play after.” Congrats girls on a great senior effort at Lindenwood!
Current New Hampshire Wildcats freshman goaltender and Colorado Select alum Kyra Smith was named the Hockey East Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Month for December. During the month, Kyra started all five games for the Huskies and went 4-1-0 with a 2.36 GAA and a .905 save percentage. In addition to the Rookie of the Month for December, Kyra has previously earned Hockey East Rookie of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week awards this season. Way to rack up the Hockey East awards Kyra!
Colorado Select alum and current Manhattanville Valiant junior defensemen Taryn Harris has been named an alternative captain for the Valiants. Congratulations Taryn as that is a great accomplishment for a junior!
Colorado Select's own Nicole Hensley, current senior goaltender for the Lindenwood Lions, was invited to participate in the 2015 USA women’s hockey winter training camp. The camp runs from December 27 to January 1 at the Schwan's Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota. Overall there are 37 players on the roster, 23 are World Champions and 15 are Olympians. Twenty-two of the players selected were members of the U.S. Women's National Team that won the Four Nations Cup in early November, while 20 players were on the team that won the gold medal at the International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship in April. The camp is a training session that is also used to select the 23-player roster for the International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship. Nicole is one of 5 goalies invited to the camp. What an honor - congrats Nicole!
Ohio State Buckeyes forward and Colorado Select alum Kendall Curtis leads the Buckeyes in 3 offensive categories going into the mid-season Christmas break. Kendall leads the team with 9 goals, 15 points and 2 game winning goals, along with leading the way win plus/minus at a +4. She has also tallied 6 assists. Congrats Kendall on a great first half to your senior campaign!
Colorado Select alum Julie Matthias, a freshman forward for the Holy Cross Crusaders, was named the New England Hockey Conference Rookie of the Week for the week ended December 13. During the week, Julie notched three points with 2 goals and one assist in two games as the Crusaders earned a pair of one-goal victories over Connecticut College and Colby, scoring the game-winning goal against Connecticut College and the tying goal against Colby on Dec. 12, while notching the primary assist on the game-winning goal in overtime. She currently leads the Crusaders with 10 goals and 13 points. Congrats Julie - what a great start to your collegiate career!
Colorado Select alum and current Utica Pioneers freshman forward Elizabeth Dohner scored her first collegiate goal in a 4-0 win over Morrisville State, which was the Pioneers fourth consecutive shutout. Elizabeth was one of three Pioneer freshman to socre their first collegiate goal in the game. Congrats Elizabeth and we know this is the first of many more to come!
Colorado Select alum and current New Hampshire Wildcats freshman goaltender Kyra Smith was named the Hockey East Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week for the week ended December 6. In a weekend sweep of Merrimack College, Kyra had a 0.98 GAA and a .949 save percentage with 37 saves on 39 shots. She has started each of the last 10 games for the Wildcats, earning a 5-5-1 overal record for the season with a 2.53 GAA and a .896 save percentage and has lead the team to a four-game unbeaten streak, during which time she has a 1.46 GAA and .926 save percentage. In seven Hockey East league games, she has a 4-3-0 record with a 2.42 GAA and .902 save percentage. Congrats Kyra on a great start to your collegiate career!
Colorado Select alum Nicole Hensley was named the College Hockey America (CHA) goalie of the week for the week ended December 6 for her efforts in net for the Lindenwood Lions. Nicole made two starts against the RIT Tigers, going 1-0-1 for the weekend. In a 4-1 win and a 1-1 tie, Nicole made 61 saves while compiling a .968 save percentage and a 0.96 GAA. This was Nicole's 3rd CHA goalie of the week award for the season and 9th in her career.
For her efforts, Nicole was also named the Lindenwood female athlete of the week. Congrats Nicole on an outstanding week!
Lindenwood Lions' senior goalie Nicole Hensley, a Colorado Select alum, notched her 100th career game played for the Lions in a November contest against the Mercyhurst Lakers. Nicole is only the 7th player in Lions' history to hit the century mark in games played.
The next weekend the Lions faced the #1 ranked Wisconsin Badgers in a game in which Nicole faced 50 shots, making 45 saves. After the game Wisconsin coach Mark Johnson of 1980 Miracle on Ice fame was quoted in an article in SB Nation referring to Nicole stating "Their goaltender is as good as anybody in the country" and in an article on uwbadger.com stated "I thought their goaltender played very well for them." Nice job Nicole in being durable to hit the century mark in games played and in receiving high compliments from a hockey icon!
Saint Anselm College freshman forward and Colorado Select alum Caley Mueller notched her first collegiate goal as the Saint Anselm College women's hockey team scored three goals in the first 3:15 of the game, then hung on late to hold off New England Hockey Conference rival College of the Holy Cross 4-2 on November 13. Congrat! Caley - the first of more to come!
New Hampshire Wildcats freshman goaltender and Colorado Select alum Kyra Smith was honored as Hockey East Defensive Player of Week for the week ended November 8. In her second career game and start, Kyra stopped 21 of 22 shots to backbone UNH to a 2-1 victory at the University of Connecticut Huskies to earn her first collegiate victory. She held the Huskies scoreless on five power plays, including a 5-on-3. Congrats Kyra!
Nicole Hensley, Colorado Select goalie alum and current Lindenwood Lions senior netminder, saved 39 of 40 shots in Lindenwood's 1-1 tie with the Syracuse Orange in the second game of the Lion's Pink the Rink weekend to raise funds for breast cancer. For her efforts Nicole was selected to conduct the post-game interview. In Coach Scott Spencer's post-game interview, he called Nicole the "team's MVP. and backbone back there". Click on the link below to hear both post-game interviews. Nicole, you are becoming adept at these!
Colorado Select goalie alum Kyra Smith, current New Hampshire Wildcats freshman goaltender, notched her first collegiate win in net with a 2-1 decision over the Connecticut Huskies. Kyra made 21 saves enroute to the victory and held the Huskies scoreless on 5 power plays, including a 5-on-3. Congrats Kyra - the first of many more to come!
Colorado Select alum Kendall Curtis, current Ohio State senior forward, was recently named an alternate captain for the Buckeyes. Kendall has experience in this position, as she was an alternate captain for the Colorado Select U19AAA team when she played for the Select. Congratulations on being named a captain Kendall and good luck the rest of your senior year!
Colorado Select alum Shara Jasper, current Lindenwood Lions red-shirt senior forward, was named the College Hockey America Player of the Month for September/October, which was the first time that a Lady Lion has received the honor. In the first eight games of the season, Shara totaled 10 goals and five assists for a conference-leading 15 points. Her 10 goals also leads the CHA, while tied for fourth nationally. Her per-game averages are even more impressive on the national scene as she ranks 10th in points per game and third in goals per game. Shara has recorded three multi-goal games, including back-to-back hat-tricks at Northeastern on October 10 and at home vs Penn State on October 30. She has also recorded multi-point performances in four of the Lady Lions eight games and picked up at least one point in six of the games. Congrats on a prestigious honor, Shara!
Colorado Select alum and current Holy Cross Crusader freshman forward Julie Matthias was named the New England Hockey Conference Rookie of the Week, for the week ended November 1. Julie notched a goal in both of her first two collegiate games as the Crusaders earned a weekend sweep against Sacred Heart with a 5-3 win on Friday and 2-1 win on Saturday. Way to start the college hockey career on the fast track!
Colorado Select goalie alum Nicole Hensley, current Lindenwood Lions senior goalie, collected her 8th career and 2nd season College Hockey America Goalie of the Week award for the week ended November 1. The prior weekend Nicole allowed 3 goals (2 powerplay goals) on 67 shots by the Penn State Nittany Lions in a 5-2 victory and a 1-1 tie. She has made 189 saves with a .917 save percentage on the young season and currently has 3,336 career saves, 7th all-time in NCAA D-I. Strong start to the young senior season Nicole!
Julie Matthias, current Holy Cross Crusaders freshman forward and Colorado Select alum, scored her first collegiate goal in her first collegiate game against the Sacred Heart Pioneers. Julie sealed the game with an empty net goal on the forecheck with 45 seconds remaining in the game. She kept up the pressure by scoring her second collegiate goal in her second collegiate game against Sacred Heart the next day only 1:19 into the first period. Congrats Julie on a great fast start to your collegiate career!
It is good to see Colorado Select alums staying connected! With the Lindenwood Lions traveling to Boston to take on the Northeastern Huskies, Nikki Friesen of the Harvard Crimson and Alexandra Karlis, Katherine Armstrong, and Kristen Embrey of the UMass Boston Beacons attended the game to cheer Nicole Hensley and Shara Jasper of the Lions on to victory. The girls all got a chance to visit, catch up and take photos after the game. More recently, as Lindewood took on the Penn State Nittany Lions at home in St. Louis, Nicole, Shara and former Lindenwood Lion Chloe Williams connected after the game to catch up and take photos with Jeanette Bateman of the Nittany Lions. Girls, it is great to see you all staying connected on and off the ice with lifelong friendships!
Current Lindenwood Lions players and Colorado Select Alums Shara Jasper and Nicole Hensley were both interviewed after their initial 5-2 win over the Penn State Nittany Lions. Lindenwood coach Scott Spencer also spoke in his post-game interview about Shara, including her strong season and second hat trick of the season in that game. Click on the link to see the video of their interviews. In addition, Nicole was also interviewed after the second game with Penn State, a 1-1 tie. Coach Spencer also spoke in his interview about what Nicole means to the team as its MVP and described her as one of the top goaltenders in the country. Also in that interview, the woman asking the great questions is Colorado Select alum Chloe Williams. Click on the link to see the video of their interviews. Girls, you conduct yourself well on camera!
Colorado Select alum Alexandra "Z" Karlis, a redshirt senior defenseman for the UMass Boston Beacons was named a Beacon captain for the second straight year. Congratulations Z - that is an accomplishment to be proud of!
Taylor Osowski, Colorado Select alum and current forward for the Utica Pioneers, was recently named an alternate captain for the Pioneers. Taylor, only a sophomore, will serve as a captain with two Pioneer seniors. Congrats Taylor - quite an honor as a sophomore!
Colorado Select alum Shara Jasper, currently a senior forward for the Lindenwood Lions, was named the Lindenwood female student-athlete of the week for the week ended October 11. Shara earned the award after leading Lindenwood to a 2-0-0 week, including a win over nationally-ranked Northeastern. In the team's 4-2 win over New Hampshire, she had a hand in every Lady Lions score with two goals and two assists. In the win over Northeastern, she had just the second hat trick in school history to lead the team to the victory. Way to go Shara - a "student" and an "athlete"!
Shara Jasper, Lindenwood Lion senior forward and former Colorado Select forward, earned her 2nd College Hockey America Player of the Week Award in the new season with a 7 point effort in a weekend series with the University of New Hampshire Wildcats and the Northeastern University Huskies. Over the weekend, Shara recorded five goals and two assists, including at No. 10 Northeastern registering the first Lindenwood hat-trick since Feb. 10th, 2012, propelling the Lady Lions to a 4-2 victory. Her seven-point effort over the weekend boosted her into a tie for the national lead in goals scored (7) and points scored (11). Click on the link below to see video of Shara's goals at New Hampshire. Congratulations Shara...........and the season is still young!
Kyra Smith, former Colorado Select goalie and current New Hampshire Wildcats goalie, made her collegiate debut against the Syracuse Orange. Kyra made 12 saves in a 3-2 loss to the Orange. Congratulations Kyra on kicking off your collegiate career with the first of hopefully many more starts in the crease!
Former Colorado Select forward and current Minnesota State Mavericks freshman forward Emily Harris made an impact quickly on her new team, scoring her first collegiate goal in a 4-2 win over RIT in her fourth collegiate game. Congrats Emily on a big kick off to your collegiate career and we hope it is the first of many more!
Shara Jasper, former Colorado Select forward and current Lindenwood University forward, and Nicole Hensley, former Colorado Select goalie and current Lindenwood Lion goalie, were named College Hockey America player and goalie of the week for the week ended September 27. Shara, a senior, tallied three points in the Lions' season opening weekend against her former team, the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs, netting one goal and assisting on two others. Nicole, also a senior, started the first game against the Bulldogs and stopped 36 of 40 shots, facing 18 in the first period and stopping all 8 she faced in the third period, allowing the Lions to make a dramatic late-game rally. Holy cow Batman!
For the second year in a row, Colorado Select alums Nicole Hensley, senior goalie, and Shara Jasper, senior forward, were named alternate captains by coach Scott Spencer for their senior campaign for the Lindenwood Lions. Both Hensley and Jasper served in that capacity for the Lions last season. Congratulations girls on your leadership positions and good luck in your senior season!
Former Colorado Select defenseman Chloe Williams, who played defense her freshman year for Lindenwood University, penned an article on former Colorado Select goalie and current Lindenwood Lion goalie Nicole Hensley that was published in September 22 edition of The Legacy, the student newspaper of Lindenwood University. The article, titled "Olympic Hopeful Uses Experience to Lead Young Lions", recounts Nicole's dream as a young player to play in the Olympics and the current path she is traveling with the U.S. Women's National Team to attempt to attain that dream. Nicole states that she is excited about the Lions' 2015-16 season and the progress the Lindenwood program has made during her college career. Nice job girls - it great to see our alums still working together both on and off the ice!
Former Colorado Select forward and current Ohio State Buckeyes forward Kendall Curtis was the focus of a recent Ohio State Student-Athlete spotlight. The spotlight summarized Kendall's college career highlights, such as scoring the lone shootout goal in the 9th round against No. 1 Minnesota last season, and described her summer participating in the Wolstein Leadership Academy and interning with the Bucks Go Pro in the Ohio State Department of Athletics. Congratulations on a great college career Kendall and we look forward to a great senior campaign!
Nicole Hensley, Colorado Select alum and current Lindenwood goaltender, was featured in an August 27 article in the sports section of the Denver Post titled "Nicole Hensley's Fine Work Makes Her Candidate for 2018 Olympics". The article describes Nicole's accomplishments at Lindenwood and the recent USA U-22 National Select Team series with Canada, with USA Hockey National Team coach Ken Klee indicating that although she is the youngest of the group, Nicole is "definitely in our top four goalies" and that she's "definitely putting her name in the mix" for the 2018 Olympic team. Keep climbing the ladder Nicole and we hope to have another Select alum on the 2018 USA Olympic Team!
Current Lindenwood Lion and former Colorado Select goaltender Nicole Hensley was named to the USA U-22 National Select Team roster. Team USA played a 3-game series against the Canadian U-22 national team at the Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, New York. Nicole faced Canada in the first two games in the series, winning the first game 4-1 while saving 18 of 19 shots. In the second game, Canada scored the game winning powerplay goal with just 1:07 left in regulation for a 2-1 win, while Nicole stopped 15 of 17 in the game. She totaled 33 saves on 36 shots in her 2nd and 3rd games for the Team USA, having beaten Canada in a shootout in Calgary last year. Team USA beat Canada 2-1 in overtime in the third game to take the series 2-1. Congratulations Nicole on a winning record against the Canadians!
Valerie Turgeon, former Colorado Select and current Shattuck St. Mary's forward, was named to the USA U-18 National Select Team which played a 3-game series against their Canadian counterparts at the Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, NY. Val made her Team USA debut in Game 1 of the series on August 20 by tallying an assist on Team USA's second goal. The Canadians ended up taking the series 2-1. Congratulations Val on a great accomplishment and good luck this year at Shattuck!
Colorado Select alums Nicole Hensley, a Lindenwood Lions senior goaltender, and Valerie Turgeon, Shattuck St. Mary's, were two of 83 players invited to the 2015 USA Hockey Women's National Festival, which will take place Aug. 11-16, at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, New York. The festival is an annual training session that will also be used to select two 22-player rosters for a pair of series against Canada held simultaneously from Aug. 19-23 at the Lake Placid Olympic Center. The U.S. entries will feature an Under-18 Select Team and Under-22 Select Team. Nicole and Val were invited to the Festival last year, with Nicole making the U-22 National team roster and defeating Canada in a shoot-out in the third game of the three-game series. Good luck again this year girls!
Colorado Select alums and Harvard Crimson forwards Nikki Friesen and Lyndsey Fry were named to the 2014-15 ECAC All-Academic Team. Lyndsey, a senior in 2014-15, was honored as Harvard's representative on the Commissioner's List as the team's top scholar over the course of the season, while Nikki, a freshman in 2014-15 earned her first award. The student-athletes qualified for the honor by maintaining a 3.0 GPA or higher over the past three semesters. Harvard was one of three schools to have 19 or more student-athletes named to the list, and 181 total skaters were recognized. Congratulations girls on putting the student in student-athlete!
The Lindenwood Lions recently announced their 2014-15 season team awards and two Colorado Select alums were among the recipients. Shara Jasper, a forward for the Lady Lions, was named team Co-Offensive Player of the Year and Nicole Hensley, a goaltender for the Lady Lions, was named MVP, Student-Athlete of the Year, and Defensive Player of the Year. Shara tied for the team lead in points with 27 and lead the team in assists with 16, while Nicole had 2 shut outs and a .916 save percentage. Congratulations ladies!
Colorado Select Alum Jeanette Bateman, a junior forward for the Penn State Nittany Lions, was one of 22 Penn State women's hockey players named to the College Hockey American (CHA) All-Academic Team, along with Colorado Select alum Nicole Hensley, a junior goaltender for the Lindenwood Lions, who was one of 17 Lindenwood women's hockey players named to the CHA All-Academic team. Nicole was one of the two Lindenwood players named CHA Student-Athletes of the Year of the six total named by the CHA. The Lady Lions were the only program in the CHA to have multiple co-Student-Athletes of the Year this season. This is the third time Nicole has received the Student Athlete of the Year award in her Lindenwood career.
To qualify to be named a Student-Athlete of the Year, the players must have a 4.00 cumulative GPA for the prior academic year. In addition, to qualify for the CHA All-Academic team, players must have had a 3.0 GPA or higher in both academic terms in 2014-15. Way to put the student in "student-athlete" ladies!
Nicole Hensley, junior Lindenwood Lions goalie and Colorado Select alum, was named a Capital One Academic All-American as selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). For Lindenwood, Nicole was one of four selections, but the only returning member to the Academic All-American team, as she made her way onto the second-team as a junior after making the third-team as a sophomore last year. She earned first-team all-CHA honors this year after her junior season. The goalie had a school-record 2.71 GAA, and she had a .916 save percentage. This season she made 866 saves and became the first Lady Lions goalie to win double-figures games. Congratulations both athletically and academically Nicole and good luck in your senior campaign!
Nicole Hensley, Colorado Select alum and current Lindenwood Lion junior goaltender, has been identified by the National Women's Hockey League as one of the top prospects for the inaugural 2015 NWHL pro draft to be held on June 20. Congratulations Nicole as you prepare for the next stage of your hockey career!
Colorado Select alum and Lindenwood junior goaltender Nicole Hensley was invited to participate in the inaugural U.S. Women's National Team goaltending camp held in Blaine, Minnesota over Memorial Day weekend. Invited to the camp were 18 of the top female goaltenders who are eligible for international play, 8 in college, 8 in high school, and 2 have graduated college, including two-time Olympian Jessie Vetter. Nicole attended the Warren Strelow National Team Goaltending Camp the last two summers. This week's female-specific camp replaces that camp for the top women's goalies in the United States. This change will allow more goalies to participate and to be introduced to a curriculum that is specific to the women's game. Good luck Nicole!
Lindenwood Lion junior goaltender and Colorado Select alum Nicole Hensley was one of 5 Lindenwood student-athletes to earn CoSIDA Academic All-District honors on May 14th in the at-large categories. In net this year for the Lions, Nicole earned first-team all-College Hockey America honors after being the top goalie for Lindenwood's best season in program history. She recorded a 2.71 GAA and a .916 save percentage during her junior campaign, and won a school-record 10 games. In addition, Nicole carries a cumulative 4.0 GPA through her junior year at Lindenweed. She is now eligible for consideration for Academic All-American honors.
In addition, at Lindenwood's spring convocation Nicole was admitted to Alpha Chi, a national college honor society for students in the top 10% of their junior or senior years or as graduate students. Nicole was also named to the Lion NCAA Honor Roll for student-athletes who have earned a 3.0 or higher GPA and are recommended by their coaches, and was one of only 14 recipients of the Presidential NCAA Academic Excellence Award by earning a cumulative GPA of 4.0 and being recommended by her coach.
Way to put "student" in Student-Athlete Nicole!
Colorado Select alums Kristen Embrey and Taryn Harris were named to the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference East Hockey Conference 2014-15 All-Academic Hockey Team. Kristen is a UMass-Boston Beacon sophomore and Taryn is a Manhattanville College Valiants sophomore. To be eligible for the ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must have completed at least one full academic year at her current institution and possess a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. Congratulations Taryn and Kristen - way to hit the books!
The Colorado Select would like to congratulate our newest alums and wish them the best in their endeavors next year!
Elizabeth Dohner - Utica College
Jocelyn Gacek - Utica College
Caitlin Hanafee - University of Colorado
Amy Harmon - Undecided
Marissa Hodge - Colorado Mesa University
Vanessa Landin - University of Colorado - Denver
Julie Matthias - College of Holy Cross
Jaime Meroz - Hamilton College
Regan McComb - University of Kansas
Caley Mueller - Saint Anselm College
Morgan Pitzer - St. Olaf College
Alexandra Reda - Colorado State University
Ariel Wallace - United State Air Force
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