Colorado Select's own Jordan Caldwell, a redshirt senior forward for Plattsburgh State, lead the Cardinals to their third national championship and first since 2008. Jordan netted two goals in the Cardinals 9-2 blowout win over the Norwich Cadets in the NCAA D-III National Championship Game held in Plattsburgh, NY on Saturday, March 22. Caldwell finished her career with the Cardinals in phenominal fashion, as the team went 28-1-1 on the season. As a co-captian of the team, Jordan had the pleasure of hoisting the championship trophey and taking it to her teammates. Jordan was quoted in an interview and article prior to the frozen four stating "We came to Plattsburgh to win a national championship, this is it, do or die for a national championship." Well, it was "do", not "die". Congratulations Jordan on an outstanding collegiate career and finishing on the highest note possible - the Colorado Select is proud of you! Click the links below to read more on Jordan and the championship game, including Jordan's quote in the USCHO article.
Taylor Gross, Colorado Select alum and Penn State senior forward, received College Hockey America's Sportsmanship Award for the 2013-14 season. The award is given by the CHA to one student-athlete who has consistently demonstrated superior conduct and sportsmanship on the ice as voted on by the head coaches. Taylor, Penn's State's first captain as a varsity progrom, tallied 15 points this season on seven goals, while committing just two penalties. She also tied for the team lead in blocked shots (42). Taylor capped her four-year collegiate career with 116 games played, 27 goals, 35 assists and 62 points. The senior forward leaves Penn State in a tie for second in goals (14), second in assists (23) and points (37). Congratulations on a great career, Taylor!
Nicole Hensley, a sophomore goalie for the Lindenwood Lions and Colorado Select alum, was named Second Team All-CHA at the College Hockey America banquet on March 5. Nicole recorded 1,198 saves on the year, the most in NCAA Division I and the third-most for a single-season in NCAA history. She had a .921 save percentage for the season, including a .931 in CHA play. She made 718 saves in conference play and recorded 40 or more saves in 13 of her 33 games, including a season-high 69 against North Dakota (see story below). Nicole played a big role in some of the best results in program history. She made 55 of 57 saves during the team's 4-2 win over Robert Morris, the program's first win over a nationally-ranked team (see story below) She also helped Lindenwood tie both Bemidji State and Mercyhurst. The tie with Bemidji State was the first with a WCHA program, and the tie with Mercyhurst was the first with the powerhouse CHA program. To this point in her two-year career, Nicole has a .922 save percentage and has made 2,281 saves in 61 games. Click the links to read more on the CHA season award.
Kerry Mayhew, Wisconsin-Superior Yellowjackets senior forward and Colorado Select alum, concluded a successful career by being named All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference First Team. This season Kerry scored eight goals and had nine assits for 17 points in 27 games, but in 12 conference games had 10 points, including 7 goals, both of which led the Yellowjackets. She appeared in 81 games over three season with the Yellowjacktes, scoring 28 goals and 39 assists for 67 points. Her 39 assists rank her 9th all-time in the program, while her 67 points are tied for 8th all-time in the program. Congratulations Kerry on a fantastic career capped off with these deserving awards!
Colorado Select alum and current Ohio State Buckeye sophomore forward Kendall Curtis has been named by the WCHA to the 2013-2014 All-Academic Team. Kendall was one of Ohio State league-high 16 student-athletes receiving the honor at the league awards ceremony in Bemidji, Minn. To qualify for the WCHA All-Academic Team, student-athletes must have completed one year of eligibility at their present institution prior to the current academic year and have a GPA of at least 3.0 for the previous two semesters or three quarters. Congratulations Kendall on putting the "student" in student-athlete!
Colorado Select alum and Manhattanville Valiants junior defensemen Trenah Stauffer was named to the ECAC East All-Academic Team. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year at his or her current institution, and have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. This was Trenah's second straight all-academic team honor. Way to hit the books Trenah!
Colorado Select alum and St. Cloud State senior forward Molli Mott and her senior class teammates provide insight into what and who they are and are not going to miss upon completion of their collegiate career in the Huskies Senior Video. Click on the video to hear from Molli and her teammates. Congratulation Molli on a great career at St. Cloud State - we are proud of you!
Nicole Hensley, Colorado Select alum and Lindenwood Lions sophomore goaltender, received the Sportswomen of Colorado award for ice hockey at the 40th annual awards celebration on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center. Nicole received the award for her performance as a freshman for the Lions during 2013 (see story below). Colorado's top athletes, coaches and mentors were honored at the banquet. Congratulations Nicole and we hope you have a great 2014!
Colorado Select alum Jordan Caldwell, a redshirt senior for the Plattsburgh State Cardinals, known to her teammates as "Jordy", was recently featured in an article in Cardinal Points Online entitled "Caldwell Returns to Ice after Injuries". After appearing in just six games in the 2012-13 season, Jordan's season ended after she suffered a torn ACL and fractured tibia in her right leg. After suffering the injuries, she returned home to have reconstructive surgery at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Denver. On the bright side, while being sidelined Jordan said "it was actually better for my game sitting there watching it play out. I learned a lot in the stands just seeing the way that the puck moves. Positioning-wise, it did wonders for my game.” Coach Kevin Houle stated that “It was certainly a bonus to have Jordan back this year. It’s made us a better team having her back in the lineup in terms of overall team speed, overall team tenacity. She just brings so much more to the table with having her in the lineup than without.” One of her fellow seniors agreed, stating “Everything that encompasses a captain is Jordy. To have the positivity and the work ethic that she had to have for a full year, before she could even think about stepping on the ice, is not something that most people could do. I definitely think that helps us respect her even more than we already did.” Congratulations Jordan on successfully returning from the injury! Click on the link to read the full article.
Lindenwood sophomore goaltender and Colorado Select alum Nicole Hensley was named the goalie of the month for Feruary 2014 by College Hockey America. Nicole ended the regular season by going 3-3-1 during the month of February with a .945 save percentage. She stopped at least 40 shots in every game but one, and had a total of 310 saves for the month, while allowing two or fewer goals in four games. During the month of February, Nicole led Lindenwood to two of its biggest results in program history. At the start of the month, the Lady Lions defeated a nationally-ranked team for the first time with a 4-2 win over Robert Morris (see story below). She made 55 saves in that game and both goals she allowed came while the Colonials had an extra attacker on offense. The regular season ended with a 2-2 tie against nationally-ranked Mercyhurst, a team that Lindenwood had never played closer than three goals before (which was the previous day with Nicole in net). She made 41 saves in that game, including eight in the overtime period. Click the links to read more on Nicole's award.
Ohio State's Kendall Curtis, a sophomore forward and Colorado Select alum, notched the game winning goal on Senior Day to complete the Buckeye's series sweep of No. 7 North Dakota in a 3-1 win. After a scoreless second period, Kendall skated the puck to the center of the North Dakota zone and fired a shot past the ND goaltender at 3:27 into the final period. The unassisted score was Kendall's seventh goal on the season.
The Colorado Select alum duo of senior defenseman Ava Plamondon and junior forward Hannah Smith lead the Univerity of Wisconsin-River Falls Pointers to the inaugural Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) championship game and a berth in the NCAA D-III tournament. Although the Pointers failed to prevail in those games, it was the Pointers fifth appearance in the NCAA D-III tournament and first since 2007. The team ended the seaon with 19 wins and ranked 6/7 nationally. Congratulations ladies on a great season and Ava on a great ending to your collegiate hockey career!
Katharine "Kat" Armstrong, current UMass-Boston Beacon freshman defenseman and Colorado Select alum, netted her first collegiate goal in a 3-0 win over the Manhattanville College Valiants. Kat helped the Beacons notch their first-ever win over the Valiants in post-season play and advance to the ECAC East semifinals in the conference tournament. Congratulatins Kat - keep them coming!
Colorado Select alum and Bowdoin College senior defensemen Maura Allen is a two-sport/three-season varsity student athlete. During the past four winters, Maura has been a rock-solid defenseman for the Bowdoin women's ice hockey program, playing in over 90 games over the last four seasons. New to the sport, she joined the varsity rugby team as a freshman and has competed each fall and spring since. She has become known for her counter rucking ability to create turnover ball. Scoring 12 tries this season, Maura is also the second-leading tackler. She anchored and co-captianed a Bowdoin team that captured their second consecutive conference rugby championship, and in post-season play advanced to a #5 ranking in the ACRA inaugural fall season. Maura garnered her team’s MVP Forward Award, was named All-Conference Team #8 and earned Academic High Honors awards from NESCAC, the rugby conference, USA Rugby, and ACRA for her outstanding achievement in the classroom. Congrats Maura on exceeding in the classroom and your career in 2 collegiate sports!
The Colorado Select alum duo of sophomore forwards Molly O'Neil and McKenzie Taggart lead the Stevenson University Mustangs in their second season of NCAA competition, as their line combined for 68 points this season while scoring 30 of the team's 58 goals. In a 2-1 victory over Chatham, their line totaled all six points as the in a series sweep. McKenzie was tied for second in Division III in power-play goals scored this season. In a 4-3 overtime win against Neumann, Molly scored the game-winner 3:03 into overtime, pushing the Mustangs to a win in their first overtime game in the program's two-year history. Molly lead the team in assists with 15, while McKenzie lead the team with 14 goals and 25 points. Congratulations to the Stevenson dynamic duo on a great season!
Brittney Brooks, a junior goaltender for the Colgate Raiders and a Colorado Select alum, is a recipient of the Dean’s Award for academic excellence during the fall 2013 term at Colgate University. To be eligible for the Dean’s Award, a Colgate student must achieve higher than a 3.30 average while enrolled in at least four courses. Brittney accomplished this while majoring in Neuroscience. Nice job hitting the books Brittney!
Sportswomen of Colorado named their 2014 award winners in January 2014 for outstanding performances in 2013 and Colorado Select Alum Nicole Hensley, a sophomore goaltender for Lindenwood University, was selected to receive the Sportswomen of Colorado Award for ice hockey. Colorado's outstanding female athletes will be honored for their performance in 2013 during their 40th annual awards celebration on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center.
College Hockey America has named Nicole Hensley, Lindenwood University goaltender and Colorado Select alum, as the Goalie of the Week for the week ended February 9, 2013. It is the second time that Nicole has been named the CHA Goalie of the Week, and the seventh time that she has won a CHA weekly award. She went 2-0-0 in goal the prior week and led Lindenwood to a series sweep over Penn State. She had a 1.95 GAA, a .957 save percentage, and collected 89 saves in the series. In the first game of the series, she did not allow a goal for the final 36:35 of the contest as Lindenwood held on for a 2-1 win. In that span, she made 27 saves, including 21 in the third period. Nicole stopped 44 shots in the second game of the series as Lindenwood earned a 4-3 overtime win. In the extra period, she stopped eight shots in the first three minutes before the Lady Lions scored the game-winning goal. Click on the video below to see some of Nicole's saves in the weekend sweep from the CHA
Colorado Select alum Nicole Hensley, a sophomore goaltender for the Lindenwood University Lady Lions, was prominent in helping the Lady Lions pull off the biggest upset of its NCAA history as they shocked No. 8 ranked Robert Morris by a 4-2 score. The win was the first in the history of the Lady Lions program over a NCAA Division I nationally-ranked team. Nicole saved 55 of 57 shots in the contest, allowing only two power play goals in the victory. In a USCHO article on the game discussing the Lady Lions' "bedevilments" of the Colonials, USCHO indicated that Nicole was "tormenting" the Colonials, making 26 of her 55 saves in the final 20 minutes. Click on the video below to see Nicole's post-game interview.
Lyndsey Fry, the Colorado Select's first alum to compete on the US Women's Olympic Team, was featured in an article entitled "Fry Skating for Gold in Russia, With Love" on page 2CC of the Denver Post's sports section on February 9, one day after her first Olympic game, a 3-1 win over Finland. The article chronicles Lyndsey's relationship with the late Elizabeth Turgeron when they played together on the Colorado Select U19AAA team (see the stories below). Good luck the rest of the way to gold Lyndsey!
Wisconsin - Superior Yellowjackets forward and Colorado Select alum Kerry Mayhew, following a 5-0 win over Wisconsin - Eau Claire, moved into 9th on the Wisconsin - Superior all-time assists list with 39 and 9th on the all-time points list with 66. In 20 games this year, Kerry has 6 goals and 8 assists for a total of 14 points. Kerry we hope you have a strong finish this year to a great career!
Colorado Select alums and current Stevenson Mustang sophomore forwards Molly O'Neil and McKenzie Taggart are leading the offensive way for the Mustangs this season. In 19 games so far this season, McKenzie is leading the team with 21 points and 13 goals, closely followed by Molly with a team-leading 11 assists and 19 points. Molly and McKenzie play on the same line, which recently accounted for 6 points in a 5-1 win over New England College with an aggregate +9 rating in the game for that line. Colorado Select alum and current Stevenson Mustang sophomore defenseman Emma Sunness has also appeared in 15 games for the Mustangs this season. A strong Colorado Select contigent at Stevenson - way to go ladies!
Drue Engleman, freshman forward at St. Olaf College and Colorado Select alum, collected her first collegiate goal in a 4-2 loss to Bethel College. She has played in 13 games for the Oles and has also collected an assist. Drue, we hope this goal is the first of many more to come!
Colorado Select alum and current Plattsburg State redshirt senior forward Jordan Caldwell netted the game winning goal in the Cardinals 2-0 win over the Utica College Pioneers. The win runs Plattsburg State's record to 16-0-1 on the season with a No. 1 ranking in D-III. Jordan has totalled 8 goals and 11 assists for 19 points on the year. Nice way to finish out the career Jordan!
Manhattanville Valiants freshman defenseman and Colorado Select alum Taryn Harris scored her third goal of the season in a 3-2 loss against Salve Regina in impressive fashion. After picking up the puck in the defensive zone, Taryn carried it the length of the ice, cut down the face-off circle and fired a shot high over the glove hand of Salve Regina goaltender. She has played in all 19 games for the Valiants and has 3 goals and 3 assists for a total of 6 points. Trenah Stauffer, a junior defenseman for the Valiants and a Colorado Select alum, also has 10 points for the Valiants with 4 goals and 6 assists and is a plus 3. Great freshman campaign Taryn and keep up the good work Trenah!
Kristen Embrey, UMass-Boston freshman forward and Colorado Select alum, notched her first collegiate goal against New England College in a game where she also collected her first 3 collegiate points by adding 2 assists to go with the goal. In the 8-0 victory, Colorado Select alum and UMass-Boston freshman defenseman, KC McGinley, added 2 assists for her first collegiate points. Keep up the scoring attack girls! Click on the video to see Kristen's goal.
Colorado Select alum and current Ohio State sophomore forward Kendall Curtis helped the Buckeyes pick up an extra league point by scoring the lone goal in the 9th round of a shootout to break a 2-2 tie with the Minnesota Gophers. In addition to the shootout winner, on the season Kendall has two game winning goals, 6 total goals and 4 assists for 10 points. Keep up the great season Kendall!
Colgate Raiders junior goaltender and Colorado Select alum Brittney Brooks has recorded some recent impressive outings in net for the Raiders. In a recent game against Dartmouth, Brittney had an impressive performance recording 30 saves in the game, including a game-high 17 in the middle frame. In a previous game against the Syracuse Orange, she made 35 stops, including 18 in the third period. Brittney has appeared in 13 games this season for the Raiders, compiling 284 saves with a 2.59 GAA and .907 save percentage. Brittany, keep the brick wall up in net the rest of the season!
Colorado Select's own US Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team member Lyndsey Fry was recently featured on the cover of the Arizona edition of Rubber Hockey Magazine after her selection to the Olympic Team. In an article entitled "Going for the Gold", Lyndsey is called an Arizona hockey icon. Good luck in Sochi Lyndsey!
In a first round victory against Stevenson University in the 7th Annual Codfish Bowl Tournament in Boston, Alexandra "Z" Karlis, Colorado Select alum and redshirt junior forward for the University of Massachusetts - Boston Beacons, found the back of the net for her first collegiate goal in the second period. She was also won 10 of 12 faceoffs in the contest. Z is returning this year from injuries the last two years. Select alum Katherine Armstong, a Beacon freshman defensemen, also collected an assist in the contest. Other Colorado Select alums also play for the Beacons and the Stevenson Mustangs - Kristen Embrey (UMass), KC McGinley (UMass), Molly O'Neil (Stevenson), Emma Sunness (Stevenson) and McKenzie Taggart (Stevenson). The Beacons went on to defeat Connecticut College the following day to win their first-ever tournament championship. Click on the videos to see Z's goal and to hear UMass Coach Colleen Harris' comments about Z in her post-game press conference. Congrats Z!
On January 2, USCHO's weekly feature "This Week in Women's D-I" was entitled "Hensley Helps Lay a Foundation at Lindenwood" and focused on Colorado Select alum and current Lindenwood University sophomore goaltender Nicole Hensley. The article focuses on Lindenwood's efforts to build a D-I program around Nicole in net, as she currently leads the country in saves with 749. Coach Vince O'Mara of Lindenwood stated in the article: “Last year, a lot of people were talking about the way we ended the season, and almost criticizing us for having [her],” O’Mara said. “Well, we’re not going to apologize for having Nicole Hensley in goal. We’re going to pat ourselves on the back for getting her. That’s the type of goalie a new program needs to have. Where we’re at, we wouldn’t be even close to where we are headed if it wasn’t for [Hensley] and someone to build this program around. We’re very fortunate and happy to have her.” Congratulations Nicole on being a strong foundation at Lindenwood!
On New Year's Day, in front of the largest crowd to turn out for a hockey game — 105,591 fans at Michigan Stadium — and a national television audience between periods of the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Mapleleafs, USA Hockey annouced its 2014 US Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team for the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. With that announcement, Lyndsey Fry became the first ever Colorado Select alum to make the US Olympic team roster, landing one of 11 slots on the roster as a forward as she survived the final two cuts to get the roster to 21 players. Colorado Avalanche TV play-by-play annoucer Mike Haynes shared the news of the Colorado Select alum during the Avalanche game against the Philadelphia Flyers on January 2. While making the annoucement of the Colorado connection to the US Olympic team, Haynes showed the picture at left of Lyndsey with Elizabeth Turgeon's US National Team jersey and described the story of the traveling jersey as set forth in the stories below. Congratulations Lyndsey - you made the Colorado Select proud!
The Colorado Select Girls Hockey Association held its 6th Annual Alumni Game at the Edge Ice Arena in Littleton, Colorado on Saturday, December 21, 2013. One surprise annoucment at the event was the impending retirement at the end of May of Colorado Select Director of Hockey and U19AAA Head Coach Marnie Hill after 8 years with the Assocation. Marnie indicated to the crowd after a round of applause that she would be moving to Florida to pursue her career as a helicopter pilot. The festivities started out with a silent auction of great sports and other items, along with event booths, which included the hardest shot competition. The highlight of the day was a large crowd for the battle between the current U19AAA team and CSGHA Alumni back in town for the holidays and the big game. The game was followed by an autograph session with the alums, which basically occurred on the glass with the young players as the alums came off the ice after the game.
After the introduction of all the players for both teams and other alums at the game by Marnie, and the playing of the Canadian and U.S. National Anthems, the annual hockey battle was on. The game was close for the first two periods, as the 19's held a 2-1 lead and then it was knotted at 2-2. The alumni broke it open in the third period, skating to a 6-2 win behind a hat trick by Taylor Gross and a shutout during her half of the game in net by Nicole Hensley, and evening the overall alumni game record at 3-3.in the annual battle enjoyed by all. Alumni returning this year to play in or attend the game included:
Maura Allen - Bowdoin College
Katherine Armstrong - University of Massachusetts - Boston
Jeanette Bateman - Penn State University
Kendall Curtis - Ohio State University
Lauren Davis - Yale University
Sierra Dell - St. Mary's University
Kristin Embrey - University of Massachusetts - Boston
Drue Engelmen - St. Olafs College
Courtney Gacek - Metroplitan State College of Denver
Taylor Gross - Penn State University
Meghan Haarberg - University of Northern Colorado
Michelle Harcrow - Colorado State University
Taryn Harris - Manhattanville College
Nicole Hensley - Lindenwood University
Shara Jasper - Lindenwood University
Alexandra Karlis - University of Massachusetts - Boston
Avery Kaufmann - Colorado State University
Kerry Mayhew - University of Wisconsin - Superior
KC McGinley - University of Massachusetts - Boston
Kacee Medved - St. Benedicts College
Molli Mott - St. Cloud State University
Ava Plamondon - University of Wisonsin - Stevens Point
Lizzy Revers - University of Colorado
Emma Sunness - Stevenson College
Brooke Valbert - Colorado State University
Amanda Vandenberg - Colorado State University
Chloe Williams - Lindenwood University
Colorado Select alum and Plattsburgh State redshirt senior forward Jordan Caldwell scored one of 7 goals and had an assist in the Cardinals' win over the Neumann University Knights. Jordan's goal was one of the goals featured in a news report on the Cardinals' undefeated season on local NBC affiliate WPTZ NewsChannel 5. Click on the video to see the news report. So far this season, Plattsburgh State has scored 46 goals and allowed 1 goal, while compiling a 9-0-1 overall record and a 5-0-0 conference record and are ranked #1 in the nation in D-III. Jordan has 4 goals and 6 assists for 10 points on the season. Keeping heading toward that National Championship Jordan!
During a post-game interview after the Lindenwood Lions home game against the Mercyhurst Lakers, Lindenwood head coach Vince O'Mara complimented Colorado Select alum and Lindenwood sophmore goaltender Nicole Hensley by describing her as "one of the best goaltenders in the country". (Click on the video to hear Coach O'Mara's comments and see save highlights). Coach O'Mara was speaking about Nicole's play against the Lakers one day after missing her first start of the year due to illness and still being ill for the game, and in reference to her save on a breakaway by College Hockey America Player of the Year Christine Bestland of Mercyhurst. (Click on the video to see the save). Hopefully Nicole has a few of these save left in her glove!
Colorado Select's own Lyndsey Fry, battling to make the last cuts for the U.S. Women's Olympic Team, was featured on the cover of the December 2013 USA Hockey Magazine. The cover story was The Sisterhood of the Traveling Hockey Jersey and chronicles the relationship between Lyndsey and Elizabeth Turgeon when they both played for the Colorado Select. (See the stories below). Good luck Lyndsey!
Taylor Gross, senior captain for the Penn State Nittany Lions and Colorado Select alum, was recently featured in a Penn State article discussing the leadership of three University of Connecticut transfers to the new Penn State women's ice hockey program. "Honestly, I felt like a Penn Stater the second I got here," said Gross. "My heart was always with Penn State and all the girls on the club team were very welcoming so it certainly made my transition easier." In speaking about the three transfers, including Taylor, Penn State coach Josh Brandwene stated "Certainly as a coach and alum I know that they are Penn Staters in every sense of the term and I think that's the highest compliment anyone can get." Good luck on a strong senior season Taylor!
St. Cloud State Huskies senior forward and Colorado Select alum Molli Mott did all the scoring for the Huskies in two 2-1 losses in a series against the University of Minnesota - Duluth, scoring an even strength goal late with :52 second left in the first game and scoring late in the second period of the second game of the series to tie it at 1-1. See the video for Molli's post-game interview after the first game of the series. The prior weekend against Minnesota State Molli had two goals, one assist, and eights shots on goal. Nice senior season underway Molli!
McKenzie Taggart, Colorado Select alum and Stevenson College Mustangs sophomore forward, scored her first collegiate hat trick in an 8-4 loss to the St. Benedicts Blazers. This was also the first hat trick in the history of the Stevenson women's ice hockey program. McKenzie currently ranks second in all of Division III with 1.38 goals per game and ranks first with 0.75 power-play goals per game. Through just nine games this season, she has 11 goals and one assist and is already one point shy of tying the 13 points she had all last season. Colorado Select alums Molly O'Neal and Emma Sunness also played in the game for Stevenson, while Colorado Select alum Kacee Medved played in the game for St. Benedicts College (see stories below).
Molly O'Neil, Colorado Select alum and Stevenson College Mustangs sophomore forward, has produced two 3-point games for the Mustangs this season. In an early season 4-0 win over SUNY-Canton, Molly had 1 goal and 2 assists. Subsequently, she had 1 goal and 2 assists in an 8-4 loss to St. Benedicts College. Molly is second on the team to Colorado Select alum McKenzie Taggart (see story above) with 11 points and is tied for the team lead in assists with 7. Colorado Select alum Emma Sunness is defensemen for Stevenson College also.
Prior to a recent home game against RIT, College Hockey America (CHA)Commissioner Robert M. DeGregorio, Jr. presented Nicole Hensley, Lindenwood Lions sophomore goaltender and Colorado Select alum, with the CHA Student Athlete of the Year award. Nicole earned the award by achieving a 4.0 GPA during her freshman year of CHA play. (See story below). Commissioner DeGregorio was joined on the ice for the pre-game presentation by Lindenwood Athletic Director John Creer and Nicole was joined on the ice by her parents, Darren and Linda Hensley. Click on the video of post-game interviews to see the presentation.
Colorado Select alum and redshirt senior forward Jordan Caldwell scored with just nine seconds remaining to earn the top-ranked Plattsburgh State women's hockey team a 1-1 tie against Amherst in the Panther/Cardinal Classic hosted by Middlebury College during Thanksgiving. Jordan received a pass down low and quickly one-timed the pass from a tough angle to beat the Amherst goaltender to force the game into overtime. Jordan's goal kept the No. 1 ranked Plattsburg State Cardinals undefeated on the season. Hopefully Jordan can help the Cardinals run the table this year!
Taryn Harris, Manhattanville Valiant freshman defenseman and Colorado Select alum, scored her first collegiate goal in a 4-3 loss to Nichols College. Taryn's shot was off the post and hit the back of the Nichols' goaltender before finding the back of the net, tying the score with 12:36 to go in the third period. Taryn we hope this is the first of many more to come in your collegiate career!
Colorado Select alum and St. Benedicts College Blazers freshman defenseman Kacee Medved scored her first collegiate goal in an 8-4 win over Stevenson College. Kacee was playing against Colorado Select alums McKenzie Taggart, Molli O'Neil and Emma Sunness with Stevenson. (See stories above). Keep 'em coming Kacee!
Colorado Select alum and current Ohio State Buckeyes sophomore forward Kendall Curtis netted her second game winning goal of the season in a 3-2 win over the University of New Hampshire. (See story below) Kendall scored the game winner in the third period. Hopefully Kendall has a few more left in this stick this season!
Colorado Select alum Nicole Hensley was in net in a 2-1 victory over Penn State, with the Lindenwood Lions sophomore goaltender making 22 saves on 23 shots. Colorado Select alum Janette Bateman, a sophomore defensemen, and Taylor Gross, a senior forward, were starters in the game for the Penn Nittany Lions, while Colorado Select alum Shara Jasper, a medical red-shirt junior forward for Lindenwood, was in the stands for the game. A small group Colorado Select alumni reunion! Nicole did a post-game interview, which can be seen in the video along with some of her game highlights for Lindenwood.
Brittney Brooks, a Colorado Select alum and current junior goaltender for the Colgate Raiders, collected her first collegiate win in net in a 5-1 decision over Union College at Colgate's home rink. Brittney turned away 19 of 20 shots in the victory. Congratulations Brittney and we hope there are many more wins to come!
Jordan Caldwell, a Colorado Select alum and a redshirt senior forward and captain for the No. 1-ranked Plattsburgh State Cardinals, had an offensive outburst in the team's 7-0 ECAC West triumph over the Buffalo State Bengals. Jordan is returning from a season-ending knee injury last year and collected an assist in each of the first and second periods to total 5 on the season and then knocked down her first goal of the season in the second period. She had two assists in her first game back from injury in a 6-0 win against Norwich. Jordan, we are glad to see the knee is doing well and good look in your senior season!
Jeanette Bateman, Colorado Select alum and current Penn State sophomore defensemen, was recently featured in the "Week in Weld" section of the Greeley Tribune. The article highlighted that Janette landed a starting spot as a freshman for the Nittany Lions and played in all 35 games games last year. Good luck in your sophomore campaign Janette!
Colorado Select alum Alexandra "Z" Karlis, current junior forward for the UMass-Boston Beacons, was featured in the team's 2013-14 season preview video. Z returns this season from an injury that kept her sidelined last season. Good luck this season Z and good to see you back on the ice!
Click on the video to see the interview with Z.
Colorado Select alum and current University of Wisconsin-Superior senior forward Kerry Mayhew has been named assistant captain of the Yellowjackets for her senior campaign. This is the first season the Yellowjackets will compete in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletics Conference. Kerry, good luck on a strong season to finish your career!
Trenah Stauffer, Colorado Select alum and current Manhattanville Valiants junior defensemen, will serve as assistant captain of the nationally-ranked Valients for the 2013-14 season. Congratulations Trenah!
Penn State senior forward and Colorado Select alum Taylor Gross is repeating as the captain of the Nittany Lions for the 2013-14 season after serving in that position during the 2012-13 season. Good luck in your senior campaign Taylor!
Colorado Select alum and current sophomore forward for the Stevenson Mustangs, McKenzie Taggart, scored a goal in a 4-2 win over SUNY-Canton to help the Mustangs get their first-ever win at home. McKenzie leads the team with 8 goals so far this season. Good luck the rest of the year McKenzie!
Click the video to see McKenzie's post-game interview after the SUNY-Canton victory and click the links to read more about McKenzie's season.
Colorado Select alum and current Colgate Raiders junior goaltender Brittney Brooks made 44 saves on 46 shots against the Clarkson Golden Knights, ranked #5 nationally. The 44 saves were a career high for Brittany at Colgate. Brittney's head coach, Greg Fargo, praised her performance in the game: "She was phenomenal. She kept us in the game by giving our team a chance to get a goal there in the first two periods to tie it up and that's all you can ask of your goaltender every night. You just want to give your team a chance to win and ............. she went in there without fear and competed super hard today. I'm really proud of Brittney." Although the Raiders were outshot in the game 46-11, Brittney allowed no power play goals in 3 chances for the Golden Knights. She kept her team in the game in the second period when she blanked Clarkson on 20 shots, keeping the score 1-0 going into the third period.
Click on the video below to hear Coach Fargo's post-game interview comments on Brittney's game.
After a weekend series with the Wisconsin Badgers, ranked #2 nationally, in an article in The Badger Herald, Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson stated that Colorado Select alum Nicole Hensley's goaltending kept the Lindenwood Lions in the game. Nicole had 87 saves in the weekend series with Wisconsin. Although the final score in the second game made the Wisconsin women’s hockey victory over Lindenwood seem like a lop-sided affair, the 4-1 winning margin for the Badgers wasn’t indicative of how close the game was. Despite a strong effort from the Lady Lions, Wisconsin notched two third period goals to edge Lindenwood in the second game of the series at Wisconsin. Following the game, Johnson referred to strong goaltending from Lindenwood’s sophomore Hensley as the key factor for keeping the Badgers from pulling away until the game’s later stages. “If a goaltender from either team is playing well, usually the game is going to be tight. We were up 2-0, obviously, and if you can get it to three, it’s a big difference … They jumped on an opportunity and made it 2-1 and then it becomes a much tighter hockey game.”
On October 17, the Lindenwood University Athletics Department held one of its biggest events of the year, the annual Sports Hall of Fame banquet. Lindenwood President James D. Evans and Athletic Director John Creer spoke at the event and helped hand out the awards, while Lindenwood alum and St. Louis sports personality Bob Ramsey emceed the event. In addition to the induction of seven new members into the Lindenwood Sports Hall of Fame, several current Lindenwood student-athletes were also honored. Among those honored was Colorado Select alum and current Lindenwood Lions sophomore goaltender Nicole Hensley, who received the annual Lindenwood Student Achievement award for the NCAA Athletics Department. Hensley had one of the most impressive goalie performances in NCAA history last season when she made 90 saves during a CHA playoff game against Robert Morris. Congratulations Nicole!
Kendall Curtis for the Buckeyes
Molli Mott After Another Goal
Colorado Select alum Kendall Curtis, a sophomore forward for the the Ohio State Buckeyes, scored the game winning goal in Ohio State's recent 4-2 win over St. Cloud State in a WCHA contest. It was Kendall's second goal of the season. Kendall was playing against Select alum Molli Mott, a senior alternate captain and forward for the St. Cloud State Huskies. Molli had a goal and an assist in the contest and the previous night she had an assist and a shootout goal to help the Huskies earn the shootout win.
Colorado Select alum Nicole Hensley, sophomore goalie for the Lindenwood Lions, set a personal best and sixth most in NCAA history by making 69 saves in regulation in a 6-1 loss to nationally ranked North Dakota (last year she recorded 90 saves in a triple overtime contest with Robert Morris to set an NCAA record) in which the Lions were outshot by UND 75-9. In the first game of the series, Hensley made 46 saves in a 5-1 loss with the Lions getting outshot 51-16. The final totals were 115 saves on 126 shots in the two game series for a 91.2% save percentage for the series. On October 7, College Hockey America named Nicole to its weekly honor roll for her performance against North Dakota. In an article by Inside Hockey reviewing the series, the author stated that if it hadn’t been for her play, "the scores would have been more lopsided then they were". Opposing UND head coach Brian Idalski was complimentary of Nicole in the article, stating: “Their goaltender (Hensley) is legit. She was solid; it kind of takes you back when Bemidji had a couple of goaltenders. She was fantastic, or I think the score would have been a little bit different.” Although two tough games, keep up the work during the season Nicole!
Colorado Select alum and Ohio State Buckeye sophomore forward Kendall Curtis started off the 2013-14 season with a bang, scoring her first collegiate goal and adding an assist in a Buckeye's 4-3 overtime win over nationally ranked Mercyhurst. She also won 10 of 24 faceoffs in the contest. Congrats Kendall! We hope this is one of many more goals to come!
On September 30, the College Hockey America Conference named Colorado Select Alum and Lindenwood Lion sophomore goaltender Nicole Hensley as the conference goalie of the week. In a 3-2 loss and 1-1 tie in a series against Bemidji State the prior weekend, Hensley had a .940 save percentage and a 1.92 GAA. In the first game of the series, she saved 36 of 39 shots. She then stopped 27 of 28 shots during the second contest. Out of the four goals she allowed, two came on the power play and another was just three seconds after a power play ended before the skater could return to action. A strong start to the season Nicole - keep it up this year!
Click on the videos to watch Nicole's Bemidji State post-game interview and to see the CHA Players of the Week Video.
Colorado Select alum and St. Cloud State senior forward Molli Mott has been named an alternate captain for the Huskies for the 2013-14 season. Molli appeared in 35 games last season for St. Cloud recording one of her best seasons on the ice. She was tied for first on the team in number of points (22) and tied for second in goals (9) and assists (13). She also led the Huskies in power-play goals (7) and game-winning goals (3). She put-up a total 116 shots and earned 14 blocks. Molli went four straight games scoring one goal which all were power-play goals for the Huskies. Good luck this season Molli - we hope you have an even better senior year!
Colorado Select alum Lyndsey Fry was featured this summer in numerous articles and interviews as she attempts to become the first native of Arizona to be a hockey Olympian. Fry, from Chandler, Arizona and a Harvard University forward, recently made the 25-player National team that will train and play games this fall in preparation for the Winter Olympic Games in Russia in 2014. Lyndsey is taking the year off from Harvard to focus on training for the Olympics. Only a final cut to 21 in late December stands between her and the Sochi Olympics. “It feels like a big deal to me,” Fry said. “I don’t know so much on the boys side how big it is. Hopefully because all the hockey I played here (Arizona) was boys, it has some sort of impact. But I definitely would like it to promote and grow the sport for the girls side.” Fry returned to her home in Chandler after the stress of a week-long National team selection camp in Lake Placid, N.Y., that ended the Olympic hopes of 16 players. She stated that "there was a lot of emotion that day,” when the team was named June 24, continuing that "there was relief especially after playing with the National team this whole season. It becomes your spot to lose so there’s a little more pressure. That day was so emotionally taxing because you had to say goodbye to so many people. You’re getting what you worked so hard for but also seeing these girls having their dreams crushed.” She’s back in Chandler for the moment, spending mid-mornings at Arcadia Ice Arena in Phoenix preparing for the Team USA training. She goes to the gym with her folks, lifts weights four days a week and does what she can to train without overdoing it. Fry will head back to Massachusetts and will join her fellow campers in Bedford, which is about 20 miles outside Boston. From there, she will have approximately three months to prove she belongs on the final roster. She stated that she has “been incredibly lucky and blessed. Sometimes I have to stop and take it all in because I can’t even believe it.” Good luck Lyndsey and we hope to you in Sochi!
Click on the video to see the Know99Television video interview with Lyndsey (including photos of Lyndsey in her Colorado Select gear!).
Select alum Katy Walker, an Elmira College graduate, returned home to Edmonds, Washington in March from a season playing professionally for the Pantera Minsk in Belarus and was featured in an article in the Everett Washington Herald. Katy indicated that it was "a great experience........a chance to go somewhere I'd never been and see a lot of countries I'd never been to." Although there was a language barrier as Katy never learned to speak Russion, she said that "even with the girls who only spoke Russian, we still had a common thing and that was hockey. We could smile over a good pass or a nice goal. You don't need to talk for that kind of stuff. So hockey definitely helped (create a) bond with teammates you couldn't necessarily communicate with." Her team played in the Elite Women's Hockey League (EWHL), one of the top women's pro hockey leagues in the world. There are eight teams, with three in Austria, two in Germany, one in Switzerland, one in Italy and one in Belarus. Because the EWHL restricts the number of non-native players on team rosters, Walker was the only American on Pantera Minsk. A Canadian player, Jess Jones from Picton, Ontario (she played at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa.) showed up a month later, becoming Walker's roommate and close friend. Pantera Minsk ended up qualifying for the league playoffs and went on to win the championship, beating a team from Vienna, Austria, in the championship game, 6-1. Her salary was enough "that I didn't go in debt playing over there, but I certainly didn't make anything that would be like the pro lifestyle here," she said. "But it was enough that I could enjoy the experience and not be frantic about money." Katy has decided not to return to the team next season. She was a mathematics major in college and figures it might be time to put those studies to work. Looking back, she said, "I'm glad I went. It was a really good experience." And in the end, she said, "we made friendships with the girls on the team, and that was the hard part to leave. But I just kind of figured it was time for me to move on. I had a great experience, we won the championship and now it's time for me to start the next chapter of my life."
Ashley Furia, a Colorado Select alum and North Dakota 2013 graduate, is continuing her hockey career this fall in Sweden with team Linköping. A recent post regarding the Swedish league stated that Ashley was involved in nearly upsetting Minnesota in the six period nail biter preceding the Frozen Four this past spring, and predicted that "she will be the best of the trans-atlantic players and she will play a heavy role for newcomers". Congtratulations Ashley on "going international" and good luck!
On July 29, 2013, College Hockey America (CHA) announced that Nicole Hensley, a Colorado Select alum and a freshman goaltender for the Lindenwood Lions, was named to the CHA 2012-13 All-Academic Team. To qualify for the All-Academic team a student-athlete much have a 3.0 or higher GPA in the academic periods duirng which her team was competing. The CHA also named Nicole a CHA Student Athlete of the Year by posting a cumulative GPA of 4.0 during her freshman year. Lindenwood lead the conference with 5 players receiving this honor out of 11 total receipients. Congrats Nicole on a stellar freshman season between the pipes and in the classroom!
Colorado Select alum and Colgate Raiders sophomore goaltender Brittany Brooks was recently named to the 2012-13 ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team. To be eligible for the All-Academic Team, players must earn a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or have a GPA over 3.0 for the past three semesters. Congrats Brittany on the great academic achievement and good luck during the 2013-14 season!
Manhattanville College sophomore defensemen and Colorado Select alum Trenah Stauffer was recently named to the 2012-13 ECAC East All-Academic Team. To be eligible for either the All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year at her current institution, have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, and must have dressed in at least 50 percent (33 percent for goaltenders) of her team's games this year. Congratulations Trenah on a great academic year!
Colorado Select alum Jordan Caldwell, a redshirt senior forward for the Plattsburg State Cardinals, has been named co-captain of the Cardinals for the 2013-14 season. Jordan was also a captain during the 2012-13 season but suffered a season ending knee injury just six games into this past season. She has appeared in 91 games for the Cardinals and scored 51 points during her collegiate career.
In addition, Jordan was named to The State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) 2013 Spring All-Academic Team and Commissioner's List. To be eligible for the SUNYAC All-Academic Team a student-athlete must maintain a grade-point average of 3.3 or higher in the spring semester. Student-athletes selected to the Commissioner's List must have a grade-point average of 3.3 or higher based on three semesters at their institution.
Jordan has worked hard this summer to rehab her knee and is looking forward to her final campaign with the Cardinals. Congratuations Jordan on being selected a captain again! Keep up the great academic work and good luck your senior year!
Colorado Select alum, Harvard junior forward and National Team member Lyndsey Fry was recently named to the 2012-13 ECAC All-Academic Team. Players are eligible for the All-Academic Team if they earn a cumulative grade-point average of at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale or have a GPA over 3.00 during the past three semesters. Congrats on the great academics Lyndsey and good luck with the National Team!
Britney Ryan, a tri-captain during her 2012-13 senior season for the Trinity Bantams and a Colorado Select alum, finished her career at Trinity having played in more games (105) than any player in the team's history. In addition, her 37 assists ranks her sixth all-time at Trinity. Britney ranked eighth in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) in scoring among blueliners during her senior campaign with 13 points (2g, 11a). She was also selected to the NESCAC Winter All-Academic Team. During her career at Trinity, the Bantams compiled a 67-27-9 record with four straight trips to the post-season, including a NESCAC Finals appearance in 2010 that sent the Bantams to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time. Congratulations Britney on your record-setting career at Trinity!
Fry in Her Harvard Gear
Colorado Select alum and U.S. National Team player Lyndsey Fry was featured in an article titled "Expectations High for Fry as Olympics Approach" in the Summer 2013 edition of Colorado Rubber Hockey. The article recaps Lyndsey's career up to making the U.S. National Team. (See stories below).
Nicole in Net Against Wisconsin
Colorado Select alum Nicole Hensley was recently featured in an article titled "Hensley Skates to National Level" in the July 11, 2013 edition of the Lakewood Sentinel (Colorado). The article recaps Nicole's 2012-13 season as a freshman goaltender for the Lindenwood University Lions. (See stories below).
On July 12, 2013, Lindenwood University announced that Select Alum Nicole Hensley's NCAA record setting 90 save game against Robert Morris University in the College Hockey America playoffs on March 1, 2013 has been selected as the No. 5 Top Moment in 2012-13 Lindenwood Athletics. In just over 108 minutes in the triple overtime game, Hensley recorded an NCAA-high 90 saves against the Colonials, which topped the previous mark of 78 saves set by Mercyhurst's Desi Clark in 2005, which came in a 112 minute triple-overtime loss against Harvard. Nicole was presented with a game puck and the official stat sheet after the game. Head coach Vince O'Mara commented: "The triple overtime performance by Nicole was one of the most impressive moments I have ever seen. She absolutely stood on her head and single handedly kept us in that game. She made some great saves and showed how great her conditioning was. We all really wanted to win that one for her." (See stories below)
USA Hockey announced the 25-player roster for the U.S. Women's National Team that will train together and participate in various competitions in the build-up to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, which includes the Colorado Select's own Lyndsey Fry, a forward. The announcement is the culmination of a seven-day selection camp that began on June 17, 2013 in Lake Placid, NY and included 41 players. The roster features 13 forwards, nine defensemen and three goaltenders. (See stories below).
Colorado Select alums Lyndsey Fry and the late Elizabeth Turgeon were the subject of a recent article out of the U.S. National Team training camp from USA Hockey and ESPN. Lyndsey and Elizabeth were best of friends when playing for the Colorado Select. During that time, Elizabeth made the first U.S. Under-18 Team that took home gold at the inaugural IIHF World Championship in 2008 and Lyndsey would make the next two teams. But no matter who made what team, the pledge made inside the locker room after a loss in the semifinals of the 2010 USA Hockey National Championships in Green Bay remained. While they may have played their last youth hockey game together, some day they would reunite to lead Team USA to Olympic gold and glory. Lyndsey is currently at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y. battling with 41 of the best female hockey players for a coveted roster spot on the U.S. Women’s National Team. From that team will come the 21 players who will eventually wear the red, white and blue in Sochi, Russia at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. She recently received a call from Reagan Carey of the U.S. Women’s Program. Turgeon’s blue jersey, with the No. 23 on the back just below her name in block letters, was unearthed from a Colorado Springs warehouse. Carey wanted the Turgeon family to have it. After talking it over, Fry made a case to bring the jersey with her through her Olympic odyssey, however long it may last. “It’s been in my suitcase the whole time I’m here, but just knowing that I have it, whether on the plane with me or in the car coming over here, it’s always in the back of my mind,” she says. "In the future I don’t know what I’m going to do with it, but it’s incredibly special to me.” And if she does complete the final leg in this long journey and makes it to Sochi, Fry knows that Turgeon will be there too.
The Colorado Select congratulates its newest set of alums and wishes them well in college beginning next fall:
Katharine Armstrong - University of Massachuesetts-Boston - ECAC East - DIII
Kaelyn Daniel - Colorado School of Mines
Kristen Embrey - University of Massachusetts-Boston - ECAC East - DIII
Drue Engleman - St. Olaf College - MIAC - DIII
Courtney Gacek - Metropolitan State College of Denver
Wylie Handleman - Undecided
Michelle Harcrow - Colorado State University - ACHA - Club DI
Taryn Harris - Manhattanville College - ECAC East - DIII
Amanda Hefner - University of North Dakota
KC McGinley - University of Massachusetts-Boston - ECAC East - DIII
Kacee Medved - St. Benedicts College - MIAC -DIII
Taylor Newlun - Undecided
Madison Smith - Minnesota State University - Mankato
Congratulations girls on a great club career and best of luck in the future! Don't forget about the academics!