PROVIDENCE, R.I. – First year Head Coach Jess Salisbury and the women's ice hockey team are ready to start the 2019-2020 season this Friday against Manhattanville with a clean slate and high hopes. The Wildcats hope to build off last year's success, which ended in the NEHC semi-finals game with a 4-3 loss to Castleton State. The team finished the year with a record of 10-14-3, earning the best record in the program's five year history.
With Salisbury at the helm, a few core returners, and some fresh first-year skaters the Wildcats are hopeful they'll be able to continue the trend upward. Salisbury states, "We are young, excited, and hopeful. The teams proved they can overcome challenges so far, they have a lot of grit, and were hopeful to make waves in the NEHC."
Returning for the Wildcats in cage is Sophomore Jasmine Mucci. Mucci wrapped up last season with an impressed .908 save percentage, .438 win percentage, and NEHC All-Rookie Team honors. Additionally they will be returning their top 4 scores; Kathryn Mason, Sam Kawejsza, Hannah Tracy, and Cassie Wakefield.
Meanwhile the Wildcats welcome seven new skaters this season from all over country. Including Koryn Russell from Plainfield, Illinois who coaches anticipate could make an immediate impact on the forward line.
The Wildcats were polled to finish sixth in the New England Hockey Conference, behind fifth placed Plymouth State University, and ahead of Salem State University. While 2018 national champions Norwich University was polled to finish first. Salisbury noted, "our conference is one of the toughest in the country, but iron sharpens iron, and we're ready."
The Wildcats start their season on the road Friday, November 1 at Manhattanville University for a 7 p.m. puck drop.