By Annie Maroon/DFP Staff
Though Olympic hero Marie-Philip Poulin will be the biggest name taking the ice for the Boston University women’s hockey team this year, the Terriers’ nine other recruits bring a variety of talents and achievements to the team as well.
Most of the newcomers are freshmen, but the Terriers will also welcome junior forward Jenn Wakefield, a transfer student from rival University of New Hampshire. Wakefield led Hockey East in goals during the 2008-09 season with 32 and was a finalist that year for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, given yearly to the best player in women’s college hockey.
Another veteran presence in the locker room will be defenseman Catherine Ward, a graduate student who played on the Canadian Olympic team this past February with Poulin. Ward played three years at McGill University, where she won two championships and set a Quebec Student Sport Federation record for points by a defenseman with 25.
Freshmen Anya Battaglino, Caroline Campbell and Kaleigh Fratkin will join Ward on the blue line. Two new goaltenders, Kerrin Sperry and Braly Hiller, will make the transition from Massachusetts prep schools to competing with returning sophomore Alissa Fromkin for the starting job at BU.
The new group of forwards includes Poulin, Wakefield, Meghan Riggs and Louise Warren. The Terriers, who made their first appearance in the NCAA tournament last year, lost a number of key players to graduation – including top scorer Melissa Anderson and starting goalie Melissa Haber – but this year’s team has a number of promising additions to keep them in contention.