Mass. College Hockey: BU Women’s Hockey Announces Class of 2017

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Boston University sports information department, here’s today’s release about the women’s hockey team, which will welcome six new skaters from the Class of 2017 to their unit: 

Six newcomers will join the Boston University women’s ice hockey team for the 2013-14 season, head coach Brian Durocher announced on Monday.

The Class of 2017 features three forwards, two goaltenders and one defenseman. It is the first group of newcomers comprised entirely of incoming freshmen since 2009. BU had welcomed transfers in each of the last three seasons.

Maddie Elia, Natalie Flynn and Samantha Sutherland will each skate at forward for the Terriers while Sarah Steele joins a veteran corps of blue liners. Mia Becker and Victoria Hanson are the first two goaltenders to join the Terriers since the 2010-11 season.

“Boston University and our staff would like to welcome these six new student-athletes to our women’s hockey program,” Durocher said. “Thanks to the thorough and diligent work of assistant coaches Katie Lachapelle and Allison Coomey we will add quality student-athletes who will help move us forward as a topflight college hockey program. We look forward to their contributions on the ice, in the classroom and throughout the Boston University community.”

The six freshmen will join 18 returning letter winners from last year’s squad that captured the Hockey East regular-season and tournament titles en route to the Terriers’ second national title game appearance in three years. BU earned a program record 28 victories in 2012-13 and has won the Hockey East championship three times in the last four seasons.

Mia Becker (5-4 • G • Woodbridge, Va. • Shattuck St. Mary’s)

Played three seasons at Shattuck St. Mary’s and while there was a teammate of Terrier forward Rebecca Russo … Finished third at nationals in both her junior and senior seasons … Won state title in each of her final two years … Was part of IIHF Development Camp in Finland during her sophomore season.

Maddie Elia (5-10 • F • Lewiston, N.Y. • Nichols School)

Captained Nichols School to North American Prep Hockey Association and CISAA Championship during her senior season … Was captain of Buffalo Bisons team that advanced to quarterfinals of 2013 USA Hockey Championships … Led all scorers with seven goals and nine assists in six games as Bisons advanced to title game at 2012 USA Hockey Championships … Named to USA Hockey National Camp each of the last four years … Also played four years of varsity soccer at Nichols and helped lead team to state championship during her sophomore season.

Natalie Flynn (5-7 • F • Medford, Mass. • Cushing Academy)

Played four years at Arlington Catholic before a post-graduate year at Cushing Academy … Was named Boston Globe Athlete of the Year in 2012 after her senior season at Arlington Catholic … Captained Arlington Catholic to Division I state title, was named league MVP and also received the Hockey Night in Boston top forward award in 2012 … Four-time Catholic Central League All-Star … Compiled 127 career points over four seasons … Also captained lacrosse and soccer teams during her senior year and was member of cross country team at Cushing.

Victoria Hanson (5-9 • G • Stoughton, Mass. • Lawrence Academy)

Was a teammate of Terrier netminder Kerrin Sperry at Lawrence Academy… Served as captain during senior season … Earned All-League honors in each of her final two seasons … Was named MVP in her junior year as she backstopped team to state title game … Also played softball and captained the field hockey team in her senior season.

Sarah Steele (5-6 • D • Stratford, P.E.I. • Appleby College)

Won gold medal with Team Canada at 2013 IIHF World Women’s U18 Championship … Named Sport P.E.I.’s 2012 Junior Female Athlete of the Year … Played three seasons at Appleby College and was assistant captain during her junior and senior seasons … Skated for Mississauga Jr. Chiefs from 2011-2013, scoring six goals and seven assists in 50 career games … Also played soccer at Appleby.

Samantha Sutherland (5-4 • F • Cochrane, Alta. • Warner School)

Was named to Team Canada Under-18 selection camp in each of the last two years … Was named Top Forward of the Warner Warriors in each of her final two seasons with the team and was named MVP of the squad in her sophomore season … Scored 31 goals and added 23 assists for 54 points in her final year at Warner … Led the team in scoring with 82 points (41g, 41a) during the 2011-12 season … Won a gold medal with Team Alberta at the 2011 Canada Games … Also played box lacrosse, badminton, basketball and competed in the discus and the triple jump. 

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