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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Let’s hear it for the girls

Over the past few months I have been hearing a lot of negativity about the new SU women's hockey team.  I have been playing hockey since I was three years old. I have played with current Buffalo Saber Tim Connelly and have also played with numerous guys that are playing in the AHL. Now that I am older I can still be seen at the rink playing with various teams and also coaching young teens. As the rink rat that I am I have seen the talent level to come out NY at the men and women's levels. With that being said I am on Daryl Gross's side and I feel that a Women's team could fair extremely well at Syracuse.


Each summer USA Hockey conducts Select Player Development Camps for young athletes from throughout the country. The athletes are chosen from tryouts conducted within USA Hockey Districts, with some slots reserved for at-large selections. The goal is to attract the best players, in their specific age group, to our national program. This year numerous local players have been invited;


Girls U14 Camp  
Katherine Donahue        Forward       Monroe County Youth Hockey
Emily Janiga                   Forward       Rochester Edge
Cassie Opela                Defense        Rochester Edge
Mikaela Thompson        Goalie          Buffalo Bisons

Girls U15 and 16 Camps 
Susan Allen                Goalie                Rochester Edge
Lauren Kirwan                Syracuse Stars

Kaillie Goodnough            Syracuse Stars

Shelby Moteyunas            Syracuse Stars


Girls U17 Camp 
Jill Cardella                Forward         Rochester Edge

Jenni Hamel                Goalie            Rochester Edge 


That is a list of future recruits. Now here is a short list of girls playing in local Colleges.

Morgan Beikirch


Mallory Giambra


Chelsea Walkland


Marissa Dombovy


Liz Zorn 


Brooke Thompson


Andrea Blais


Shannon Hakes


Maggie Welker


Cassie Willis


Kelly Crumb


Amanda Ritzel


Katie Stack


Nicole Scute


Kelly Bills


Krystal Cumming



Meaghan Guckian


Jen Taylor


Amanda Hoy
Lauren Dahm

Ashleigh Moorehead

ill Cater-Cyker

Marissa Dombovy


Now to show the Local Dominance, here are a list of accomplishments for the Stars Program over the past few years;


14U - New York State Champions


14U - New York State Champions
14U - National Semi-finalists
19U - New York State Champions


14U - New York State Champions
16U - New York State Champions 
19U - New York State Finalist


12U - New York State Champions
12U - National Quarterfinalists
14U - New York State Finalists (Triple overtime loss) 
14U - Ottawa District Women's Hockey Association League Champions
16U - New York State Champions 
19U - National Finalists
19U - New York State Champions

Oh did I forget to mention that the magazine
HOCKEY NEWS, in its Future Watch 08 edition, published last week, rated the Syracuse Stars at # 10 for elite youth hockey programs in the United States!

Now combine the local talent with new SU Coach Paul Flanagan who guided St. Lawrence University to five NCAA Frozen Four appearances in the last eight years, and the future looks extremely bright for the Women.

Go Orange




1 comment:

MjD said...

I'd rather watch the Lumberjack Olympics.

But since SU is in the mood to start up new sports, why don't they:
A) Keep Swimming.
B) Bring back wrestling (A program which produced national champions and MMA star Mark Kerr).
C) Bring in baseball (LeMoyne has it. SU has a softball team. It can be done).
D) Start a men's hockey team.

I went to a small college in Connecticut called Sacred Heart University. SHU fields 33 Division I teams, including the above, fencing, gymnastics, among others. How is it that a tiny school with a fraction of the resources can pull that off while Almighty Syracuse can't figure it out?