July 23, 2012
BOSTON - Eight newcomers, including seven freshmen and one transfer, will join the Boston University women's ice hockey team for the 2012-13 season, head coach Brian Durocher announced on Tuesday.
Junior transfer Shannon Doyle will help bolster the Terrier blue line, as she comes to BU with two years of Division I experience under her belt at Colgate.
Forwards Jordan Juron, Sarah Lefort, Lillian Ribeirinha-Braga, Rebecca Russo and Dakota Woodworth join defensemen Diana Bennett and Alexis Woloschuk as part of the seven-member freshman class.
"The Class of 2016 includes seven freshmen and one transfer who I expect will bring academic, athletic and community excellence to our program," said Durocher, who will enter his eighth season behind the BU bench. "Assistant coaches Katie Lachapelle and Allison Coomey have worked tirelessly to bring high quality student athletes to Boston University and our program. The recruiting landscape has become more competitive each year and I thank my staff for attracting this group of young ladies to our campus. Our staff is confident that these talented individuals will continue the tradition of excellence during the next four years."
The eight newcomers will join 19 returning letter winners from the 2012 Hockey East champions. Last year's squad finished with a 23-14-1 record en route to winning the program's second Hockey East title in three years. BU closed its season by winning 12 of its last 14 games. The Terriers posted their second straight 20-win season and boasted four WHEA All-Stars.
Diana Bennett (D • 5'5" • Narragansett, R.I. • Cushing Academy)
Played last season at Cushing Academy, serving as captain ... Played with the Narragansett boys’ high school hockey team prior to Cushing ... Also played for East Coast Wizards during 2011-12 season and was named Defensive Player of the Year ... Played field hockey in high school.
Shannon Doyle (D • 5'4" • Baldwin, Ont. • Colgate)
Played two years at Colgate University of the ECAC (2010-12) ... Appeared in 32 games last season, setting career highs in goals (3), assists (14) and points (17) ... Her 17 points was fourth-best on the squad ... Played in 32 of the team's 33 games and started in 11 during her freshman season ... completed her rookie season with eight points from one goal and seven assists, leading her class in assists ... Before Colgate, she was a member of the Canadian Under-18 team that won a gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Women's Under-18 Championship.
Jordan Juron (F • 5'8" • Latham, N.Y. • Middlesex School)
Played four years at Middlesex School and served as captain during her senior season in 2011-12 ... Was NEPSAC Division 2 Player of the Year and a Boston Globe All-Scholastic Selection last season ... Won national title as captain of Assabet Valley U-19 team last year, scoring the game-winning goal in the championship game ... Also played four years of varsity soccer and softball at Middlesex.
Sarah Lefort (F • 5'7" • Ormstown, Que. • Stanstead College)
Won gold medal with Team Canada at 2012 IIHF World Women's U18 Championship ... Was the leading scorer for Stanstead College last season ... Was a member of Team Quebec at the 2011 Canada Winter Games.
Lillian Ribeirinha-Braga (F • 5'3" • Winchester, Mass. • Winchendon School)
Played four years at the Winchendon School and served as captain during her senior season ... Was a NEPSAC All-Star this past season as Winchendon qualified for the NEPSAC tournament ... Captained the East Coast Wizards in 2011-12 ... Also played varsity soccer and tennis at Winchendon.
Rebecca Russo (F • 5'4" • Shelton, Conn. • Shattuck St. Mary's)
Played two seasons at Berkshire School before transferring to Shattuck St. Mary's for her final two seasons ... Was the leading goal-scorer for Shattuck St. Mary's last season ... Won the U-19 national title in 2011 with Shattuck St. Mary's ... Attended national camp all four years of high school ... Played for U.S. Under-18 team during 2011 summer series with Canada.
Alexis Woloschuk (D • 5'7" • Winnipeg, Man. • Pursuit of Excellence)
Played four seasons with Pursuit of Excellence ... Was a member of the Canadian U-18 team during 2010 series with United States ... Won bronze medal with Team Manitoba at the 2011 National Women's U-18 Championship.
Dakota Woodworth (F • 5'7" • Carlisle, Mass. • Boston Shamrocks)
Captained the Boston Shamrocks for two straight years, leading the team in scoring during both seasons ... Selected for the U.S. National Development Camp in 2009 and 2010 ... Twice a member of the JWHL All-Star team ... Played for the North American Hockey Academy in her sophomore year.