2015-16 Team-by-Team Previews: Union Dutchwomen

2015-16 Roster | 2015-16 Schedule

Head Coach: Claudio Asano Barcomb (9th Season)
2015-16 Captains: Kathryn Tomaselli, Elizabeth Otten, Jessica Kaminsky, Alli Devins

2014-15 Season Recap

Record: 4-22-8 (1-16-5 ECAC/11th place)
ECAC Postseason: Did not qualify

The Dutchwomen fell off a bit in 2014-15 after posting their best season in school history the prior year, dropping from nine wins to just four. They started off the season getting swept by non-conference opponent RIT and falling to UConn, before earning their first win of the season against the Huskies, 1-0. In the next nine games, Union earned a favorable decision just twice, tying Penn State, 2-2, and Providence by the same score. But on Nov. 14, a piece of program history was made in a 3-2 overtime loss to Princeton. Netminder Shenae Lundberg, with 34 saves on the night, broke Union’s all-time career saves record, snapping the previous mark of 2,262.

The month of December had better things in store. First, Union battled to a 1-0 win against Northeastern on Dec. 3, a victory largely orchestrated by Lundberg. She made 59 saves in the game, setting a new NCAA record for most saves in a shutout. After falling to Princeton in overtime, the Dutchwomen picked up back-to-back wins against Brown and Maine. They ended the 2015 calendar year with a 1-1 tie against the Black Bears.

Despite Lundberg’s efforts in goal, they couldn’t keep the momentum from that series rolling into 2015. They started the year with a tough slate, and suffered losses to Quinnipiac, Princeton, Harvard, Dartmouth, Clarkson, and St. Lawrence. Union’s luck finally turned a bit against RPI on Jan. 2, as the two teams skated to a 2-2 tie. Back-to-back losses to RPI and Cornell followed suit, but out of their last seven games, the Dutchwomen were able to play to ties against Colgate twice, St. Lawrence, and Brown. Union’s 2014-15 campaign came to a close against Cornell on Feb. 21, Senior Day for the Dutchwomen. Though they would fall to the Big Red, 4-0, Lundberg made headlines again for Union as she became a member of the 3,000-saves club, finishing her career with 3,023 to her name.

Meet the Newcomers

G Melissa Black, Aurora Jr. Panthers

In 21 games in 2014-15, Black posted a 1.70 goals-against average and .945 save percentage, along with five shutouts and a 9-10-1 record. She previously played for the PWHL’s Durham West Jr. Lightning in 2013-14, recording a 2.18 goals-against average and .899 save percentage.

Via UnionAthletics.com:

“Black is an athletic netminder that recovers well between the pipes and is a strong competitor.”

D Arianna Kosakowski, The Winchendon School, Assabet Valley

As a junior at Winchendon, Kosakowski notched 14 goals, 23 assists, and 37 points in 37 games. With the Assabet Valley club team, she helped the team to a state title three times, most recently this past season, as well as a national championship in 2012.

Via UnionAthletics.com:

“Kosakowski is a smart player who is a playmaker on defense and sees the ice well.”

F/D Kelli Mackey, Phillips Academy Andover, Team Pittsburgh U19

Mackey led Phillips Academy Andover with 33 points behind 17 goals and 16 assists. With Team Pittsburgh, she captured a national championship in 2010 and helped the club to a runner-up finish in 2008.  She also skated for the Pomfret School from 2011-14, and during her time there was awarded the Cowperthwait Award, which according to her Union Athletics bio “is given to the student who demonstrates exceptional qualities of leadership through strength of character, dedication to fair and spirited play, self-discipline, and teamwork.”

Via UnionAthletics.com:

“Mackey possesses a good hockey sense and is a strong and versatile defender.”

G Leah Patrick, Hill-Murray High School

With Hill-Murray, Patrick recorded a 1.25 goals-against average and seven shutouts as a junior and a 1.37 goals-against average and eight shutouts as a senior, backstopping the squad to back-to-back Minnesota state championships. She was a four-time conference champion and a four-time sectional champion at Hill-Murray as well. As a senior, Patrick was named a top-five finalist for Minnesota’s Senior Goalie of the Year award and also earned all-conference and academic all-state honors.

Via UnionAthletics.com:

“Patrick is a consistent goaltender who has good size and good techniques.”

F/D Jacyn Reeves, Onalaska High School, Team Wisconsin

Over her career at Onalaska, Reeves tallied 125 goals, 67 assists, and 192 points in 107 total games. This past season, she was tabbed as the Defensive Player of the Year, capturing First Team All-State Defense honors as both a junior and senior. Recipient of the Hobey Baker Sportsmanship Award in 2014-15, Reeves also skated for Team Wisconsin, most recently scoring 16 goals and 25 points in 30 games this past season.

Via UnionAthletics.com:

“Reeves owns good speed, is a hard worker and is looked upon to contribute right away on offense for the Dutchwomen.”

D Sloan Sullivan, University School of Milwaukee, Team Wisconsin

While leading the University School of Milwaukee to the Wisconsin state title, Sullivan garnered numerous accolades as a senior, including First Team All-State, First Team All-Conference, First Team All-State Tournament, and State Tournament MVP honors. With Team Wisconsin in 2014-15, she posted 14 goals and 23 points in 44 games played. Previously at Shattuck-St. Mary’s, Sullivan helped the U16 Team to a national championship as a sophomore.

Via UnionAthletics.com:

“Sullivan has good stick hands and is a good pass first player.”

More information on Union’s incoming class can be found here, from UnionAthletics.com.

2015-16 Season Preview

Key Departures: G Shenae Lundberg, D Alex Tancrell-Fontaine, F Christine Valente
Key Returners: F Kathryn Tomaselli, F Jessica Kaminsky, D Kathryn Davis
Key Additions: G Melissa Black, G Leah Patrick, F Jacyn Reeves, D Arianna Kosakowski

The very first order of business for the Dutchwomen will be finding a suitable replacement in goal for Shenae Lundberg. With only two freshmen goaltenders on the roster, the Dutchwomen won’t have a starting option with any collegiate experience to start the season. Melissa Black posted a strong .945 save percentage, 1.70 goals-against average, and five shutouts for the PWHL’s Aurora Jr. Panthers. Leah Patrick, out of Hill-Murray High School, helped the team to back-to-back Minnesota state championships, and was a top-five finalist for Minnesota’s Senior Goalie of the Year Award. It’ll be interesting to see who has the edge when the season starts and whether or not Union elects to go with a tandem in net.

The Dutchwomen are losing another big senior on the back-end in Alex Tancrell-Fontaine. She was the team’s third-leading scorer last season, with 15 points, and was a real leader on the blue line during her time with the team. Union is bringing in a fairly hefty crop of defenders, such as Assabet Valley national championship team member Arianna Kosakowski, Wisconsin Defensive Player of the Year Jacyn Reeves, and Wisconsin First Team All-State honoree and State Tournament MVP Sloan Sullivan. Junior Kathryn Davis and senior Elizabeth Otten will be expected to step up and take control, but Union’s D corps will be lacking in high-end skill and puck-moving abilities.

The team’s top-two scorers from last season, Jessica Kaminsky and Kathryn Tomaselli, are both returning for their senior seasons in 2014-15, which is a definite positive for the Dutchwomen. But beyond that, they’ll be searching for some other consistent production. Besides Reeves and Kelli Mackey, who are both listed as F/D, they’re not really adding much firepower up front either. Sophomores Nicole Russell, Hannah Erickson, and Erica Kelly may improve a bit, but likely not enough to really make a difference in Union’s offensive efforts.

Just four players on Union’s roster last season scored in the double digits, and two of those players, Tancrell-Fontaine and Christine Valente, are both graduated. Scoring is going to be a problem once again, and with a transition under way in goal, it’s going to be equally as difficult for the Dutchwomen to keep the puck out of their own net. It looks like they’ll be jostling for position at the bottom of the standings once again; however, they’re bringing in some talent in goal and on defense, and it would be big if they can get some of those players to develop into real difference-makers for the future.

Schedule Highlights

Oct. 17-18 at Penn State
Oct. 30 at Colgate
Dec. 4 vs. Brown
Dec. 5 vs. Yale
Jan 15. at RPI
Jan 16. vs. RPI
Jan. 23 at Brown

 

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