COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's ice hockey team has drawn the sixth seed in this week's New England Women's Hockey Alliance (NEWHA) Tournament and will visit No. 3 Saint Anselm College on Tuesday for a first-round game at 7 p.m. at Sullivan Arena in Manchester, N.H.
The NEWHA Tournament semifinals and championship game will be on Franklin Pierce University's home ice of Ritchie Arena at The Winchendon (Mass.) School over the weekend. No. 4 Sacred Heart University and No. 5 Post University meet in the other first-round game on Tuesday, with winners moving on to Friday's semifinals. No. 1 Franklin Pierce and No. 2 Long Island University oppose advancing teams at 3 and 7 p.m., respectively. Saturday's title game is at 7 p.m.
Saint Michael's played its way into tournament semifinals as recently as 2016 and 2019, and opposes Saint Anselm in a postseason contest for the 10th time. The Purple Knights were 0-3-1 against the Hawks this season, forcing a 1-1 tie on home ice on Jan. 22 behind sophomore Leah White's (Hingham, Mass./The Winchendon School) 66 saves before losing a pair of two-goal contests this past weekend at Sullivan Arena.
The Purple Knights carry a 3-22-1 record into the NEWHA Tournament, going 1-18-1 against their Alliance brethren. While rookies have made an enormous impact, junior captain Ella Saracco (Melrose, Mass./Austin Prep) leads the way with seven goals and 10 points. Sophomore Mikaela Langbacka (Lorton, Va./Washington Pride) has handed out 10 assists, first-year Angelina Ruiz (Independence, Minn./Gentry Academy) adds six goals and three assists, while sophomore Jenna Hoops (Woodbury, Minn./Saint Paul United) has five goals and four assists while winning 246 faceoffs at a 53.8% success rate.
Senior captain Jenna Harrison (Kitchener, Ontario/Wellesley), the Purple and Gold's top-line center, has eight points, 31 blocked shots and 160 faceoff victories, while junior Maeghan Kennard (Hamlin, N.Y./Niagara Jr. Purple Eagles) adds six points and 172 draw wins. First-year Grace Canterbury (Eagle River, Alaska/Shattuck-Saint Mary's School) has recorded three goals and four assists.
Senior captain Courtney Kelly (Arlington, Mass./Boston Jr. Shamrocks), a fifth-year member of the program, anchors the defense with 28 blocks, while sophomore Jace Zapata (Brea, Calif./Gentry Academy) and first-year Lucy Drougas (Superior, Wis./Madison Capitols) add 38 and 24 blocked shots, respectively, in front of the netminders. White has turned in a .915 save percentage and 42.8 saves per game over 15 starts while registering all three of the Purple Knights' wins, and sophomore Carissa Mudrak (Duluth, Minn./Gentry Academy) averages 37.7 stops, having drawn nine starting assignments.