ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine women's hockey staff is proud and excited to announce the 2015-2016 recruiting class, which consists of eight new Black Bears.
"I know this class will represent our University and State with pride," said Maine head coach Richard Reichenbach. "They are tough, competitive, hungry, skilled and ready for the challenge to move the program forward. Thank you to Sara and Kendall for their ability and effort to put this recruiting class together."
Carly Jackson, G, Cumberland County Blues Jr. B (Male)
Carly is fast, quick, competitive goaltender who has played for the Canadian U18 team, winning a Silver at the world championships, the Nova Scotia U18 team, winning multiple gold medals at the Atlantic Challenge cup and representing Nova Scotia and Team Atlantic at Canadian national championships.
Traits will make Carly an outstanding Black Bear: maturity, competitiveness and drive
Lydia Murray, F, Sault Ste. Marie Wildcats
Lydia'splay is far beyond her age as a high level forward. She is able to think the game offensively at a high level but also defensively. Lydia attended the Canadian U18 Summer strength and on ice camps, and also she has led her Sault team to the semifinals of the Ontario provincial championships.
The traits that will make Lydia an outstanding Black Bear: energy, passion and strong desire to be elite.
Cailey Hutchison, F, Northwood School
Cailey is fast, strong and her development the last few seasons has been truly impressive. Cailey has attending multiple USA Hockey national camps and is a fun player to watch every time she steps on the ice because she has a positive effect on the game every shift.
The traits that will make Cailey an outstanding Black Bear: toughness, hunger and consistency
Nicole Arnold, F, Madison Capitols
Nicole has great size and range; she is a player who is able to do it all. She can play different positions up front and her play is consistent. Nicole's agility and balance on the ice are her strengths. In games she lives in the area's other players do not want to go.
The traits that will make Nicole an outstanding Black Bear: love of life, focus and versatility.
Estelle Duvin, F, Le pÔle France de chambery
Estelle is an offensively hungry player who wants the puck on her stick at all times. She finds many different ways to create offense whether she is making moves, shooting, screening, tipping or finding rebounds. Estelle plays on the French National team and has represented France in numerous world championships.
The traits that will make Estelle an outstanding Black Bear: desire, creativity and drive.
Alyson Matteau, D, Northwood School
Alyson plays with a mentality that she wants to control the play when she is on the ice. She leads by example with her hunger to win every game. Alyson posses a strong shot, the ability to see the ice well and play with her head up. She represented Canada at the recent U18 World Championship where she won a Silver medal with Carly Jackson.
The traits that will make Alyson an outstanding Black Bear: team first mentality, tenacious, poise.
Carly Menges, D, Gilmour Academy
Carly is a D who rushes the puck, looks to create offense and also plays a smothering style of D. Her size and ability to skate give her a unique balance that few possess. Carly is a complete athlete with great understanding of the game.
The traits that will make Carly an outstanding Black Bear: confidence, persistence, love of Maine and wisdom
Cassidy Herman, D, Ottawa Jr. Senators
Cassidy gives an outstanding effort every shift that is rare to find. She is full speed every shift for the entireshift. Cassidy finished the regular season with five goals 14 assists for 19 points in 38 games. She's possesses elite skating ability with strength and balance.
The traits that will make Cassidy an outstanding Black Bear: determination, intensity and work ethic.
The eligibility of all student-athletes is contingent upon admission to the University of Maine and compliance with all NCAA rules, including registration with the NCAA Clearinghouse.