Providence, RI – Head coach Digit Murphy recently announced the Brown women's ice hockey Class of 2014, consisting of seven promising players, including three forwards, three defensemen, and one goalie. The newcomers will join with last season's promising freshman class to give the Bears an exciting young core, which could return Brown to the upper echelon of the ECAC Hockey League.
Aubree Moore is a goalie from Bowie, Maryland, who will team with sophomore Katie Jamieson to give Brown arguably the best goalkeeping tandem in the league. Moore, a graduate of Cedar Brook Academy, attended the USA Hockey National Development Camp in both 2008 and 2009, and was a member of the silver medal-winning Under-18 Women's National Team. While playing for the Washington Pride club team in 2009-10, she played in 44 games, allowing just 2.66 goals per contest and recording eight shutouts.
A defenseman from Mahwah, New Jersey, Kelly Kittredge will join the blue liners for the Bears. After attending Mahwah High School during her freshman season, Kittredge moved to the North American Hockey Academy for the next three years. There, she helped lead her team to the NAPHA title as a sophomore, and the JWHL crown as a junior, when she also served as an assistant captain. Kittredge also received both the Most Improved Player honor and the Coaches Award while at the NAHA.
Also on defense will be Jessica Hoyle, a graduate of Havergal College in Ontario. Hoyle spent the 2009-10 season with the Mississauga Junior Chiefs, helping lead the team to the PWHL regular season championship. The Junior Chiefs were also the bronze medalists in the Ontario Provincials, compiling an overall record of 81-7-4. In those 92 games, Hoyle recorded 25 goals and 40 assists for a total of 65 points. She also played for four seasons at Havergal, including serving as an assistant captain during her senior year.
The final addition to the back line for the Bears will be Ottawa's Jennifer Nedow, who appeared last season for the Ottawa Senators Junior AA women's team. Nedow also served as a captain in both ice hockey and volleyball during her senior year of high school, and was a four-sport varsity letterwinner, including basketball, where she was the senior division Rookie of the Year in 2007-08.
Vanessa Welten, a forward from Crysler, Ontario, will help carry the scoring load for Brown this season. In 2009-10, Welten played with Team Ontario U-18, which she helped lead to a silver medal at the national championships. She was also a two-year captain of her high school squad, which she guided to six consecutive ODWHA League Championships. Welten was named the Female Athlete of the Year in both 2009 and 2010, and was the Academic Athlete of the Year each season from 2007-10.
Also joining the forwards will be Emilie Dolan, of Montreal West, Quebec. Dolan attended the North American Hockey Academy from 2007-08, where she had the opportunity to play with some of the best players in Canada and the US. She then moved to John Abbott College in 2008-09, where she was named captain in her rookie season. While there, Dolan was a 2009 All-Star selection in Collegial AA, and was named the John Abbott women's hockey MVP. Last season, she attended the Ontario Hockey Academy.
Samantha Woodward, a forward from Lexington, Massachusetts, will bring an impressive scoring touch to the ice for Brown, coming off a high school career in which she scored 104 points. Woodward, a four-year member of the USA Hockey player development camp, helped lead her Assabet Valley club team to the USA Hockey National Championship in 2010. She was also the captain of her Lexington High School squad, and was a three-time team MVP. In recognition of her play, Woodward was named the Outstanding Female Athlete at Lexington, and was the Middlesex League Co-MVP.