PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Head women's ice hockey coach Amy Bourbeau has announced the eight-player class of 2016, her first recruiting class at the helm of the Bears. The incoming freshman join a talented group that posted one of the best seasons for Brown in six years, making a run to the ECAC Hockey playoffs.
"I am thrilled to have these eight women join our program," said Bourbeau. "They are outstanding students and talented hockey players. Most importantly they are all incredible people who will add to our team culture."
Blueliner Hunter Davis (Clifton Park, N.Y.) was a three-year letter winner and starter at The Hotchkiss School and earned five varsity letters off the ice playing field hockey and track & field. Davis played for the Connecticut Polar Bears and Troy-Albany Ice Cats club teams. Her teams won two tournament titles in 2010, went on to win consecutive New England Regional titles, earning a quarterfinal appearance at nationals in 2010, a bronze medal in 2011 and a quarter final finish this past year as she captained the squad.
Forward Monica Masucci (Toronto, Ontario) starred at St. Thomas of Villanova College while also playing for the Mississauga Junior Chiefs club team the past two seasons. She is the founder, captain and MVP of the Villanova Knights varsity hockey team from 2009-2012 and is the school's all-time points leader. With the Chiefs she helped the team to a Provincial gold medal in the 2010-11 season and a bronze this past season.
Kelly Micholson (Elk Grove Village, Ill.) is a three-time invitee to the USA Hockey Player Development Camp, while her national teams advanced to the championships five times, twice finishing second overall and third once. Micholson played for the Chicago Mission Hockey Club from 2010-2012 and the Illinois Hockey Club from 2003-2010. She attended Elk Groove High School.
Emma Pearson (Richmond Hill, Ontario) will help to ease the void of senior captain and defender Paige Pyett (Milestone, Saskatchewan). She was a two-sport star at Langstaff Secondary School, earning team MVP honors in both hockey and soccer, while also playing volleyball and cross country. Pearson has played for several club teams, most recently serving as the co-captain of the Burlington Jr. Barracudas. She was an assistant captain for the Barracudas from 2007-2010, and has also spend time with the Willowdale Red Wings.
Alli Rolandelli (Minnetonka, Minn.) makes it three defensemen for the Bears in the incoming class. Rolandelli earned five varsity letters at Hopkins High School, starting her interscholastic career in eighth grade. She served as a captain in both her junior and senior seasons, averaging 30 points. Rolandelli was an all-conference selection in 2011 and earned all-state honorable mention honors this year. She played for the Minnesota Junior White Caps Club Team.
Brown will carry three goalies on its 2012-13 roster with the addition of Micaela Ross (McKinney, Texas). It is rare to see hockey players from the south, but Ross helped her Alliance Bulldogs become the first squad from Texas to ever win a National Title at the U19 Girls Tier II Championship in 2011. The netminder served as an assistant captain this past season and let her team to back-to-back National Championships. Ross attended McKinney High School.
Winger Ariana Rucker (Oakton, Va.) showed her versatility at Oakton High School, playing field hockey, track & field and swimming in addition to ice hockey. Rucker was all-star in both hockey and swimming, while being named RinkSport's Top Offenseman in 2011. She played for the Washington Pride Club Team and was the assistant captain of the Reston Raiders in 2009.
Rounding out the class of 2016 is Lauren Zary (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan). Zary, who has played hockey since she was seven, played as the only girl on the boy's peewee teams until 2007. She joined her first female team, the Bantam AA Comets, before moving up to the Midget AAA Stars the next season. She served as an assistant captain from 2009 to 2011 before being named a captain this year. Zary reached the 100-career-point mark on Nov 19, 2011,
and finished fourth overall in points in the history of the Saskatchewan female hockey league. She attended Centennial Collegiate High School.