Union women's hockey team announces 2013-14 recruiting class
Union women's hockey coach Claudia Barcomb announced her 2013-14 recruiting class Monday afternoon (I was with my son Steven and one of his friends at The Great Escape for the day and am just getting to this now).
The five players are Kathryn Davis, Alli Devens, Emily Erickson, Emma Pincott, and Eastyn Yuen.
Here is a breakdown on each player. The information is provided by Union hockey sports information director Jeff Weinstein.
Hometown: Milton, Mass.
Previous Team: Lawrence Academy (Mass.)
Davis, an offensive defenseman out of Lawrence Academy, earned All-ISL honors last season, helping the Spartans finish the 2012-13 season at 9-9-5. She earned the team’s Defensive MVP award and also earned ISL Honorable Mention honors in 2012. Davis also played two seasons of junior hockey with the East Coast Wizards.
“Kathryn will greatly add to the depth of our defensive corps,” Barcomb said. “She has the ability to be an offensive defenseman for us combining great skill with size. I think she’ll be very good for us.”
Hometown: White River Junction, Vt.
Previous Team: The Westminster School (Conn.)
Devins served as team captain her senior year at The Westminster School, helping the Martlets to a 19-4-0 record in the Founders League. A four-year member of the varsity team, Devins finished her career with 17 goals and 27 assists, helping Westminster compile a combined record of 81-13-3 in four seasons. Devins was a three-sport athlete at Westminster, serving as captain of both the field hockey and softball teams.
“Alli is a power forward with great speed,” Barcomb said. “I think she’ll end up being a solid penalty killer for us. She has a great work ethic and attitude.”
Hometown: Crosslake, Minn.
Previous Team: North American Hockey Academy
Erickson, a forward, played three years of junior hockey at the North American Hockey Academy, helping her team earn the 2013 JWHL League Championship with an overall record of 55-15-7. Her best offensive season came in 2010-11, when she recorded 40 points (13 goals, 27 assists) in 85 games played. She played two seasons of varsity hockey in eighth and ninth grade at Pequot Lakes High School, where she also served as team captain.
“Emily is a quick forward who can put the puck in the net,” Barcomb said. “She’s strong on her skates and that will help her at this level.”
Hometown: Vernon, British Columbia
Previous Team: The Edge School for Athletes
Pincott, a goaltender, played three seasons at The Edge School for Athletes, finishing the 2012-13 season with a 2.10 goals-against average and .915 save percentage. She was a JWHL North Division All-Star in 2013 and earned Canadian Sport School Hockey League MVP honors in 2012. Pincott was also an invitee to Team Canada’s U18 Goalie Camp in 2012.
“Emma is a quick goalie who works really hard and has earned the attention of Hockey Canada,” Barcomb said. “She will add to the depth of our goaltending.”
Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Previous Team: Shaftesbury Prep
Yuen, a forward, played two seasons of Midget AAA hockey with the Winnipeg Ice and played the 2012-13 season with the newly formed Shaftesbury Titans Prep School hockey team, where she recorded 34 points (16 goals, 18 assists) in 54 games. She was a Team Manitoba finalist in 2011 (top 25) and 2012, earning recognition as one of the top players in her league.
“Eastyn as an all-around solid player with good hands and good speed, combined with great vision and an understanding of the game,” Barcomb said.