The Merrimack College women’s ice hockey program announced four new captains for the 2019-2020 season, as announced by head coach Erin Hamlen Monday afternoon.
Senior Chloe Cook has been named captain, and will be assisted by classmates Mikyla Grant-Mentis, Lea-Kristine Demers, and junior Megan Fergusson.
Cook played a crucial role in the Warrior defense this past season, helping the program hold opposing teams to just over two goals per game. She was third on the team in blocked shots with 52, and scored 12 of her 20 career points last season, including a key goal against #3 Northeastern in the final game of the regular season.
Finishing with 34 points in her junior campaign was Mikyla Grant-Mentis, who will become the top threat for Merrimack’s offense next season. The Hockey East defensive forward of the year runner-up was second on the team with a +17, and led the program with 22 assists. A twelve-point January was paired with two short-handed goals against Vermont, making her just the sixth player in Division I history to net two in a single game.
The Warriors turn to Demers to become the everyday starter between the pipes this season; the senior saw time in six games in 2018-19, sporting a .920 save percentage. Demers posted a 30-save effort in her first career shutout against Quinnipiac, and had a monster 45-stop performance against #9 Boston College in December. Through 43 career appearances, Demers has racked up over 1,200 saves with a .912 save percentage.
The only non-senior in a leadership role, junior Megan Fergusson is coming off a breakout sophomore campaign. The forward was third on the team in scoring, posting 21 points on the season. Two of the 10 goals scored were game-winners, and she earned her first multi-goal performance against UNH December 1.