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WIH: Merrimack Announces First Women’s Hockey Class

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After spending the past year-and-a-half on the recruiting trails across the country, head coach Erin Hamlen is pleased to announce the Merrimack College women’s ice hockey team’s first-ever recruiting class, as the first four Warriors in program history have signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) and are on campus for 2014-15.

Three forwards and one goaltender comprise the first four players on the official team roster, including a transfer from WCHA power Minnesota Duluth, and the quartet of Warriors will spend the upcoming year practicing and training with the coaching staff, as Hamlen and assistant coachBrent Hill continue to piece together the program’s squad for their inaugural 2015-16 campaign.

“We are excited to bring the first wave of Women’s Ice Hockey student-athletes onto the Merrimack College campus this fall,” Hamlen mentioned. “In the year prior to our inaugural season, we are fortunate to be able to bring four student-athletes to campus to redshirt and train with our staff. These student-athletes are quality players, but more importantly, quality people.  Our staff expects this small group to lead a young squad into competition in the fall of 2015.”

Jillian Battista
Center/Right Wing | 5-5 | Shoots: Right | Tonawanda, N.Y. / Kenmore East | Education Major

Led high school team to state tournament with Buffalo Bison in 2008-11 … Team earned appearances in the national tournament during that span … Was a top-five scorer in age group at 2011 nationals … Scored game-winning goal in state championship (2010-11) … Team captain four seasons … Played both Midget AA and juniors (PWHL) for Burlington Barracudas … Named Most Offensive Award recipient at Kenmore (H.S.) … Named Second-Team All-Western New York … Played in Beantown Classic with National Sports Academy … Member of East Coast Selects club team … Born May 18, 1996 … Daughter of Donald and Barbara … Has two siblings, Jennifer and Donald … Education major.

Hamlen on Battista: “Jill is a highly motivated student-athlete whose dedication included a four-hour roundtrip drive every day to play for the Brampton, Ontario Canadettes last season. She is a two-way forward with the ability to be a playmaker.”

Chaislyn Burgio
Goaltender | 5-8 | Catches: Left | Quincy, Mass. / Thayer Academy | Sports Management Major

Five-year letterwinner at Thayer Academy … Earned Independent School League Honorable Mention honors as a junior and named Team MVP … As a senior, posted .969 SV% and 0.67 GAA at 2013 North American Hockey Academy Labor Day Tournament for Bay State Breakers … Team advanced to 2014 USA Hockey Tier I National Tournament … Helped Breakers win 2010 USA Hockey Tier II National Championship … Also lettered in softball … Born Jan. 15, 1996 … Daughter of Stephen and Christine … Has one sibling, Camryn … Sports Management major.

Hamlen on Burgio: “Brings work-ethic and potential. She is a self-motivated athlete who will challenge players around her to be better. She already has become very involved with our newest member of the Merrimack College Hockey family from Team Impact, and we anticipate that she will continue to lead the charge becoming a positive influence in the Merrimack Community.”

Marie Delarbre
Forward | 5-7 | Shoots: Left | Fussen, Germany / EV Fussen | Sports Management Major

Transfer from University of Minnesota Duluth, where she appeared in over 60 games over the past two seasons … Was a member of Team Germany’s U-18 National Team for three years before joining UMD … Competed in three U-18 World Championships, earning a fourth-place finish in 2012 and 2010, as well as being named Team MVP both times … Recorded eight points in six games in the 2012 championship … Won a gold medal as youngest player on Germany’s senior national team for the 2011 Division I World Championship in Germany … Spent three  years with the Menningem of the Women’s Bundesliga, finishing with 18 points in 18 games … Born Jan. 22, 1994 … Daughter of Patrice and Bettina … Has one older brother, Cedric … Sports Management major.

Hamlen on Delarbe: “A highly skilled forward who will bring a level of experience to a new program. Marie has incredible hands and our staff is looking forward to working with her this year to continue her growth in Division I hockey and to help her reach her goals with Team Germany.”

Jackie Pieper
Left Winger/Center | 5-7 | Shoots: Left | Edina, Minn. / Edina | Education/Psychology Major

Four-year letterwinner … Played two years at Benilde St. Margaret’s before transferring to Edina High School … Two-time all-conference selection … Helped team post win totals of 17, 18, 13 and 15 over four years … Born Oct. 9, 1995 … Daughter of Mark and Liz … Has one sibling, Duke … Education and Psychology major.

Hamlen on Pieper: “A power forward who has the ability to play both ends of the ice. She is a physical player and often comes out with the puck in 1-v-1 battles. Jackie has great net-drive and plays with a level of maturity. A player with leadership potential, Jackie is a consummate team player.”

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