The defensive corps is a mix of first years and young returners, working to provide a solid wall in front of the underclass goaltending duo.
The lone senior of the group is Rachel Rockwell, now in her second year with the Warriors. Rockwell appeared in 32 games for the Warriors, marking three assists on the year. Two of the three top shot blockers for Merrimack return to defend the blueline. Julia MacLean, the 2019-20 team leader with 63 blocks, averaging almost two blocks per game after competing in all 34 of the Warriors games. Junior Kiki Roust (pictured) looks to continue to lead the way for the new additions to the d-corps.
Rachel Rockwell is the lone senior and one of three upperclass returners to the Warriors defense
Sophomore Mack Emery will look to jump into an even bigger role with the defense after appearing in all 34 games last season as a rookie. Along with the other three upperclass defenders, four first years will be working to jump up in to make an immediate impact.
Two native New Englanders have joined as part of the Class of 2024, with Natalie Nemes from Kingston, Mass. who previously competed for Tabor Academy along with Bree Bergeron from Lewiston, Maine who played for Loomis Chaffee.
From Canada, the Warriors have brought in Grace Karunakar from Scarborough, Ontario, competing for the Durham West Jr. Lightning. Along with her is Raice Szott, a 5’9″ defender from Daysland, Alberta, who last suited up at the Ontario Hockey Academy.