NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – With two Minnesota state record setters, a trio of players from Ontario, and the program’s third Alaskan player, Merrimack women’s ice hockey and head coach Erin Hamlen are excited to welcome the eight new members of the program as members of the Class of 2024.
The eight will represent the sixth recruiting class for the program, joining the 16 returners from last year’s squad. The group hits on needs in all three positions, with the addition of three defenders, a goaltender and four forwards. The newest Warriors hail from three different states and two different Canadian provinces, all with highly competitive pedigree.
“The skill set of this incoming class is both talented and diverse,” head coach Erin Hamlen said. “From top point-getters in their respective state to multidimensional defenders, our staff is excited to welcome this group to Merrimack. In a unique year, I anticipate these players to make a quick transition to the division one level and a strong impact on our roster.”
Hometown: Warroad, Minn.
Previous Team: Warroad High School Lady Warriors
Major: Human Resource Management
About Hannah: As a senior, led all Minnesota girls high school players with 50 goals and 75 points… Ended her career at Warroad with 129 goals and 201 points in 122 regular season games… In 23 playoff appearances, scored 19 goals and 30 points… Appeared in five state tournaments…
Hometown: Kodiak, Alaska
Previous Team: Alaska All-Stars U-19
About Carly: Two-time selectee to USA Hockey National Player Development Camp… 2018 Top Scorer at National Tournament… Two-time Pacific District Champions… Two-time USA Hockey National Player Development Camp attendee…
U-15 USA Hockey National Championship top scorer… Participated in the USA Hockey Multi-District High Performance Camp
in Colorado… Outside of hockey, competed in softball, cross country and jazz band… Is an adventure guide for excursions on Kodiak Island.
Hometown: Scarborough, Ont.
Previous Team: Durham West Jr. Lightning
Major: Exercise Science
About Grace: Played the last two seasons with the PWHL in Ontario… As a senior earned the Girls Hockey Award at Sir Oliver Mowat Collegiate Institute… Was a finalist for school’s Athlete of the Year… Chose Merrimack because it felt like her second home… Spends her summers working as a hockey camp instructor in Ontario
Hometown: Dunnville, Ont.
Previous Team: Stoney Creek Jr. Sabres
Major: General Engineering
About Reagan: Reagan is a two-time provincial champion… Won a bronze medal in the U-17 Women’s National Championships ESSO Cup competition… Participated in the OWHA U16 Summer Games… Chose Merrimack because, “I liked that it was a small, developing school. I was Impressed with the women’s hockey program and coaches offered a good engineering program
felt like the perfect fit for me!”
Hometown: Grimsby, Ont.
Previous Team: Oakville Jr. Hornets
Major: Early Childhood Education
About Aries: Aries competed in the Provincial Championships Major Bantam AA 2016… Won a Bronze Provincial Championships Minor Bantam AA…Finalists Lower Lakes Minor/Major Bantam AA…Bronze Lower Lakes Minor Midget AA…Regular Season Champs 2016-2018… Silver Medal- Kitchener Canada Cup 2019…Gold Medal- Detroit Two Nations 2020… Bronze Medalists Lower Lakes 2018…Kitchener Canada Cup Champions… with Stoney Creek Bantam AA, was a Provincial Champion in 2016… Won five other major tournaments in the US and Canada with the best overall record in the tournament… Was an honors student and played soccer and field hockey in high school
Hometown: Kingston, Mass.
Previous Team: Tabor Academy/Bay State Breakers
About Natalie: Two-time Patriot League All-Star… Two-time Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic Athletic Excellence Award recipient… Patriot Ledger Outstanding Sportsmanship Award recipient in 2018… U-14 Tier 1 National Champion with the Bay State Breakers in 2017… Was a Massachusetts state championship assist leader and second overall goals in the 2018 tournament… Was a Taft Tournament Champion with Tabor in 2018… With the Bay State Breakers U-16 was a 2018 Beantown Classic Champion, 2018 Wizard Tournament Champion and 2018 Assabet Tournament Champion… Was a member of Tabor team that went 20-2-3 in 2018-19 season… Outside of hockey was a field hockey captain, lacrosse player, honor roll student and dorm proctor.
Hometown: Daysland, Alberta
Previous Team: Ontario Hockey Academy
Major: Business Administration/Marketing
About Raice: Raice was honored as the Ontario Hockey Academy Hardest Working Player Award and Most Dedicated Player… Graduated as Ontario Hockey Academy’s Valedictorian with a 4.0 GPA…
Hometown: Brooklyn Park, Minn.
Previous Team: The Breck School / Minnesota Jr. Whitecaps
Major: Undeclared Science
About Ally: As a senior, Ally led Minnesota girls high school players with 44 assists for a Minnesota state record for assists in a season… Finished her Breck career with 83 assists and 121 points in 99 regular season games… Three-time MSHSL Class A state champion as a sophomore, junior and senior…Three-time section 5A champion as a sophomore, junior and senior… Independent Athletic Metro Conference (IMAC) Champion as a senior… Named to the All-State Hockey Team as a senior… Two-time All-State Hockey Team honorable mention as a sophomore and junior… Four year Headmasters List honoree… Received the Science Department Distinction Award as a sophomore… Also played soccer and lacrosse