Sept. 30, 2011
Heading into the season, UConn head coach Heather Linstad named seniors Sami Evelyn (Nepean, Ont.), a Second Team Hockey East All-Star, and Rebecca Hewett (Oak Bluff, Minn.) as the team captains as well as junior Maude Blain (Magog, Que.) as an assistant captain. Each will play a major role this season, but the most notable change from last season will be the transition from defenseman to center for Evelyn. She was third on the team in points from the backline last season with 19, on five goals and a team-high 14 assists. This year she will be looked to as a playmaker, centering the top line. Evelyn will provide a much needed upperclassman presence amongst the forwards. As a whole the team boasts just seven seniors and juniors playing alongside a deep group of sophomores and freshmen.
At forward, the Huskies will rely on a number of young players to be key components of the offense. Sophomores Taylor Gross (
Despite Evelyn's move to forward, the
Senior goaltender Alexandra Garcia (Pointe-Claire, Que.) returns to the crease after an outstanding 2010-11 season. She was named the Pure Hockey Player of the Year Runner-Up and was selected a Second Team Hockey East All-Star. In net, Garcia held a .921 save percentage, totaling 903 saves, and a 2.60 goals against average. Sophomore Nicole Paniccia (
Following the season-opening series against RPI,