CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's ice hockey team has added seven student-athletes that make up the Class of 2017. The group, which consists of two forwards, four defensemen and a goalie, hail from three different states and one Canadian province.
"We are very confident in this recruiting class and believe each of them brings tremendous value to our program," said Interim Head Coach Maura Crowell. "We cannot wait to begin the 2013-14 season and officially welcome them to the Harvard hockey family."
The seven newcomers will look to help the Crimson get back to the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive year. Last season, Harvard racked up its 11th 20-win season under Katey Stone, the Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Ice Hockey, compiling a 24-7-3 overall record to go along with a 17-3-2 conference mark. The Crimson ranked as high as No. 2 in the national polls during the regular season and had six players record at least 20 points in the campaign that saw it reach the ECAC tournament championship. Harvard graduates six seniors from the 2012-13 squad and returns six of its top seven scorers.
Class of 2017
Sydney Daniels, Forward, 5-8, Southwick, Mass.
Selected as captain her senior year and earned four varsity letters in ice hockey ... Helped Westminster to four Founder League championships ... Led Westminster to back-to-back New England Championships ... Two-time MVP ... Competed and captained the U19 Assabet Valley team ... Led Assabet Valley to three national championships ... Helped Assabet Valley to four state championships ... Member of the USA U18 team ... Led USA U18 to a gold medal at the world championships in 2011 ... In 2012, helped USA U18 team to a silver medal at the world championships ... Honor Roll student ... Her father, Scott Daniels, competed in the NHL for the Hartford Whalers, Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils.
Abigail Frazer, Defense, 5-7, Hudson, Que.
Competed and served as assistant captain for John Abbot College in 2012-13 ... Most Sportsmanlike recipient ... Academic Merit award recipient ... Four-year letterwinner at Kuper Academy ... Named first team All-RSEQ and All- College Women's Hockey as a senior ... Two-time first team All-Star ... At Quebec Provinicials for hockey in 2012-13, won the bronze medal ... Helped Team Canada U18 to a gold medal at the 2012 IIHF Women's World Hockey Championships ... Her father, Greg Frazer '84, graduated from Harvard.
Brianna Laing, Goalie, 5-6, Marblehead, Mass.
Six-year letterwinner in ice hockey at Noble and Greenough ...Helped Noble and Greenough continue its 14 year ISL Champion streak ... Led Noble and Greenough to four New England championships ... In 79 games played, boasted 57-2-1 record for a 94.3 save percentage and 0.68 goals-against average with 32 clean sheets ... NEPSAC second team All-New England ... Two-time All-ISL selection ... Two-time All-League ... Two-time Boston Globe All-Star ... GW CUP for sportsmanship recipient ... Newhall Cup for ice hockey recipient ... Competed and captained the Assabet Valley team ... Led Assabet Valley to seven Massachusetts state championships ... Helped Assabet Valley to seven USA Hockey National Championships medals including five gold ... Member of USA U18 team ... Helped USA U18 to a silver medal at the 2012 IIHF Women's World Hockey Championships ... Four-time USA Hockey National Camp Participant ... Three-time USA Hockey Warren Strelow Goaltending Camp Participant ... Earned High Distinction and Distinction for seven semesters ... Math tutor ... Organic Gardening participant ... Her sister, Denna Laing, is a member of the women's ice hockey team at Princeton.
Briana Mastel, Defense, 5-5, Wallingford, Conn.
Two-time captain, four-year letterwinner at Choate Rosemary Hall ... Three-time All-New England Division I first team selection ... Four-time All-Star team member ... Four-time participant of USA Hockey National Development Camp ... U.S Women's National U-18 team silver medalist in 2012 ... Competed and captained Assabet Valley Hockey Team ... Led Assabet to three national championships ... Helped Assabet Valley to a bronze medal at the national championships in 2010 ... Jessup Award recipient as a senior ... Four-year letterwinner in lacrosse and soccer ... Captained the lacrosse and soccer teams as a senior ... In 2012, participated at the National Lacrosse Tournament for Lower New England ... In 2011, Hester C. Macquire Award recipient ... Edith Walls Award recipient as a freshman ... Katherine Carlebach Prize winner in 2012 ... Dean's List student ... Senior Class Representative ... Member of Wallingford's Adaptive Skate Program and Make-A-Wish ... Her father, Jake Mastel, captained the 1994 NCAA Division III Ice Hockey Champion, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
Natasha Rachlin, Defense, 5-4, Brookline, Mass.
Selected as captain her senior year and earned six varsity letters in ice hockey at Noble and Greenough ... Helped Noble and Greenough continue its 14 year ISL Champion streak ... Led Noble and Greenough to four New England championships ... Aided Noble and Greenough to a New England runner-up finish in 2011 ... Named ISL co-MVP as a senior ... Two-time All-League ISL selection ... All-New England first team selection in 2012 ... Anne Dudley Newell Hockey Cup for dedication and excellence recipient as a senior ... Competed for Assabet Valley for four seasons ... Led Assabet Valley to back-to-back national champions ... Helped Assabet Valley to a bronze medal at the national championships in 2010 ... Aided Assabet Valley to four Massachusetts state championships ... Member of the U18 USA National Team in 2012 ... Helped the USA U18 National team to the silver medal at the 2012 World Championships ... In 2013, recipient of the Boston Bruin's John Carlton award ... Three-year letterwinner in field hockey ... Captained the team as a senior ... Two-time ISL first team selection ... All-New England first team selection as a senior ... All-League ISL honorable mention selection as a sophomore ... Also lettered in lacrosse and softball ... In 2012, recipient of the Harvard Book Prize ... First female member of the Nobles Chess Club ... First female to win a chess match in the South Shore Interscholastic Chess League ... Helped the Nobles Chess Club to an 8-0-1 season as a senior ... Led Nobles Chess Club to a SSICL title in 2013 ... Went on a New Orleans service trip in 2012 and South Africa service trip in 2013 ... Earned Highest Distinction throughout high school.
Robyn White, Defense, 5-9, Weston, Mass.
Selected as captain her senior year and earned four varsity letters in ice hockey at Noble and Greenough ... Helped Noble and Greenough continue its 14 year ISL Champion streak ... Led Noble and Greenough to four New England championships ... Two-time All-League ISL selection ... Newell Cup for Girls Hockey recipient as a senior ... Passing of the Greg Monack Shield recipient in 2012 ... Competed for Assabet Valley Girls Hockey ... Led Assabet Valley to two U19 national championships ... Helped Assabet Valley to a U19 state championship ... Four-year letterwinner in lacrosse ... Captained the team as a senior ... Led Noble and Greenough to a ISL lacrosse championship in 2011 ... Earned All-ISL honorable mention honors as a sophomore and junior ... Also a four-year letterwinner in soccer ... Captained the team as a senior ... Led Noble and Greenough to a New England Class A Championship in 2010 ... Helped Noble and Greenough to two ISL Championships ... Played in the Senior Bowl ... Academic Lacrosse All-American in 2012 ... Head of Dawg pound ... Member of Peer Help Program ... Tutor ... Earned Academic Highest Distinction as a senior ... As a sophomore, earned Academic High Distinction ... Earned Academic Distinction twice ... Her father, Robert White, attended from Harvard Business School ... Her brother, Greg White, played lacrosse at Williams College ... Her sister, Dana White, played lacrosse at Bowdoin College.
Hannah Zarzecki, Forward, 5-2, Chicago, Ill.
Competed for the U19 Chicago Mission for four years while attending Whitney Young High School ... Helped Chicago Mission to a silver medal at nationals in 2013 ... Led Chicago Mission to a state and regional championship in 2013 ... Competed and captained the U16 Chicago Fury in 2010-11 after serving as an assistant captain in 2009-10 ... Was an assistant captain of the Fury in 2011-12 ... Helped Chicago Fury to a state runner-up finish in 2012 ... Member of National Honor Society, Communications Committees and Evaluations Committee ... Volunteered for Habitat for Humanity for three years ... Helped as a freshman mentor during her sophomore year ... Her sister, Grace, attends Whitney Young High School and was a member of the women's U18 ice hockey team that won silver at the 2013 World Championships in Finland.