The Crimson, which loses just two seniors from the NCAA Tournament team of 2013-14, welcomes six newcomers to Cambridge. (Photo: Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's ice hockey team has announced the addition of six student-athletes who will join the Crimson for the 2014-15 season. The Class of 2018, which consists of five forwards and one defender, has roots in three states and three Canadian provinces.
"We are thrilled to welcome our six incoming freshmen to the Harvard Hockey family," Katey Stone, The Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Ice Hockey, said. "They are all great kids and talented athletes. It will be exciting to see them mesh with our returning players and challenge for positions in our lineup."
The six newcomers will look to help the Crimson get back to the NCAA tournament for the third consecutive year. Last season, Harvard racked up its 12th 20-win season in program history, compiling a 23-7-4 overall record to go along with a 16-3-3 conference mark and an Ivy League championship. The Crimson ranked as high as No. 3 in the national polls during the regular season and had five players record at least 20 points in the campaign that saw it reach the ECAC tournament semifinals. Harvard graduated just two seniors from the 2013-14 squad, returning its top six scorers.
Class of 2018:
Nikki Friesen | Forward | 5-4 | Corvallis, Ore.
Attended Chatfield Senior High School, captaining the squad her senior year … Led Chatfield to a pair of state championships (2012 and 2014) … Two-time JWHL All-Star Game participant … Also played three years as a center for Colorado Select 19AAA … Academic Honor Roll recipient all four years of high school … Earned a Bronze Academic Letter in 2013 and Silver Academic Letter in 2014 … Chatfield's Salutatorian.
Karly Heffernan | Forward | 5-8 | Sherwood Park, Alberta
Played three years of varsity hockey between Edge School for Athletes, George Elliot High School and Vimy Ridge Academy, also running long distance track and field … Most improved player 2009 in MTC hockey program … Won gold at Mac's tournament 2009 … Played for Team Alberta for three years (2011-13) … Freshmen of the Year 2011 in CSSWHL … Attended the 2012 IIHF High Performance Camp in Vierumaki, Finland … Named Player of Game in the 2014 World Women's U18 Championships … League point leader in 2010 as underage in the AMMFHL … Earned JWHL All-Star team nods in 2011 and 2012 … Won gold with Edge School at the CSSHL Championship … Two-time gold medalist at U18 Women's World Championships (2013 and 2014) … Scored shootout winner for Canada to win three-game series versus the U.S. in August 2012 … Scored the overtime goal to lift Canada to gold at the 2013 U18 World Championship against the U.S.
Dani Krzyszczyk | Forward | 5-6 | Winnipeg, Manitoba
Played four years of ice hockey at St. Mary's Academy, serving as assistant captain as a junior and captain as a senior … Also played golf and ringette for the Flames … WWHSHL CTV Division Leading Scorer … 2011 NWU18C Player of the Game in Bronze Medal Game … 2013 FWSSC Player of the Game … 2013 NWU18 Player of the Game … 2014 FWSSC Player of the Game … 2014 Named to the FWSSC First All-Star Team … Named Hockey Manitoba Female Athlete of the Year and was Nominated for Sport Manitoba Female of the Year … Presented with an achievement award at the Hockey Manitoba Awards … Played forward for the St. Vital Victoria's Bantam AA … Earned a spot on Team Manitoba High School Hockey as a forward in 2011 … A three-time member of the U18 Team Manitoba Hockey (2011-13) and played on the U18 Team Canada Women's Hockey Summer Series team in 2013.
Lexie Laing | Forward | 5-6 | Marblehead, Mass.
Selected as team captain as a senior at Noble and Greenough … Played four years of ice hockey and field hockey at Nobles … 2014 Bruins John Carlton Award Recipient … Anne Dudley Newall Hockey Cup for Dedication and Excellence (2014) … NEPSAC Division I Player of the Year in 2014 … NEPSAC Division I First Team All-New England … ISL MVP … ISL All-League … USA Today All-USA First Team forward … USA Player of the Game, U18 World Gold medal game … Awarded one of the top three players on Team USA … NEPSAC Division I Tournament MVP in 2013 … NEPSAC Division I First Feam All-New England … ISL All-League All Star (2013) … Played forward for Assabet Valley (2003-2014), USA U18 Women's National Team 2013 and 2014 forward … USA U18 Select Canada Series 2013 forward … 2014 Silver Medal U18 World Championship Team USA, 2013 Silver Medal U18 World Championship Team USA … Participated in both the USA Four Nations Camp and Winter Camp … Four-time USA Hockey Development Camp participant … Sister is Harvard goaltender Brianna Laing '17
Haley Mullins | Forward | 5-9 | East Greenwich, R.I.
A four-year letterwinner at Noble and Greenough in ice hockey, cross country and lacrosse … Selected as a captain for both hockey and cross country as a senior … Picked up Second Team All-New England honors as a junior and was named All-ISL as a senior center on the ice … Helped to lead Nobles to and ISL championships all four years, and a New England championship as a sophomore and junior … Also earned ISL championships in cross country (freshman and sophomore) and lacrosse (freshman and senior) … Played club hockey with Assabet Hockey, winning a national championship in 2012 and 2014 … Named a 2014 Rhode Island Scholar.
Chelsea Ziadie | Defender | 5-3 | Pointe-Claire, Quebec
Four-year letterwinner at The Hotchkiss School, captaining the squad her senior year … Also played soccer (2011 and 2013) and was a member of the track and field team (2013) … NEPSAC First Team All-Star 2013-2014 … Senior Girl Athletic Award 2014 … Founders League All-League Award 2013, and 2014 … Was an alternate captain for Team Quebec in 2011 and 2012 Canadian National Women's U-18 Championship Team … Attended Team Canada U-18 Strength and Conditioning Camp in 2011 and 2012 … Attended team Canada U-18 Selection Camp in 2011 and 2012 … Played club hockey for the Lac St-Louis Kodiaks in 2010-11, winning gold in the Provincial Championships … Father played professional soccer and was a member of the Jamaican National Team; Mother captained the Jamaican National Team in the first Women's World Cup in 1991.