Women’s Hockey: Seven newcomers set to join Cadets in 2019-20

Women's hockey lineup

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University women's ice hockey head coach Sophie Leclerc announced this year's recruiting class on Thursday.

The Cadets will add seven newcomers to the fold to start the 2019-20 coming off winning their ninth NEHC Tournament title and making their 10th NCAA Tournament appearance in 12 seasons.

"Assistant coach Mollie Fitzpatrick and the previous staff have done a remarkable job with this recruiting class, bringing in a tremendous group of both people and athletes to represent the future of Norwich women's hockey," Leclerc said. "I personally couldn't be more excited for them to join our family and to begin this journey together."

The 2019-20 recruiting class is made up of four players from the United States, two Canadians and one Norwegian.

Norwich opens the 2019-20 season with a pair of home exhibitions on Tuesday, Oct. 22 vs. Saint Anselm at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 27 vs. Bishop's University at 2 p.m.

Name: Mikah Baptiste 
Number: 9  
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
Last Team: Kimball Union Academy
Major: Criminal Justice 

Daughter of Tim and Sharon Baptiste … has six siblings; Hollie, Jordan, Brianna, Jayden, Magann and Mia … Honor Roll.  

Played Kimball Union Academy … earned NEPSAC First Team honors as a senior, as well as Lakes Region All-Star and All-State. 

Why Norwich?: "I heard great things about Norwich University, I loved the campus when I visited and they had the major that I wanted to study."


Name: Ingrid Holstad Berge
Number: 12
Hometown: Stavanger, Norway
Last Team: Ontario Hockey Academy
Major: Undeclared 

Daughter of Tarjei Randal Berge and Brita Holstad … has one sister, Astrid … named to Honor Roll two straight years. 

Played two years at Ontario Hockey Academy … served as assistant captain in 2018-19.

Member of Norway National Team that won the Bronze Medal at the IIHF WWC in 2019 … Won Bronze Medal with Norway U18 team at 2017 IIHF WWC U18 … Norway team captain at 2016 Youth Olympic Games hosted in Lillehammer, Norway.   

Why Norwich?: "I chose Norwich because of the beautiful campus and the winning culture combined with great academic opportunities. I like that it is a small school with a history of producing strong men's and women's hockey programs." 

Name: Kayla Goleniak
Number: 23  
Hometown: Canton, Mich.
Last Team: Plattsburgh State/Belle Tire
Major: Biology and Health Science 

Daughter of Paul and Heather Goleniak … has one sister, Erika 

Junior transfer after spending two seasons at Plattsburgh State … played for Belle Tire and won Michigan State Championship, while also finishing as national bronze medalists in 2019 … Won three state championships with Little Caesars in 2014, 2015 and 2016 … also played lacrosse at Salem High School in Michigan earning Rookie of the Year honors as a sophomore and All-Park honors as a junior. 

Why Norwich?: "Everyone has been very welcoming at Norwich University. I'm looking for a fresh start, a new place to call home, and a new school to excel at for academics and hockey."


Name: Ann-Frederique Guay
Number: 28
Hometown: St-Lambert-de-Lauzon, Quebec
Last Team: Ontario Hockey Academy
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Daughter of Martin Guay and Caroline Barnabé … has two siblings, Philippe-Olivier and Maria … Won the calculus and chemistry award … named to Honor Roll.

Played two years at Ontario Hockey Academy … served as the team captain in 2018-19. 

Why Norwich?: "I chose Norwich because of the small campus, classes and the hockey team. All of the girls on the team and the coaches seemed very nice."  

Name: Molly Flanagan
Number: 10    
Hometown: Lutz, Fla.
Last Team: Kimball Union Academy
Major: Biology 

Daughter of Peter and Meredith Flanagan … step-father is Mike Kwiatkowski. 

Played ice hockey, field hockey and lacrosse at Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire … named Lakes Region All-Star in field hockey and ice hockey … All-NEPSAC First Team in field hockey, All-NEPSAC recognition in ice hockey … captain of the field hockey and lacrosse teams. 

Why Norwich?: "I chose Norwich University because I loved how beautiful the campus was and it made me feel at home. Norwich also had what I wanted to major in, and they have a great hockey program."  

Name: Julia Masotta 
Number: 11
Hometown: Tewksbury, Mass. 
Last Team: Boston Shamrocks
Major: Psychology 

Daughter of Phil and Gail Masotta … has one brother, Phillip … member of National Honor Society … 

Played for Boston Shamrocks, served as captain of U16 team and led JWHL in scoring … JWHL All-Star as a junior … led Methuen/Tewksbury high school team to Massachusetts State Championship as a senior … lead Massachusetts HS in scoring … named to Boston Herald Dream Team and All-Scholastic Super Team … also played on high school lacrosse team, serving as a two-year captain her final two years. 

Why Norwich?: "I really liked the atmosphere on campus and I felt that Norwich University provided the best opportunity to further my academic and athletic endeavors." 

Name: Olivia Thrower  
Number: 17
Hometown: Windham, N.H.
Last Team: Northern Cyclones Elite
Major: Engineering 

Daughter of Thomas and Nina Thrower … has two siblings, Jessica and Ashley … New Hampshire State Scholar with art and STEM emphasis. 

Played for the Northern Cyclones Elite … served as assistant captain on U16 team … won two state championships as a freshman and sophomore. 

Why Norwich?: "The visited Norwich University during the fall and I fell in love with the colorful foliage. The women's hockey team is a very dedicated group of girls who work hard to get results and that's something I wanted to be a part of."