Orono, Maine – University of Maine women's ice hockey co-coaches Sara and Richard Reichenbach have announced the addition of five players who will be joining the program this fall as part of the class of 2018.
The group consists of four forwards and one defenseman who are set and excited to make their debut as Black Bears in Orono this fall.
"We are excited and honored to have these strong and dedicated student-athletes join our family. They have worked hard in the classroom and on the ice to make it to Maine." The Reichenbach's said. " It is important to not only find and recruit great athletes, but also character and willingness to work hard. We believe that all of these incoming freshmen bring all of the above qualities. We look forward to them stepping on campus and having an immediate impact in the classroom, in the community and on the ice."
A breakdown of the class of 2018 is as follows:
Taylor played forward for the Auburn/Levitt Red Hornets and hails from Auburn, Maine. In 72-career high school games, Landry tallied 143 goals. In her senior season, she finished with 38 points and a plus 42. She was Class A first team all conference selection in 2011, 2012 and 2014 and second team all conference choice in 2013. Landry is also an all-conference player in both soccer and lacrosse. She received All-Academic honors in 2012 and 2013.
"Taylor is a complete athlete with speed, agility and anticipation. We were lucky to get to know Taylor well at our summer camp and are excited to work with a player so well rounded and with such great character. Being from Maine she has been a Black Bear her whole life, the transition to Orono should be seamless." – Coach Richard Reichenbach
Brooke is a 5'10" forward from Kahnawake, Quebec. She played for the Ontario Hockey Academy Mavericks. This past year Stacey represented Canada in the U18 summer series verse USA and at the U18 World Championship's in Budapest, Hungry, where she won a gold medal with Canada. She also represented Quebec at the Canadian National Championship in Calgary this past fall.
"Brooke is a well rounded, strong and fast-forward who sees the ice well and has an excellent hockey sense. Her discipline and ability to read the play will make her an asset in all areas of the game. She is a great teammate and is willing to do whatever it takes to help the team. She is a family oriented person and we are excited for her to join the Black Bear family" – Coach Sara Reichenbach
Tufts played forward on a line with Brooke Stacey at Ontario Hockey Academy and is from Church Point, Nova Scotia. She is a gritty forward with a scoring touch. She represented Nova Scotia in multiple Atlantic Challenge Cups and Team Atlantic in multiple Canadian National Championships. This past year her Nova Scotia team won an Atlantic Challenge Cup championship.
"Catherine's skills fit well into our style of play. She is strong in the corners and in front of the net and hates to lose. She cares greatly about being a good teammate and I know she will represent the University on and off the ice with pride. We know she will be ready for the jump to Maine coming from the good hands of Giles and Kim Lascelle from OHA" – Coach Richard Reichenbach
Rogers is a defensemen from St. Paul, Minnesota who played for the St. Paul Blades the last four seasons. This past season in 23 games she had 22 goals, eight assists for 30 points. Rogers captained her team in 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 season. She plays on the USA National Bandy team and this year traveled to Europe for the World Championship.
"Mikayla's commitment to improve every day is special. She is always looking to find ways to be better. Her skating speed and conditioning will be an asset to the defensive core. She is an excellent student and plans to major in engineering." - Coach Richard Reichenbach
Victoria is a forward from Vienna, Austria who played forward this past season for Scanlon Creek Hockey Academy. In 41 games with Scanlon Creek, she had 18 goals, 22 assists for 40 points. Victoria represented Austria in the 2014 Div. 1 group A World Championship. In four games, she had three goals.
"Victoria is a mature student-athlete who impressed the staff the way she chased her division one dream down and handled the recruiting process. Her maturity and sense of humor will be a great addition to the program. Victoria's ability to finish and see the ice is unique, she will bring a lot of energy in the offensive zone and creativity all over the ice" – Coach Sara Reichenbach
The eligibility of all student-athlete is contingent upon admission to the University of Maine and compliance with all NCAA rules, including registration with the NCAA Clearinghouse.