Each year, another class of players graduates from the national collegiate women’s hockey ranks, leaving their marks on their respective programs and the college hockey landscape as a whole. Here’s a final farewell to some of the standouts from the Class of 2019 and the standards they’ve set over the course of their careers.
Kendall Cornine, Forward, Rochester Institute of Technology
Cornine was a two-year captain for the Tigers and has led the team in scoring since her sophomore year. The past few seasons have been down years for RIT collectively, so she hasn’t played on the greatest teams, but she’s always been a tenacious forward with a good feel around the net. Only four players in RIT history have played more games than Cornine’s 140 appearances, and she finishes her career with 38 goals, 24 assists, and 62 points.
Charly Dahlquist, Forward, Ohio State
Dahlquist only played two years for Ohio State after transferring from the University of North Dakota, but her eight game-winning goals over that time span ranks ninth all-time for the program. As a senior, she tallied five game-winners and, earlier this year against Mercyhurst, she matched Natalie Spooner’s record for most goals in a period with a hat trick in the third. Dahlquist is also very objectively the subject of the best quote from a coach about a player all year (via Alison Lukan of The Athletic):
“Charly always has been a fit player who played with a little piss and vinegar,” head coach Nadine Muzerall said. “I like my players fast, I like my players fit, I like my players to have an edge, and she encompasses all of that along with her character traits.”
Jessie Eldridge, Forward, Colgate
Eldridge is arguably the best player to wear a Colgate sweater, an especially notable distinction considering how much talent has passed through the program in recent years. She is the Raiders’ all-time leading scorer with 74 goals, 89 assists, and 163 points in her career. Eldridge was a Hockey Humanitarian Award nominee this past season and also became Colgate’s first-ever Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top-10 Finalist. Other program records she owns: points in a single season (54), goals in a single season (30), career assists (89), shorthanded goals in a season (4), career shorthanded goals (10), game-winning goals in a season (8), and career game-winning goals (17).
Loren Gabel, Forward, Clarkson
Gabel took home the 2019 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, becoming just the second Clarkson player to do so. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better goal scorer in NCAA play during Gabel’s tenure, and she was at her very best as a senior, netting 40 to lead the country. As both a junior and a senior, she took home First Team All-America honors as well as the ECAC’s Player of the Year award. Nobody in Clarkson history has scored more hat tricks than Gabel’s seven, and she finishes her career as the Golden Knights’ all-time leading scorer, with 213 points (116 goals, 97 assists) over her four years.
Megan Keller, Defense, Boston College
Keller was a dynamic defender all four years at BC, but her senior season in particular was one of the best showings from a blue-liner that we’ve ever seen at this level. She set a single-season Hockey East record for goals (16) and points (37) by a defender, and finished as a Top-3 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Finalist. Keller is not only Boston College’s all-time leader in defense scoring, but Hockey East’s as well, racking up 45 goals, 113 assists, and 158 points. She twice won the Hockey East Player of the Year Award, and is the only defender to ever win it. Keller was a First Team All-American three times, a four-time Hockey East First Team All-Star, and a three-time Hockey East Best Defender.
Allie Munroe, Defense, Syracuse
Munroe is one of the best all-around defenders to suit up for the Orange, and she played a key role in the team’s first-ever College Hockey America championship and NCAA Tournament bid this season. She is the program’s all-time leading goal scorer from the blue line with 20 goals, and second in career points by a defender with 71. Munroe was twice named the CHA’s best defender, as a sophomore and a senior, and she’s cracked the All-CHA team three times since her sophomore year, landing on the First Team twice. As a senior, she led Syracuse with 27 points, 22 assists, and 73 blocked shots.
Annie Pankowski, Forward, Wisconsin
Pankowski had a senior season to remember for the Badgers and finished her career as one of the most clutch players in program history. She owns the Wisconsin record for career shorthanded tallies with nine, a record she broke in the 2019 national championship game en route to capturing an NCAA title. After notching 13 points this postseason, she finishes third all-time in playoff scoring for the Badgers with 38 points, behind only Meghan Duggan (46) and Hilary Knight (42). Pankowski’s also tied for second in Wisconsin history with nine career NCAA Tournament goals. Overall, her 229 career points rank fourth for the Badgers in history. She capped off an outstanding career both on and off the ice with nods as a Top-3 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Finalist and a Hockey Humanitarian Award Finalist.
Katelyn Rae, Forward, Merrimack
Rae has been with the Warriors since their inception as a Division I program and has certainly left her mark on the team. Her scoring prowess and leadership have helped set a new standard going forward for the program. She became the first Merrimack player to tally 100 career points, finishing with 113 for her career. She led the team in points as a junior and senior, and has led the Warriors in goal-scoring since her sophomore year. Rae was a Hockey East First Team All-Star in 2018-19, and became the first player in Merrimack history to earn a nod as a New England Hockey Writers Association Division I All-Star. This past season was a banner year for the Warriors, and Rae was a huge proponent of that success, helping the team to 16 wins and a fifth-place finish in Hockey East, both new program records.
Kassidy Sauvé, Goaltender, Clarkson
Sauvé had a standout career in net for both Clarkson and Ohio State, where she played for three seasons before transferring. As a redshirt sophomore in 2016-17, she was named a Second Team All-American, becoming the first goaltender in Buckeyes history to earn All-America honors. She owns Ohio State’s records for single-season saves (1,135), single-season save percentage (.942), single-season shutouts (10), career wins (42), career saves (2,549), career shutouts (22), career GAA (1.95), and career save percentage (.937)—all in only three seasons played. She backstopped Ohio State to its first-ever Frozen Four in 2018, and then helped the Golden Knights return there this season after making a Clarkson single-season-best 917 saves.
Lovisa Selander, Goaltender, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Honestly, what isn’t there to say about Lovisa Selander? She achieved a degree of notoriety in her senior season that was previously unprecedented for a player out of RPI. All year long, she made save after save to keep games close for the Engineers and steal wins against ranked opponents, all the while inching closer to the NCAA Division I career saves record, which she now holds with 4,167. Selander is the first Patty Kazmaier Top-10 Finalist, First Team All-America, ECAC Goaltender of the Year, and All-ECAC First Team honoree that RPI’s program has produced. She’s had a tremendous career for a program that typically doesn’t receive a ton of recognition, which is great to see.
Statistics and records data courtesy of RITAthletics.com, OhioStateBuckeyes.com, GoColgateRaiders.com, ClarksonAthletics.com, BCEagles.com, Cuse.com, UWBadgers.com, MerrimackAthletics.com, RPIAthletics.com, and the Women’s College Hockey National Statistics Database.