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Eastern New York Collegiate Women’s Ice Hockey


By Janet Schultz, NYHOL

Women’s College Hockey/East


The Red Valiants are coming off a 15-11-7 season with a loss in the UCHC Semi-finals to Utica to end that season.

Jennifer MacCaskill is coming into her fourth season with the Valiants, leading them to three consecutive UCHA tourneys since her appointment. 

Kerry Carr, New Hartford and Holly Meredith, Saratoga Springs were among the Red Valiants named to the Krampade/AHCA All American Scholars list for 2022-23. Teammates named included Virginia Birmie, Grace Genest, Morgan Miller, Annie Niedermier and Taylor Willoughly.

Their 2023-24 schedule has not been announced.


Union will open to St. Cloud State on September 23 and 24 in Minnesota and then a weekend home stance against Robert Morris, September 29 and 30 at 5 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.

Coach Josh Sciba, in his eight season, has signed Watertown native Iliana Smith. Smith comes from the Ontario Hockey Academy.


The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers will open at home against Rochester Institute of Technology on September 23 at 3 p.m. and September 24 at 3 p.m.

They are coming off a 9-24-1 season under Bryan Vine, in his sixth season.

Hannah Price was named Collegiate Woman of the Year by Capital District Sports. She played all 23 games last season with 5 goals/2 assists. She is an on and off campus leader serving as President of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and volunteering in the community. 

Alex Houston has been named assistant strengthening coach for the Athletic Department.

RPI had 5 women’s ice hockey players named to the AHCA All American Scholars list including Sara Bayne, Teaghan Dalby, Magdalena Erbenova, Megan Hildner and Price.

Around New York Notes:

…Buffalo State Women’s Ice Hockey opens their 2023-24 season with a home game against Stevenson on October 19 at 7 p.m. and then Hilbert on October 20, 3 p.m. at home.

…Rochester Institute of Technology opens September 23/24 at RPI and then home against Minnesota at 6 p.m. on October 6.

…Nazareth opens with a 2 p.m. exhibition game on October 21 vs William Smith.

…Nikolle Van Stralen was named Empire 8 Conference Woman of the Year. The award honors a senior who distinguishes herself in academic achievement, athletic excellence, leadership and service.

…The University of Buffalo ACHA D2 womens ice hockey team will play at Cortland at 6 p.m. on December 8 and at Brockport at 7 p.m. on December 9.

…Niagara University will be icing two women’s ACHA teams this season. WD2 will begin October 1 at Cortland, October 27/28 at University of Delaware and November 3 at Brockport.

…NU’s ACHA D1 team will play Indiana at Cornerstone Arena in Lockport at 3 p.m.  on October 1.

…Hilbert has named Earl Utter the Head Coach. Utter is a Rochester native who recently coached for Wilkes and prior to that was head coach at Cortland for nine years. He played at Morrisville.

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Janet has been covering women's hockey for over 35 years. Along with a 38 year career in Public Relations and over 40 years photographing sports, she found a passion in women's hockey. Her initial story was on the founding of the Niagara University D1 program, she expanded to collegiate and youth and was active in the founding and promoting of the WNY Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Federation. When Professional Women's Hockey hit the ice she was there, one of the first to release the story in WNY. Along with her husband, Randy, people comment that if there's hockey, the Schultz's are there!