May 14, 2007
Providence, RI - Head Coach Digit Murphy has announced Brown women's hockey's incoming class will feature eight top players from the United States and Canada this fall. Forwards Jenna Dancewicz (Lake Forest, IL), Lauren Ragen (Grosse Ile, MI), and Maggie Suprey (South Boston, MA); defensemen Erica Kromm (Naramata, BC), Jaclyn Small (Thornhill, ON), Samantha Stortini (Sudbury, ON), and Eleanor "Macie" Winship (Shrewsbury, MA); and goaltender Joy Joung (Torrance, CA) make up the Bears' class of 2011.
Dancewicz was a three-time All-State player at Lake Forest High, and was named Illinois' Player of the Year the past two seasons. A three-year captain, Dancewicz led Lake Forest to a league title in 2006. She also was her league's high scorer for the past three seasons. As a member of Team Illinois, Dancewicz was a Midwest Elite Hockey League All-Star in 2006. An All-State field hockey player as well, Dancewicz was named a Super 25 Athlete for 2006 by the Pioneer Press.
Joung, who joins the Bears by way of Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., will step in as the Bears' number-two goaltender. Joung was a captain at Phillips her senior season, and won the Sumner Smith Hockey Award this season. Before heading east to Phillips, Joung played for Cal Selects and attended the National Development Camp in 2003. At Torrence High, Joung ran cross country and track for two years, winning the Most Inspirational award both years and being chosen as captain of the cross country team as a sophomore in 2004. She is also a third-degree black belt in Soo Bahk Do.
A graduate of Penticton Secondary, Kromm was the captain of Team British Columbia at the U-18 Canada Winter Games in 2007. In 2005, she was named the Most Sportsmanlike Player on Team BC. As a member of BC Outback (former team of current Bears Savannah Smith and Amanda Asay), Kromm was the team's Most Valuable Player in 2006. In 2004, Kromm was an assistant captain for Team Calgary. Her father, Richard, played in the NHL for the Calgary Flames and New York Islanders.
Ragen is a graduate of Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Conn. A former captain of the Connecticut Polar Bears, former team of current Brown players Emilie Bydwell and Nicole Stock, Ragen attended the U.S. National camp for the past five years. At the skills competition at this year's national tournament in Anaheim, Calif., Ragen won the "catch and shoot" and "breakaway" events. At Loomis Chaffee, she was named to the All-New England Top 5 team in 2006 and 2007. She won her team's Coaches' Award in 2006 and was an assistant captain, earning the C.A.R.E. (consistency, attitude, respect, excellence) Award in 2007. Ragen also starred in volleyball in high school, serving as a team captain and being named to the Boston Globe Top 13 Team for all of New England.
An alumnae of the Toronto Junior Aeros, joining current Bears Frances Male and Sasha Van Muyen in that regard, Small helped lead her team to a Provincial Women's Hockey League championship in 2007. The season before, she played with Van Muyen on an Aeros team that captured a North Metro League Championship, and she won two Provincial gold medals with the Aeros in previous seasons. Small also played basketball, tennis, and soccer at Thornhill Secondary School.
Suprey has been to three U.S. Development Camps and won three National Championships with Assabet Valley, former team of current Bears Erin Connors, Elizabeth Denis, and Jenny Cedorchuk. Suprey also won a New England championship with Nobles & Greenough School in 2005, earning All-ISL honors as a senior. Also a member of Nobles' field hockey team, Suprey was a three-time All-ISL honoree.
Stortini was the top scoring defenseman on the Sudbury Lady Wolves this season while serving as an assistant captain. She was a league All-Star for the Wolves in 2006. Playing for the Lockerby Composite School Vikings, Stortini was the team's leading scorer and an All-Star in 2007. She was the first female to play AAA hockey in Sudbury, and participated in Ontario's U-18 development camp. Stortini was also a member of Lockerby's cross country team, and she won the INCO Award for having the highest grade point average in her class. Her brother, Zack, is playing his first season in the NHL for the Edmonton Oilers.
Winship, a graduate of The Taft School in Watertown, Conn., is a three-time U.S. National Camp participant. She also lettered in soccer and lacrosse at Taft, and was a league all-star in 2006 in lacrosse for Shrewsbury High.