Six Women's Icers Named To U.S. Under-22 Team

Six Women's Icers Named To U.S. Under-22 Team

Aug. 14, 2002

PROVIDENCE, RI -USA Hockey has announced the rosters for the U.S. Under-22 National Team along with two other teams that will be competing at the 2002 USA Hockey Women's National Festival. Senior goaltender Pam Dreyer (Eagle River, AK), sophomore defender Amy McLaughlin (Berlin, MA), sophomore forward Katie Guay (Westfield, MA), sophomore forward Jessica Link (Clifton Park, NY), junior forward Krissy McManus (Dedham, MA), and incoming freshman forward Karen Thatcher (Franklin, MA) were all named to the U.S. Under-22 National Team, which is the Blue team at the Festival. With those six players, Brown University has the most players representing any one school on the team.

Recent graduate, Kathleen Kauth '01 (Saratoga, NY), was named to the Red team for the festival, and senior captain Kim Insalaco (Rochester, NY), sophomore forward Kerry Nugent (Andover, MA), and incoming freshman forward Keaton Zucker (Gilford, NH) were all named to the White team at the festival.

Dreyer, who will serve as an assistant captain for the Bears this season, earned honors as the ECAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player, helping to lead Brown to an ECAC Title and an NCAA Championship berth. She led the Bears and the ECAC with a 1.55 GAA and a .938 save percentage. In addition, she was named to the New England Hockey Writers Association All-Star team and earned Second Team All-ECAC recognition.

McLaughlin, the lone defender from the Bears to be chosen for the U.S. team, will look to continue the success from the early part of last season in 2002-2003. McLaughlin missed the majority of last year with an injury, but did earn ECAC Rookie of the Week honors after a 1-1-2 weekend with a goal against Minnesota and an assist in a 2-2 tie with #1 Minnesota-Duluth.

One of four Brown forwards to earn a spot on the team, Guay also had an immediate impact last season as a rookie, finishing with 10-5-15 numbers in all 35 games. She posted a career-high five-goal performance in a win over Yale, also a Brown record for goals in a game.

Fellow-freshman Link finished her rookie season with 19-23-42 numbers in 35 games as Brown's second-leading scorer. The recipient of the Kate Silver Award as Brown's top female freshmen athlete, Link was second in rookie scoring in the ECAC. A Second Team All-Ivy performer, Link was also named to the ECAC All-Rookie team.

McManus, who has been a steady performer during her first two seasons, finished the 2001-2002 season with 17-17-34 totals, fifth on the team. McManus is the only Brown repeat selection to the U.S. Under 22 National Team.

Thatcher, a standout player at Noble & Greenough School in Dedham, MA, who led her team to two straight ISL titles and a New England Prep school title her senior year, also played for Assabet Valley last season. Karen is one of ten incoming freshmen on the Brown squad this fall.

Kauth, a captain during her senior season, is competing at the festival for the second straight year. She also helped out the Bears last season as a volunteer coach. Kauth is tied for #11 on Brown's All-Time Scoring List with 52-56-108 totals.

Insalaco will serve as a captain for the second straight season and is also competing at the festival for the second consecutive year. A versatile athlete, who can play both up front and in the back, she finished third on the team in scoring with 14-26-40 totals, and was selected to the ECAC All-Tournament team.

Nugent also had an outstanding rookie campaign, finishing with 7-18-25 totals, seventh on the team. She also played in all of the Bear's 35 games last season, and tallied assists on two of the four Bears' goals in the NCAA Frozen Four.

Zucker, a standout forward from the Assabet Valley program, is a four-time participant in the U.S. Jr. National festivals. Keaton signed early decision at Brown last fall and will join the team as a freshmen for the 2002-03 season.

Senior defender Cassie Turner (Campbellford, ONT) was named to the Canadian Under-22 Team. An assistant captain last year, Turner will serve as a captain this season. She finished her junior season with 4-17-21 totals, eighth on the team, while ranking seventh in the ECAC among defenders. A unanimous First Team All-Ivy selection and a First Team All-ECAC performer, Turner was also named to the New England Hockey Writers Association All-Star Team.

The festival is to be held August 13-19 in Lake Placid. After the festival, the U.S. Under-22 Team will face off again the Canadian Under-22 Team in a three-game series from August 21-24, also in Lake Placid.

Festival Schedule
8/14 - 7:00 p.m. Red vs. Blue
8/15 - 7:00 p.m. Blue vs. White
8/16 - 7:00 p.m. Red vs. White
8/17 - 12:00 noon Red vs. Blue
8/18 - 12:00 noon Blue vs. White
8/19 - 10:00 a.m. Red vs. White

Under-22 Challenge Schedule
8/21 - 7:00 p.m. U.S. vs. Canada
8/22 - 7:00 p.m. U.S. vs. Canada
8/24 - 1:00 p.m. U.S. vs. Canada