Bellefontaine and Batherson Earn CHA Preseason Recognition

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Graduate student Lauren Bellefontaine and senior Mae Batherson are members of the 2022-23 preseason All-College Hockey America Team. Bellefontaine, who earned the 2021-22 CHA Best Defensive Forward award and All-CHA Second Team honors, was 12th nationally in faceoff wins and set the Syracuse single-season record in 2021-22. She recorded 22 points with eight goals and 14 assists and had seven multi-point games. Her 51 career assists ties for 10th in Syracuse history.

Batherson, who recorded seven assists in 2021-22, has 10 goals and 30 assists in 88 career games. She played for the 2022 Hockey Canada National Women’s Development Team this past summer in a three-game series against the United States.

Syracuse, which was projected to finish in second place in the CHA preseason coaches’ poll, has 16 of 21 letterwinners back from last season’s CHA Championship team. In addition to Bellefontaine and Batherson, 2021-22 CHA Goaltender of the Year and All-Tournament Team selection Arielle DeSmet returns for 2022-23.

First-year Orange head coach Britni Smith and the Orange will play an exhibition game at Union on Saturday, September 17th. The regular season begins at Colgate on September 24th.

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