UTICA, NY – The Utica College women’s hockey team will return home for a weekend doubleheader against King’s College. Friday’s game will start at 2:30 p.m. while Saturday’s game will faceoff at 2:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Live video and live stats will be provided for the weekend by following https://portal.stretchinternet.com/utica/.
Last Time Out: The Pioneers (2-1, 2-0 UCHC) come into the weekend after dismantling Arcadia 16-0 over their two game series. On Friday, Angela Hawthorne (Santa Clara, CA/Meijer) completed her first shutout on the season with 14 different Pioneers capturing a point. Saturday was more of the same with ten players finding their name on the scoresheet while Savannah Gutierrez (Huntington Beach, CA/Anaheim Lady Ducks) was credited with the victory as she had eight saves in 26 minutes of work.
Lighting the Lamp: Georgiana Santullo (Woburn, MA/Boston Shamrocks/Woburn High School) will be entering this upcoming weekend against King’s College as the defending UCHC Player of the Week. Coming off back-to-back hat tricks this weekend against Arcadia, Santullo has lit the lamp six times this season which leads the UCHC. She is currently tied for first nationally with 2.00 goals per game and she is second in the country with an average of 3.0 points per game.
Familiar Faces, Familiar Numbers: Last season, the Pioneers were led by the likes of Erica Sloan (Potsdam, NY/St. Lawrence Steel), Maggie Rylott (Cobourg, Ontario/West Northumberland), Carolyn Whitney (Raleigh, NC/Milbrook School), Georgiana Santullo (Woburn, MA/Boston Shamrocks/Woburn High School), and Carly Stefanini (Framingham, MA/Brooks School) in terms of points. This season is no different with each player already finding the back of the net and dishing an assist. Through three games this season, these players account for 24 of 48 points accrued by the Pioneers. This has led to UC ranking second in the UCHC for points per game (15) and assists per game (9.33) after the first weekend of conference play.
Supporting Cast: 16 different players have registered at least one point and nine different Pioneers have found the back of the net so far this season. Graduate student Rebecca Brown (Steamboat Springs, CO/Norwich University) has chipped in offensively with two goals and one assist, while sophomore Brooke Hubert (Oceanside, NY/Minnesota State University- Mankato) has one goal and one assist to her credit and classmate Hailey Modlin (Phoenix, AZ/Boston Shamrocks) also has one goal. Defenders Madison Novotny (Wesley Chapel, FL/Northwood School) and Sirena Fitzery (Hamburg, NY/Buffalo Bisons) have both gotten in on the action offensively as each has tallied four points so far. Novotny has one goal and three assists, while Fitzery has dished out a team-leading four helpers.
Making a Case: Through three games this season, coach Dave Clausen has placed Maddie Esposito (Ashburn, VA/Boston Shamrocks), Savannah Gutierrez (Huntington Beach, CA/Anaheim Lady Ducks), and Angela Hawthorne (Santa Clara, CA/Meijer) in goal. Each player has been dominant for the Pioneers with Hawthorne having played in two games with a flawless save percentage of 100% on 21 saves placing her first in the UCHC. Gutierrez also finds herself ranked 12th in save percentage with 88.6% off 39 saves. Esposito made her third career appearance against Arcadia where she totaled three saves in 33 minutes of play for a 100% save percentage.
Meeting History: Utica enters their seventh and eighth all-time matchup against the Monarchs undefeated in this series. In the six former matches, five of them have been shutouts with their most recent one in February 2020 being 8-0. In the impressive victory, Georgiana Santullo (Woburn, MA/Boston Shamrocks/Woburn High School) led the way netting two goals. Carolyn Whitney (Raleigh, NC/Milbrook School) also had an impressive showing with four points off three assists and a goal in the third to bring the Pioneers total to eight.
Scouting the Monarchs: Kings will enter this weekend looking for its first victory. Starting the season at 0-4 (0-2 UCHC), Kings has allowed 30 goals so far while only putting two on the scoreboard. As the Monarchs try and turn their season around, they have graduate student Josee Aitken to look to in hopes to find an answer.
Up Next: Following this matchup, the Pioneers will return to the road for their weekend matchup against Stevenson University next Friday and Saturday.