When Jenn Wakefield of Boston University scored 12:04 into the game versus Boston College on November 2, it was her 41st goal as a Terrier and the 100th of her college career. According to the NCAA Ice Hockey Women’s Records, she becomes the 12th player in the NCAA era to reach the century mark in goals. Note that this only includes games played beginning in the fall of 2001. The other 11 to accomplish the feat are Meghan Agosta of Mercyhurst with 157, Nicole Corriero of Harvard with 150, Hilary Knight of Wisconsin with 123 and counting, Melissa Boal of Wayne State with 118, Katie Weatherston of Dartmouth with 113, Meghan Duggan of Wisconsin with 108, Sam Poyton of Wayne State with 107, Krissy Wendell of Minnesota with 106, Sarah Vaillancourt of Harvard with 106, Natalie Darwitz of Minnesota with 102, and Carson Duggan of St. Lawrence, with 101.
Seeing those two Wayne State stars on the list is bittersweet. It is nice that they preserve the Warriors’ place in the annals of the game, but it is sad that future WSU players won’t be joining them. Their teammate, Lindsay DiPietro, sits tenth in career assists with 130.
Who figures to be the next join the 100-goal club? Here are some players that look to have a shot, their class, school, and career total:
Natalie Spooner – senior, Ohio State, 76
Monique Lamoureux-Kolls – junior, North Dakota, 71
Brooke Ammerman – senior, Wisconsin, 73
Rebecca Johnston – senior, Cornell, 70
Jocelyne Lamoureux – junior, North Dakota, 67
Brianna Decker – junior, Wisconsin, 61.
We don’t often speak of the Crusaders because they compete in a D-III conference, but senior Stacey Hochkins of Holy Cross has put up 79 goals in her first 81 games.
Around the country
Union continued to give indications that they are on the rise, defeating Clarkson 2-1. That was the first ECAC win over a team other than Brown for the Dutchwomen since knocking off Cornell on February 28, 2004, and they followed it up by drawing St. Lawrence. With three points in the standings, the ladies from Schenectady must be enjoying escaping their familiar home in the conference basement. That dubious early distinction rests with Yale, winless on the season at 0-7.
The USCHO jinx
Sports Illustrated has nothing on me. My first column this season that focused on a single team was on Northeastern and appeared on October 20; the Huskies fell to Princeton the next day. My second such article discussing Bemidji State came out on November 3; a day later, the Beavers lost to Minnesota State in overtime. If this keeps up, by the end of the season, nobody will be willing to speak to me. Both teams rebounded in the following game, so at least this particular bad luck does not appear to be terminal.