Starting in the fall of 2015, Johnson and Wales will offer women’s hockey at the NCAA Division III level.
“The popularity of women’s ice hockey continues to grow nationally and New England has some of the greatest high school programs,” said JWU senior VP of administration Marie Bernardo-Sousa in a news release. “JWU is excited about providing this opportunity to the young women on our campus who are interested in continuing a tradition of excellence.”
Coached by Maria Lewis, the Wildcats move into the newly-formed eight-team ECAC league, which also includes Salem State, Becker, Endicott, Stevenson, Daniel Webster, Morrisville and Canton.
Johnson and Wales already has a men’s D-III team that plays in the ECAC Northeast.
Founded in 1914, Johnson and Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with more than 16,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its four campuses in Providence, R.I., North Miami, Fla., Denver and Charlotte, N.C.