HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac women's ice hockey head coach Rick Seeley and his staff has officially announced the signing of seven players to National Letters of Intent. Taryn Baumgardt (Innisfail, Alberta), Sydney Rossman (Excelsior, Minn.), Emma Greco (Burlington, Ontario), Emma Woods (Burford, Ontario), Meghan Turner (Bedford, N.H.), Mika Nervick (Lakeville, Minn.), and Danielle Marmer (Dorset, Vt.) make up the class of 2017 and will join the Bobcats in the fall of 2013. Seeley is bringing in a group with outstanding leadership qualities as all seven held a captain position on their current and/or former teams.
Taryn Baumgardt plays defense for Warner Hockey School in the North Division of the Junior Women's Hockey League (JWHL). Baumgardt has dominated in her first year playing for Warner Hockey School as she currently stands first among Warner's defenders with 14 assists. She also sports a +21 plus/minus rating and has taken only one penalty in 19 games so far this season. She has been selected three times to represent her province as a member of Team Alberta and won a gold medal at the 2010 Canada Games. She served as an assistant captain with Team Alberta at the most recent U18 Canadian National Championships. This past summer she competed as a member of the Canadian National Women's Under-18 Team that defeated the United States in a best-of-three series in August 2012. She is the fifth Bobcats who has played for the Canadian U18 National Team, joining senior Breann Frykas (East St. Paul, Manitoba,), sophomore Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ontario), and freshmen Cydney Roesler (Stittsville, Ontario) and Nicole Connery (Newmarket, Ontario) in representing her country.
The incoming class features a standout goaltender in Sydney Rossman, who comes to Quinnipiac after having led Minnetonka High School to a second consecutive State Championship in 2011-12. The Excelsior, Minn. native came through in the clutch as she posted a 6-0-0 record, 0.65 goals-against-average, and .972 save percentage during the State Tournament, including a shutout of Roseville in the Championship. She was named team MVP, All-Conference, and an All-Tournament Team honoree at the end of the year. The standout goalie excelled during her junior season, finishing the year with a 18-3-1 record, 1.19 goals-against-average, and .943 save percentage to go along with five shutouts. The three-time USA Hockey National Development Camp Selection earned an invite to the United States National Women's U18 Team Selection Camp in August 2012 as one of only three goalies. Rossman was named an assistant captain for 2012-13 Minnetonka team and has already compiled two wins, 1.00 goals-against-average, and .938 save percentage in two starts this season.
Another defenseman, Emma Greco, joins the Bobcats next season. Currently the captain for the Toronto Aeros, Greco also played for Team Ontario Red at the 2012 Canadian National Women's U18 Championship that went on to win the bronze medal in November. She added an assist in the bronze medal game to help her team come away with a 3-2 overtime victory against British Columbia. Greco scored a power-play goal earlier in the tournament to give her two points in five games throughout the Championship. Greco headlines a defensive group that has led the Toronto Aeros to an 18-2 record through 20 games this season.
The incoming class of four talented forwards should be able immediately contribute to the Bobcats offensive attack. Emma Woods is the captain of the Cambridge Rivulettes, whom the Bobcats played in an exhibition earlier this season. She currently leads her team in assists after 12 games and is third on the team with 12 points (four goals, eight assists). Alongside Greco, Woods played for Team Ontario Red at the 2012 Canadian National Women's U18 Championship in Dawson Creek, British Colombia. She also represented Ontario as a member of Team Ontario Blue at the 2011 event in Saugenay, Quebec.
Meghan Turner is another forward who comes to Quinnipiac from Bedford, N.H. Turner played for Assabet Valley Girls U19 Team that won the United States Tier I Girls National Championship in 2012. She also plays for Phillips Exeter Academy where she is the captain. Throughout her junior season, Turner posted some impressive numbers as her 29 points (14 goals, 15 assists) in 25 games broke a Phillips Exeter single season record and helped lead her team to a 14-9-3 overall mark.
Mika Nervick joins the Bobcats as a forward from Lakeville, Minn., home to current Bobcat sophomore goaltender Chelsea Laden. Nervick plays for Shattuck St. Mary's, a team that junior Elena Orlando (Winters, Calif.) played for before becoming a Bobcat in 2010. Shattuck St. Mary's is a traditional hockey power having won 5 of the last 8 USA Hockey U19 National Championships. She captains the 2012-13 Shattuck St. Mary's squad and currently leads the team with 24 points (five goals, 19 assists) through 23 games this season.
Danielle Marmer, a forward from Dorset, Vt., plays for the Connecticut Polar Bears and Loomis Chaffee. Marmer was one of the lynchpins last season for Loomis as she was named the captain for the upcoming 2012-13 season. Despite being undermanned most of the season, Marmer led the New England prep school team to a 9-11-3 overall record while playing in one of the top girls' high school hockey leagues in the country. She attended USA Hockey's Select 17 National Development camp in 2011.
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