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Yale Adds Eight Recruits in Class of 2013

The Yale women's hockey team.
The Yale women's hockey team.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - With eight players having graduated in the Class of 2009, the Yale women's ice hockey team needed to replenish its ranks. The Bulldogs did just that with the Class of 2013, as eight incoming freshmen will join the roster for 2009-10. The members of the class have some impressive accomplishments both on and off the ice. The group includes a five-time Midwest Elite Hockey League Academic Gold Award winner; a player from the Junior Women's Hockey League champion North American Hockey Academy; a player who has played games in eight different countries and has done volunteer work to raise awareness about the genocide in Darfur; a silver medalist from the World Championships of Performing Arts who tied the record for most points by a rookie on her team two years ago; a player who was MVP in three different sports in high school and has a grade eight in Royal Conservatory piano; a Team Canada U-18 Evaluation Camp invitee who helped build a medical clinic for a village in the Amazon; an Advanced Placement Rising Scholar with Honor who was chosen for the inaugural 2008 Upper Midwest High School Elite League East Metro team; and a player who won three Mid Atlantic Women's Hockey Association championships and is a first degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.


Here is a look at the Yale women's ice hockey Class of 2013:


Erin Callahan

5'7" • GK Freshman

Kenilworth, Ill.

High School: New Trier


Last Team: Wisconsin Wild


USA Hockey: Attended 2009 USA Hockey Open Olympic Tryouts ... 2006 USA Hockey National Development Camp selection.


Before Yale: National Merit Finalist ... Academic Honor Roll selection from eighth grade through 12th grade ... Midwest Elite Hockey League Academic Gold Award for five years ... Named to All-star team at Prospects Tournament ... Won back-to-back state championships, and was Central District runner-up twice, with the Wisconsin Wild U-19 team in 2007-08 and 2008-09 ... Was state runner-up with the Wild U-16 team in 2006-07 ... Won state championship and was Central District and Polar Bear Tournament runner-up with the Wild U-16 team in 2005-06 ... Had shutout to upset Assabet Valley and advance to finals of 2005 Polar Bear Tournament ... Won MWEHL championship, and was Illinois State runner-up, with Team Illinois U-14 team in 2004-05 ... Won Illinois state championship, Central District championship, and was third place at Nationals with Team Illinois U-12 team in 2003-04.


Notes: Spends summers in Wellfleet, Cape Cod and has volunteered at Audubon Society of Massachusetts ... Speaks French and participated in a French exchange program for five weeks ... Grandfather (Donald Agger) and Great-Uncle (Robert Agger) were 1951 Yale Law School graduates ... Uncle (Marc Agger) was a 1986 Yale School of Management graduate ... Father, John Callahan, played club hockey and varsity football at Tufts ... Two other players from the Wisconsin Wild, Sheila Zingler '07 and Sarah Tittman '09, have played for Yale.


Why Yale? "Yale has been my dream school ever since I played my first Polar Bear tournament game at the Whale, back when I was 12. I couldn't imagine anywhere better."


Emily DesMeules

5'9" • D Freshman

North Pomfret, Vt.

High School: North American Hockey Academy


Last Team: North American Hockey Academy


USA Hockey: Attended four years of New England Development Camp.


Before Yale: Won Junior Women's Hockey League and Assabet Valley tournament championship, and was finalist in the Winterlude Showcase and Rochester Fire on Ice Tournament, with North American Hockey Academy in 2008-09 ... Earned bronze medal at Can Am Challenge Cup ... North American Prep Hockey Association champions with NAHA Red in 2006-07 and 2007-08 ... Attended Woodstock Union High School in her freshman year, playing field hockey and lacrosse.


Notes: Father played on the BC freshman team, then transferred to Lehigh and played there for three years (captain senior year).


Why Yale? "Yale was the first school I visited and every other school I looked at paled in comparison. There was no question in my mind of where I wanted to go. Yale offers every opportunity I could ever dream of and then some."


Jamie Gray

5'5" • D Freshman

Calgary, Alta.

High School: Edge School


Last Team: Edge School


Hockey Canada/International Hockey: In addition to Canada and the U.S., has played games in Australia, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland ... Traveled to Australia with Edge School in April 2009 to train and compete in a development camp with the Australian and New Zealand national teams ...  Selected to attend Top 46 Team Alberta U-18 Provincial camp in 2008 ... Placed fourth with Rocky Mountain Storm at Czech Hockey Challenge Cup in 2008, finishing behind three teams from Russia and ahead of select teams from Czech Republic and Slovakia that included national team players ... Storm tied German South U-22 team in exhibition in Fussen, Germany ... Received bronze medal with Rocky Mountain Storm at Czech Hockey Challenge Cup in Prague in 2007, placing behind teams from Russia that included national team players ... Storm defeated Austrian National Women's Team, 2-1, in Graz, Austria ... Selected to represent Calgary in the Alberta Winter Games, and attend the Hockey Alberta U-16 Program of Excellence camp, in 2006 ... Invited by head coach of Swedish Women's National Team to participate in Swedish International School of Hockey, an invitational camp for players born in 1990 and 1991, in July of 2006 ... Traveled with Storm to the Czech Hockey Challenge in August 2004 as an affiliate player and played with former Bulldog defenseman Carlee Ness '09 in a game against a Czech club team.


Before Yale: Part of inaugural season for Edge School's varsity team in 2008-09, serving as assistant captain ... Team was third in the Junior Women's Hockey League and fourth at the JWHL Challenge Cup ... Earned President's Award, for an average above 90 percent in one or more courses, in senior year at Edge ... Honor roll and honor roll with distinction selection from grades seven through 12 ... Qualified for Alexander Rutherford Scholarship from grades 10 through 12 ... Also played basketball at Edge, winning ISAA championship and qualifying for provincials in 2009 ... Ran track at Edge as well, winning 4x100-meter relay and placing second in 4x200-meter relay and 800-meter run at Calgary Independent School meet ... Led Calgary Bruins Midget AAA team in goals by a defenseman in 2008.


Notes: Oldest sister, Erin, played at Western Ontario, earned a B.S. in chemistry and is currently at the University of British Columbia earning a degree in dentistry ... Sister Katie played defense for Dartmouth, class of 2009, majoring in mechanical engineering ... First visit to Yale was when she was in 10th grade, to see Katie play vs. Yale at Ingalls Rink ... Edge School teammate Jen Matichuk also plays for Yale ... Traveled to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands with the Edge School in March 2009 ... Volunteered with Amnesty International to raise awareness around Calgary about genocide in Darfur ... Also helped raise funds for victims of Darfur.


Why Yale? "I first visited Yale in grade 10 when I came to watch my sister Katie, a defenseman with the Dartmouth Big Green, play against the Bulldogs in Ingalls Rink. I toured the campus with one of the Yale hockey coaches and was instantly impressed. From then on, Yale has stood out above all others, in my mind, both as an exciting program and as a prestigious university."

Jen Matichuk

5'5" • F Freshman

St. Albert, Alta.

High School: Edge School


Last Team: Edge School


International Hockey: Trained with and played exhibition games against the Australian National
Team in Australia in 2009 ... Played against the Austrian, Finnish, Latvian and Russian Teams in the Czech Republic and Austria in 2007.


Before Yale: Part of inaugural season for Edge School's varsity team in Calgary, Alberta, in 2008-09 ... Team was third in the Junior Women's Hockey League and fourth at the JWHL Challenge Cup ... Tied record for most points as a rookie on St. Albert Slash in 2006-07 ... Left Slash (for Edge School) in 2008 after competing in the Western Canadian Championships and being chosen as team captain ... Won gold medal at the Alberta Winter Games in 2006 ... Also played basketball at Edge School, winning league playoffs and advancing to provincial championships ... Completed Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross in swimming ... Chosen by Edge School founder and senior staff as the Mountaineer Team Leader for grade 12 ... Qualified for the Alexander Rutherford scholarship from grades 10 through 12.


Notes: Won silver for acting (contemporary monologue category) at the World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles in July 2008 ... Attended Paul Kane High School in St. Alberta, Alberta, prior to enrolling at Edge School ... Has two brothers, Graeme and Bryan, and a sister, Rachel ... Edge school teammate Jamie Gray also plays for Yale.


Why Yale? "I'm interested in medicine, the performing arts and hockey. Yale offers exceptional opportunities in all three. Being close to New York and Boston is very appealing too. I've read and heard a lot about Yale and after visiting the school and meeting the coaches, players and other students the school exceeded all of my expectations."

Danielle Moncion

5'8" • F Freshman

Round Lake Center, Ont.

High School: Deerfield Academy


Last Team: Deerfield


Before Yale: Ninth on Deerfield's all-time scoring list with 88 points ... Captain for hockey, softball and volleyball ... Two-time MVP in hockey ... Also was MVP in softball and volleyball ... League all-star in softball (twice) and volleyball ... Volleyball team made New England quarterfinals her senior year and semifinals her junior year ... Softball team made New England finals her freshman year.


Notes: Has a grade eight in Royal Conservatory piano.


Tara Tomimoto

5'5" • D Freshman

Calgary, Alta.

High School: West Island College


Last Team: Calgary Bruins


Hockey Canada: Invited to Team Canada U-18 Strength and Conditioning Camp and U-18 Evaluation Camp in 2008 ... Played Japanese National Team with U-18 Team Canada White ... Selected to Team Alberta in 2008 and competed in the 2008 U-18 National Championship.



Before Yale: Captain of Calgary Midget AAA Bruins of the Alberta Major Midget Female Hockey League in 2008-09 ... Named Top Defenseman in AMMFHL in 2008-09 ... Led AMMFHL defensemen in assists (19) and also had seven goals ... Tournament MVP, Top Plus/Minus Award and First Team All-Star at Macs Midget Tournament 2008-09 ... AMMFHL South Division All-Star, Top Defensive Player in AMMFHL All-Star Game 2009 ... Selected to AMMFHL South Division All-Star Team to play U-18 Finnish National Team 2008 ... Captain of Bantam A Elbow Park team that was provincial finalists/silver medalists ... Earned gold medal at Stampede Challenge Tournament 2007 ... Won Governor General's Bronze Medal, a national award given to the student with the highest academic average at each high school in Canada, in 2009 ... West Island College Student of the Year 2008-09  ... Named valedictorian of her graduating class May 29, 2009 ... Top Female Athlete for West Island College Junior School 2006 ... Played badminton (MVP), basketball (captain, MVP), soccer and volleyball in high school ... Won 3+ Award for dedication to athletics during high school ... Member of Prefect Board 2008-09 ... Elected to Student Athletic Council 2007-08 ... Received term awards for highest academic average in 11th and 12th grade ... Received Annual Highest Average Awards in five different subjects.


Notes: Traveled to Mozambique, Africa, to help rebuild a school in 2009 ... Traveled to Brazil, aided underprivileged children and helped build a medical clinic for a village in the Amazon in 2007 ... Has volunteered for several community organizations ... Figure skated for six years.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because I loved the campus and the diversity of activities available to students and I decided that nothing can compare with an Ivy League education."



Natalie Wedell

5'8" • D/F Freshman

Arden Hills, Minn.

High School: Mounds View


Last Team: Mounds View


USA Hockey: Attended 2009 Open Olympic Tryouts.


Before Yale: Captained ice hockey and track and field teams, and was all-conference and all-state academic in both sports, at Mounds View... Chosen for the inaugural 2008 Upper Midwest High School Elite League East Metro team ... One of four senior defensemen on the All-Star UMHSEL team that won the 2008 Bauer Invitational Tournament ... Played for the Section 5A/AA team that won the 2009 Senior Classic, and for the Section 5A/AA team that won the Phase 2 Advanced 16 final ... Participated in 2008 Junior Fest ... Attended 2007 Minnesota Girls Hockey Coaches Association Freshmen/Sophomore Camp ... Played forward on festival-winning team at 2006 Minnesota Hockey Advanced 15 Camp ... Fifth in discus and helped team to 2009 True Team State Track and Field Championship ... Fifth in discus and helped team to second-place finish at 2008 True Team State Track and Field meet ... Helped team to 2007 True Team State Track and Field Championship ... Advanced Placement Rising Scholar with Honor ... National Spanish Exam Silver Medalist ... Student of the Year in Spanish ... All-Viewer Athlete ... National Honor Society member and tutor.



Notes: Sister, Lauren, plays on 14AAA team coached by former Yale hockey player Erika Hockinson-Spande `04 ... Grandfather Dick Wedell was mayor of Shoreview, Minn., and founder of Lake Region youth hockey association.


Why Yale? "When I visited Yale, it felt right. There is a great sense of community on campus. All of the other coaches I spoke with emphasized the great friends I would make on their teams. Yale emphasized the great friends I would make in addition to the team."


Alyssa Zupon

5'6" • F Freshman

Basking Ridge, N.J.

High School: The Pingry School


Last Team: N.J. Rockets


USA Hockey: Member of USA Hockey Select 15s, 16s and 17s.


Before Yale: 37 goals, 33 assists in 54 games with New Jersey Rockets in 2008-09 ... Member of Atlantic District Select Team ... Mid Atlantic Women's Hockey Association scoring leader in 2007-08 ... Three-time MAWHA League Champions ... Two-time Atlantic District Champions ... Also played lacrosse and soccer ... Captained soccer team and was first team all-state (non-public), all-county and all-conference ... Soccer team was two-time New Jersey State Champions, two-time county champions and three-time conference champions ... Member of Cum Laude Society ... National Merit Commended Scholar ... New Jersey Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholar .. Somerset County Scholar Athlete Award winner.


Notes: First degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do ... Founded an International Food Club in high school to promote cultural awareness through the culinary arts and to raise funds for local hunger relief agencies.


Why Yale? "I believe Yale will provide me with an ideal balance between education and athletics. I am excited to have the opportunity to represent Yale on the ice while studying at one of the finest universities in the world."