Eight Added to Roster in Class of 2018

Yale celebrates a win. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Yale celebrates a win. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Drexler, Gately, Monaghan, Murray, Pensavalle, Souliotis, Wheeler and Wickens Join Bulldogs

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's ice hockey team welcomes eight incoming freshmen to the roster for 2014-15. The Class of 2018, which was announced Monday, includes five forwards and three defensemen. The new Bulldogs come from three different U.S. states and two different Canadian provinces.

The incoming freshmen have been a part of a wide variety of team accomplishments on the ice, including winning a gold medal with the Hockey Canada Under-18 team (Eden Murray (Medicine Hat, Alta.)), winning a bronze medal with Team Alberta at the Under-18 Canadian National Championship (Emily Monaghan (Calgary, Alta.)) and earning a second-place finish at the Minnesota State AA Girls High School Hockey Tournament (Brittany Wheeler (Maple Grove, Minn.)). They have served in leadership roles, including one who was a four-year team captain (Kara Drexler (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)) and another who was a prefect at her school for two years (Grace Wickens (Toronto, Ont.)). They also have been active off the ice, including organizing a movement that discourages people from texting and driving ("TextLess, Live More", Kaitlin Gately (Hingham, Mass.)); singing in the selective school a capella group Greensleeves (Courtney Pensavalle (Winchester, Mass.)); and traveling to Romania and raising money to help orphaned and abandoned children there (Mallory Souliotis (Acton, Mass.)).


The incoming freshmen join a team that is entering its fifth season under head coach Joakim Flygh. The Bulldogs are coming off a season in which they posted their best winning percentage in six years. Yale also made its first ECAC Hockey Championship playoff appearance since 2008, and earned its first postseason win since 2005 with a 3-2 double overtime win at then-No. 5 Harvard in game one of the quarterfinals. The team scored 51 goals in ECAC Hockey games -- the most for Yale since 2006-07. Of those 51 goals in conference games, 48 came from juniors, sophomores and freshmen. The Bulldogs thus have more conference goals returning next year than all but two other ECAC Hockey teams. All of Yale's top five scorers from last season return, along with all three goalies and all but one defenseman.


Here is a look at the incoming Bulldogs:


Kara Drexler
Shoots: Left
Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Mira Costa
Anaheim Lady Ducks

USA Hockey: National Player Development Camp selection 2010, 2011 and 2013.

Anaheim Lady Ducks: Captained team for four years … Competed in USA Hockey National Championships 2008-2014 … Bronze medal at USA Hockey National Championship 2009.

Mira Costa High School:  Mira Principal's Honor Roll (3.5 GPA or better) in grades 9-12 … California Scholarship Federation in grades 9-12 … Received Charlaine Deatherage Award for Top-Ranked Juniors … Earned Manhattan Beach Rotary Club's Science Award for Biology as a junior … Participated in Paws for the Cause Club as a junior … Participated in The Dory Club for Dementia and Alzheimer's Research as a sophomore.

Notes: Interests include surfing … Has worked hockey clinics in Anaheim and El Segundo … Worked at Kanoa Surf Camp for two summers, prior to freshman and sophomore years of high school.

Why Yale? "I first fell in love with Yale when I played at Ingalls for a tournament when I was eleven. Ever since then, Yale has been a dream school for me. I can't wait to play the sport I love at such an outstanding school with amazing people."



Kaitlin Gately
Shoots: Left
Hingham, Mass.
Milton Academy
Assabet Valley

USA Hockey: Selected to attend USA Hockey Select National Development Camps for four consecutive years (2009-2012).

Assabet Valley: Helped U19 Tier I and U16 Tier I Assabet Valley teams to gold medal at 2012 and 2013 USA Hockey National Championships …Captain of Assabet team in 2012… Also helped U16 Tier I team to quarterfinals of USA Hockey National Championships in 2011, and U14 Tier I team to silver medal at USA Hockey National Championships in 2010 … Was a part of four straight Massachusetts State Tier I Tournament Championships (2009-10 through 2012-13) …

Milton Academy: Varsity in three sports since freshman year (ice hockey, soccer and tennis) … Captain of ice hockey and tennis teams 2013-14 … All-ISL as senior on ice hockey team … Ice hockey team MVP as senior … Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic as senior …  Honorable mention All-ISL as junior on ice hockey team … Led Milton in goals and assists as junior and senior …  Honorable mention All-ISL in tennis … Helped tennis team win 2013 ISL championship … Volunteered as a peer tutor, tutoring underclassmen in Spanish, English, Math, Chemistry, and Biology, as a junior and senior … Sports Writer/Editor for The Milton Paper, a newspaper published biweekly by Milton students, as a junior and Senior … Has volunteered at local animal shelters, homeless shelters, and Special Olympics events through the community service program at Milton … Since summer of 2013, has been organizing a movement that discourages people from texting and driving ("TextLess Live More") ... Movement started after her friend Merritt Levitan was hit and tragically killed by a car while biking across the U.S. in summer of 2013.

Notes: Instructor/coach at Pilgrim Ice Arena in Hingham, Mass.


Why Yale? "Playing Division I ice hockey at a college with renowned academics has been my dream since for as long as I can remember. The atmosphere at Yale, the people there, and the ice hockey program make me feel at home and make it the perfect place for me."


Emily Monaghan
Shoots: Left
Calgary, Alta.
Edge School for Athletes

Hockey Canada: Member of Team Alberta that won bronze at Under-18 Canadian National Championship in November 2013.


Edge School for Athletes: Edge Prep assistant captain 2013-2014 … Top 10 for scoring in the JWHL with 40 points in

2013-2014 season … Member of the 2012-2013 Edge Girls Preparatory Mountaineers … Second place in Junior Women's Hockey League …First place in World Sport School Championship … Most assists in the Alberta Major Bantam Female Hockey League … Honor roll in grade 11.


Calgary Wild: Won Alberta Cup in 2011.


Ernest Manning High School: Received honors with distinction awards in grades 9 and 10 for receiving a cumulative average of 85% in core subjects (math, science, social studies, and English) … In sophomore year was a starter for basketball team, which won Calgary High School Athletic Association City championship for Division 3 … In fall 2011, volunteered as Ernest Manning High School junior football team's athletic trainer.


St. Gregory Junior High: Was on cross country team as a freshman at St. Gregory Junior High; came in second place in Calgary divisional finals and fifth in city championship.


Notes: Volunteered as a coach and referee for younger children with Edge 360 and "Kids Play 4 Kids" in spring of 2013 … Made beds and food for homeless one Thursday every month in fall/winter 2011-13 at St. Michael's Catholic Church as an "Inn from the Cold" volunteer. … Visited a Carewest senior home every 1-2 weeks through the program LINKages 2010-11.


Why Yale? "I chose Yale because I will be able to play competitive hockey while also receiving the best education possible. When I visited Yale two years ago I knew it was where I wanted to attend university."


Eden Murray
Shoots: Left
Medicine Hat, Alta.
Edge School for Athletes

Hockey Canada: One of 28 forwards on Hockey Canada Development Team strength and conditioning camp roster for spring 2014 … Invited to development camp May and August of 2014 ... Played for Under-18 team in 2012-13, winning gold medal at World Championships in Helsinki, Finland … In May and August of 2013 was youngest of 28 forwards invited to development team conditioning camp (total of 46 players)

Team Alberta: Won gold medal in 2011 Canada Winter Games, playing as an underager … Was captain of Team Alberta U18 in her third and final year … Played on Team Alberta U18 for three years.

Edge School for Athletes: Received JWHL all-academic award in grades 10, 11 and 12 … Captain of her Edge School U19 prep team girls team in Grade 12 … Team was JWHL national runners-up in 2013 … Attended Edge for high school and was top three in scoring all three years … Led team in goals, assists and points (81) in her final year … Won World Sports School Challenge in 2012-13 … Was on the Principal's list every year at Edge … Was on honor roll every year at Edge (from grades 6 through 12 overall) … Earned Mountaineer Award, for character and excellence of work ethic in the classroom, all three years at Edge … Volunteer coached and mentored little children in the summer of 2013.

Bantam/PeeWee Teams: First overall draft pick in girls' Calgary Bantam AAA draft … Was leading scorer on her PeeWee AAA girls' team in Kelowna, B.C. … While attending Shattuck-St. Mary's School in Faribault, Minn., played PeeWee AAA boys' hockey and was only girl in the league. Despite playing half year on defense, was third on team in points.

Notes: Younger sister of Yale defenseman Madi Murray … Sister Kelly Murray is a sophomore defenseman for Cornell and sister Logan Murray just completed her fourth year as a forward for McGill ... Logan won Canadian National University Championship with McGill in 2010-11 … Father, Paul, played for University of Calgary and professionally in Germany … Mother, Kim, played varsity basketball at Brandon (Manitoba) University … Uncle Andy Murray coached NHL's L.A. Kings and St. Louis Blues and also three world championships for Team Canada … Cousin Sara Murray played for Yale head coach Joakim Flygh when Flygh was an assistant at Minnesota-Duluth … Cousin Megan Murray is married to Mason Raymond of the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs … Grandmother Mildred Murray won national curling championship with Manitoba … Has worked for a women's shelter in Calgary, Alta., fundraising and collecting donations ... Is also involved in Soup Sisters, an organization that makes meals for the homeless, in Calgary … Was top female finisher at Terry Fox cross country run held at Edge School in 2010 … Competed in short track speed skating before committing to hockey full time, winning gold medal at Calgary Olympic Oval in sixth grade … Is in grade 6 piano and has been taking lessons since she was five … Plays yearly piano recitals at a senior citizens' center in her hometown … Also enjoys water skiing, wake boarding, snowboarding, training, running, cycling, speed skating, swimming and golfing … Has volunteered as a coach for Turcotte Stickhandling Hockey Schools in Medicine Hat and Calgary … Has volunteered for Save Old Souls, an animal rescue organization, in Medicine Hat … After flood in Calgary in June 2013, gave up opportunity with Heritage Youth Researcher Summer program to volunteer in flood cleanup.


Why Yale? "It was the calm feeling I got as soon as I stepped on the campus. The people were all so unique in their interests and I knew that no matter what, I would have a place at Yale."


Courtney Pensavalle
Shoots: Left
Winchester, Mass.
Noble and Greenough
Team Pittsburgh

USA Hockey: Selected to attend U14, U15, U16, and U17 National Camps.

Team Pittsburgh/Assabet Valley: 2008, 2012 National Champion and 2010 Finalist with Assabet Valley … Quarterfinalist at Nationals with Assabet (2011) and Team Pittsburgh (2013) … Leading scorer at Nationals in 2008 and 2011 … Third-leading scorer at Nationals in 2012.

Noble and Greenough School: Awarded the Anne Dudley Newell Hockey Cup (for dedication and excellence) senior year … Captained varsity ice hockey and volleyball teams senior year … 2010-2013 ISL Hockey Champions …  NEPSAC Class 1 Hockey Champions in 2012 and 2013, Runner-up in 2014 … Harrington Tournament Champions 2011, 2012 and 2013 … Second in total points and led in assists in hockey as a senior … ISL Honorable Mention in hockey as a senior … Played ice hockey all four years … Honors Student as sophomore and junior and High Distinction Honors as a senior … Played varsity volleyball as a senior … Played varsity lacrosse as a freshman, sophomore and junior … Played varsity field hockey as a freshman and sophomore …  Selected to be a middle school mentor as a senior … Served as Shield Head tour guide as a junior and senior … Member of Greensleeves, a selective female a capella group, from sophomore through senior years (co-president senior year) … Member of concert choir as a freshman and sophomore … Member of chamber singers as a sophomore … Participated in school musical senior year. 

Notes: Volunteer for Achieve, a tutoring program for inner-city middle school students from Boston public schools … Volunteer for Tops Soccer working with developmentally challenged children, teaching them to play soccer … Volunteer at a food kitchen run by a church in Lawrence, Mass. … Went to Guatemala during spring break and worked at a non-profit community-centered school called Safe Passage … Volunteer at Winchester Hospital as a senior … Is a triplet with two brothers (Sean (Union '18, recruited for lacrosse) and Ryan (Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School '15)) and an older brother, Alex (Bowdoin '14) … Enjoys acting, singing and playing guitar.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because from the moment I stepped on campus, the passion and excitement I witnessed while talking to the Women's Hockey Team and hearing their ambitions for their futures as leading figures in society was truly inspiring -- the diverse opportunities that Yale will provide for me are invaluable. I look forward to taking advantage of all the amazing aspects Yale has to offer and challenging myself to reach my fullest potential."


Mallory Souliotis
Shoots: Right
Acton, Mass.
Noble and Greenough
Assabet Valley

USA Hockey: 2010, 2011, and 2013 USA Hockey National Development Camp Participant … 2013 National Development Camp All-Star.

Assabet Valley: 2009 USA Hockey U12 National Champion … 2011 USA Hockey U14 National Runner-up … 2013 USA Hockey U16 National Runner-up … 2014 USA Hockey U19 National Champions … 2009-2014 Massachusetts state champions … 2013 Assabet U16/U19 Tournament Champions.

Noble and Greenough School: 2013-14 ISL all-league … Second team 2013-14 NEPSAC Division 1 All-Star … Led defensemen in goals, assists and +/- as a senior … 2010-2014 ISL Hockey Champion …  NEPSAC Class 1 Champion in 2012 and 2013 … NEPSAC Class 1 Runner-up in 2011 and 2014 … Harrington Tournament Champion 2011, 2012 and 2013 … ISL Champion in softball 2012 … First team All-ISL in softball in 2012 and 2013 … Played JV soccer in 2010 and 2011 … 2010-2013 Academic Distinction … Co-president of Romanian Children's Relief (RCR) club, raising money to help children back in Romania … Took school trip to Romania for 10 days in 2012; worked with orphaned and abandoned children for seven days and painted a mural in a local hospital … Participated in SHIELD program from 2012-14, giving tours to prospective students.

Notes: Has worked at a dog shelter, taking care of rescue dogs, each summer since 2011 … Has had foster dogs at various times since 2011 … Parents, Mark and Eileen Souliotis, both attended Clarkson … Mother player basketball and lacrosse at Clarkson … Brother, Michael Souliotis, is on golf team at RPI … Younger sister, Alicia, is in middle school … Learned Level 1 of American Sign Language … Has worked for Greg Carter's European Hockey School since 2012, helping children learn and improve hockey skills … Interested in majoring in the field of science.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because as soon as I stepped on campus, I immediately felt at home; all the players and coaches were so friendly and welcoming. Playing hockey at Yale while also receiving an excellent education is a dream come true."


Brittany Wheeler
Shoots: Right
Maple Grove, Minn.
Benilde-St. Margaret's
Jr. White Caps

Jr. White Caps: Has played for Junior White Caps from 2010 to present … Minnesota Girls High School Elite League as a sophomore, junior and senior … Final 54 in Advanced 16s and 17s Program as a sophomore and junior.

Benilde-St. Margaret's School: Captain as a senior and helped lead team to second-place finish in Minnesota State AA Girls High School Hockey Tournament … Recipient of BSM's Sportsmanship Award as a senior.… Honorable mention all-state as a junior and senior … All-conference as a freshman, sophomore, junior and senior … Among top two on team in points as a freshman, sophomore and junior and top three as a senior on a team that had  at least 12 players move on to Division I (including seven her senior year) … Among top three on team in +/- all four seasons, and led team with a +68 as a junior … Academic all -conference and all-state teams … Also played lacrosse as a sophomore, earning all-conference and finishing second on team in points … Highest honor roll as a junior … High honor roll as a freshman,  sophomore and senior.… National Honors Language Society … Candidate for National Honors Society.

Notes: Went on mission trip to Guatemala and Honduras in summer of 2013 … Worked with Feed My Starving Children as a freshman, sophomore, junior and senior … Worked at Adaptive Recreation Center as a junior … Worked with North Ridge Care Center as a freshman … Has done fundraising for various charitable causes, including Jack Jablonski and the Courage Center … Did volunteer work at church as a freshman and sophomore … Participates in weekly masses at St. Vincent DePaul Church … Took Faith Formation classes from kindergarten through grade 10  … Enjoys weight lifting, running, biking, reading, yoga and learning to play guitar and piano.

Why Yale? "I chose Yale because it provides awesome educational and athletic opportunities and I was very impressed with the coaching staff's commitment to bringing the team to the next level.  I want to be part of an environment where everyone works hard to achieve their goals."


Grace Wickens
Shoots: Left
Toronto, Ont.
St. Clement's
Toronto Jr. Aeros

Toronto Jr. Aeros: Member of Intermediate Under-21 Toronto Junior Aeros … Assistant Captain for Toronto Midget Aeros … LLFHL Midget regular season and playoff champions 2011-2012 … Finished in third in PWHL 2013-2014 … Ontario Silver Medalist Junior Division 2013-2014.

St. Clement's School: AP Scholar 2013 … Honor roll every year since 2008 … Youth Philanthropy Initiative Project Winner 2011 … Junior Athlete of the Year 2011 … Junior Sportsmanship Cup 2009 … Junior and Senior Prefect 2012-14 … Member of varsity hockey, soccer and track teams … Won numerous CISAA team championships … Qualifier for Ontario Championships in 400m … CISSA Senior Girls Soccer D1 Silver Medalist.

Notes: Played competitive soccer from 2004 through 2013 as a member of Toronto Nitros … Participated in competitive track from 2009 to 2013 as a member of Toronto Junior Blues … Camp counselor in St. Faustin-lac-Carré, Qué. in summer 2013 … Working as a hockey instructor at Upper Canada College Summer Hockey Camp in 2014 … Volunteer with Free the Children/Me to We … Volunteer at Margaret's Housing and Community Support Centre … Creative and skilled in visual arts … Older sister, Megan Wickens, played defense for Colgate women's ice hockey team from 2010-2014 and was captain in 2013-2014.

Why Yale? "Yale is an opportunity for me to get an excellent undergraduate education and play high level hockey. I also love the campus energy, residential college system, and other extracurricular possibilities it offers."


Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity