March 31, 2009

Caroline Murphy Elected 2009-10 Yale Women's Ice Hockey Captain

March 31, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Junior forward Caroline Murphy (Woodstock, Conn.) has been elected captain of the Yale women's ice hockey team for the 2009-10 season. Murphy, who leads the Bulldogs into their 33rd varsity season, was selected by a team vote at Ingalls Rink earlier this month and will be formally introduced at the team banquet in April.

Murphy, a winger, played in 28 games this past season, scoring a pair of goals and adding five assists. Her leadership qualities were recognized her sophomore season, when a midseason survey of her teammates tabbed her as the hardest-working player on the team and also as the player who would make the best coach. That year Murphy also earned the Wendy Blanning Award as Yale's most improved player, tripling her point total from the previous season (from four to 12). Two of her four goals came in one period, as she scored a short-handed goal and an empty-net goal in the third period at Princeton to lead Yale to a 5-3 win. She also had eight assists.

Murphy was selected by the Yale Club of Hartford as the recipient of the C. Gilbert Shepard Award, presented to students from the Greater Hartford area that excel in scholarship and athletics at Yale in their freshman year. She appeared in 24 of 31 games that year, scoring her first career goal in a 5-1 win over Cornell Jan. 19, 2007. She had one goal and three assists for the season.

"Leadership is more than just being named captain," said Yale head coach Hilary Witt. "It is hard work. Caroline has never backed away from hard work. She will face challenges and she will meet them head-on. I am very proud of her and expect a lot out of her and her classmates."

Murphy and her fellow members of the Class of 2010 -- defenseman Alyssa Clarke (Donkin, N.S.), forward Berit Johnson (Wayzata, Minn.) and forward Mandi Schwartz (Wilcox, Sask.) -- have helped Yale to 37 wins over the past three seasons. They are part of a group of 13 returning players for the Bulldogs, who are faced with the graduation of eight seniors in the Class of 2009.

"Next year holds a lot of promise," Murphy said. "I am very excited to work with the returnees as we look to improve and challenge each other more than ever before. Leadership will run the gamut from freshman to senior. Together we each bear a greater amount of responsibility as we look to next season and eagerly anticipate welcoming a large freshman class to our ranks."

Murphy and her teammates will move into a new facility at Ingalls Rink next season. The renovations that have been going on for nearly a year will include new locker rooms, a student-athlete study area, a strength and conditioning area and coaches' offices in an underground addition on the Mansfield Street side of "The Whale".

"Unique to next year will be the inauguration of the newly renovated Ingalls Rink," Murphy said. "We're all extremely excited about the additions; our team has been joking that we'll probably never leave the rink now. The new strength and conditioning room will have an immediate impact on our preparation. Having our own weight room in the same facility as our ice will serve to bridge those two aspects of training to a greater degree. Combined with the new locker rooms, student-athlete study area, and training room, we will have one of the premier facilities in Division I hockey, a prospect that is sure to help us bring Yale hockey to that next level."

Murphy will earn her third ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team selection this season. She is a history of science/history of medicine major in Morse College at Yale and is interested in becoming a doctor. Off the ice, she has worked with Yale's National Youth Sports Program, helping local youths learn sports skills. She also played lacrosse for Yale her freshman year and went to the NCAA Tournament with that team.

Coming from a family of officials, Murphy has been one of Yale's least-penalized players over the past three years. She did not incur a single penalty in her freshman year, and has been whistled just 12 times in the last two seasons. She has officiated ice hockey games, as has her younger sister, Molly; her brother, Christopher; and her father, David. Her mother, Elizabeth, officiates lacrosse and was a three-time league all-star in field hockey at Norwich University.

Murphy is the eighth Yale women's ice hockey captain from Connecticut and the first since Mansfield Center's Courtney Granville '97 in 1996-97. Prior to Yale, she played for former Bulldog Sara Wood '02 at The Pomfret School, where she won the Mimi Ashmead Award as the player who contributed the most to the program. She also was assistant captain of the Connecticut Polar Bears, helping the team to a bronze medal at the 2006 National Championship. She was a four-time USA Hockey Player Development Camp selection.

"Caroline came to Yale knowing she would have to work for every opportunity," said Witt. "Due to her commitment and work ethic, she has come a long way since she first stepped on Old Campus. I expect her to continue her journey to the top of the mountain with, and for, her teammates. The goal is for that journey to end with a championship."

Yale Captains from Connecticut
Year Player Hometown High School
1978-79 Maryl Fuller West Hartford, Conn. Loomis Chaffee
1983-84 Lukey MacMullen Clinton, Conn. Taft
1984-85, 1985-86 Anne Bingham Salem, Conn. Groton
1988-89 Tiffany Bingham Salem, Conn. Groton
1989-90, 1990-91 Katie O'Sullivan Greenwich, Conn. Greenwich
1991-92 Maureen Magauran Enfield, Conn. Loomis Chaffee
1996-97 Courtney Granville Mansfield Center, Conn. E.O. Smith
2009-10 Caroline Murphy Woodstock, Conn. Pomfret

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