May 25, 2005

Bulldogs Finalize Recruiting Class of 2009

May 25, 2005

New Haven, CT - Coming off a record-breaking season, the Yale women's hockey team has added seven recruits as part of the Class of 2009. The group includes two two-sport stars, a two-time team MVP who can play defense or forward, a 5'10" captain of a six-time state champion team, a forward who has been to the USA 16/17 Festival in Lake Placid, a defenseman who played in Canada's Under-18 Hockey Challenge and, as has become tradition, another member of the Resor family. Three of the incoming players have been invited to the upcoming USA Hockey Olympic development camp. Yale has had at least one freshman score 18 points or more in every season since 2001-02, so odds are these players will make an immediate contribution.

Here is a look at Yale's Class of 2009:

Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill.) played center for Assabet Valley in Massachusetts, the same program that produced current Bulldogs Helen Resor, Nina Resor and Kristin Savard along with incoming Bulldog Carry Resor. Howser also played for the Chicago Chill boys AAA team, where she was assistant captain and MVP. She is an Illinois State Scholar and comes from a family of athletes that includes two uncles who starred at Miami of Ohio (Tom Brown in hockey and David Brown in tennis) and a grandfather (Dave Brown) who played quarterback for Princeton.

Howser will also play soccer at Yale. She attends New Trier Township High School, where her team has won back-to-back state championships in that sport and was ranked No. 1 in the country the past two seasons. A center midfielder, she is a two-time all-state honoree and has been an Olympic Development regional team member since 1999.

"I wanted to go to Yale because I feel as though it is the perfect fit for me," Howser said. "Both the hockey and soccer coaching staffs are fantastic, as well as the girls on both of the teams."

Danielle Kozlowski (Melrose, Mass.), who could play either defense or forward for the Bulldogs, captained the Chelmsford Lions and attends Buckingham Browne and Nichols School. She has been captain of the field hockey, hockey and softball teams and was all-league in each sport (four times in softball, twice in hockey, once in field hockey). She was team MVP in hockey twice.

"I chose Yale because of its blend of academics and athletics," Kozlowski said. "Yale does not sacrifice academic integrity for athletic success. To succeed at Yale you must work hard in both arenas, and nothing will be handed to you. I liked that philosophy."

Kozlowski's brother Mike is a freshman forward at MIT and finished fourth on the team in points (7-7-14) this past season.

Carlee Ness (Red Deer, Alta.), a defenseman who captained the Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs to a provincial championship and a silver medal at the Western Shield Championship this past year, was a member of Team Alberta at the Pacific Cup in 2003 and at Canada's Under-18 Hockey Challenge earlier this year.

"I felt that the team and coaching staff at Yale were a great fit for me and would best allow me to develop as a player," Ness said. "Yale was a chance to get a great education while continuing to play hockey at a very elite level."

Ness has also played badminton, basketball and soccer at Hunting Hills high school.

Carry Resor (Westwood, Mass.) gives Yale three straight recruiting classes with a Resor on defense. Her sister Nina will be a junior next season. Her cousin Helen will be a sophomore, but after helping Team USA to a gold medal at the IIHF Women's World Championship in April she could be spending next season with the U.S. national team preparing for the Olympics.

Carry Resor, who played for her father Tom at Noble and Greenough and with Assabet Valley, was All-ISL in hockey and won two state championships. She was also All-ISL in field hockey and played lacrosse.

"I chose Yale because I have seen how much my sister and my cousin love the school and the hockey team," Resor said. "When I went to visit I really liked all of the people that I met, the campus, and the overall feel of the school, and I thought that Yale would be the right place for me."

Kristen Stupay (Ashburn, Va.), a forward who participated in the USA 16/17 Festival in Lake Placid in 2003, captained the Washington Pride and was co-captain of the boys' hockey team at her high school (Stone Bridge). The Pride has been Southeastern District Champions and competed in the USA Hockey National Championships for the past four seasons. Stupay was also first team all-district and first team all-region in 2004 in lacrosse.

"The opportunity to receive an Ivy League education while contributing to an increasingly competitive women's ice hockey program made Yale the ideal option," Stupay said.

Stupay's cousin, Scott Boone, will play football at Cornell next season.

Sarah Tittman (Chilton, Wisc.) is now the tallest forward on Yale's roster at 5'10", edging out fellow former Wisconsin Wild star Sheila Zingler (5'9"). Tittman, who attends Chilton High, was named all-Midwest Elite Hockey League and has been selected along with Howser from the Central Region for the upcoming USA Hockey development camp in Lake Placid. She also captained her volleyball team and has done multiple events for the track team. Her hockey team has won six state championships.

"I chose Yale because of the wonderful academics and the opportunity to continue playing hockey," Tittman said.

Maggie Westfal (New Canaan, Conn.) is a forward in hockey and soccer and will play both sports at Yale along with Howser. In hockey, she has been invited to the upcoming USA Hockey development camp in Lake Placid. She attended nationals with the Connecticut Stars and finished in the top five in scoring at the event in 2002. She was named all-league in 2003-04. The Stars won multiple state and regional championships during her time with them.

Westfal attends New Canaan High School and was the Connecticut state player of the year in soccer this past season. Her team won three state championships during her tenure, and she was the MVP of the state tournament and the state final last season. She has been All-America twice, All-New England three times and All-State three times. She also played for the back-to-back state champions CFC Arsenal Premier.

"Because Yale offered me the option to continue with both sports, I felt it was an easy decision to make," Westfal said. "I loved the school when I visited and both coaches were very welcoming as well."

The local product is already very familiar with Ingalls Rink, as she played youth hockey there and attended Yale games while growing up.

"I remember going to watch the Yale-Harvard game one year, and hoping that one day I could play in a game like that," she said.

The Bulldogs beat Harvard for the first time since 1984 last season, one of their team-record 16 wins.

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