Schwartz Vying for Spot on Canada's Under-22 Team

Aug. 8, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The three-game Under-22 series between Team USA and Canada in women's hockey this month may turn into a battle of Bulldogs. With sophomores Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.) and Crysti Howser (Wilmette, Ill.) already announced as vying for spots on the U.S. squad, freshman forward Mandi Schwartz (Wilcox, Sask.) has been selected to attend Team Canada's Under-22 Development Camp in Ottawa starting Aug. 13.

Like Howser and Resor, Schwartz is among 40 players competing for a spot on the 20-person roster for the U.S.-Canada series Aug. 24-27. Canada's camp roster has been divided into Red and White teams that will participate in a mini tournament with Finland's National Women's Team, which is also in Ottawa to train. The camp roster features two players (Meghan Agosta and Sarah Vaillancourt) who won gold medals with Canada's National Women's Team at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino.

Schwartz won a bronze medal as part of Team Saskatchewan at the 2003 Canada Games. She also participated in Nationals with Team Saskatchewan in February and November of 2005. An excellent performance at Team Canada's U-22 conditioning camp in June helped earn her an invitation to the Development Camp.

Schwartz attended Athol Murray College of Notre Dame, where she was a four-year letter winner and captain of the team. The Hounds won the Macs tournament twice while she was there, and were two-time Western Canadian and Provincial Champions.

Resor, a defenseman for the bronze-medal winning U.S. squad in Torino, was the first player from Yale to play in the Olympics. She and Howser, a forward, will be taking part in Team USA's camp Aug. 15 through Aug. 22.

In addition to Schwartz, Yale's incoming class also includes forward Denise Soesilo, who played for Germany in the Olympics.

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