Southern Maine Announces 2018-19 Women's Ice Hockey Captains

USM women's ice hockey captains are (left to right) Britney Evangelista, Julia Ormsby, Jensen Hamblett and Shannon Colbert.
USM women's ice hockey captains are (left to right) Britney Evangelista, Julia Ormsby, Jensen Hamblett and Shannon Colbert.
Huskies Picked for Seventh in Coaches Preseason Poll

            GORHAM, Maine -- University of Southern Maine veteran women's ice hockey coach John Lauziere announced recently that four players - seniors Britney Evangelista (North Smithfield, R.I.), Jensen Hamblett (Hinesburg, Vt.) and Julia Ormsby (Barre, Vt.), and sophomore Shannon Colbert (Manomet, Mass.) - will serve as captains for the Huskies' 2018-19 team that begins the season this Friday at the University of New England.

            After Friday's season opener at UNE, the Huskies will play their home opener on Saturday afternoon (4 p.m.) hosting Endicott College in a non-conference game at the USM Ice Arena.

            Evangelista, a three-year regular in the USM goal, compiled a 3.50 goals against average with a .926 save percentage during the 2017-18 campaign.  She was named the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) Co-Goaltender of the Week after the opening weekend last season, and to the weekly honor roll in January.  Evangelista also earned a spot on the NEHC All-Academic Team.

            The team's leader on the blue line, Hamblett had three goals and two assists in 24 games last season.  Ormsby was the Huskies' leading scorer in 2017-18 tallying seven goals, including two power-play markers, and dishing out six assists for 13 points.

            An NEHC Rookie of the Week selection last season in December, and a weekly honor roll pick in January, Colbert had six goals and four assists while playing in all 26 games during her rookie season.

            The NEHC today announced the results of the annual preseason coaches' poll following a vote of the circuit's nine head coaches.  Defending NEHC and NCAA Division III national champion Norwich University topped the poll after receiving all nine first-place votes and 81 total points.  The University of Massachusetts Boston was second receiving 69 points, followed by Plymouth State University with 57 and Castleton University with 54.

            Rounding out the poll are conference newcomers Suffolk University in fifth with 45 points and Johnson and Wales University in sixth with 33.  Southern Maine checked in at number seven with 28 points, followed by newcomer Salem State University with 26 and New England College with 12.

            NEHC league play begins the weekend of November 2-3.  The nine-team league has three new members this season: Johnson and Wales, Suffolk and Salem State.


2018-19 New England Hockey Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll


Institution (1st-Place Votes)



Norwich University (9)



University of Massachusetts Boston



Plymouth State University



Castleton University



Suffolk University



Johnson & Wales University



University of Southern Maine



Salem State University



New England College