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Women's National University Team Additional Details Announced

11/06/2013, 1:00pm EST
By USAHockey.com

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- USA Hockey today announced additional details surrounding its 2013 U.S. Women's National University Team, which will compete in the Winter World University Games Dec. 10-21 in Trentino, Italy.

FIVE PLAYERS ADDED TO U.S. ROSTER

Five players have been added to the U.S. Women’s National University Team. The U.S. team is comprised of players from collegiate ice hockey teams affiliated with the American College Hockey Association.

The list of players added to Team USA includes forwards Katie Augustine (West Chester, Ohio/Miami University), Jessica Merritt (Niles, Ill./Robert Morris University) and Hayley Williams (Crete, Ill./Robert Morris University); and defensemen Jennifer Boniecki (Darien, Ill./Ohio State University) and Lauren Hillberg (Westwood, Mass./University of Rhode Island).

For a complete U.S. roster, click here.

TEAM USA SUPPORT STAFF SELECTED

The support staff, which will assist the 2013 U.S. Women’s National University Team leading up to and during the Games, has been selected.

The group includes general manager Katie Holmgren (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Hockey's coordinator of women's adult hockey, team leader Ashley Bevan (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Hockey’s senior director of adult ice hockey, team doctor Haemi Choi (Chicago, Ill.), athletic trainer Kayla Kleihauer (Ames, Iowa), athletic trainer for the Iowa State University men's ice hockey team, equipment manager Robert Malnory (Madison, Wis.), and video coordinator Emily Engel (Boulder, Colo.), who currently works in that same position for the University of Colorado women's ice hockey program.

U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL UNIVERSITY TEAM FINALIZES PRE-TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

The 2013 U.S. Women’s National University Team will play the Italian Women’s National Team and Austrian Women’s National Team in pre-tournament games as part of its preparation for the 2013 Winter World University Games.

The contest against Team Italy will take place Dec. 5 at the Pergine Valsugana Ice Arena beginning at 8 p.m. local time. The outing against Team Austria will be held Dec. 7 in Stainch, Brenner, Austria. Time for the second game has yet to be determined.

Notes: Both the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National University Teams train with The Hockey IntelliGym, a revolutionary software-based cognitive trainer, that develops and enhances hockey sense. To learn more, visit USAHockeyIntelliGym.com ... To follow Team USA at the Winter World University Games, visit the event page at USAHockey.com and follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter ... Nine different states are represented on the U.S. roster. Michigan and Massachusetts lead the way with five players each, while Illinois has three, Minnesota, Ohio and Rhode Island have two, and Alaska, Pennsylvania and New Jersey each have one ... The University of Massachusetts leads all schools with five representatives, while eight other schools have at least one each ... Mo Stroemel (State College, Pa.) will serve as head coach of the 2013 U.S. Women's National University Team after having previously worked in that same capacity at the 2011 Winter World University Games. Rob Blackburn (Whitmore Lake, Mich.), head coach of the women's ice hockey team at the University of Michigan, and Kristen Wright (Broomfield, Colo.), head coach of the University of Colorado women's ice hockey team, will serve as assistant coaches. Both coaches are making their first appearance as assistant coaches with Team USA ... USA Hockey also announced five alternates for the U.S. Women's National University Team, including forward Jenna Trubiano (Chesterfield Township, Mich./University of Michigan); defensemen Rachel Booth (Washington, Mich./Miami University), Jennifer Cusmano (Grosse Point, Mich./University of Michigan), Elise Plancon (Royal Oak, Mich./Michigan State University) and Geneva Wagoner (Andover, Mass./Penn State University; and goaltender Emily Michelin (Highland, Mich./Adrian College) ... The United States will field a women's ice hockey team in the Winter World University Games for the second straight time. Team USA finished fourth in the 2011 Winter World University Games, which was the first time women's ice hockey was included in the event.

Date Opponent Time (ET)/Result
12/10 Russia W, 4-2
12/12 Great Britain W, 2-1
12/13 Japan L, 0-2
12/15 Canada L, 1-9
12/16 Spain W, 8-0
12/18 Russia (Semifinals) L, 2-3 (SO)
12/20 Japan (Bronze Medal Game) W, 3-1

Tag(s): World University Games