Nicole Lorenzo wants to play in the best college hockey situation she can find.
By Joshua Boyd
Why not play for one of the perennial favorites to win a NCAA Division 3 National Championship?
Norwich University has been in the NCAA Frozen Four in six of its 11 years of existence as a NCAA program (including the 2011 National Championship).
New England Hockey Club general manager/head coach Josh Hechter could not be prouder of his offensive sparkplug for moving on to the Cadets program.
“She played for me for two years. Nicole was with me this year with the New England Hockey Club, and she played for me the year before with another team,” said Hechter. “She is a tremendous team player from an amazing family, and we couldn’t be happier for her.”
Hechter said that Lorenzo ended up as the NEHC’s top goal-scorer this year.
“She has a great release, and I think she’s going to do very well,” said Hechter.
Lorenzo makes it three NEHC players to commit to colleges this year. She joins Baylee Trani (Rochester Institute of Technology) and Kyla Salvato (Salve Regina). Hechter expects three more NEHC players will commit by early May.
That lines up with the 2017-18 spots that Hechter expects to fill.
“We’re really looking for a couple defensemen, four to five forwards and a new goalie,” Hechter said.
The NEHC was out in force at the USA Hockey Tier-1 and Tier-2 Youth Nationals. They also hit the select camps for the different regions – from Massachusetts and New York to the Southeast.
“Moving forward into our second year, we’re more established now than we were at this point last year,” Hechter said.
There are several players, ranging in birth years from as young as 2002 up to 1999 that the NEHC has received commitments from for next year.
“We had a young team – we had super younger kids and super older kids,” Hechter added.
Hechter also congratulated his assistant coaches Rachel Llanes and Cassie Opela for completing their pro seasons this year. Llanes plays for the National Women’s Hockey League’s Boston Pride. Opela played for the Boston Blades (which competes in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League.
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