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12 Shamrocks Players -- So Far -- Make College Choices

By Steve Stein, 03/12/20, 4:00PM EDT


A dozen.

That’s how many members of the Boston Shamrocks U19 women’s hockey team had made their college commitments by early March. Here’s the list, with name, position, hometown and college choice:

Sydney Vautour: forward-defense, Wenham, Mass., Castleton University.

Nicole Flak: defense, Middleton, Mass., Utica College.

Jocelin Hudanish: forward, Palm Coast, Fla., Adrian College.

Hailey Modlin: forward-defense, Phoenix, Ariz., Utica College.

Brooklyn Kalander, forward, Gilbert, Ariz., Adrian College.

Helen Gillespy: defense, Hanscom AFB, MA, Western New England University.

Brynn White: goalie, Aurora, Colo., SUNY-Oswego.

Natalie Etter: forward, Boveresse, Switzerland, Concordia University Wisconsin.

Karli Lafferty: forward, Cape May, N.J., Saint Michael’s College.

Ariel Garbin: defense, Ft. Myers, Fla., Utica College.

Maddie Esposito: goalie, Ashburn, Va., Utica College.

Savannah Willard: forward, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Kings College.

White and Modlin each played for the Shamrocks for two years and each said she’s very happy about her college choice, both for hockey and academically. “Amazing, lovely and beautiful” is how White described the SUNY-Oswego campus. 

“Plus, their hockey facilities are great, and I felt I fit right in with the team on and off the ice,” she said. “Also, I feel I will be challenged academically there.” White plans to major in psychology.

One or perhaps two other freshman goalies will be battling it out for playing time this coming season, White said, and she’s looking forward to the challenge.

Modlin said a major reason why she chose Utica College is its doctorate of physical therapy program that requires three years of undergraduate and three years of graduate work. Molly Corl, who coaches the Shamrocks U16 team and helps out with the U19 team, described Modlin as a hardworking hockey player “who will run through a wall for anyone.” SUNY-Oswego and Utica College each is a Division III hockey program.