William Smith College Ice Hockey Head Coach Jaime Totten recently announced that sophomores Rebecca Begley, Hedi Droste, Krista Federow, and Catherine Linehan will serve as the first captains of Heron ice hockey.
William Smith (3-5-2, 1-5-2) completed the 2015 portion of its scheduled with a weekend split against ECAC West foe Chatham. Prior to the weekend series, Totten named Begley, Droste, Federow, and Linehan captains. On Saturday, the Herons defeated the Cougars 3-0 before dropping the fall finale to Chatham on Sunday.
Begley currently leads the team with four goals, six assists and 10 points and is averaging a point a game so far this year. She is third in the conference in defenseman scoring, one point behind the conference leaders. After recording four points (2g, 2a) in an opening weekend sweep over UMass Boston, Begley earned a spot on the ECAC Women’s West Weekly Honor Roll. Last season, Begley was named to the ECAC Women’s West All-Rookie Team. In 35 career games in a William Smith uniform, Begley has 18 points (6g, 12a).
Droste has two assists in seven games this season. She plays a key role on the Herons’ top power-play unit, playing the opposite point from Begley. Last season, Droste collected six points on two goals and four assists. She set up both the tying, and game-winning goals in William Smith’s first varsity win last season against Neumann.
Federow is second on the team with three goals and four assists. She has registered a point in seven of the Herons’ 10 games so far this season, and pocketed the game-winning goal against UMass Boston. Federow has played in all 35 of William Smith’s games the past two seasons and is the all-time goals and points leader with 14 and 26, respectively. As a first-year, she was named the ECAC West Rookie of the Week once. Federow scored the Heron’s first varsity goal at the Cooler, a shorthanded goal.
Linehan’s two goals are fourth on the team this year. Her first goal of the season came late in the third period against the Knights and was the game-tying goal. She scored an unassisted goal against Chatham on Saturday. In 33 career games, Linehan has seven goals and six assists for 13 points. She is third in career goals. Linehan completed her rookie season with three power-play goals and won the Ice Hockey Coaches Award.
The Herons will be back in action on Jan. 5 when they travel to Morrisville for a non-conference game. William Smith will be back at The Cooler, Jan. 8-9, when it host Division II Franklin Pierce for a pair of games.