Women’s College Hockey: Women’s World University Games roster announced

By Nicole Haase – December 12, 2022

The women’s team competing for Team USA at the World University Games in Lake Placid January 11-22 is set.

Coach Brandon Knight’s squad consists of 23 players. Thirteen are currently enrolled in college – 10 at the Division I level, three from Division III schools. The ten 2022 graduates on the roster are split evenly – five from DI, five from DIII.

The Division I schools represented are Bemidji State, LIU, Maine, Mercyhurst, Princeton, Providence, Robert Morris, Saint Anselm, Vermont and Yale. The Division III schools are Chatham, Elmira, Middlebury, Plattsburgh, Wisconsin-River Falls and Worcester State.

The rules state that athletes must be between the ages of 17 and 25 and have to be currently enrolled in school or have graduated in the past year. So 2022 graduates are eligible for the team. In the past, teams have been made up of club hockey and DIII players. Knight said the mandate was to field the most competitive team to be able to compete for the ultimate prize. With the NCAA in season, options are somewhat limited, but he has begun to put together a roster of current and former players from DI and DIII.


Eliza Beaudin – Elmira ’22
Clare Conway – Worcester State
Allison Corser-James – Chatham
Madeline Giordano – Maine ’22
Shannon Griffin – Princeton ’22
Sasha Hartje – LIU
Maggie Hatch – Robert Morris
Callie Hoff – Wisconsin-River Falls ’22
Annie Katonka – Plattsburgh ’22
Mikayla Lantto – LIU
Madeline Leidt – Middlebury ’22
Hayley Lunny – Providence ’22
Erin McArdle – Plattsburgh ’22
Gianna Meloni – Yale ’22
Alexandra Nolan – Chatham
Lydia Passolt – Bemidji State ’22
Savannah Popick – Saint Anselm
Calista Rowbottom – Mercyhurst
Kaitlyn Schooley – Robert Morris
Elizabeth Simmons – Vermont
Lauren Spino – LIU
Natalie Tuchnisky – Saint Anselm
Jeannie Wallner – LIU


Brendon Knight – coach
Melissa Piacentini – assistant coach
Emily McNamara – assistant coach
Paul Flanagan – general manager
George Frank – equipment manager

The tournament features six teams (Canada, Czechia, Great Britain, Japan, Slovakia and the United States) playing a round robin tournament, with the top four teams advancing to the semifinal. All women’s preliminary round games will be played at Maxcy Hall on the campus of SUNY Potsdam. Tickets are $10.

Team USA schedule:

Thursday, January 12 – 1 pm EST vs. Japan

Friday, January 13 – 8 pm EST vs. Czechia

Sunday, January 15 – 8 pm EST vs. Great Britain

Monday, January 16 – 4:30 pm EST vs. Slovakia

Wednesday, January 18 – 8 pm EST vs. Canada

Semifinals – Friday, January 20

Medal games – Saturday, January 21

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