UNITED STATES – The USA Hockey organization has selected the members that will make up the 2019 World University Team that will compete at the World University Games this March in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Out of the 22-woman roster, eleven of the skaters hail from Central Collegiate Women’s Hockey Association teams.
Four skaters from Adrian College, the current No. 1 ranked team in the nation, were selected; junior Brittany Levasseur, senior Olivia Ziemba, and sophomore Freya Holferty and Brooklynn Moore. Levasseur, who is a returning member of the U.S. National University Team and won the bronze medal in 2017 in Kazakhstan. The forward currently has 22 points (14g, 8a) to help lead Adrian College for a third year. Levasseur holds 126 career points (86g, 20a). While currently leading the Bulldogs with five powerplay goals and four game-winners, she has bagged a total of 26 powerplay goals and 15 game-winning-goals in her three years on the ice. Ziemba also has 22 points (9g, 13a) this season for Adrian while picking up just a single game-winning-goal. The Macomb, MI native has 48 career points (23g, 25a) in just two years. Holferty, in her second year, has picked up 13 points (3g, 10a) for Adrian for the 2018-19 season. Moore, also in her second season, has grabbed just nine points (1g, 8a) this season, and has a total of 16 points (2g, 14a) thus far in her career.
Davenport University has one member representing the Panthers on Team USA, junior Jaiden Forrest. The third year forward has put up 37 points (19g, 18a) this season and is also currently the 8th in the nation for total points. The Grand Raipds, MI resident has tallied 65 career points (38g, 27a) with six powerplay goals, one short-handed goal, and five game-winners.
Senior Allison Carlson will represent the Grand Valley State University Lakers in the red, white and blue for the first time. After transferring from DII Northern Michigan University, Carlson has been dominating play for the Lakers, with 89 points (39g, 50a) in just two seasons. This season the senior forward has tallied 46 points (23g, 23a) to lead Grand Valley, who is ranked No. 7 in the nation. Carlson is also the No. 2 leader in points for the entire ACHA for 2018-19.
From Miami University comes three newcomers to Team USA in Sara Gargasz, Christy VonAulock and Darby Edmondson. The freshman Gargasz currently leads the Redhawks this season with 31 points (25g, 6a), while sophomore Edmondson sits at 16 points (6g, 10a) this season and 36 career points (15g, 21a). VonAulock, a sophomore, has gathered 14 points (2g, 12a) for the Redhawks.
The last two CCWHA USA Team members come from Michigan State University. Both Spartans selected are returning members for the red, white, and blue. Junior Maddie Wolsmann, who has put up 145 career points (69g, 76a) in three years is also the reigning the Zoe Harris ACHA Season MVP for the 2017-18 season. The Maple Grove, MN native has 39 points (22g, 17a) this season to lead Michigan State. Senior Kelsey Jaeckle also makes her return to International play with the National University Team, after securing the bronze medal along with Wolsmann and AC’s Levasseur. This season Jaeckle has got 29 points (13g, 16a) with four game-winning-goals and four power play goals. Throughout her three seasons on the ice, Jaeckle has picked up 87 points (45g, 42a).
Author: Mackenzie Smith, Communications Manager
Graphics: Katie Smith