|6||Lacey Eden||R-So.||5-8||Annapolis, Md.|
|7||Jesse Compher||Sr.||5-8||Northbrook, Ill.|
|9||Sophie Shirley||Gr.||5-9||Saskatoon, Sask.|
|10||Laila Edwards||Fr.||6-1||Cleveland Heights, Ohio|
|12||Grace Shirley||Sr.||5-7||Saskatoon, Sask.|
|16||Claire Enright||Fr.||5-5||Farmington, Minn.|
|17||Britta Curl||R-Sr.||5-8||Bismarck, ND|
|18||Marianne Picard||R-Fr.||5-6||Repentigny, Que.|
|23||Sarah Wozniewicz||Lake.||5-7||Cochrane, Alb.|
|26||Casey O’Brien||Jr.||5-4||Milton, Mass.|
|27||Kirsten Simms||Fr.||5-6||Plymouth, Mich.|
|28||Maddie Wheeler||Jr.||5-4||Erinsville, Ont.|
There’s no Daryl Watts on this team to deliver scoring in bunches from one source, but UW should be able to spread out the offense a little more. A top line of Jesse Compher centering Britta Curl and Sophie Shirley could serve to reignite Shirley’s scoring punch; she scored 20 goals in 59 games over the last two seasons after netting 29 just as a sophomore.
Recent international experience is the norm with the forward corps. Compher was in the Olympics last season. Lacey Eden joined her on the US team at the World Championship. Curl, Shirley, Laila Edwards, Casey O’Brien, Maddi Wheeler and Sarah Wozniewicz competed in a summer series between teams of American and Canadian college players. Edwards, Claire Enright and Kirsten Simms played for the US in the Under-18 World Championship at LaBahn Arena in June.
Edwards, who at 6 foot 1 is tied with Jinelle Zaugg as the tallest player ever on a UW roster, was the MVP of the under-18 tournament. She had four goals and four assists in five games.
27 | Goals scored by O’Brien in 38 games last season after she netted just two in 21 as a freshman.
|2||Natalie Buchbinder||Gr.||5-8||Fairport, NY|
|3||Sophie Helgeson||Lake.||5-6||Roseau, Minn.|
|4||Caroline Harvey||Fr.||5-6||Salem, NH|
|14||Mayson Toft||Jr.||5-8||Lowry, Minn.|
|20||Vivian Jungels||Fr.||5-7||Edina, Minn.|
|21||Nicole LaMantia||Gr.||5-4||Wayne, Ill.|
|24||Katie Kotlowski||R-Jr.||5-10||Warroad, Minn.|
The Badgers can count on experience on the blue line with fifth-year players Nicole LaMantia and Natalie Buchbinder. Both were part of the US team for a collegiate series against Canada in August, and Buchbinder was on sabbatical from the Badgers last season to take part in the Olympic team residency program.
And the two newcomers are skilled and decorated. Caroline Harvey is an up-and-coming national team member whose great hands make her a threat with the puck. Vivian Jungels was the Ms. Hockey Award winner in Minnesota last season.
A Buchbinder-Harvey defensive pairing combines the stay-at-home play of the veteran and the offensive flair of the rookie who delayed her entrance to UW to be part of the US Olympic team.
If Badgers fans don’t know who Harvey is already, it shouldn’t take them long to notice here. Harvey’s confidence level is high after a season playing at the international level.
2 | The Badgers’ national rank in scoring defense last season at 1.47 goals allowed per game.
|1||Jane Gervais||R-So.||5-8||Valcourt, Que.|
|30||Cami Kronish||R-Sr.||6-0||New York|
|32||Chloe Baker||Fr.||5-6||Hermosa Beach, Calif.|
Cami Kronish and Jane Gervais have been waiting for a chance to take center stage with the Badgers, and the opportunity is finally there. Kronish, who played in only one game over her first three seasons at UW, established herself as the No. 2 behind Kennedy Blair last season and had 43 saves in a 2-1 loss at Ohio State to end the regular season. Her 6-foot frame helps her cover a lot of the net.
Gervais has played in a full game only once in her two seasons with the Badgers; she made 13 saves in a 5-1 victory at St. Thomas last November. Chloe Baker moves well in the crease but her opportunities to play might be limited early in her college career.
Given the lack of game experience, both Kronish and Gervais have a chance to emerge. There’s a good amount of pressure on goalies at UW to continue the history of success at the position, and the battle here is one of the biggest unknowns with the team.
.938 | The average UW team save percentage in six seasons that the Badgers won the NCAA title.