It’s Senior Day this afternoon at Gutterson, as we celebrate the accomplishments of this year’s senior class.
This year’s class was really Coach Plumer’s first, joining the program in his second season. These players tasted success in their freshman season, and have played key leadership roles in this year’s success. Some have even made history.
Let’s recognize those playing their last regular season games at Gutterson today.
#5 – Forward – Casey Leveillee
Career Statistics: 132 GP, 7-16-23
Leveillee isn’t much of a scorer, but she makes up for it by being a key part of defensive situations and penalty killing. When she scored, it was often big (the goal clinching home-ice in the playoffs her freshman year, UVM’s lone shorty in 2014-15).
#7 – Defender – Rachael Ade (C)
Career Statistics: 138 GP, 11-21-32
2. That is the amount of games Rachael Ade has missed in her career (both against UConn in her freshman year). Wearing the “C” as senior, Ade has led by example, posting career highs in goals (7, more than she had her first three seasons combined), assists (7), and points (14).
#16 – Forward – Bridget Baker
Career Statistics: 133 GP, 28-27-55
Baker, like Leveillee, is a staple of UVM women’s hockey in defensive situations; however, the daughter of former Shark Jamie Baker has a bit more offensive teeth to her. One highlight was her hat trick earlier this year against St. Cloud State at the Windjammer Classic.
#18 – Forward – Cassidy Campeau
Career Statistics: 137 GP, 9-13-22
The trend of defensive stalwarts up top continues, as Campeau has been yet another key penalty killer. Offensively, Campeau has had a fantastic senior year, posting as many points as a senior as her first three seasons combined.
#22 – Forward – Sarah Kelly (C)
Career Statistics: 139 GP, 9-10-19
Starting to sound like a broken record here, as we’ve got yet another forward who’s been excellent defensively throughout her career. Her leadership on and off the ice this year has been first-class, and is a huge part of why UVM has found success this year.
#30 – Goaltender – Madison Litchfield
Career Statistics: 86 GP, 30-39-12, 2.82 GAA, .902 SV%, 4 SO
It’s great that a local has made history for this program. Litchfield set a women’s hockey program record for wins earlier this year, and has drastically improved from when she first came to campus – her current .933 save % on her senior year is 7th in the country among qualifying goalies. She makes up for her lack of size (listed at 5’4) with solid positioning and composure.
#44 – Forward – Victoria Andreakos
Career Statistics: 136 GP, 29-36-65
Andreakos had a sensational freshman campaign, setting program marks for goals (11), assists (16), and points (27) as a rookie. Her goal mark has since been broken (Ève-Audrey Picard scored goal #12 last night), and she’s never been quite able to reproduce that season. Nonetheless, Andreakos has been a fine player who could score big goals when it mattered, including in the 2014 Hockey East first round.
Thank you to these players for what you’ve contributed on the ice, as well as the improvement in the team’s culture. You have helped bring UVM two of its best seasons of all-time, helped turn the program from a Hockey East cellar dweller into a very competitive team, and lent a solid guiding hand to the newcomers. Thanks in part to you, the future of UVM women’s hockey is in good hands.