Everything about Dartmouth women’s hockey is new this year

  • Liz Keady Norton

  • Head coach Liz Keady Norton laughs during a Dartmouth women’s hockey practice at Thompson Arena in Hanover, N.H., on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. Keady Norton was named head coach in May, and this is her first season with the team. (Valley News / Report For America - Alex Driehaus) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Alex Driehaus

  • Goaltender Hannah Humphreys watches the puck fly toward her during a Dartmouth women’s hockey practice at Thompson Arena in Hanover, N.H., on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. (Valley News / Report For America - Alex Driehaus) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. valley news / report for america — Alex Driehaus

  • Forward Kate McDermott tries to take the puck from forward Abby Grexton as she moves it down the ice during a Dartmouth women’s hockey practice at Thompson Arena in Hanover, N.H., on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. (Valley News / Report For America - Alex Driehaus) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. valley news / report for america photographs — Alex Driehaus

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 10/28/2021 9:53:37 PM
Modified: 10/28/2021 9:53:45 PM

HANOVER — As the Dartmouth College women’s hockey team opened its 2021-22 campaign, Liz Keady Norton began her head coaching career.

Hired in May, Norton is leading the Big Green following Laura Schuler’s departure in 2020. Norton is experienced in the Eastern College Athletic Conference, as she played for Princeton from 2004-08 and later coached at Union College and Harvard as well as Hockey East power Boston University.

The Big Green’s season began last Friday with a 4-1 loss to Harvard at Thompson Arena. Dartmouth will look for its first win of the season on Friday against Colgate or Saturday against Cornell, both in Hanover.

After missing the 2020-21 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Norton said her players were just happy to be back on the ice together.

“I felt like the enthusiasm hasn’t really wavered throughout the fall, which has been really nice to see as a coach,” Norton said. “I think getting everyone back together and on the same page has been really nice and really refreshing for them.”

For Norton, this season is about laying a strong foundation for the program for years to come. She wants to see her players improve and establish a culture that will lead to success down the road.

“My hope is that we’re a team that, at the end of the year, people say that we overachieved, and people didn’t like playing against us because we were relentless, played 60 minutes and were really thorough in our game,” Norton said.

Here’s a look at Dartmouth’s roster:

Goaltenders: Hannah Humphreys (Jr.), Maggie Emerson (Fr.)

Humphreys played in 20 games as a freshman in 2019-20. She recorded a .884 save percentage and allowed 62 goals on the season. Emerson, however, started in goal for Dartmouth against Harvard. She made 37 saves in the defeat.

Defenders: Givanna Foglia (Sr.), Brooke Schroeder (Sr.), Lotti Odnoga (Sr.), Sophie Robinson (So.), Annie King (So.), Kenzie Bachelor (Fr.)

Norton has more experience in defense than anywhere else on the ice. Odnoga has missed just one game in her Dartmouth career. As a sophomore in 2019-20, she finished fourth on the team in points with 11 and was an All-Ivy League honorable mention. Foglia played in 48 total games in two seasons from 2018 to 2020, and she was named Dartmouth’s most improved player as a sophomore.

Schroeder played in 21 games as a freshman, but just 12 as a sophomore before suffering a season-ending injury. She was named the team’s Unsung Hero in 2020.

Forwards: Gabby Billing (Sr./capt.), Sydney Herrington (Jr.), Celine Pietraszek (Jr.), Georgia Kraus (Jr.), CC Bowlby (Jr.), Currie Putrah (Jr.), Catherine Trevors (Jr.), Abby Grexton (So.), Jenna Donohue (So.), Tiffany Hill (So.), Laura Fuoco (Fr.), Lauren Messier (Fr.), Carlie Primomo (Fr.), Caroline Appleyard (Fr.), Kate McDermott (Fr.)

Billing will lead the way up front for the Big Green. Norton is relying on her captain, along with linemates Bowbly and Hill, to contribute all over the ice and provide consistent offense.

As a sophomore in 2019-20, Billing led Dartmouth with nine assists, finished third on the team with 15 points and was the team’s offensive MVP.

Norton is high on her depth at forward as well. She tabbed Putrah and Pietraszek as potential contributors as well.

“Up front, I think that we have a lot of depth and a lot of hard-working, 200-foot players,” Norton said. “Gabby Billing, she’s an excellent skater; she’s someone who’s a natural leader on and off the ice, and I think she’ll contribute in all situations for us.”

Norton thinks her team’s biggest strengths are its grit and its work ethic. With just four seniors and over half the roster in their first season of college hockey, she knows her squad is inexperienced. But she thinks it’s a sign of where Dartmouth is at, and it could be a positive for her.

“With a new head coach and a new coaching staff, and after a year off, (the youth is) not necessarily a bad thing. We’re sort of all getting back in it together,” Norton said. “I think that the kids want to see this program heading in the right direction, and they’re willing to do the work to get it there, which is really nice.”

Junior Herrington is a Bishop Brady High graduate who transferred to Dartmouth from Northeastern.

Seth Tow can be reached at stow@vnews.com.




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