As girls high school hockey grows in Western New York, so does the depth of players. Two Western New York natives are part of nationally ranked teams in the USCHO.com Women’s Division I Hockey Poll. Here’s a look at the women from the 716 at the college hockey semester break:
Top 10 Women’s Teams
Olivia Zafuto, Colgate: In her sophomore season, Zafuto has 10 points on five goals and five assists for the No. 7 Raiders. A native of Niagara Falls, she played for the Niagara Jr. Purple Eagles. In 56 career collegiate games the defender has 12 goals and 19 assists.
Abby Cleary, Quinnipiac: A freshman from Buffalo, Cleary played last year at Shattuck St. Mary’s Prep. In her first collegiate season, the forward has one assist in 18 games. The Bobcats are ranked No. 8 in the USCHO.com Women’s Division I Poll and sit in third place in the ECAC standings behind Clarkson and St. Lawrence.
Women’s Teams Receiving Votes
Maddie Elia, Boston University: The senior from Lewiston ranks second on the Terriers in scoring with 19 points. Three of her seven goals have come on the power play. Boston University is third in Hockey East behind Boston College and Northeastern. She played at Nichols.
Pippy Gerace, Cornell: The sophomore forward from Jamestown has two goals and four assists in 13 games for the Big Red. Cornell is tied with Colgate for fourth in the ECAC standings.
The Rest of the Roster
Michele Robillard, Mercyhurst: Has one goal and four assists in her first collegiate season. A forward from Orchard Park, Robillard played for Nichols.
Claire Werynski, Mercyhurst: The freshman defender from Williamsville has played in 16 games for the Lakers.
Jillian Battista, Merrimack: A sophomore forward from Tonawanda who went to Kenmore East, Battista has one assist in 21 games for the Warriors.
Hayley Scamurra, Northeastern: The senior from Williamsville is closing in on 100 career points with the Huskies. Scamurra has 15 points this season (four goals, 11 assists) for 95 points in 106 games. She notched 43 points (14 goals, 29 assists) in 38 games her junior season. She played at Nichols.
Julianna Iafallo, Ohio State: The forward from Eden set a new career best for goals in a season with three through her first 20 games of her junior season. Iafallo has 24 points in 92 career games for the Buckeyes. She played at Nichols.
Kelly Seward, Penn State: The senior defender from Williamsville has one goal and eight assists in 18 games. Her nine points are one below her career best, which came her sophomore season. She played at Nichols.
Madison Sansone, Providence: A junior from Lockport, Sansone has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 20 games for the Friars.
Ana Orzechowski, Rensselaer: Recorded her first collegiate point – an assist – in a season-opening 3-1 win over Maine on Sept. 24. The sophomore defender from Tonawanda has played in 41 career games for the Engineers.
Maddie Welch, Syracuse: The sophomore has played in three games this season with a 1-1-0 record. A native of East Amherst who played at Nichols, Welch has a 1.68 goals against average and a .936 save percentage.
Rachel de Perio, Union: A freshman from East Amherst, she has one goal and three assists in 18 games for Union. She played at Nichols.