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Women’s hockey: Clarkson announces 6 recruits for upcoming season

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POTSDAM — In the wake of winning the north country’s first national championship in Division I hockey, the Clarkson University women’s hockey team has announced its recruiting class for the upcoming season.

Seventh-year head coach Matt Desrosiers and assistant coach Matt Kelly have added four forwards — Brielle Bellerive, Katelyn Fournier, Lauren Lefler and Amanda Titus — one defenseman — Savannah Harmon — and one goaltender — Shea Tiley — to the Golden Knights’ roster.

The six members of the incoming class will join a Clarkson squad that graduated seven players — forwards Vanessa Gagnon, Carly Mercer, Shelby Nisbet, Jamie Lee Rattray and Brittany Styner, defenseman Vanessa Plante and goalie Erica Howe — from a team that skated to a 31-5-5 record, including posting a first-place record of 16-2-4 in ECAC Hockey en route to winning the university’s first NCAA title.

“We are very excited to be welcoming six incoming student athletes to the Clarkson family,” Desrosiers said. “This group of freshmen as a whole brings a wide variety of skills, talents and characteristics that will fit well with our returning core group of players. This freshman class not only possesses a great deal of experience, but they also bring with them many leadership qualities that will be very valuable moving forward in their Clarkson careers.”

Six players of Clarkson’s class of 2018 are from Canada, including Bellerive (North Vancouver, British Columbia), Fournier (Stittsville, Ontario), Lefler (Windsor, Ontario), Tiley (Owen Sound, Ontario) and Titus (Stittsville, Ontario) and one is American — Harmon (Downers Grove, Ill.).

Bellerive and Tilly each helped lead Canada’s U18 team to a gold medal in the World Championships this year in Budapest, Hungary.

The Golden Knights open their 2014-15 season at rival St. Lawrence University on Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.

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