HAMDEN, Connecticut – Quinnipiac women's ice hockey head coach Cassandra Turner has announced the incoming class of 2019, which will join the Bobcats in the Fall of 2015. The Bobcats' freshman class features the additions of Melissa Samoskevich (Sandy Hook, Connecticut), Randi Marcon (Winnipeg, Manitoba), Claire Lachner (Commerce, Michigan), Kate MacKenzie (Winnipeg, Manitoba), Mackenzie Lancaster (Waxhaw, North Carolina) and Miranda Lantz (Mildmay, Ontario) to the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey roster.
"We are incredibly excited about this year's incoming class. As a whole, the class represents a culmination of many years of great work by our staff to identify players who fit our values, culture, and vision of Quinnipiac Hockey," Turner said. "It includes accomplished, talented players at all three positions, but more importantly it includes character people, leaders and hard workers who are excited to be a part of something special and build on this program's consistent success. We are confident that they'll help us continue to be one of the nation's top college hockey programs and are really looking forward to the impact they'll make over the next four years."
In 2014-15, the Bobcats completed their best season in program history in which they finished 26-9-3 (15-5-2 ECAC Hockey) and qualified for the program's first NCAA Tournament. They graduated forwards Shiann Darkangelo (Brighton, Michigan), Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden), Morgan Fritz-Ward (Mason City, Iowa), and goaltender Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minnesota). The breakdown of the incoming class includes four forwards (Samoskevich, Marcon, Lancaster and Lantz), one defenseman (MacKenzie) and one goaltender (Lachner).
Quinnipiac University Women's Ice Hockey Class of 2019
#11 Melissa Samoskevich
Hometown: Sandy Hook, Connecticut
Intended Major: Undeclared
Previous Team: Shattuck St. Mary's U-19/United States Women's U-18 National Team
Best Hockey Memory: Winning the Gold Medal at the U-18 Women's World Championships
- All-USA Girls Hockey Player of the Year
- Captain of Shattuck St. Mary's
- Attended United States U14 to U18 National Development Camps
- Played Two Seasons on United States Women's U-18 National Team
- YouthOne Player of the Year
- Gold Medal at 2015 U-18 Women's World Championships
- Named to the Media All-Star Team at 2015 U-18 Women's World Championships
- Named top U.S. Player at 2015 U-18 Women's World Championships
- Named Player of the Game in 7-1 win against Russia at 2015 U-18 Women's World Championships
Melissa Samoskevich on Choosing Quinnipiac:
"Leaving for high school to go to Minnesota was a challenge and QU seemed like a perfect fit being so close to home. The academic and hockey programs are something that I'm very proud to get the opportunity to be a part of!"
Head Coach Cassandra Turner on Melissa Samoskevich:
"Melissa comes to us after a tremendous senior year, ready to make an immediate impact on our program. In the past year, she has been named All-USA Girls National Player of the Year by USA Today, helped lead Team USA to the U18 World Championship, and pushed her prep team into the championship game at USA Hockey Nationals. However, beyond the accolades, we might be more excited about her development as a person and athlete in the past year. We've watched her grow as a leader, learn to attack each shift with an unrivaled intensity, and seen her firmly establish herself as one of the nation's top young players. She's fast, strong, and plays with great energy. We are very excited to bring Melissa back to her home state to join our continued quest to compete for championships."
#29 Randi Marcon
Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Intended Major: Biology
Last Teams: Team Manitoba and St. Mary's Academy
Best Hockey Memories: Winning the City Championship with the St. Vital Victoria's in 2011 and winning the Canada Winter Games in Prince George, British Columbia in 2015
- Assistant Captain of St. Mary's Academy
- Captain of Team Manitoba at the Canada Winter Games in 2015
- Assistant Captain of Team Manitoba at Nationals in 2014
- Bronze Medal at Female World Sport School Challenge in 2014
- Canadian West Finalists in softball
- Won Two Provincial Championships in Softball
- Competed Three times in the Softball National Championship
Randi Marcon on Choosing Quinnipiac:
"I am very excited to attend Quinnipiac because it is a great balance of great academics and high level of athletics. They have a supportive and driven coaching staff that will do anything to bring out the best in us and make our experience one to remember. Quinnipiac is also in a great location on the East Coast and has a beautiful campus."
Head Coach Cassandra Turner on Randi Marcon:
"Randi is a physical, confident, and detailed hockey player. She wins face-offs, is tough to move in front of the net, and wins pucks in all three zones. We know she will confidently embody our "hard to play against" mindset after watching her excel for her school and representing Manitoba multiple times. Her willingness to use her size, battle, and fight hard each shift has us excited to see just how good she can become in this environment."
#1 Claire Lachner
Hometown: Commerce, Michigan
Intended Major: Physical Therapy
Last Team: Mercy High School/Little Caesars U-19
Best Hockey Memory: Bundling up, putting skates on in my basement and walking through the snow in the backyard to play endless hours of pond hockey with my older brother
- Won Two State Championships, Played in Five State Championships
- Won one bronze medal in three trips to Nationals
- Selected for USA National Development Camp from 14 to 16 years old
- Named to the All-Star Team at USA National Camp
- Four-Year Assistant Captain
- All-Star MVP Goaltender at Bell Capital Cup
- Won JWHL Challenge Cup Championship in 2013
- Four-year Archdiocese of Detroit Scholastic All-Catholic Team
- HPHL Academic Excellence Award
- Valedictorian Finalist
- National Honor Society
Claire Lachner on Choosing Quinnipiac:
"Quinnipiac has an atmosphere that made me fall in love with the campus, the team and I want to be a part of all of it."
Head Coach Cassandra Turner on Claire Lachner:
"As a goaltender, Claire is quick, athletic, and competes on every shot. In the recruiting process, we were drawn to her self-evaluation and keen understanding of her position. She's bright, articulate, and a conscientious worker. Her experience at the club levels has her prepared for the speed of the game, as well as to be fully aware of our expectations for goaltenders to battle on every shot and take pride in having responsibility for the game's outcome."
#4 Kate MacKenzie
Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Intended Major: Chemistry
Last Team: St. Mary's Academy
Best Hockey Memory: Winning the City Championship with my AA Assiniboine Park Rangers Boys team
- St. Mary's Academy Assistant Captain in 2015
- Female World's Sports School Challenge First-Team All-Star in 2015
- St. Mary's Academy Bronze Medal Female World Sports School Challenge
- APHA Rangers AA Captain in 2012
- APHA Rangers Female Bantam Player of the Year in 2012
Kate MacKenzie on Choosing Quinnipiac:
"I am so happy to be going to Quinnipiac next season and be surrounded by such great people, including the coaching staff and team. The campus is so beautiful and is the ideal location, being both close to the ocean, and near big cities like New York and Boston. I couldn't be more excited for next year."
Head Coach Cassandra Turner on Kate MacKenzie:
"Every time we see Kate play, she continues to impress us. She's a mobile, 5'9" defenseman who demonstrates great poise and patience with the puck. She sees plays and finds teammates on the breakout, through the neutral zone, and from the offensive point. We love her instincts and puck skill, but most importantly, we love her attitude and commitment to get better every day. She's incredibly coachable and is constantly working toward being ready to meet the challenges ahead. We're excited to add her leadership and energy to a very strong defensive core."
#13 Mackenzie Lancaster
Hometown: Waxhaw, North Carolina
Intended Major: Communications
Last Teams: Berkshire School and Pittsburgh Penguins Elite U-19
Best Hockey Memory: Attending a Peewee Tournament in Quebec City
- District Champions with Pittsburgh Penguins Elite in 2012 and 2015
- Cushing Tournament Champions with the Berkshire School in 2015
- Team MVP at Berkshire School in 2015
- Jane Hayes Spirit Award for Sportsmanship at Berkshire School in 2014
Mackenzie Lancaster on Choosing Quinnipiac:
"There isn't one thing I can point to, it came down to the feeling I got on campus. The people are what make it special. Their dedication to hard work and excellence are the only things that will help me become the best hockey player and student I can be."
Head Coach Cassandra Turner on Mackenzie Lancaster:
"Kenzie is a tremendous athlete who has been a leader on every team she has played. She has size, speed, and possesses great offensive instincts. Throughout the recruiting process, we were instantly drawn to her maturity, work ethic, and desire to get better every day. With limited hockey opportunities in North Carolina, she has taken a non-traditional route to college hockey. Along the way, she has shown an incredible commitment to the game and consistently seeks out new opportunities to challenge herself to become the best she can be."
#28 Miranda Lantz
Hometown: Mildmay, Ontario
Intended Major: Undeclared
Last Teams: Cambridge Rivulettes (PWHL)
Best Hockey Memory: Playing for Team Ontario at Canada Winter Games
- Assistant Captain of Cambridge Rivulettes in 2015
- Female Athlete of the Year at Walkerton District High School in 2011 and 2012
- Recorded 11 goals and 22 assists with Cambridge in 2015
- 2015 Canada Winter Games Silver Medalist with Team Ontario
- 2013 Provincial Midget AA Bronze Medalists
- 2008 and 2010 Provincial Peewee A Champs
- 2006 Provincial Novice C Champs
Miranda Lantz on Choosing Quinnipiac:
"It immediately felt like home and I could not picture myself playing anywhere else!"
Head Coach Cassandra Turner on Miranda Lantz:
"Miranda has succeeded at every level of hockey she has played. She has won Provincial Championships at the lower levels, was a Top 15 scorer in the highly competitive PWHL, and earned the opportunity to represent Ontario at the Canada Winter Games this past year. Miranda has a high hockey IQ, reads plays well, and makes her teammates around her better. Her patience with the puck, discipline, and coachability will all be welcome additions to our program."