HANOVER, N.H. – Seven players are set to the join the Dartmouth women's hockey team as members of the Class of 2021.
Joining the Big Green for the 2017-18 season are Megan Cornell, Jennifer Costa, Katerina Dajia, Linda Essery, Taylor Matherson, Emily McLaughlin and Kayla Wormsbecher. Among the group, there are three forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender representing four U.S. states and two Canadian provinces.
The Class of 2021 is an accomplished group; four of them were two-sport athletes, a pair were MVPs and one was captain of two teams. Three were on the Honor Roll, while two were part of Honor Societies and one was in the Cum Laude Society.
The seven freshmen join a Big Green program that defeated No. 10 Princeton in overtime and, over the span of five days, took down UNH, Union and RPI at home all by scores of 2-1. Dartmouth returns 16 players from last season, including eight forwards, six defensemen and two goaltenders.
A look at the Class of 2021:
Name: Megan Cornell
Hometown/High School: Bloomington, Minn. / Benilde-St. Margaret's School
Accolades: Honor Roll … Highest Honor Roll … Spotlight on Scholarship Academic Award … Student Recognition Award … United States Army Reserve National Scholar-Athlete Award … National Honor Society … hockey and track captain … national camp attendee … all-conference … Hobey Baker Award winner … sportsmanship award winner for track.
Quote: “I fell in love with Dartmouth when I was on my visit, and after I left, I couldn't think of anything I didn't like about it. It has an amazing campus, provides a great education and has a welcoming community, all of which make it a special place.”
Name: Jennifer Costa
Hometown/High School: Pawtucket, R.I. / Milton Academy
Club Team: Massachusetts Spitfires
Accolades: High Honor Roll … also played track and soccer … captain … Hardest Worker on the Ice …Mustang of the Year … hockey and track MVP … USA Hockey Girls National Development Camp attendee … Spanish Honor Society.
Quote: “I decided to choose Dartmouth because I believe it is the best college for me to excel academically and athletically. Dartmouth seemed like the best opportunity for me to maximize my potential as an athlete and I know I will earn an exceptional education here."
Name: Katerina Dajia
Hometown/High School: Aurora, Ontario / St. Maximilian Kolbe
Club Team: Durham West Jr. Lightning
Accolades: Honor Roll … MVP for both hockey and track … Colin Hood OFSAA Sport Award for Academic and Athletic Achievement … Ontario Scholar.
Quote: “I chose Dartmouth for the legacy and culture of the school and to become a part of that.”
Name: Linda Essery
Hometown/High School: Rockfall, Conn. / Loomis Chaffee
Club Team: Mid Fairfield Stars
Accolades: “In the Clutch” Award for averaging three points a game in the last month of the season and eight game winners … led team in scoring as a freshman, sophomore and senior … earned four berths to the national championship … U19 national semifinalist.
Quote: “I chose Dartmouth because of its incredible educational and athletic opportunities. I love the welcoming community and beautiful campus, as well as the chance to travel and study abroad.”
Name: Taylor Matherson
Hometown/High School: Walpole, Mass. / Tabor Academy
Club Team: Massachusetts Spitfires
Accolades: Cum Laude Society … NFHCA National Academic Team … First Team All-NEPSAC … USA Hockey National Development Camp attendee … semifinalist at USA Hockey Nationals.
Quote: “The opportunity to attend an Ivy League school and play Division I hockey at Dartmouth is something that I couldn't pass up.”
Name: Emily McLaughlin
Hometown/High School: Eden Prairie, Minn. / Eden Prairie
Accolades: Rookie of the Year … Most Improved … Unsung Hero … All-Conference … state champion for both hockey and lacrosse.
Quote: "Given the opportunity to further my education at this prestigious school and represent that school on the ice is an incredible opportunity I would not pass up.”
Name: Kayla Wormsbecher
Hometown/High School: Mississauga, Ontario / Loyola Secondary School
Club Team: Toronto Aeros
Accolades: Moderns Award (top of class in French) … Physical Education Award … Honor Roll all four years … PWHL Playoff champion … Provincial champion.
Quote: “I chose Dartmouth because it was the best fit for me to play for an amazing hockey program, while getting a world-class education at an Ivy League institution. The sense of community is unbelievable, and the campus is beautiful.”