Wayne State University announced yesterday that four prospective student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to enroll at WSU and join the program in the fall of 2010.
“I am excited about this class, as I feel these players all bring quickness along with hockey sense,” said WSU head coach Jim Fetter. “We have again addressed our speed as a part of the game which we need to improve. They are all leaders on their current teams so we feel we have brought in some players that can help guide Wayne State hockey in the future.”
Cari Coen, a native of Torrance, Calif., is a forward and defenseman, as well as the team captain of the L.A. Selects for the 2009-10 season. She has been in the Selects program since 2007, playing in the Southern California Amateur Hockey Association, and helped the team win two regional titles in 2007-08 and 2008-09. In her earlier years of amateur hockey, Coen was a goaltender, including a season with the West Valley Wolves in 2005-06. A three-sport athlete at Rolling Hills Prep, Coen has been a standout on the volleyball, soccer, and softball teams since 2007.
Katie Gaskin is a defenseman from Pickering, Ont., and is one of two captains for the Durham Jr. Lightning in the Provincial Women’s Hockey League this season. In 2008-09, she accumulated 21 points including 18 assists with the Whitby Jr. Wolves. Gaskin is an honor roll student at Pineridge Secondary, where she was a third baseman on the softball team in 2007-08.
A pair of teammates on the Little Caesars U19 squad, forward Rachel Hardwick and goaltender Lisa Marshall, have also signed with Wayne State.
Hardwick, a native of Algonac, averaged a point per game in 2008-09 with Little Caesars, totaling 10 goals and nine assists in 19 games, and is an assistant captain. She also plays basketball and softball at Cardinal Mooney Prep, earning all-league status in softball as an infielder. Hardwick is also a National Honor Society member.
Marshall is in her first season with Little Caesars and her third at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. The Powhatan, Va., native had a .920 save percentage and seven shutouts for Exeter in 2008-09 and is a two-time MVP. She played with the Montgomery Blue Devils in 2006-07, posting a .924 save percentage. Marshall was also selected to attend the USA Hockey National Select 17 Camp in 2008. She helped her Little Caesars team win the NAHA Tournament in September and was named MVP in the championship game.
Wayne State has four seniors – Chelsea Burnett, Christine Jefferson, Katrina Protopapas and Lindsey Park – who will exhaust their eligibility at the end of the 2009-10 season.