RPI Announces Incoming Class of 11 Student-Athletes

RPI Announces Incoming Class of 11 Student-Athletes

TROY, N.Y. - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) head women's ice hockey coach Bryan Vines has announced the addition of 11 student-athletes to the 2019-20 roster. Joining this year's team will be four forwards, five defensemen and two goaltenders. six are from the United States, four are from Canada and one is from Norway.

Below is an alphabetical list of Rensselaer's recruits:

Mary Jane Alexander
Position: Defense
Height: 5'8"
Hometown: Deerfield, Illinois
Previous Team: Chicago Young Americans
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Why RPI: "I was attracted to RPI because of their excellent engineering programs, which intrigued me because of my interest in math and science. Along with the prestigious academics, I was impressed with campus atmosphere and Houston Field House. I went into the college search process knowing that I wanted to attend a smaller university, like my high school, an environment in which I know I can thrive. RPI can provide me with the opportunity to achieve my hockey and academic goals in a great college community."
 
Claudia Black
Height: 5'5"
Hometown: Newmarket, Ontario
Previous Team: Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Major: Business Administration (Masters)
Why RPI: "Going to RPI affords me the opportunity to continue competing at a high level while pursuing my MBA at a nationally ranked institute."
 
Julia Blitz
Position: Forward
Height: 5'8"
Hometown: Potomac, Maryland
Previous Team: Washington Pride (JWHL)
Major: Psychology
Why RPI: "Hockey has always been everything to me.  It has molded me into the person I am proud of today and given me lifelong friendships. Finding the right school wasn't only about playing DI hockey, but also about the academics and bettering myself. I knew from my first visit to RPI that it would allow me to continue to grow as a person, play at the level I dreamed of and achieve my future goals. I'm excited to start my RPI journey and become an Engineer!"
 
Nyle Boyce
Position: Defense
Height: 5'9"
Hometown: Windermere, Florida
Previous Team: Selects Academy at Bishop Kearney
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Why RPI: "I chose RPI because the moment I stepped on campus it felt like home. RPI not only impressed me with their hockey program, but also their outstanding academics. I have dreamed of playing Division I ice hockey since I was a young child, and I cannot wait to live out that dream at RPI."
 
Sarah Bukvic
Position: Forward
Height: 5'5"
Hometown: Burlington, Ontario
Previous Team: Stoney Creek Sabres (PWHL)
Major: Biology
Why RPI: "I chose RPI because of its highly regarded academic programs as well as having the opportunity to play at a highly competitive level of women's hockey. Upon first visiting the beautiful campus, RPI felt like somewhere I could envision myself pursuing my athletic and academic goals. I look forward to becoming a part of the RPI community and having many exciting opportunities throughout the next four years." 
 
Teeghan Dalby
Position: Defense
Height: 5'9"
Hometown: Burlington, Ontario
Previous Team: Stoney Creek Sabres (PWHL)
Major: Biology
Why RPI: "I chose RPI because it offers both strong academics and athletics that will push me to be the best in everything that I do. The academic reputation of the school will open up amazing opportunities while I am playing the sport I love on a team full of outstanding staff and teammates. I knew as soon as I stepped foot on campus that RPI was somewhere I wanted to be."
 
Ena Nystrøm
Position: Goaltender
Height: 6'0"
Hometown: Stavanger, Norway
Previous Team: Ontario Hockey Academy/Norwegian National Team
Major: Business & Management
Why RPI: "The second I stepped on the ice at Houston Field House with my high school team I knew that RPI was where I wanted to be. The combination of challenging academics and DI hockey is the perfect fit for me and I can't wait to start a four-year long journey with everyone involved at RPI. I'm proud and very fortunate to be a part of the team and am so ready to see the next four years will bring."
 
Madisen Peterson
Position: Forward
Height: 5'3"
Hometown: Princeton, MN
Previous Team: Princeton HS
Major: Psychology
Why RPI: "I chose RPI because it felt like home as soon as I visited. Not only is there a great hockey program, but an even better academic opportunity. I cannot wait to meet my goals on and off the ice at RPI."
 
Hannah Price
Position: Defense
Height: 5'11"
Hometown: Canonsburg, PA
Previous Team: Shady Side Academy/Pittsburgh Pens Elite
Major: Biology
Why RPI: "I chose RPI because I wanted to be part of a tight-knit community, to have access to an excellent education and to join a women's hockey team with the potential to reach exciting and ambitious goals."
 
Amanda Rampado
Position: Goaltender
Height: 5'5"
Hometown: Stoney Creek, Ontario
Previous Team: Stoney Creek Sabres (PWHL)
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Why RPI: "The first time I stepped on campus, Rensselaer felt like a second home to me. I was drawn to the many educational opportunities provided here, the friendly staff and of course the beautiful campus. For me, it is the perfect place to further my academic and athletic career!"
 
Taylor Zahirnyi
Position: Defenseman
Height: 5'5"
Hometown: Newtown, PA
Previous Team: Lawrenceville School/NJ Colonials
Major: Business & Management
Why RPI:  "I chose RPI because it possessed every characteristic of the college I dreamed to attend. I get to fulfill my lifelong wish to play college hockey while participating in the school's challenging academics. In addition, the coaches and team made me feel extremely welcomed every time I came onto campus and I am beyond excited to spend my next four years here."
 
Rensselaer posted a 14-18-5 overall record last season, including a 10-11-1 mark in ECAC Hockey play, qualifying as the eighth seed. The Engineers fell in a best-of-three series, 2-1, becoming the first eighth seed to win a postseason game in league history.