Women's Ice Hockey Announces Eight New Members
WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross head women’s ice hockey coach Katie Lachapelle has announced the incoming freshman class of 2023, as well as one transfer. The freshmen, made up of seven new Crusaders, include Carly Beniek, Lily Cataldo, Mary Edmonds, Darci Johal, Kailey Langefels, Paige McArthur, and Sofia Smithson. Bailey Bennett, a junior transfer, will be joining the team after playing her first two years at Colgate University.
“We are really excited to welcome eight, one transfer and seven freshmen, talented student-athletes to our program,” Lachapelle said. “Their commitment to hard work both academically, athletically, and in the community will help us take great strides as we continue to move this team forward at the Division I level. They will come in ready to add to the character and culture that we have been building and will be great additions both on and off the ice to our program and the Holy Cross community.”
A forward from Mound, Minn., Beniek played four years of varsity hockey under head coach Keith Radloff and the Breck School. She captained the team during her junior and senior seasons, including during the squad’s state championship in 2018. Beniek totaled 36 goals and 26 assists for 76 points during her time at the Breck School. She was a two-time member of the Headmaster’s List and plans to major in chemistry at Holy Cross.
A forward from Glenview, Ill., Cataldo spent four seasons on varsity at Glenbrook South High School under head coach Steve Hamelin. A state champion in 2017, she recorded 118 goals and 82 assists for 200 career points. Cataldo also played for the Chicago Mission club team under head coach Tony Cachey. The team won three state championships as she scored 58 goals and had 73 assists for 131 points. Cataldo made High Honors all four years of high school and plans to major in psychology.
A forward from Fairfield, Conn., Edmonds played for coach Brooke Fernandez for four years at Deerfield Academy. Named the team MVP in 2019, she scored 23 goals and assisted on 12 more for 35 points as a senior. Edmunds was also a member of the Boston Junior Eagles club team under head coach Mike Mullowney. The squad won three state championships and on national championship while Edmunds was part of the team. She was named to the High Honor Roll all four years of high school and plans to major in political science.
A forward from Burnaby, British Columbia, Johal won a JWHL Championship in 2018 with the North American Hockey Academy. During her senior season, she finished in the top three in scoring on the team. Prior to playing with the NAHA, Johal was a member of the Great Vancouver Comets major midget team. She received First Class Honors twice in high school and plans to major in economics while on the Hill.
The only defenseman in this year’s freshman class, Langefels spent four seasons on varsity at Minnetonka High School in Minnetonka, Minn. under head coach Eric Johnson. Her team finished in third place at the state tournament in 2019. Langefels recorded 29 goals and 50 assists for 79 career points at Minnetonka. She was the two-time leading scorer for defenseman and finished her career at 12th all-time on the school’s scoring list. Langefels was a three-time honor roll member and plans to major in biology as a Crusader.
A forward from Macdonald, Manitoba, McArthur played for the Central Plains Capitals and the Pursuit of Excellence club teams under head coaches Ferdi Nelissen and Kris Hogg respectively. She was an alternate captain as well as the leading scorer during the 2018-19 season. McArthur helped to lead her teams to two league championships. She was named to four separate Lists of Distinction in high school and plans to major in biology at Holy Cross.
Wrapping up the class of 2023, a forward from Windsor, Ontario, Smithson was a member of the Mississauga Jr. Chiefs club team under head coach Jessica Turi. She was named a team captain for the 2018-19 season after helping lead the team to the playoffs the year before. Smithson was a two-time Honor Roll member in high school and plans to major in psychology in Worcester.
The final new member of the Holy Cross women’s ice hockey family, Bennett, is a forward from Gardena, Calif. She played in 50 games during her time at Colgate where she recorded four goals and two assists for six points. Before college, Bennett played three years of varsity hockey at the North American Hockey Academy under head coach Bill Driscoll, where she recorded 117 points in 190 games. She was also a member of the Northern Cyclones club team that won the 2017 NEWJHL Championship.