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Five of last season's top seven point producers are back for the Hamilton College women's ice hockey program in 2013-14. The Continentals tied a team record for wins in a season and finished with an overall record of 13-11-1 under Emily McNamara in her head coaching debut last season. Hamilton ranked second in the NESCAC on the power play at 22 percent, and advanced to the postseason for the 12th straight year. Two-time all-conference selection Katie Zimmerman '13 and 2010 NESCAC Rookie of the Year Becca Hazlett '13 have graduated. Zimmerman tied for third on the program's all-time list with 57 goals, while Hazlett holds the career record with a 2.64 goals against average and is second all-time with 2,099 saves. The team captains are Gigi Fraser '14 and Julia Williams '14.

The Continentals are a member of the NESCAC, which is the best women's ice hockey conference in NCAA Division III. Two of the eight teams in the 2013 NCAA championship field were from the NESCAC, including the national runner-up. NESCAC programs have won seven of the 14 national championships. The winner of the conference championship receives an automatic bid to the NCAA championship.

Some notable home games this season include the opener against Amherst College on Nov. 15, a non-conference contest against last year's national champion Elmira College (Jan. 11) and NESCAC weekend series against Middlebury College (Jan. 31 and Feb. 1) and Bowdoin College (Feb. 14 and 15). Russell Sage Rink -- with a seating capacity of 600 -- was built in 1921 and last renovated in 1993. The rink is the second-oldest college ice arena in the nation. Hamilton plays Utica College at historic Clinton Arena on Dec. 6.

Nikki Haskins '14 leads everyone on the roster with 42 career points. Haskins tied for fourth in the NESCAC with 14 goals last season, and Stephanie Lang '14 produced eight points in just 14 games. Hannah Jaiven '14 and Jill Tokarczyk '14 tied for ninth in the conference in defenseman scoring with 12 points apiece. The Continentals boasted a strong group of first-year athletes in 2012-13 and three of them finished in the NESCAC top 10 in freshman scoring. Hannah Bartlett '16 ranked sixth with 14 points and also tied for 10th place overall in assists with 12. Naomi Woolfenden '16 was ninth with 11 points and Megan Fitzgerald '16 tied for 10th place with nine. Tori Bogen '14 and Sarah Schuchardt '15 started one game apiece in goal last season. At least one of them will see significant time between the pipes in 2013-14.

Women's ice hockey has been a varsity program at Hamilton since 1996-97, when the team won 12 games. The Continentals set single-season program records for wins (13) and most goals scored (95) in 2002-03. Hamilton appeared in the Division III Top 10 coaches poll for the first time that season. The Continentals won a team-record six straight games the following season. Hamilton's first postseason victory was a 6-1 win against Amherst in the first round of the 2004 NESCAC championship at Sage Rink. Hamilton has appeared in all 12 championships and advanced to the semifinals in 2004, 2005 and 2007.

The team made history on Feb. 6, 2010, when the Continentals edged Middlebury College 3-2 for their first win ever against the Panthers. Hazlett had one of the best seasons for a Hamilton goalie in team history in 2009-10. She ranked fourth in the NESCAC and set a program record with a .931 save percentage, and posted a 2.31 goals against average and two shutouts in 19 starts.

Six players have finished their careers with more than 100 points. Zoe Baldwin '06 holds the team record with 136 from 2002 to 2006. Baldwin set program records for most goals in a season (30) and a career (91). She was a three-time NESCAC all-conference selection and the 2003 rookie of the year. Other 100-point scorers include Paula Dady '03 (133), Amy Williams '99 (117), Eden Self '04 (111), Marissa Halligan '05 (109) and Stephanie Miguel '11 (101).

Miguel received the first All-America award in Hamilton women's ice hockey history in 2009, when she made the second team for the East Region. Miguel led the NESCAC with 21 goals and 37 points in 2008-09, and was voted the conference's co-player of the year and named to the all-conference first team.

The women's ice hockey program is as solid in the classroom as it is on the ice. Hazlett, Lang, Williams and Julia Beaty '13 earned spots on the 2012-13 NESCAC Winter All-Academic Team. Meg Shine '10 was elected to the Epsilon chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in 2010. Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most prestigious honor society in the country.