New Hampshire women's hockey inks two recruits

DURHAM, N.H. - Karen Kay, the 10th-year head coach of the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team, announced Monday that Lindsay Hansen (Northport, N.Y.) and Laura Lankton (Houghton, Mich.) have signed letters of intent to play for UNH in the 2002-03 academic year.

"We are very excited to welcome both of these top prospects to the UNH hockey family," Kay said.

Hansen, out of Northport High School, is a forward on the Syracuse Stars club team. In the 1999-2000 season, she recorded 49 points in 25 games (1.96 ppg) on 25 goals and 24 assists. Hansen also letters in volleyball and lacrosse at Northport.

"Lindsay Hansen is a very skilled power forward and a natural goal scorer," Kay stated. "We expect her to provide an immediate impact offensively and she is looking forward to being reunited with current UNH freshman forward Randi MacMaster."

Lankton, who participated at the USA Hockey Junior National Developmental Camp in Lake Placid this summer, is a defenseman at Shattuck-St. Mary's School (Fairbault, Minn.). Last year, she scored one goal and assisted on eight others for a total of nine points and registered a plus/minus rating of +30 to lead the Sabres to a 41-11-8 record. In the 1999-2000 season with the Keweenaw Wings club team, Lankton recorded team highs in both goals (27) and points (52). She ranked second in assists with 25.

"Laura Lankton is a very versatile defenseman coming from Shattuck St. Mary's school in Minnesota," Kay said. "Shattuck has produced many great players at the Division I level and we expect Laura to help fill the skates of graduating senior captain Brandi Kerns back on the blue line."

Hansen and Lankton join a UNH program that won the inaugural American Women's College Hockey Alliance (AWCHA) national championship in 1998 and is the winningest team in the history of women's hockey. New Hampshire is currently ranked second in both national polls, is unbeaten in 10 games and has a 9-1-1 overall record.


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