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NWHL Prospect Pipeline - Eldridge Looks To Lead Colgate Back To National Championship Game

By Reid Nichols, 10/18/18, 2:00PM EDT



Draft Prospect Profiles – Jessie Eldridge

Jessie Eldridge is a forward from Barrie, Ontario, playing for Colgate University. Before going to Colgate, Eldridge played for the Toronto Jr. Aeros, where she was captain for the 2014-15 season. That season, she also finished first in PWHL scoring. Eldridge also played for her high school, Bishop Strachan School, where she was named MVP of the team for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Her freshman year at Colgate, Eldridge recorded 27 points in 38 games, an impressive showing for her rookie season. Eldridge also had 115 shots on net, which averages out to a little over three shots per game. Academically, she was named to the Colgate Raider Academic Honor Roll. As a Sophomore, Eldridge recorded over a point per game with 37 points in 38 games. Her 24 assists, 37 points, and 141 shots on net all led Colgate’s team. Defensively, her four shorthanded goals set a program record. At the end of the season, Eldridge was named Colgate’s Offensive MVP. She was also named to the ECAC Hockey All-Conference Third-Team and picked up Academic Honor Roll for the second time.

Last season, as a junior, Eldridge continued to offensively lead the Raiders. Her 22 goals, 45 points, and 174 shots all led the team. Additionally, her eight game-winning goals led the nation. Eldridge’s career year helped propel Colgate to the National Championship game against ECAC foe Clarkson, where they lost a heartbreaker in overtime. By the end of the season, Eldridge was named to the All-ECAC Hockey All-Conference Second Team. She was also named Colgate’s Offensive MVP for the second consecutive year and made Academic Honor Roll for the third consecutive year. Eldridge was named captain for the current season and is looking to lead the Raiders back to the National Championship. She will graduate from Colgate at the end of the year with a degree in Educational Studies and Psychology.

Top Seniors of the Week


Rebecca Lindblad (F), University of Connecticut

  • Lindblad helped the University of Connecticut to one win over two games this past weekend. In a 5-2 loss versus the University of New Hampshire on Friday night, Lindblad carried the load offensively for UConn. She recorded one goal, one assist, five shots on goal, and a plus-one rating. She assisted on UConn’s first goal of the game to tie the score at 1-1. Later in the game, Lindblad added a goal to close the score to 4-3 before UNH put the game away with an empty net goal. Lindblad added another assist the next day in a 7-2 win over Holy Cross. Her assist came on a goal just one second before the final buzzer sounded.

Nicole Schammel (F), University of Minnesota

  • Schammel’s goal and two assists this weekend helped the University of Minnesota sweep St. Cloud State over the weekend. During a 6-2 win on Friday, Schammel had one goal, one assist, three shots on goal, and a plus-two rating. Her goal opened the game’s scoring just a minute into the game. She then assisted on the second goal of the game to give Minnesota an early 2-0 lead that they never conceded. Schammel added another assist in Saturday’s 4-1 victory. Her assist came in the first period to help Minnesota start the game off with a 3-0 lead.

Sarah McDonnell (G), Mercyhurst University

  • McDonnell’s steady play in net this weekend helped lead Mercyhurst University to two wins over Syracuse. In a 4-2 win on Friday, McDonnell allowed 2 goals on 23 shots to secure the victory. She was perfect at even strength as both goals she allowed came on the penalty kill. McDonnell then completely shut the door on Syracuse on Saturday in a 1-0 win. She recorded 25 saves in the shutout. Overall, McDonnell ended the weekend with a 1.00 goals against average and a 0.958 save percentage

Alyssa Gorecki (F), University of Vermont

  • Gorecki recorded one goal and two assists for the University of Vermont during two ties against Quinnipiac this weekend. In Friday’s 1-1 tie, Gorecki had a quiet night with no points and no shots on net. However, in Saturday’s 1-1 tie, Gorecki contributed to all of Vermont’s goals. Gorecki’s two assists and goal helped Vermont get out to a 3-1 lead after Quinnipiac scored the first goal of the game. Vermont was able to hold on for the tie as Quinnipiac scored a late goal with an extra skater. 

Stats Recap - Top Seniors

Player School GP G A P
Olivia Zafuto Colgate University 2 2 0 2
Shae Labbe Colgate University 2 0 2 2
Bailey Larson Colgate University 2 0 2 2
Grace Bizal Boston College 2 1 1 2
Makenna Newkirk Boston College 2 0 2 2
Alyson Matteau University of Maine 2 0 3 3
Kasidy Anderson Northeastern University 2 2 0 2
Rebecca Lindblad University of Connecticut 2 1 2 3
Alyssa Gorecki University of Vermont 2 1 2 3
Annie Pankoski University of Wisconsin 2 0 2 2
Sam Cogan University of Wisconsin 2 0 2 2
Charly Dalquist Ohio State University 2 1 1 2
Nicole Schammel University of Minnesota 2 1 1 2
Kelly Pannek University of Minnesota 2 1 1 2
Julia Tylke St. Cloud State University 2 0 2 2
Player School GP W L T GAA SV%
Sarah McDonnell Mercyhurst University 2 2 0 0 1.00 .958
Madison Myers Providence College 1 1 0 0 0.00 1.000
Lovisa Selander RPI 2 1 1 0 1.00
Brittany Bugalski Northeastern University 1 1 0 0 2.00