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NWHL Prospect Pipeline - Boston College's Newkirk Soaring In Final Season With Eagles

By Reid Nichols, 10/25/18, 3:00PM EDT

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Draft Prospect Profiles – Makenna Newkirk

Makenna Newkirk is a forward from Scottsdale, Arizona, playing for Boston College. Before going to Boston College, Newkirk attended Pomfret School in Connecticut for three years after transferring from Connections Academy in Arizona. At Pomfret, Newkirk scored 51 points her senior year while also serving as captain of the team. Her efforts earned her the NEPSAC Division 1 player of the year honor.

Newkirk continually improved throughout high school as she was also named to the NEPSAC Division 1 second team as a sophomore in high school and the first team as a junior. Her stellar high school career at Pomfret also propelled her to the USA Today All-USA girl’s hockey second team. She was also recognized by her classmates as she won the Pomfret Bowl, given to the best class athlete as voted on by the class.

Newkirk had an impressive rookie season of college as a freshman at BC. She played in all of BC’s 41 games and recorded 49 points, good for 1.20 points per game. Her 49 points and points per game average were second in the nation among all freshmen. She also led the nation in freshman scoring with 22 goals. Additionally, her 49 points were the third-highest freshman point total in the storied BC women’s hockey history. Newkirk’s contributions to BC’s offense helped them post the fourth-highest goal total in NCAA history with 213 goals. At the end of the season, Newkirk was named the runner-up for the ACHA National Freshman of the Year. She was also the Hockey East Rookie of the Year and a USCHO All-Rookie Team Honoree. There was no doubt to her stellar year as she was unanimously selected to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team as well.

After a breakout freshman year, Newkirk collected 39 points in 36 games. Her 39 points and 1.08 points per game placed her 22nd in the country in both categories. Additionally, she finished fourth in scoring in Hockey East scoring with 28 points and second among forwards in Hockey East points per game with a 1.33 average. She was named to the Hockey East Second Team at the end of the season. Away from BC, Newkirk was selected for the United States Under-22 Select Team and played in all three games of the team’s series with Canada, where her two assists tied her for second in team scoring. In December, she was called to the senior National Team’s Winter Training Camp.

Newkirk exploded for a successful junior season as team captain. She was just the eighth junior captain in program history. Statistically, Newkirk recorded a career-high 61 points and finished sixth in the nation in scoring among all Division I players. Her 37 assists finished fifth in the nation and she ended the season with the fifth highest single-season assist mark in Hockey East conference play. Newkirk also excelled defensively. In the faceoff circle, she had a 0.588 winning percentage, which was 11th best in the nation among all players who took over 300 draws. She also blocked a career-high 56 shots, which was tied for first among all forwards in the nation. At the end of the year, Newkirk was named a Hockey East Honorable Mention All-Star.

Coming into her senior season, Newkirk ranks fifth in program history with 149 points, seventh with 61 goals, and tied for sixth with 88 assists. She was 17th player in program history to reach 100 points and was the sixth fastest player to do so. Newkirk is currently enrolled in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences and will graduate at the end of the year with a degree in economics.

Top Seniors of the Week

Loren Gabel (F), Clarkson University

  • Gabel had an impressive four-point weekend in two games against St. Lawrence University. In Friday’s 4-3 overtime loss, Gabel scored a goal and had a whopping 12 shots on net. Her goal came with less than 30 seconds left in the second period to put the Golden Knights up, 3-2. Gabel followed up Friday’s game with another goal and two assists on Saturday, along with another six shots on net. She opened the scoring on the power play and added two assists to help Clarkson find redemption in a 4-0 win.

Makenna Newkirk (F), Boston College

  • Newkirk helped lead Boston College to a weekend sweep over the University of Vermont. In Friday’s game, Newkirk had an assist and three shots on net as BC won, 3-1. Her assist came on Megan Keller’s game winning goal on the power play. In a 3-0 win on Saturday, Newkirk had one goal, one assist, two shots on goal, and a plus-one rating. Her assist came on the opening goal on the power play in the second period and her goal came seven minutes later to give BC a 2-0 lead.

 

Megan Keller (D), Boston College

  • Keller’s one goal and two assists this weekend helped Boston College to two wins over fellow Hockey East opponent, University of Vermont. On Friday, Keller had one goal, one assist, four shots on net, and a plus-one rating. Her assist helped open the scoring with just one second left in the first period and her goal came on the power play. It stood as the game-winner with BC winning 3-1. Keller added an assist, five shots on net, and another plus-one rating on Saturday. Her assist came on Makenna Newkirk’s goal in the second period.

Allie Munroe (D), Syracuse University

  • Munroe dished out three assists from the point as Syracuse swept Lindenwood this weekend. In a 5-4 overtime victory on Friday, Munroe tallied one assist, two shots on net, and a plus-one rating. Her sole assist came on the power play to help put Syracuse up 4-3 in the third period. Munroe added another two assists in Saturday’s 6-3 win. Her first assist game on the power play late in the first period and her second assist came on the game-winner in the second period.

Recognitions

  • Loren Gabel was named ECAC Player of the Week for her four-point weekend. She had a record-setting week as she became the all-time goal-scoring leader for Clarkson.