Said Auburn coach Bill Dean of Calandra-Ryan, “She definitely had other schools looking at her and had the pick of the litter. It’s a testament to her that she wanted to go on a journey with those coaches. I think she sees it as a good opportunity to get in on the ground floor and build something. Nat likes those challenges and likes to push herself.”
— Ella Doan, Rochester Institute of Technology: Doan picked RIT for the physician’s assistant program and is excited to work with new Tigers coach Erin Wagner. “The academics are great and they have a fairly new coach that I’ve heard awesome things about,” Doan said. “Everything about it seemed right.”
— Gracie Giannettino, University of Rochester: Giannettino, one of Auburn’s assist leaders, sought out U of R because of the open curriculum and because of a positive experience from her visits. “There’s so many options for what I could do, and I loved the atmosphere around campus. All the girls were great when I went for my visit,” she said.
— Paige Maneri, Mercyhurst University: Maneri, another goaltender, plans to study business intelligence, but also appreciated Mercyhurst’s college atmosphere.
— Abbie Izzo, Harvard University: Izzo caught the attention of Harvard’s coaching staff at a prospect day back in the fall. Izzo, who was recently named an All-American, said she’s been in contact with coaches throughout the last several months and is hoping to hit the ground running. “They didn’t have the last two seasons, so we’re really far behind compared to other Division I schools. They want us to come in prepared,” Izzo said.
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