Women's Hockey Senior Day Profile

On Sunday the women hockey team's Class of 2005 will play their final game at Schneider Arena. If the team wins Saturday's road game at Northeastern the seniors will have a chance to win their 84th game of their careers. That will be more wins then any other graduating class has ever won. A win Sunday would mark the 44th win at Schneider for this class which would leave them one behind the most successful class (Class of '04) on home ice.

There are six members of the Class of 2005. They are defenders Danielle Bourgette and Emily Gryp, goalie Amy Thomas, and forwards Christina Redmond, Hilary Greaves, and Rush Zimmerman. After this weekend the class would like to achieve one more goal, to be the second PC group to win their league championship each of their 4 years.

Of the group the one player who has had to play a major role due to injuries is Amy Thomas. She had been a backup goalie her first three seasons and was projected to fill the same role as a senior. This year however she has played more minutes then her other three seasons combined. So far this season she has posted a 16-9-5 record which includes wins over Mercyhurst, UNH twice and St Lawrence plus ties against UNH, Princeton and Harvard. All of those teams are NCAA quality teams. Amy has posted a career record of 32-14-6.

The biggest responsibility for leading this team falls to the team's two senior defensemen. They are the team's captains and had the largest skates to fill with the departure of the top two defensemen from last year's squad. One of those players was All American Kelli Halcisak.

Danielle Bourgette has altered her role to be a more defensive defenseman this season. She had stepped up last year to become an active part of the PC offense. This year with regular goalie Jana Bugden out and two inexperienced freshmen defenders playing regularly she has been the anchor to the defense. Her lone goal this year was a game tying goal against Connecticut which capped a 2 goal 3rd period rally. Last year she closed out the year by scoring at least one point in her final 7 games of the season.

The other senior defender has improved each season. This season Emily Gryp has been a major cog in the PC offense. She has 12 assists which is better then her totals for her first three seasons combined. Also due to the team being short on defense she has played a major role in the development of the freshmen defenseman and being on the ice in most key defensive situations.

On the forward line PC will be saying good bye to its toughest defensive forward, Christina Redmond. She has played an integral part of the Providence penalty kill during her time at PC. An aggressive fore checker she is very capable of bottling up the opposition in their own end for an extended period of time. Never a big goal scorer, three of her six career goals have come with PC shorthanded.

The local product among the seniors is Hilary Greaves from Cranston. Just last weekend she scored a key goal on a penalty shot against UNH. Hilary seems to get hot as the season winds down. Some of her biggest goals include playoff scores in the quarterfinals her freshman year, a goal in a double overtime win in the semi finals that season, a two goal game in the first Hockey East semi final game, and the game winner in the Hockey East championship game sophomore season.

Rush Zimmerman has written her name among the all time greats of the Providence program. She is the all time penalty minute leader for the school. Her 21 goals this season gives her 68 for her career. The 21 goals are her career high. With 68 goals she ranks 15th all time with an excellent chance to rise three more spots and an outside chance of moving up 6 spots. She has tallied 85 career assists good for 10th spot just 2 behind former Friar Coach Jackie (Gladu) Barto. Her 153 points rank her 13th with a chance to still pass such notables as former Olympian Lisa Brown-Miller and former teammate and All American Kelli Halcisak.

Senior day game will be Sunday at 2 P.M. Admission is free and the game is sure to have Hockey East tourney seeding implications.

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