A six-person incoming class that lists three International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Women's World U18 Championships on its resume, the Princeton women's hockey coaching staff is proud to announce the Class of 2022.
"We are very excited about the incoming class of 2022," Cara Morey
, head coach said. "They bring an amazing combination of skill and grit in all three positions. They have all played very elite level hockey and we expect them to transition quickly into our program. We are looking forward to welcoming them to the Princeton hockey family."
Maggie Connors, 5-6, Forward, St. John's N.L./Shattuck St. Mary's/Canadian U18
Connors earned a bronze medal with Hockey Canada at the 2018 IIHF Women's World U18 Championship in Russia this past January. Her experience with Hockey Canada is extensive, as she also competed in the 2017 U18 Summer Series versus USA. She represented her home province of Newfoundland at the 2015 Canada Winter Games and was a two-time member of Team Atlantic at the Hockey Canada National U18 Championships. Maggie was recently invited to the Canadian Development Team camp that will take place in August.
Connors attended Shattuck-St Mary's Prep where she won four national championships in her 5 year span. While playing with the U16 team she won three consecutive national championships, in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and added another national championship with the U19 team in 2018. As a senior, Connors totaled 75 points in 50 games, scoring 31 goals and 44 assists.
"Maggie is a creative, dynamic and an offensively gifted forward. She is a threat whenever she touches the ice! Maggie is a playmaker who is able to set up her teammates and score goals on her own. We're excited to have Maggie bring her offensive prowess to our program." - Morey
"I have wanted to go to Princeton since I first visited as a sophomore. Princeton has the best of everything - the education, the athletics, the campus, and the people. The coaching staff's experience, enthusiasm, and positivity will bring out the best in me as a player and person. I am so excited to get started and could not be happier." - Connors
Kayla Fillier, 5-6, Forward, Georgetown, Ont./Christ the King/Oakville Jr. Hornets
Kayla has played the Oakville Jr. Hornets of the Provincial Women's Hockey League (PWHL). She was an assistant captain of the Hornets in 2017-18 when the team won the silver medal in both the PWHL and Provincial Championships. In 2016-17 Oakville won gold in medals in the PWHL and Provincial Championships. During her two seasons with Oakville, Kayla accumulated 44 points on 13 goals and 31 assists in 92 games and collected 30 penalty minutes.
Prior to joining Oakville, she played for the North Halton Twisters. Kayla also played badminton, basketball, lacrosse, ultimate Frisbee, flag football and field hockey at Christ the King High School.
She joins the Tigers along with twin sister, Sarah.
"Kayla is a very smart hockey player who sees the ice at high level. She is an unselfish player who loves to set up plays for her teammates. She is a playmaker who would rather quietly contribute than be in the spotlight. Kayla is a great player and a great teammate and she'll be an excellent addition to our program." - Morey
"I choose Princeton because of the outstanding academics and excellent hockey program. As soon as I stepped on to campus for the first time I knew it was the perfect fit for me." - Fillier
Sarah Fillier, 5-5, Forward, Georgetown, Ont./Christ the King/Oakville Jr. Hornets
Sarah has competed in two IIHF Women's World U18 Championships, winning silver in 2017 and bronze in 2018 as team captain. She has also represented Team Ontario at two national championships. Team Ontario won gold in 2016 and she guided the team to second gold medal in 2017 as team captain and captured tournament MVP honors.
Along with twin sister Kayla, Sarah spent two seasons playing with the Oakville Jr. Hornets in the PWHL. In 2016-17 Oakville won both the League and the Provincial Championships, with Fillier scoring 61 points. In 46 games, she collected 31 goals and 30 assists. A year later, in 2017-18 she captained the team to a second-place finish at both the PWHL and Provincial Championships. In 32 games, she scored 21 goals and 21 assists for 42 points. Sarah will be attending the Canadian Development Team Camp this month.
At Chris the King High School, Sarah also played badminton, basketball, flag football, ultimate Frisbee and track & field.
"Sarah is one of the best 200-foot players in North America. She sees the game at an elite level and is often one step ahead of her opponents. She contributes in all areas of the game. She can shut down opponents defensively and can also contribute offensively on the scoreboard. Sarah will have an immediate impact in our program and we are excited for her to become a Tiger!" - Morey
"I chose Princeton because the first time I stepped on campus I felt right at home. The combination of world class academics and an elite athletics program made my decision very easy. I am so excited to officially become a Tiger!" - Fillier
Chloe Harvey, 5-5, Defender, Fairport, N.Y./Fairport/Selects Academy
Harvey played for Selects Academy at Bishop Kearney this past season and took second place in the 2018 New York State Championships. As a member of the Niagara Jr. Purple Eagles in 2017, Harvey helped the team win the state championship. That same year she played on the boys varsity team at Fairport High School. Harvey was two-time team captain of the Rochester Monarchs in 2014-15 and 2015-16, taking the team to the state championship title in 2015 and runners-up in 2016. She led the Monarchs in scoring with 20 goals and nine assists.
Harvey attending three USA Hockey National Player Development Camps, and also played on various Tier 1 boys travel teams. She also played travel soccer.
"Chloe is a strong, mobile defender with a high compete level. Her skating and edge control allows her to dominate opponents in tight spaces. She is determined and gritty and will make life difficult for opposing forwards. We are excited to have Chloe join our defensive corps at Princeton!" - Morey
"I chose Princeton because of the strong academics, competitive athletics, as well as the beautiful campus. Princeton provides such a supportive environment in which I could envision being my home for the next four years." - Harvey
Mariah Keopple, 5-9, Defender, Hudson, Wis./Hill Murray/Minnesota Jr. White Caps
Mariah played four years of varsity hockey at Hill-Murray on the girls team after playing her youth hockey on boys teams in Menomonie, Wisc. Hilly-Murray qualified for the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament all four years with the team winning the state championship her freshman year and captaining the team as a senior. During her career, she collected 74 career points.
Keopple attended several USA Hockey Player Development camps and in 2017 she was invited to the Elite 66 Camp for USA Hockey in 2017. From that Mariah was chosen as an alternate for the USA U18 team.
"Mariah is an elite defender who will make an immediate impact in our program. She thinks the game at a high level and makes it very difficult for opposing players to create offensive opportunities. She loves to compete and to push herself to new limits. She will positively contribute to our culture on and off the ice." - Morey
"I chose to attend Princeton University because of the opportunity I get to pursue academics and hockey at such a high level. I am very excited to get on campus and start my college career exploring all of the different things Princeton has to offer!" - Keopple
Cassie Reale, 5-9, Goaltender, Toronto, Ont./Havergal College/Mississauga Jr. Chiefs
Reale has played the last two seasons with the Mississauga Jr. Chiefs of the Provincial Women's Hockey League (PWHL), and was an assistant captain this past year. The Chiefs posted a record of 20-15-5 in 2017-18 and Reale led the PWHL in save per game with 30.3 svg., while posting a save percentage of .946 with a 1.74 goals against average. Mississauga finished third in the PWHL championship as bronze medalists in the 2017 Alumni Cup.
Prior to joining the Chiefs, Reale played boys hockey in the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) for the Toronto Penguins and the Toronto Aeros. A graduated of Havergal College in Toronto, Reale also played varsity hockey and was a two-year captain. She also played varsity soccer and softball to earn Havergal's Athlete of the Year honor.
"Cassie is a great goaltender and fierce competitor. She is a very technical and cerebral goalie who is also extremely athletic in the crease. She has played at a high level in both boys and girls hockey, shutting down some of the top players in the country. Cassie is a leader and is highly respected by everyone she has played with. We can't wait for Cassie to join the Tigers." - Morey
"The real question is why wouldn't you choose Princeton! I chose Princeton for the incredible academics, beautiful campus and amazing opportunities it will provide me with as both a student and an athlete." - Reale