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Yale Women’s Hockey Welcomes 7 Newcomers

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Class of 2022 Bulldogs Announced


Roster Version of New Class


NEW HAVEN. Conn. New Bulldogs from the Northeastern part of the U.S., Ontario and Germany will join the Yale Women's Hockey Team for the 2018-19 campaign. Seven members of the class of 2022, which include five forwards and two defensemen, were announced today by head coach Joakim Flygh.

The seven newcomers join a Yale program that has qualified for the quarterfinal round of the ECAC Hockey Playoffs the last two seasons and three of the last four years.


Tabea Botthof



Erding, Germany

Kent School


At TSV Erding Young Gladiators: Played from 2007-2016 in the program…playing on the boys teams.

At ESC Planegg Penguins: Played from 2015-2017… won the 2017 national championship for the German Women's Hockey League.

At Team Germany: Played on Team Germany U18 in WJC from 2014-2018... Was the youngest member on the team at one point… Played on Team Germany for IIHF World Championships in 2017.

At Kent School: Spent one year in Connecticut at Kent.. Helped hockey team win the Patsy K. Odden Invitational Tournament.

Personal: Has many talents off of the ice, including playing the piano, tennis, squash, skiing, and snowboarding… intends to major in Psychology… pronounced Tah-BEE-ah  BOTT-off


Why I Chose Yale: "I chose Yale because of the endless, unique opportunities that are offered to all students. That will help me a lot in my future. Being able to play hockey at a high level, while receiving first-class education at the same time, has always been my dream, and Yale makes it come true."


Claire Dalton



Toronto, Ontario

Bishop Allen Academy



At Toronto Aeros: Midget AA Provincial Silver Medalist and PWHL Silver Medalist in 2017… PWHL Champion in 2018… Named Alternate Captain in 2017-2018 season… Scored 34 points in 33 games.

At Team Canada: selected in 2017… selected to U18 in 2017-2018… Team Ontario Red National Champions in 2017… Team Canada World Bronze Medalists in 2018.

Personal: Honor roll for four years in high school… Junior athlete of the year in 2016… Senior athlete of the year in 2017… enjoys water sports

Why I Chose Yale: "My goal has always been to play NCAA Division 1 hockey for an Ivy League University. I knew Yale was the perfect school for me the moment I first visited.  The world class academics, the commitment to athletics and the historic campus made it an easy decision."



Maya Kerfoot



Mississauga, Ontario

St. Marcellinus Catholic Secondary School


At Mississauga Jr. Chiefs: Collected six points in her first season… won bronze at the 2016-17 PWHL Final Four

At St. Marcellinus Catholic: Played three years of varsity women's hockey… won the 2014-15 ROPSSAA Regional Championship

Personal: Participated in track and field in high school and was a high-level pole vaulter… also played lacrosse for Team Ontario, winning the national championship in 2016… honor roll for all four years of high school… Was invited to the OWHA U16 High Performance camp in 2015

Why I Chose Yale: "Yale is an environment in which I can reach my full potential in both academics and athletics. The mindset of the people on campus is high achieving and very supportive. "




Kaitlyn Rippon



Pittsford, New York

Pittsford Sutherland High School


At North American Hockey Academy: Played for three seasons… Was named team captain in 2015-16… Won three straight JWHL titles from 2014-16.

At Niagara Purple Eagles: 2017 State Champions.

At Pittsford Boys Varsity Hockey: 2017 Section 5 Champions… Also skated for Selects Academy U19.

Notes: Attended 2017 USA Hockey Girls Development Camp and had 3 points in 5 games there.

Personal: Honor roll for four years in high school… served as a water aerobics instructor and life guard… mother played for four years on the Cornell women's soccer and ice hockey teams.

Why I Chose Yale: "Yale is a place where I can achieve academic excellence while still being able to pursue my athletic passion."



Emma Seitz



New York, New York

Hunter College High School

At Team USA:  Member of the U18 women's team for USA in series vs Canada and had a point in each of those games… Participated in USA Hockey's Women's National Festival… Attended the 2016 Girls Select U18 Player Development Camp and recorded 4 points in 3 games.

At CT Polar Bears: Played one season on the blue line.

At New Jersey Colonials: Played from 2014-2017.

Personal: Earned the PSAL Scholar-Athlete Award in 2017-18… served as a ball-person at the U.S. Open in New York… Father, Greg, played on the Yale men's hockey team from 1986-1989.

Why I Chose Yale: "I chose Yale because it offers an incredible combination of competitive athletics and world-class academics. The passion that the students and faculty at Yale bring to everything they do is unrivaled, and I am so excited for the opportunity to be a part of such a vibrant community."



Rebecca Vanstone



Mississauga, Ontario

St. Martin Secondary School


Team Canada: Played in the summer series… Was invited to 2017 Hockey Canada's U-18 August Camp… Team Ontario Red National Champion in 2017-18.

At Mississauga Jr. Chiefs: Recorded 70 points in 76 career games… PWHA Bronze Medalist in 2016-17.

Personal: Intends to major in Math/Economics… Father played on the hockey team at Brock University.

Why I Chose Yale: I chose Yale because it was the only school where I could envision myself not only living for 4 years, but thriving and achieving my fullest potential.  




Charlotte Welch



Winchester, Massachusetts

Phillips Academy Andover


At Philips Academy: Played for four years, collecting 118 points… served as co-captain in 2017-18… named All-NEPSAC Division I First Team in 2018 and 2017… named an All-NEPSAC Honorable Mention in 2016… led the team in scoring each year from 2016-2018… won the Patsy K. Odden Invitational Tournament in 2015.

At Assabet Valley: Played with the program from 2010-2018, from the U10 to the U19 level… won the Massachusetts State Tier I Championship with the U12, U14, and U16 programs… won the USA Hockey National Tier I Tournament in 2012, 2013, and 2014… led the team in scoring in 2013 and 2014.

At United States National Team Development Program: Participated with the U.S. NTDP in 2013, 2014, and 2016… tied for the team lead in points in 2014 with the U15 level team.

Personal: Also played tennis and field hockey at Phillips Academy… named an NEPSAC Class A Tournament All Star in 2015 and 2016 for field hockey… Named an All-NEPSAC Class A Honorable Mention in 2017… won the NEPSAC Class A League Championship in 2015 and 2016 for field hockey… was part of the team that won the 2017 NEPSAC Class A Championship in tennis… has a twin sister and is the fifth child of five kids in her family.

Why I Chose Yale: "I chose Yale for the academic and athletic opportunities, and I am very grateful to be a part of such an extraordinary community"