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Newcomers Announced

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Bolding Has 5 in Class of 2023


NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Mark Bolding, Yale's new Susan Cavanagh Head Coach of Women's Hockey, welcomes five new student-athletes to the 2019-20 squad.


There are four Americans and one Swede among the first-years, while four of the new Bulldogs skated in New England last winter, one was in the Midwest. Bolding has three forwards, a goalie and a blueliner in this group of newcomers.





Courtney DeNaut, G, Greenwich Academy

Kiersten Goode, F, Kent School

Elle Hartje, F, Belle Tire 19U

Grace Lee,  F, Shattuck St. Mary's

Sofie Zander, D, Kent School




Courtney DeNaut


Greenwich Academy

Greenwich, Conn.


At New Jersey Colonials: Won regionals and advanced to nationals in one season with the Colonials as a postgraduate at The Lawrenceville School (2018-19).


At Mid Fairfield CT Stars: Played eight seasons for the Stars, winning regionals and advancing to the nationals seven times in eight seasons.


Greenwich Academy: Team captain as a senior and assistant captain as a junior… Played varsity ice hockey from eighth grade through senior year… Varsity lacrosse all four years plus postgraduate year… Received Academic All-American for Lacrosse (2018).


Notes: pronounced Duh-no… Has three golden retrievers and is the youngest of four children.  


Why Yale? "I chose Yale because I want to challenge myself both academically and athletically. I believe it's a place where I can grow as a person, student and athlete for the next four years, and I've always felt very welcomed on campus."



Kiersten Goode


La Habra, CA

Kent School


At Kent School: Lettered three years in varsity ice hockey: 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19… Captain in 2018-19… New England D1 Champions in 2019, Founders League Champions in 2016 and 2018… PKO Taft Tournament Champions in 2017…  Facilitated team development through outreach to prospective students… Played Varsity Field Hockey all three years…  Founders League Champions in 2016 and 2017. Most Improved Player in 2016...  Also rowed JV crew and played tennis.


At Mid-Fairfield Connecticut Stars U16AAA in 2016-17, earned national championship bid. 


At California Wave U16AAA in 2014-15, 2015-16, earned national championship bid both years. 


At Anaheim Lady Ducks U12AAA and U14AAA 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, earned national championship bids in 2012 and 2014.


USA Hockey Girls Tier I Pacific District Champion: 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016

USA Hockey Girls Tier I National Championships: 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016

Pacific District Select Camp: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

National Development Camp: 2014, 2015, 2017


Notes: Pronounced Good… Little Kings skating (mini mites) volunteer instructor, City of Anaheim volunteer, Oak Canyon Nature Center volunteer, Kent Student Volunteer at an Animal Shelter, Disneyland VoluntEARS… Interned at a tax preparation and accounting firm… Worked for Disneyland Resort…  Honor/High Honor Roll all three years at Kent School… activities include voice lessons, French Culture Club, and Kent Volunteer Junior Firefighter Club… Southern California State Champion Gymnast in 2009, 2010 and 2011


Why Yale?

"I visited Yale for the first time during a hockey tournament when I was 12 years old and I saw immediately that it is a special place.  As I grew older, I began to appreciate the history and depth of academic richness of this elite institution. I am ambitious and excited to participate in a college environment where I will be exposed to extraordinary courses, extracurricular activities, and a diverse student body. I know that Yale provides a unique opportunity where students, including student athletes, are encouraged to achieve their highest potential. Yale is the ideal place for me to make discoveries, face adversity, and acquire skills that I will embody throughout my life and future career. I look forward to honoring the lasting traditions at Yale."



Elle Hartje


Belle Tire 19U

Detroit, Mich.


At USA U18 Women's National Team: Member of the U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team at the Under-18 Series vs. Canada (2018) in Calgary, Alberta…Participated in two USA Hockey Women's National Festivals in Lake Placid, NY and two Girls' Select U18 Player Development Camps Biddeford, Maine (2017, 2018) … Leading scorer 2016 Girls' Select U15 USA Hockey Player Development Camp.  


At Belle Tire 19U: Team captain and scoring leader 2017-2018 and 2018-2019… Led national championship tournament in scoring … USA Hockey National Championship Silver Medal 2018 and Bronze Medal 2019 … Led team to back-to-back Michigan Tier I Girls AAA state championships (2018, 2019) … State Championship leading scorer (2018, 2019) …


At USA Eagles: USA Hockey Bantam Boys National Champion (2016). 


Notes: Pronounced Har-CHEE… First name is Danielle but goes by Elle… Michigan High School Athlete of the Year Award… Four-time tennis individual and team state champion at Detroit Country Day School … Four-time All-State selection in tennis… Tennis team MVP…Four-time All-State selection in soccer at Detroit Country Day… Tennis and Soccer Team Captain…Midwest Soccer Player of the Year Award (Elite Clubs National League) and Team Captain (Vardar Soccer Club)… Four-year Summa Cum Laude at Country Day School…Works as a personal tennis instructor… Loves photography… President of Skate to be Great youth hockey program which provides affordable equipment and ice time for local kids… One of four siblings … Father, Tod, played hockey and won a national championship in 1989 with Harvard … Mother, Nicole, captained tennis team at Harvard.


Why Yale? "I chose Yale because there is an emphasis on both athletics and academics. The campus and facilities are so beautiful. I fell in love immediately after I visited."


Grace Lee 

Boulder, Colorado 

Shattuck St. Mary's 


At Shattuck St. Mary's: 2016 and 2017 State and National Champions... 2019 State Champion and National Champion Runner Up... First year at SSM, (2016) had 57 points in 56 games. 


At Pittsburgh Pens Elite: Won districts to advance to nationals in 2014... 2015 District Champions and National Champion Runner Up.


At Boulder Bison: Played at for eight years... 2013 Rough Riders MVP.


At Team Korea: Participated in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games... 2018 IIHF World Championship Division 1, Group B Runner Up. 


Notes: High Honor Roll all three years at Shattuck St. Mary's... Participated in the Unified Korean Olympic Team in the 2018 Winter Olympics... Enjoys golfing


Why Yale: "I chose Yale for the academic and athletic opportunities it provides. I believe at Yale, I can both grow as an athlete and a student." 



Sofie Zander


Kent School

Bara, Sweden


At Kent School: PKO Taft Tournament gold medalist in 2016... Founders League Champion in 2017-18... New England Champion in 2018-19. 


At Malmö Redhawks: Selected captain for Boys youth 15 team.


At District Team-Skane: Assistant captain in 2014-15... "Best defenseman" award in the district team tournament "Stålbucklan" in 2014-15... Most assists by defenseman in the district team tournament in 2014-15.


At Linköping HC: Swedish Women's Championship silver medalist in 2015-16… Selected to 2015-16 regional team.


At Mid Fairfield CT Stars: First place in girls U19 Tier1 Regionals in 2016/17...National championship bronze medalist in 2016/17.


Notes: Honor roll for all three years in American High School...Enjoys fencing and warm weather.


Why Yale: "Playing college hockey has always been a goal of mine. But getting to do so at a University with top-level education is a dream come true. Yale is the perfect fit for me because here I don't have to worry about the possibility of my academic ambitions crashing with my athletic pursuits. At Yale I know I can get the best of both." 



contact: Steve Conn, Yale Athletics Communications -