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Women's Hockey Loses Goalie To Wisconsin, But Gains Accelerating USA U18 Freshman

Sources confirm 2015 recruit will be joining the Eagles this September

Standout goaltender Corinne Boyles left some big shoes to fill after graduating. Who will step in?
Standout goaltender Corinne Boyles left some big shoes to fill after graduating. Who will step in?
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While BC fans eagerly await the always-late announcement of the hockey schedules --- a post will be dropping here at BCI at 10:30 with the projected schedule for the men's hockey season --- there were some interesting bits of news to come out of Kelley Rink on Wednesday.

Redshirt junior goaltender Megan Miller, who backed up graduated senior Corinne Boyles in her last two seasons, officially transferred to Wisconsin and is no longer a part of BC's roster.

The news is a bit puzzling given that it would appear that she was set to become the Eagles' #1 with Boyles' graduation. Junior Taylor Blake, the only returning 'tender for BC, has, unfortunately, played in just one game in her BC career. Megan's brother, Adam, is a member of Wisconsin's men's team, and that was likely a major factor in her decision to head west.

Blake may be the only returning goaltender, but fortunately, there is help on the way.

Sources confirmed to BCI that Katie Burt, goaltender for the silver-medal winning USA U18 team in Hungary, will accelerate and join the Eagles this fall. Burt will join incoming freshman Gabri Switaj, who has an impressive pedigree of her own as a 4 year starting goaltender at Culver Academy and 4 year national team camp attendee, in what will probably prove to be an open competition with Blake for the starting role.

The three goaltenders have played a combined 1 period of collegiate action -- Taylor Blake's 2-save frame in a 10-0 throttling of Maine in 2012 -- but with Burt's acceleration giving BC a full stable of talented goalies, a tough competition for the starting role should produce a winner.