Assumption Women's Ice Hockey Joins Division I NEWHA Conference
WORCESTER, Mass. (June 29, 2022) – Assumption University today announced that its women's ice hockey team has accepted an invitation to compete in the New England Women's Hockey Alliance (NEWHA), an NCAA Division 1 conference. Assumption will become the eighth member of the NEWHA, and the second in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, joining Franklin Pierce University, Long Island University, Post University, Sacred Heart University, Saint Anselm College, Saint Michael's College, and Stonehill College.
The announcement was made today by Eric Gobiel, Assumption University's Director of Athletics, Robert M. DeGregorio, Jr., NEWHA commissioner, and Jack Sweeney, Assumption's Head Women's Ice Hockey Coach.
"Adding women's ice hockey, Assumption's 26th varsity sport, allows us to showcase the hard work and dedication of our student-athletes, coaches, and staff at the highest level," said Gobiel. "They have all put so much time and energy in pursuing their passion, and to be able to offer them the opportunity to compete within the NCAA is truly special."
"During our visit, we were met with excitement and enthusiasm with everyone we met," said Commissioner DeGregorio. "When we left Assumption University, it left us with a lasting impression of the new excitement on this campus with their new women's varsity ice hockey program."
Assumption will begin administratively in the 2022-2023 season. During the 2023-2024 season, the team will participate in the NEWHA regular-season schedule, league playoffs, and will also be eligible to receive the NEWHA automatic qualifier for the NCAA tournament.
"First, I would like to thank the member institutions of NEWHA for their decision to accept Assumption University into this prestigious league," said Sweeney. "The NEWHA has created a fantastic opportunity for young women to continue playing the sport that they love to play at a very competitive level, and for all of us here at Assumption, that is very special. While this will be my 28th year working in the sport of ice hockey, I have never been more professionally excited than I am to lead this team."
The program will practice and compete at the Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center, a multi-use Recreation Center, and two NHL regulation ice surfaces. Prospective student-athletes interested in competing as a member of this team can contact Coach Sweeney.
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