The second semester is well underway and girls hockey players are making major commitments. From Oswego, New York to St. Peter, Minnesota, soon-to-be graduates are committing to colleges where they will continue to play hockey.
Assistant Captain Maura McKeown (’19) forward, is going to play hockey at SUNY (State University of New York) Oswego which is located in Northwest New York right off the shore of Lake Ontario. Learning to skate at the age of two, and starting to play at four, McKeown knew she had a strong interest in playing college hockey. She narrowed her choices based on academics, athletics, and location.
McKeown said, “I want to be a part of a really good team and program. I feel I will benefit a lot from their program because they are so hockey heavy. If you look at the geography of the campus, the rink is in the middle of everything.”
Growing up in California, McKeown had to travel two hours every night to go practice and is “very thankful” for the time she had to bond with her family. McKeown is very excited to start her new journey at SUNY Oswego, and can’t wait to be a part of the Oswego Lakers.
Mackenzie Jackson (’19) made the decision to continue her hockey career at Alvernia University in Reading, Pennsylvania. Growing up in Grove City, Pennsylvania, Jackson has always had a special interest in hockey but before she started hockey, she was a figure skater from ages four to 11. Jackson knew Alvernia was a great fit for her.
She said, “I talked to Coach Brandwene and he seemed very enthusiastic about the opportunity for the brand new program. I also visited the campus and it felt like home. Along with that, the academics seemed like the perfect fit to prepare me for medical school.”
Jackson is excited to be a member of the team for the inaugural season and hopes to create great relationships with her teammates. She is very thankful for her family and the friendships she has made at Gilmour as well as the guidance she received from her coaches and the Gilmour staff. She will forever cherish those moments.
Ruby McCall (’19) chose to continue her journey at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Starting hockey at 12, McCall has always had a positive impact on and off the ice.
McCall said this opportunity will “further my education at a well-suited college for me as well as continuing to play the game I love at the college level.” Her advice to aspiring hockey players is to never give up because it can happen at any point, so “you just have to keep working hard and keep trying. You will succeed.”
Julia Beaven (’19) made the decision to continue at Alvernia University. Beaven is a goalie for the Girls U19 team. Raised in Seaforth, Ontario, Canada, Beaven always knew she had a strong desire for hockey. Beaven said, “Keep working hard and stay dedicated to yourself and your team. I chose this school because of the small atmosphere and then the idea of having a completely fresh start as it is a new team.” She feels a huge weight off her shoulders since she committed. Beaven will always cherish the moments from her time at Gilmour.
Captain Morgan Miller (’19) decides to go to Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. Miller has been at Gilmour for four years and has worked extremely hard on and off the ice proving to her coaches that she wants to continue her hockey career.
Miller chose this college because of their “tremendous school and hockey programs. They have an athletic training major so I am excited to explore that next year. I lived in Minnesota for 11 years so I am happy to be going back close to home.”
She said, “Work hard and do not take your time in high school hockey for granted. Doing all the extra skates and workouts is not always fun but it pays off so much in the long run.” She hopes to continue to learn and grow as an athlete and wants to find a major that she is passionate about. Miller will always remember all the fun times she’s had over the past four years at Gilmour and will strive for continued excellence at Gustavus Adolphus College.
Assistant Captain Gretchen Klens (’19) commits to Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Growing up in Springboro, Ohio, Klens has been playing hockey for numerous years and always hopes to be the best she can be. Klens said, “I hope I can make an impact on the environment as I’m majoring in environmental science. I was looking for a great school academically and I fell in love with Maine.”
Klens cherishes the moments with her Gilmour teammates and hopes to make that connection with her teammates at Bowdoin. She is also determined to have scholastic success. Klens said, “You should pick a school based on what you’re looking for and not just for a sport.”