On August 16th, the Ryerson University Rams announced four new additions to the women’s hockey team for the upcoming season, adding forwards Emily Baxter, Mia Morano, and Alexia Ursua, along with defender Abby DeCorby.
With the 2018-19 season bringing on nine rookies for the Rams along with the four new players this year, the team has a fresh young core, headlined by 2018-19 rookie of the year Erika Crouse.
For the past three years, Baxter has played for the Burlington Barracudas of the PWHL, and tallied fourteen goals and ten assists in thirty with total games played through 2018-19. She was the highest scoring player on the team by a large margin, and is an exciting addition to the Ram’s women’s team. The Oakville native will be someone to watch out for this season as Ryerson attempts to surpass last years program-best fourth three point season.
Mia Morano, also out of the PWHL, played for the Toronto Aeros last season. In thirty six regular season games with the Aeros, Morano had two goals and eight assists. The season was her first in the PWHL after spending two seasons with the Aeros AA team.
After spending last season with the Greater Vancouver Comets in BC’s AAA female league, Alexia Ursua is another very exciting addition to the Rams lineup. In thirty one games last season, Ursua scored an impressive fifteen goals and twenty seven assists, helping her team to become league champions.
In her last year of minor hockey in the SFMAAAHL, defender Abby DeCorby scored four goals and had twelve assists to total sixteen points in twenty eight games. At 6’0 tall, the Saskatoon native adds notable size to the Rams back end, and as a first year, she has plenty of time and potential to add plenty of muscle to be faster and stronger.
With this class of rookies joining the team, the lineup will see a young core that has plenty of time to improve and adapt to varsity standards in the upcoming season. If player development goes to plan, the Ryerson women’s team will see a very good couple of years in the near future with the thirteen players added this year and last, promising the potential for a bright future in the organization.