DURHAM, N.H.  – Over the past five months, the University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey program has been highly visible around the globe on the international hockey scene, as a total of eight student-athletes on the 2008 UNH team have been chosen to participate in select national programs.

This weekend, juniors Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.) and Sam Faber (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) will skate against incoming freshman Jenn Wakefield (Pickering, Ontario) in a three-game exhibition series between the U.S. Under-22 Select Team and Canada’s National Women’s Under-22 Team at Lake Placid, N.Y.

Bellamy, also a member of the 2006-07 U.S. Under-22 Select Team, and Faber were selected to the U.S. team from the national festival that was held Aug. 14-21 in Lake Placid. Additionally, Raylen Dziengelewski (Southwick, Mass.), another incoming freshman, participated in the USA Select 17 Festival – also held in Lake Placid – this past June.

On the Canadian side of the ledger, Wakefield earned a roster spot on the U-22 team through her competition at Team Canada’s National Under-19 Camp that was held in Calgary at the end of July. She was joined at that U-19 camp by fellow incoming freshmen Courtney Birchard (Mississauga, Ontario) and Kayley Herman (Weyburn, Saskatchewan). All three athletes competed in a round robin series that included Japan’s Senior National Team.

International experience for UNH’s incoming class – six of the seven freshmen can boast this achievement – extends to Europe, where sisters Julia and Stefanie Marty (Nussbaumen, Switzerland) competed at the World Championships this past spring for Team Switzerland.
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