Courtesy Syracuse Athletic Communications
Four members of the 2014-15 Syracuse ice hockey team have been selected to serve as captains next season, head coach Paul Flanagan announced on Thursday. After a team vote, Julie Knerr and Akane Hosoyamada were elected captains while Nicole Renault andNicole Ferrara will serve as alternate captains.
Hosoyamada will don the "C" on her jersey this season after being awarded a fifth year due to medical hardship during her sophomore season. Hosoyamada is a dual threat for the Orange, playing both defenseman and forward as needed. She began the season on defense before transitioning to an offensive role, amassing 16 points off four goals and 12 assists along the way, a stat line identical to her 2012-13 totals.
Also serving as a captain is senior Knerr who had a break-out season in 2013-14, scoring a career-best seven goals including two game winners, the first against No. 9/8 Robert Morris and the second in the first round of the CHA playoffs which secured Syracuse's spot in the semifinals. Knerr, a forward, was also a big contributor defensively, blocking 32 opponent shots, the fifth-most on the team.
Renault will be the only Orange on the ice with an "A" on her chest as Ferrara will redshirt next season while she recovers from an injury suffered in the middle of the 2013-14 season. As a sophomore defenseman, Renault was one of the biggest contributors to the 'Cuse offense, scoring 28 points including 21 assists, the most on the team. A force on the power play, Renault scored four man-up goals. She also netted two unassisted scores. Renault was the only Orange named to the All-CHA First Team. She scored the most points among any CHA defenseman last season and the 9th most of any Division I defenseman.
Before her season came to a close, Ferrara, a rising senior, was
a spark for the Orange, netting seven goals, including two power
play and one shorthanded, and assisting on five. In 2012 she scored
24 points, the second-most on the team, including 10 goals, four of
which were game-winners. Ferrara will be a leader off the ice this
season while she rehabilitates from her injury.