NEW LONDON, Conn.--Connecticut College goaltender Kelsie Fralick '15 of West Chester, Pa. has made history as a valuable contributor to the first Isobel Cup Championship Franchise, the Boston Pride of the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL).
Following the tradition of the National Hockey League, every member of the Pride gets to take possession of the Isobel Cup for a day or two.
Fralick posted some impressive numbers during her prolific playing career in New London. She closed out her career with 2,016 saves, registering a 2.06 goals against average with a .932 saves percentage.
Fralick was named to the 2015 All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Women's Hockey first team and was honored by the New England Hockey Writer's on their All-Star Team.
Fralick is employed at the St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H. where the program director fully backed her decision to continue her playing career.
Founded by former Northeastern University hockey player Dani Rylan, the NWHL had four teams competing in its inaugural season: The Boston Pride; the Buffalo Beauts; the Connecticut Whale and the New York Riveters.
Fralick saved many of her best collegiate performances for the post-season. In six NESCAC playoff starts, Fralick compiled a 2.18 goals against average with a .933 save percentage, turning aside 195 of 209 shots.
At the 2014 NESCAC Championship, Fralick stopped 39 of 40 shots to lead the eighth seeded Camels to a 2-1 overtime triumph against top seeded Middlebury College. It was the first time a #8 seed had knocked off a top seed in the history of the NESCAC Women's Hockey Championship.
Fralick enjoyed a breakthrough season in goal during a historic 2012-2013 campaign that saw the Camels set a program record with 14 wins while advancing to the semi-final round in the NESCAC Championship for the second time in program history.
Fralick set a school record with six shutouts between the pipes, the last one was a 32 save gem in the NESCAC Quarterfinal Round that occurred on the 23rd of February at Trinity. Fralick's .947 save percentage was the third best in the country. Her 1.59 goals against average tied for her 10th place among Division III net-minders.
Working with the Be the Match program, Fralick organized bone marrow testing drives on campus and raised the awareness of this important program across other campuses in the NESCAC. Fralick also held a critically important leadership post as a coach with the Special Olympics Speed Skating Team out of Southeastern Connecticut. She volunteered with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Organization. Fralick and her teammates also assisted in the Adopt a Family program during the Holiday season. This charitable endeavor allows groups to provide specific items to a needy family during the holiday season.
The Pride will open their 2016-17 season Thursday September 22 with a pre-season game against Boston College. The team plays its first regular season home game, Saturday October 15 when they host the Buffalo Beauts at the newly constructed Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton, Mass.