COLUMBUS, Ohio — When the Buckeyes take the ice to start the 2018-19 season there will be two new players with the captain’s “C” stitched to their sweaters, and a new pair of assistant captains will join them as the leaders of the team.
After earning the “A” midway through the 2017-18 season, Jincy Dunne will take over as one of the captains for the new season. Dunne is coming off the best season of her career where she tallied 26 points, tied for fifth on the team, and tied the team high with 24 assists. The redshirt-junior’s efforts on the ice resulted in a slew of honors, including a spot on the American Hockey Coaches Association All-American Second Team, All-USCHO Third Team, and All-WCHA First Team. In addition to her on-ice achievements, Dunne has also earned both WCHA All-Academic Team and Academic All-Big Ten status both of the years she’s been eligible, and she’s been an OSU Scholar-Athlete all three years of her time as Buckeye. She also appeared on the WCHA All-Rookie Team in 2017. “It all comes back to Jincy taking over as an assistant captain halfway through last season and getting to watch her grow and become an elite leader both on and off the ice,” OSU Head Coach Nadine Muzerall said. “We needed to compliment her and surround her with fellow leaders that can keep up the high standards set by Julianna Iafallo and Lauren Spring last season.”
“I’m incredibly humbled by the opportunity to wear the ‘C’ and to work alongside my fellow co-captains,” Dunne said. “I think we have a really special group of young women who are all hungry to continue building off of last year’s success. I’m excited to see what the upcoming season holds!”
Joining her as a captain is Erin Langermeier. One of the most vocal leaders in the locker room, Langermeier started all 39 games for the Buckeyes last season. The senior has appeared in 102 games over her first three seasons, and earned a spot on the WCHA All-Academic Team in 2017, along with OSU Scholar-Athlete status in the same year. “Erin brings a high level of maturity to the table,” Muzerall added. “She acts almost like a mom on the team. She’s the one that the ladies can bring their problems to and know they’ll be heard and helped.”
“It is a true honor to be selected by my teammates as one of their captains for the upcoming season,” Langermeier said. “The bar was set high by our team and our leadership last season so I’m excited to help lead this team to new highs. I am so grateful and excited for the opportunities presented to the team and I, and we’re looking forward to proving that last season was just the start of something special.”
Senior Madison Field will back up Dunne and Langermeier as an assistant captain. Field posted her second consecutive 30-point season in 2017-18, and even earned some national recognition, being named the NCAA No. 2 Star of the Week after her five-goal weekend against Minnesota State in the opening round of the WCHA Tournament. She also earned the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week award three times during the 2017-18 season. Her 19 goals last season are a career high, and she netted four game winning goals during the season. She’s played in every game since joining the Buckeyes in 2015, totaling 112 appearances, the most of any player on the team.
“It is both an honor and a privilege to be selected as one of the leaders of this team,” Field said. “I take a lot of pride in being a Buckeye and wearing that Scarlet and Gray, and after last season’s success I know we’re in a great spot to build off that success and continue to push this program to new levels.”
Lastly, Olivia Soares will serve as an assistant captain as well. The junior appeared in 32 games as a sophomore, and played in all 37 games as a freshman. A steadying presence in the locker room, Soares has quietly earned the respect of her teammates with relentless efforts on and off the ice. Soares earned WCHA Scholar-Athlete status, a title awarded to student-athletes with a grade-point-average of at least 3.50, earlier in 2018. She also earned a spot on the WCHA All-Academic Team and the Academic All-Big Ten team for 2018, and OSU Scholar-Athlete status both of her years in the Scarlet and Gray.
“I am honored and excited to be an assistant captain for the upcoming season, and I am especially excited to do it alongside Jincy, Erin, and Maddy,” Soares said. We all bring different leadership qualities to the table, which will help us to be successful as a group. We are all looking forward to the season and continuing to build off success of the last couple years.”
”Liv and Maddy provide a strong backbone for the group with their personalities and balance in how they approach issues,” Muzerall concluded. “Between the four of them there’s going to be a strong connection to how they represent the entire team. The big thing here is that all four women in this group are highly respected, both on and off the ice. When any one of them speaks, the whole team listens, and the other three will back them up to create that unified front that great teams are built upon.”
The Buckeyes open their season for a series at Quinnipiac in the last weekend of September before their home opening series against fellow 2018 Frozen Four team Colgate in the first weekend of October at the OSU Ice Rink.