Women End Strong First Half

The UND women’s team lost 50 percent of its goals from last season and 48 percent of its total offense. So, the first half that the team just completed has to be a bit of a surprise.

UND is leading to Christmas break with a 12-4-2 record, the best first-half mark in program history.

UND is sixth in the Pairwise, so it will need to keep up this pace if it wants to make the NCAA tournament for a third consecutive season, but the team put itself in a good position with its first half.

So, how was the UND program able to rebound after losing its two most prominent players in history?

For starters, the coaching staff brought in an excellent recruiting class. UND has the No. 1-scoring freshman class in the country (50 points, 2.78 points per game). That class is headed by rookie forward Susanna Tapani, who UND landed in April.

But just as important as Tapani are UND’s two defenseman recruits — Gracen Hirschy and Halli Krzyzaniak. They have helped make UND’s blue line as deep as it has ever been, and that unit has really helped the team add offense.

UND is allowing oppoents just 21.4 shots per game (fourth nationally), and it is outshooting its opponent by an average of 15.4 per game (third nationally).

Here are a few random stats about the team at the break….

Best starts in program history

12-4-2 (.722) — current season
12-7-1 (.694) — 2011-12 season
11-7 (.611) — 2012-13 season
10-7-1 (.583) — 2008-09 season
9-7-2 (.556) — 2010-11 season

Top plus-minus

+19 — Gracen Hirschy
+13 — Meghan Dufault
+13 — Josefine Jakobsen
+12 — Halli Krzyzaniak
+12 — Sam LaShomb

Blocked shots

29 — Josefine Jakobsen (very unusual to have a F leading team in this)
28 — Sam LaShomb
26 — Halli Krzyzaniak
16 — Gracen Hirschy
16 — Johanna Fallman


76 — Meghan Dufault
66 — Becca Kohler
59 — Michelle Karvinen
58 — Josefine Jakobsen
54 — Susanna Tapani
51 — Gracen Hirschy

Faceoff percentage

59.2 — Lisa Marvin
56.9 — Marissa Salo
52.5 — Josefine Jakobsen
52.0 — Susanna Tapani

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