NCAA Woman of the Year Award nominee Kristin Lewicki and linemates Kaylyn Schroka and Sarah Shureb combined for 187 points last season
BROOKLYN, NY, July 11, 2017 – The Buffalo Beauts today announced the signing of a complete forward line from Adrian College that was a force in Division III hockey over the last four seasons. Kristin Lewicki, Kaylyn Schroka and Sarah Shureb have all signed contracts to play for Buffalo in the 2017-18 NWHL season. As seniors this past season, the line of Lewicki, Schroka and Shureb combined for 187 points on 86 goals and 101 assists.
“They were a force together,” said Beauts GM and co-coach Ric Seiling. “Their stats speak volumes and they showed us at our free agent camp what they’re capable of. We look for them to carry their magic over to the NWHL.”
Lewicki was 90-89-179 in 113 games over her four-year career from 2013-2017 at Adrian, for a points-per-game average of 1.58. She is a nominee this year for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year award, which honors graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academic achievement, athletics ability, service and leadership.
“I'm thrilled to be joining the Beauts organization and thankful for this opportunity to play in the NWHL,” said Lewicki. “It is something I have dreamed of for a long time. To be a part of the NWHL as it is growing is something I'm very proud of.”
As a senior, Lewicki led the Bulldogs to the 2017 D3 national title game and led the nation with 66 points on 32 goals and 34 assists. The West Virginia native was named NCHA Player of the Year and first-team All-America by the American Hockey Coaches Association. She graduated Adrian with a degree in criminal justice with a minor in business administration.
Over the same four years at Adrian, Schroka was 69-80-149 in 111 games and Shureb was 46-56-102 in 108 games. Schroka and Shureb are both from Michigan and played in the Little Caesars youth hockey program. Lewicki started out playing on boys’ teams in Wheeling before joining the Pittsburgh Seals program (formerly known as Team Pittsburgh) at age 11. After four dominant years at Adrian, the trio has a chance to stick together in the pros.
Said Lewicki, “At the Beauts’ free agent camp, I thought we showcased ourselves very well and was hoping they would take the three of us because it would be such an awesome experience for us to play together again – especially in the NWHL. I think we click so well as a line because we have different styles that allow us to feed off each other. Playing together for four years and having the bond we have helps us click on the ice and just have fun with each shift.
“If it works out, I would love for us to be a line for the Beauts. We want to prove as D3 players we can compete at a higher level. Doing that as a line in the NWHL would be an awesome feeling.”
About the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)
The NWHL is the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players and share in revenue from select apparel sales. The inaugural season began October 11, 2015 with the Founding Four: Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters. The first two winners of the Isobel Cup were the Pride (2016) and the Beauts (2017).
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