PHOTO FROM RIT ATHLETICS
Kendall Cornine is a forward from Kinnelon, New Jersey, playing for Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Before arriving at RIT, Cornine played for the East Coast Wizards in the New England Women’s Junior Hockey League (NEWJHL), which is now the Eastern Women’s Hockey Conference (EWHC). She also played for Morristown Beard High School, where she produced record-breaking point totals. Her 199 points across four seasons of high school broke the all-time New Jersey High School scoring record. These 199 points came on 104 goals and 95 assists in just 74 games. Also, Cornine was named New Jersey Girls High School Player of the year in 2015 and New Jersey Devils High School Player of the Year in 2014 and 2015. Her senior year in 2015, Cornine recorded 66 points in just 17 games, good for an incredible 3.88 points per game average.
As a freshman at RIT, Cornine recorded nine points in 36 games to lead all first-year players on the RIT squad. She started off very strong with five points in her first seven collegiate games before cooling off in the second half of the season. Additionally, Cornine was second on her team with 84 shots on goal, blocked 17 shots, and won 118 face-offs at center. Cornine was named the College Hockey America Rookie of the Week three different times over the course of the year.
Her sophomore year, Cornine broke out for 20 points in 34 games, which led her team. She also led RIT in shots on goal with 129, face-off wins with 332, power play goals with four, and game winning goals with two. Among all College Hockey America Players, Cornine finished the season seventh in goals with 12 and fifth in shots on goal.
Last year, as a junior, Cornine served as team captain and led the team with 16 points in 35 games. Additionally, her 151 shots on goal lead her team and were the second most among all College Hockey America players. Cornine finished the season with 247 face-off wins, good for a team-leading 55.8 percent win rate. At the end of the season, Cornine was rewarded for her academic and athletic efforts with CHA All-Academic Team honors.
This season, she’s leading the team with 15 points in 21 games, including a team-high eight goals. She has five multi-point outings on the year, including two assists in a 2-0 win over Brown last weekend.
Cornine was drafted sixth overall by the Metropolitan Riveters in the NWHL Draft in December. She will graduate from RIT at the end of the year with a degree in exercise science.
3. Jessie Eldridge (F), Colgate University, Buffalo Beauts (13th overall, 2018)
2. Nicole Schammel (D), University of Minnesota, Buffalo Beauts (23rd overall, 2018)
1. Melissa Samoskevich (F), Quinnipiac University, Connecticut Whale (2nd overall, 2018)
This week’s must-see matchup is between Quinnipiac and Colgate on Friday, January 11 at 3 PM. Four NWHL draft picks representing three teams will be playing. Melissa Samoskevich of Quinnipiac was drafted by the Connecticut Whale second overall this past December. On Colgate, Jessie Eldridge and Olivia Zafuto were drafted by the Buffalo Beauts and Bailey Larson was drafted by the Boston Pride. The two teams are third and fourth in the ECAC standings, so this should be a close matchup.