BROOKLYN, N.Y.--After successful collegiate careers and an impressive free-agent tryout, Kristin Lewicki, Kaylyn Schroka and Sarah Shureb who played together as a complete forward line for Adrian College will continue their dream of playing professional hockey for the Buffalo Beauts of the National Women's Hockey League. That announcement was made by the NWHL office recently.
The trio brings to four the number of Bulldogs who have inked pro contracts, joining Hannah McGowan (2011-15) who also played for Buffalo during the NWHL's inaugural 2015-16 season.
"I am extremely proud of all three players. It is amazing they will all get to start playing together in Buffalo," said Adrian head coach Chad Davis, who led the Bulldogs to their first NCAA title game appearance last March and has compiled a 128-31-9 career record in six seasons at the helm. "I look forward to watching them pursue their dream of playing hockey professionally and watching them play!"
In Lewicki, Schroka and Shureb, the Beauts gain one of the most dynamic set of teammates who were collectively a force in Division III hockey over the last four seasons. 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 racked up 90+89=179 career scoring totals in 113 games over her four-year career from 2013 to 2017 at Adrian, finishing as the sixth all-time leading scorer in NCAA Division III women's history. Over the same four-year period at Adrian, Schroka was 69+80=149 in 111 contests and Shureb was 46+56=102 in 108.
"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 seniors, Lewicki, Schroka and Shureb all posted career years. Lewicki led the nation with 66 points on 32 goals and 34 assists and was named the nation's top player by United States College Hockey Online (USCHO.com). Schroka was third in point-scoring with 62 points (29+33) and Shureb compiled 59 (25+34). They each garnered All-America status from the American Hockey Coaches Association and USCHO.
"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," she concluded.
The 2017-18 season will be the third for the NWHL, which will announce the schedule soon.
(Editor's note: The NWHL Communications Office contributed to this report.)