Colontino leaving women's program
When asked about his decision to leave, Colontino said the associate title was an important factor.
This is yet another blow to the women's program, which is coming off a 7-27-2 (2-23-2 WCHA) season and is losing its top two players, underclassmen Cami and Cara Wooster. Although only sophomores, the sisters are leaving to play with the Edmonton Chimos of the WWHL.
Their decision to leave was in part to pursue academic endeavors not available at UND, but they expressed discontent with the direction of the program.
"If the hockey part had gone better, we probably would have stayed," Cara said. "The reason we came here was hockey."
In all, UND is losing six of its top eight scorers. Melissa Dianoski, who was academically ineligible last season after finishing as the No. 3 scorer as a freshman, will not be back either. Considering the Sioux averaged just 1.67 goals per game last season, scoring figures to be a challenge come this fall. UND also lost all three of its goaltenders from last season.
With the number of players gone from last year's team in double digits, and a mainstay assistant leaving as well, Year 5 is starting to look like Year 1.