Clare Conway, in her white, blue, and gold Lancer hockey uniform, guides a puck on the ice

Clare Conway named to Team USA roster for World University Games

December 6, 2022
By: Krystyanna Ramsdell

Worcester State Womens Ice Hockey forward Clare Conway has been selected to represent Team USA at the World University Games in January in Lake Placid New York. The games are scheduled to run from January 12–22. Staged every two years in a different city, the winter edition of the FISU World University Games is a celebration of international university sports and culture. With several thousand student athletes competing in each event edition, the FISU World University Games is among the worlds largest winter multi-sports competition.

I’m extremely grateful and excited for the opportunity, says graduate student Clare Conway (Billerica, MA). I grew up pretending to play for Team USA in street hockey or video games. So, to finally be able to do that is a surreal dream come true. Its an honor to represent Team USA and Worcester State and thank you to my coaches and teammates for helping me get here. I do not get to have these opportunities without the people around me so thank you.

The Womens Ice Hockey Tournament is scheduled to include the nations of Canada, Great Britain, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Japan in the Womens Ice Hockey competition. The Womens competition will take place at SUNY Potsdam, with the semi-finals and finals to be held in Lake Placid. Conway will be participating in the university age group, which is made up of those currently enrolled or one year removed. The 11-day program includes nine compulsory sports that appear at every winter edition of the FISU World University Games, combined with educational and cultural events, all taking place in and around Lake Placid. The tournament, aiming to create an Olympic feel, will host an opening ceremony, 86 medal events and coverage through ESPN and their affiliates.

This honor is so well deserved for Conway, says Womens Ice Hockey Head Coach Eliza Kelley. She has turned some heads in NCAA hockey, for sure. Its exciting for her and for our program that shes earning opportunities like this. Shes coming off a productive year last year and having another great start to this one. Obviously, shes a great player and a big energy producer for us. I know she will take that passion and drive with her to Lake Placid. We will miss her in a Lancer jersey in January, but we know she will represent the university and our program well while wearing the red, white, and blue.

Conway, one of just four Division III representatives currently selected, is one of 23 comprising the 2023 roster, which includes 20 skaters and three goaltenders. Additional members of the squad represent Division I, including the Hockey East, and Division II. The final roster for the tournament will be finalized by December 6 with the first game for team USA set for at 3:15 p.m. on January 12 versus Japan. The opening ceremonies kick-off that night and will be televised live on ESPN at 7 p.m.

We are so proud of Clares accomplishments as a Lancer! Since she arrived on our campus in the fall of 2021, she has been incredibly important to our inaugural Womens Ice Hockey program, and an asset in quickly becoming a noted hockey team in the Northeast, states Worcester State Athletic Director Mike Mudd. Whether scoring a timely goal, setting up a teammate, or blocking a shot, she has been a terrific representative of our program. To be able to represent our school and country in such a prestigious event, is a tribute to her hard work and accomplishments as a student athlete.

Image: Clare Conway

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