The Connecticut Jr. Rangers, proud member of the United States Hockey League (USPHL), announced today that National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC) forward Noah Strawn has committed to playing his collegiate career at Endicott College, an NCAA Division III program located in Beverly, Massachusetts.
Strawn, a 2019 NCDC All-Star, appeared in 56 regular season and postseason games for the Jr. Rangers, coming within one victory of the Dineen Cup. His 50 points and 33 assists in the regular season ranked top-10 in the NCDC, while his 17 goals was third-best among his teammates. In the postseason, he tallied two goals and three assists in seven games played.
At the 2019 USPHL All-Star Game, Strawn netted a pair of goals for Team National on their way to a 7-5 victory over Team American. His performance earned him "Dan K Star of the Game" Honors.
In a Dineen Cup Finals interview with USPHL.com back in March, Jr. Rangers head coach Jim Henkel talked about some of the biggest strengths Strawn possesses, including the energy he brings to compete in every game.
“Noah is a fast, hard-working forward," praised Henkel. "He has a high motor and loves to compete. Very aggressive and effective on the ice.”
Endicott College will be entering their fifth season as an NCAA Division III program in 2019, competing out of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC). Other programs in the CCC include Becker College, Curry College, Nichols College, Salve Regina University, University of New England, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Western New England University.
Endicott has become a major hub for USPHL players advancing to the collegiate level. The 27-man roster contains 22 players who were recruited straight from, and/or spent significant time in, the NCDC and USPHL Premier Division. Stawn will join one of his former NCDC teammates when he heads to Beverly next season, freshman goaltender Conor O'Brien.
In 2017, just their second season as a varsity program, the Gulls had a dream run which included claiming the inaugural CCC Championship, earning their first USCHO.com national ranking, and winning their first-ever NCAA DIII Tournament game.
The Gulls finished with a 16-9-2 overall record in the 2018-19 season (9-8-0 CCC), reaching the semifinals of the CCC Tournament for the fourth consecutive year.