by Robbie Sequeira, Luke Tracy and Isiah Martinez
David Stockdale has known about Marisa Ketterman’s talent since she was a 15 year old playing in a mens’ league in her native Palmer, Alaska.
“She’s always had this natural gift to play hockey she’s always had the vision and awareness,” said Stockdale.
Their coach-player journey which has spanned four years and two levels of competition reached a new high point when Ketterman scored her 100th point for Franklin Pierce in the Raven’s 8-0 victory over Post on February 7th.
Affectionately known by her teammates as “Alaska” Ketterman was a part of Stockdale’s ‘second year process’ a group of Franklin Pierce hockey recruits who were brought in to impact a then two year old program.
This group consisted of Ketterman, Shannon O’Neil, Katie Flynn, Nina Danforth, Casey Diana, Lanie Matsumoto and an early graduate, Noelle White. Since their arrival, the team has gone 71-23-5, and are in the midst of their fourth straight winning season after a 7-14 record in their first season.
However, the road to that milestone goal, had not been an easy one for “Alaska.”
“If you would’ve told me my freshman year that I would be a 100 point scorer, I would of called you nuts,” said Ketterman.
Ketterman’s pre-college hockey career involved three years on a mens’ team in her native Alaska, feeling that she would be better suit playing with the guys.
“The guys game is just so much quicker, and it helped with my technique knowing that I couldn’t outskate them I’d have to be smarter and cut them off,” said Ketterman.
Ketterman took this experience and skill to Ohio, where she starred at Gilmour Academy as a forward. She entered the recruitment process, with schools like UMass Boston, Castleton and Buffalo State vying for her interest.
However, a familiar face brought her to Franklin Pierce and its developing ice hockey program: Stockdale.
“He had tried to recruit me to a new program when I was in high school, but it fell through.” said Ketterman. “But he had been at most of my big showcases, we had communicated and I just felt he could bring the best out of me.”
Stockdale challenged Ketterman her first day on campus, telling her she needed to earn every bit of playing time she would get as a freshman.
In her first two seasons, Ketterman made an immediate impact, being named an 2015 All-East ECAC honorable mention leading the conference in points and assists.
However, a junior year marred by mental fatigue, health issues and self-doubt left an uncertain collegiate career.
“That year I just wasn’t mentally confident, I had also seen a bunch of doctors regarding some health issues,” said Ketterman. “So I didn’t come into senior year expecting to set milestones.”
Ketterman said she wasn’t even aware that she was near the 100 point plateau until her dad motivated her to end her senior year strong.
“As we were getting through the season, I had teammates coming up to me saying ‘5 more, 4 more until 100’,” said Ketterman. “So, with that great encouragement from my family, friends and boyfriend it pushed me.”
The night of her milestone goal, Franklin Pierce hosted Post (0-19), and originally the plan was get some of the freshman their first goals of the seasons.
Entering play, Ketterman had 97 points.
“I had said to Kayla [Trujilo] that we’re gotta get Jill [Koop] her first goal tonight,” said Ketterman. “Once I found it out she was on my line, that was the plan.”
Koop ended up scoring two goals in the early parts of the game, off Ketterman’s assists. Ketterman was now at 99.
Ketterman’s first shot of the game came in the slot but it ricocheted off the crossbar, generating a audible gasp from the crowd.
“I knew that if I had second chance at that shot I was going to make it.” Said Ketterman
On her second attempt, she corralled a loose puck from the same spot in the slot.
“I said to myself ‘not again I’m getting puck into the net,’ “said Ketterman
Ketterman ripped the shot right over the right shoulder of the Post goalie Mikellia Doran, notching point 100 for her career.
Ketterman, a skilled photographer, knows the impact of a single moment captured in a picture. She noted that the shot of her being embraced by her teammates as the defining picture from that moment.
“Having Luke Tracy and Mindy O’Neil there to capture a big moment in my career, and with my teammates was so special. ” said Ketterman. “It also allowed me to share it with my parents who couldn’t be at the game.”
The smooth skating Ketterman joins Karsyn Baker as the only 100 point scorer in club history, while also ranking 2nd in career goals and 3rd in career assists.
In 98 career games, Ketterman has scored 101 points, 48 goals and 53 assists.
If the Ravens (16-5-1) win against Castleton and Holy Cross they will receive automatic entry into the open play tournament.