As a senior on the ice hockey team at Harvard in 2005, Nicole Corriero put together a season that is arguably the greatest offensive year by an individual in NCAA history. She scored 59 goals, 24 of which came on the power play. To put that in perspective, no other Division I women’s ice hockey player has scored more than 47 goals or lit the lamp more than 17 times on the power play. Will those marks ever be broken?
“I don’t know, that’s a really good question,” said Katey Stone, Corriero’s coach at Harvard and current head coach of the United States national team. “I will tell you that whoever does break it will have to have other great players on the ice with them like Nicole did. She also had such a quick shot and never overhandled the puck.”
“I had some really good set up people like Julie Chu and Sarah Vaillancourt,” Corriero said. “They did a great job of moving the puck around so you knew they would find you and be able to get you the puck.”
Corriero’s hockey career culminated with her capturing All-America honors three times, being named a two-time nominee for the Patty Kazmaier Award, for the top collegiate women’s hockey player, in addition to earning a 2005 ESPN ESPY nomination for top collegiate female athlete. Her NCAA career mark of 150 goals was surpassed last year by Mercyhurst’s Meghan Agosta, who finished with 157, while Corriero’s mark of 265 points was broken by Chu in 2007 and then again by Agosta last year.
In addition, the Harvard team had unprecedented success while Corriero was a member of the Crimson. In fact, they reached the national championship game during her final three years, but unfortunately came up just short on each try.
“We felt a little like the Buffalo Bills,” Corriero said. “It’s probably easier to win one than to lose three in a row. We lost to great teams all three years, but they all could have gone either way and that’s what made it so hard.”
However, when looking back, Corriero has nothing but fond memories.
“I can’t say enough about the student-athlete experience I had at Harvard,” Corriero said. “It made the college experience so much more enjoyable, and the friendships with my teammates are as strong as they were when we were walking around on campus six years ago.”
These days, Corriero is a partner at the law firm of Lofranco Corriero in North York, Ontario. After graduating with honors in sociology, she went on to earn both her Canadian and American law degrees from a program offered by the University of Windsor and the University of Detroit Mercy. Corriero was admitted into the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2009.
She went from a summer student in a law firm to a partner in less than 10 years. Her success, both on and off the ice, was no surprise to her former coach.
“She was very competitive and had a great love for the game of hockey,” Stone said. “That is a great formula for being successful.”