Senior Spotlight: Edina goaltender and Princeton commit Uma Corniea is on a state tourney streak
The senior goaltender has made five state tournament appearances so far, and has three state titles to her name.
EDINA, Minn. — Uma Corniea is one of the most accomplished goaltenders in Minnesota girls high school hockey history.
She has played on varsity since the seventh grade and has made five consecutive state tournament appearances, with three state titles to her name. On top of that, she still has one more year left of high school.
"My parents claim my first sentence was 'I play hockey,'" said Corniea about her beginnings in the sport.
Growing up in Edina, Corniea went to many open skates with current Blake defender Jackie Wethington ; who comes from a prominent and extensive hockey family which includes names like Winny Brodt-Brown , Madeline Wethington and Audrey Wethington , Kerry Brodt-Wethington , among many others.
The Edina native didn't start out as a goaltender right away, but started to get frustrated as a young skater when other teams would score — which kickstarted her interest in the position.
"Little Mite-me would stand in the net and try to block the shots," said Corniea.
Becoming a goaltender seems to have been a wise decision for the Minnesota native as she now heads into her senior season with three state titles to her name after making five consecutive state tournament appearances.
The 5-foot-10 goalie started on varsity in seventh grade at Breck, and earned two state titles there, before moving over to Edina and winning another state title along with a second- and third-place finish.
In 2019-20, Corniea put up a massive .970 save percentage in 18 regular season games, which earned her the Youth Hockey Hub Girls Goaltender of the Year award as only a freshman.
In 2020-21, Corniea and the Hornets went undefeated for a perfect 22-0 season and the Class AA state title.
The Edina goaltender announced her commitment to play Division I hockey at Princeton University a couple years ago, back before the NCAA changed the rule about what age hockey players were allowed to announce verbal commitments to colleges.
"Their academics for sure was something that stood out to me. If I could use my athletics to get into a really good college then I 100% want to do that, and I kind of wanted to get out of Minnesota ... I wanted to explore something new," said Corniea about her decision.
Although most of her future teammates for the Tigers will be fresh faces, recent Edina graduate Jane Kuehl plays for Princeton and will be a freshman this fall.
With one year left of high school, Uma hopes to soak in and enjoy all of the moments with her teammates this upcoming season.
"I feel like every year is really different, I kind of just take it as an opportunity to grow as a hockey player and a person," she said.
Corniea isn't just athletically talented on the ice, as she recently joined the schools lacrosse team her sophomore year (also as a goaltender) and will be a captain for the squad in the spring.
When she's not out on the ice, Corniea enjoys volunteering with Minnesota Special Hockey, weightlifting and wake surfing.