The Lady Icers have released a roster for the final season of ACHA competition. This roster also constitutes official acknowledgement of a massive fourteen-player recruiting class for this season. We'll get into them a little more as we go, but for now, here is this season's team.
Defenders (10) Yr. Hometown Previous Team
Kate Christofferson Jr. Trumbull, CT CT Polar Bears
Sara Chroman Sr. Livingston, NJ N.J. Rockets
Lisa Frank Fr. Hopewell, NJ N.J. Rockets
Paige Harrington Fr. Mansfield, MA Boston Jr. Terriers
Julie Horn Jr. New Windsor, NY Brewster Bulldogs
Cara Mendelson Fr. Pittsburgh, PA Steel City Selects
Allie Rothman So. West Chester, PA West Chester Quakers
Ashton Schaffer Fr. Midlothian, TX Alliance Bulldogs
Lydia Scott Sr. Paoli, PA West Chester Quakers
Madison Smiddy Fr. Grand Rapids, MI Detroit Honeybaked
Forwards (17) Yr. Hometown Previous Team
Kassidy Augustine Sr. Harrisburg, PA Hershey Jr. Bears
Chelly Deiling Sr. Hummelstown, PA Hershey Jr. Bears
Elizabeth Denis Gr. Durham, NH Brown University
Abbey Dufoe Fr. Malvern, PA West Chester Quakers
Kirsten Evans Jr. Damascus, MD Damascus
Katharine Gausseres Jr. Rockville, MD Washington Pride
Dana Heller Sr. Kittanning, PA Ohio Flames
Christina Hurle Fr. Bedminster, NJ N.J. Rockets
Abby Miller Sr. York, PA Susquehanna Rapids
Katie Murphy Fr. Novi, MI Detroit Honeybaked
Lindsay Reihl Jr. Cheshire, CT CT Polar Bears
Denise Rohlik Jr. Raleigh, NC Car. Jr. Hurricanes
Sydney Sherman Fr. Flanders, NJ N.J. Colonials
Samantha Summers Jr. Ellicott Cty, MD Susquehanna Rapids
Carly Szyszko So. Bensalem, PA N.J. Colonials
Alex Warren-Caldwell Fr. Arlington, MA Boston Jr. Terriers
Tess Weaver Fr. Windber, PA Pgh. Penguins Elite
Goaltenders (3) Yr. Hometown Previous Team
Sarah Eisenhut Fr. Lansing, NY Ithaca Shooting Stars
Mary Tonetti Fr. West Chester, PA West Chester Quakers
Katie Vaughan So. Pittsburgh, PA Pgh. Penguins Elite
Only two of last year's players with remaining eligibility - Michelle Clarke and Lindsey Shuler - are not on this year's team.
Regardless, the nucleus of what was already a pretty good team (with just two departing seniors from last year's squad) will join with the large recruiting class to give the Lady Icers something that was sorely lacking at times last season - depth. It's probably fair to say that we've seen the end of the skaters-playing-goalie era at Penn State, and this is no longer a team that needs to stay healthy to compete. Just as on the men's side, this is a group that should jump from the second half of the top ten to national championship contender this season.
One more quick note in case you glossed over the roster: the group of incoming players includes Elizabeth Denis, who comes to Penn State from NCAA Division I Brown. She will undoubtedly bring the expertise and leadership of someone who has tasted the big time, a crucial asset to have during this transitional period.
The Lady Icers begin the final ACHA season, before joining the NCAA and College Hockey America next year, September 23rd at NCAA DI Robert Morris.