Thursday, September 8, 2011

Lady Icers Release 2011-2012 Roster

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.

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