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GILMOUR ATHLETES TO PLAY NCAA SPORTS

hen Pennsylvania State University kicks off its inaugural Division I women’s hockey program next season, three senior members of the Gilmour Academy Girls Prep Hockey team will be players. Micayla Catanzariti, Katie Zinn and Celine Whitlinger signed NCAA National Letters of Intent in November. Catanzariti played right wing on Gilmour’s Girls Prep Hockey team. Prior to Gilmour, she earned USA National Championship medals in 2009 and 2010 and was captain of her former team. The Lancer was selected for one of the premier USA Hockey Select Player Development Camps in the Pacific District in 2010 and 2011. She plans to study psychology or sociology at Penn State. “Micayla is a ball of energy during our contests and has the ability to score points, kill penalties and be involved physically in our games,” says Rick Filighera, head coach of Gilmour’s Girls Prep Hockey team. Zinn was a forward for Gilmour. Last year in Canada she led her team in goals scored and was third in assists. She began playing hockey at age four and plans to major in environmental engineering. “Katie has a very good hockey IQ and she understands all the small nuances of the game,” Filighera says. “She has the ability to find an open player with pinpoint accuracy on her passing.” Whitlinger, a goaltender, was named the best goalie from the Pacific District of the U.S. Hockey Camp. “Celine is a shut-down goaltender and gives up very few rebounds,” Filighera says. “She is consistently in position and has the ability to make the key save at the most important times and gives her team a chance to win every game.” During the Ohio Flames Ignite the

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Ice Tournament in September, Whitlinger played all five games, recording three shutouts while only giving up two goals. Gilmour has the only girls prep hockey team in Ohio. It is one of 10 teams from the United States and Canada in the North American Prep Hockey Association. All three players bound for Penn State played in the Ignite the Ice Tournament earlier this season when Gilmour won the championship. Three more student-athletes signed NCAA National Letters of Intent and one signed a National Letter of Commitment in April. Julia “Katelyn” Parker signed a letter of intent to play hockey at Division I Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. She is undecided as to a major, but is thinking about pre-med. She is excited to be able to play for a great Division I program at a school known for its academic excellence. During her senior season at Gilmour, Parker was only able to play in 24 games because of knee surgery, yet scored eight goals and had eight assists in her shortened season. Marissa Cangelosi signed a letter of intent to play softball for Division II Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, W.Va., where she plans to study nursing. Cangelosi played varsity softball for four years, earning the Coaches’ Award and News-Herald Honorable Mention. She also played varsity soccer for the Academy. Duncan DeFino signed a letter of intent to play golf for Division I Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y. and plans to study business. His efforts as the team’s second top player earned him First-Team All-Northeast Ohio, All-Sun Press and All-News-Herald. DeFino

Gilmour Academy Magazine Spring/Summer 2012  

Gilmour Academy Magazine Spring/Summer 2012

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