PEGULA ICE ARENA
FUTURE HOME OF PENN STATE HOCKEY Pegula Ice Arena, which broke ground in early February 2012, will feature two ice surfaces: a main rink, home to Penn State’s varsity hockey programs, and a community rink. The main arena will feature 6,000 seats, including a 1,000-seat student section. The two-sheet facility will be home to the Nittany Lions beginning with the 2013-14 season and will feature a 5,000-square foot weight room, hydrotherapy training room, steam room, team lounge and locker room area. When visitors come to Hockey Valley, they will experience some of the best amenities college hockey has to offer. Pegula Ice Arena will feature an interactive history of Penn State Hockey, as well as concession stands, suites, loge boxes and club seats. In addition, the arena’s ability to house stateof-the-art media and broadcasting facilities will allow it to host National Hockey League and American Hockey League games, bringing hockey’s best to State College. The Centre County community will also be able to take advantage of the community rink, which will be open approximately 360 days per year for public use. The rink will seat 300 fans, feature eight locker rooms and host local youth hockey and skating programs. The facility was brought to fruition by an initial $88 million donation—the largest in University history—from Terry and Kim Pegula, who, through their gift, helped Penn State realize its goal of Division I hockey. At the ceremonial groundbreaking on April 20, 2012, the Pegulas added $14 million to the project to lift the total donation to $102 million. Pegula Ice Arena will be located near the corner of University Drive and Curtin Road, across from the Bryce Jordan Center. It will be completed in time for the 2013-14 season, coinciding with the men’s and women’s hockey teams’ second year at the varsity level. The men’s team will join the Big Ten for the 2013-14 season, while the women’s squad will begin its second year as a member of College Hockey America.
“Pegula Ice Arena will be a worldclass facility in every respect. It will make the student-athlete experience even more amazing, while giving fans a great game day experience.” Josh Brandwene Penn State Head Coach
Left to Right: Kim and Terry Pegula, Dr. Rodney Erickson, The Nittany Lion, Joe Battista and Karen Peetz at the Pegula Ice Arena ceremonial groundbreaking.
Construction Groundbreaking: February 2012 Ceremonial Groundbreaking: April 20, 2012 Projected Opening: September 2013 Capacity: 6,000 (Arena rink); 300 (Community rink) Size: 200,000 square feet
PEGULA ICE ARENA AMENITIES
Two NHL-sized (200’ x 85’) ice surfaces Arena rink will offer: - 6,000-seat overall capacity - 1,000-seat student section - First-rate varsity locker rooms - Team lounges and dry changing room - Strength and conditioning center - Shooting gallery - Suites, loge boxes and club seats - State-of-the-art television and radio broadcasting facilities - Press box and media center - Concession stands with café - Videoboard Community rink will offer: - 300-seat capacity - Eight locker rooms - Skate rental center Pegula Ice Arena will have the ability to host National Hockey League and American Hockey League games, as well as professional ice shows, local hockey and figure skating programs.
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QUICK FACTS • SCHEDULE OCTOBER
PENN STATE UNIVERSITY
Location University Park, Pa. Founded 1855 Enrollment 44,034 Nickname Nittany Lions Colors Blue and White Conference College Hockey America (CHA) Home Facility Greenberg Ice Pavilion (1,300) Future Facility (Sept. 2013) Pegula Ice Arena (6,000) President Dr. Rodney Erickson Acting Director of Athletics Dr. Dave Joyner Senior Women’s Administrator Charmelle Green Faculty Representative Dr. Linda Caldwell Hockey Administrator Joe Battista Athletics Website www.GoPSUsports.com
COACHING STAFF Head Coach Alma Mater Overall Record E-mail Assistant Coach Alma Mater E-mail Assistant Coach Alma Mater E-mail Director of Operations Alma Mater E-mail Office Phone Office
TEAM INFORMATION Newcomers 2012-13 Captain 2012-13 Assistant Captains Twitter Handle Facebook Page
Josh Brandwene (First Year) Penn State ‘91 0-0-0 email@example.com Gina Kearns (First Year) Boston University ‘09 firstname.lastname@example.org Casey McCullion (First Year) Holy Cross ‘07 email@example.com Mo Stroemel (First Year) Penn State ‘80 firstname.lastname@example.org (814) 867-7458 Greenberg Ice Pavilion McKean Avenue University Park, Pa. 16802 27 Taylor Gross Lindsay Reihl Jenna Welch @PennStateWHKY PennStateWomensHockey
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ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS Women’s Hockey Contact Office Phone Cell Phone E-mail Fax Mailing Address
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Jeremy S. Fallis 814-865-1757 814-206-6544 email@example.com 814-863-3165 101 Bryce Jordan Center University Park, Pa. 16802
#WeAre 4 2012-13 // PENN STATE WOMEN’S HOCKEY
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at Vermont at Vermont SYRACUSE SYRACUSE at Sacred Heart at Sacred Heart RIT RIT
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SACRED HEART SACRED HEART ROBERT MORRIS ROBERT MORRIS at Lindenwood at Lindenwood at Mercyhurst
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CHATHAM CHATHAM at Union at Union at Syracuse at Syracuse PRINCETON
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CHA First Round (Best-of-3 Series) CHA Semifinals CHA Final
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* – College Hockey America Game BOLD CAPS indicate home game at Greenberg Ice Pavilion All Times Eastern All games subject to change, check GoPSusports.com for updates
TABLE OF CONTENTS TABLE OF CONTENTS
Future Home of Penn State Hockey: Pegula Ice Arena . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3 Quick Facts • 2012-13 Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Table of Contents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 2012-13 Nittany Lion Roster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7 Head Coach Josh Brandwene . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Assistant Coaches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Hockey Support Staff. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 The Inaugural Season. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 The Penn State Hockey Story . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Nittany Lion Profiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-39 College Hockey America . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 2012-13 Opponents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41-43 Inaugural Letterwinners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Nittany Nation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 President Dr. Rodney Erickson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Acting Director of Athletics Dr. Dave Joyner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Media Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
TAYLOR GROSS (Full bio on page 13)
GoPSUsports.com ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS Contact:
Jeremy S. Fallis
Office . . . . . . (814) 865-1757 Cell . . . . . . . . (814) 206-6544
JOSH BRANDWENE Head Coach
Fax . . . . . . . . (814) 863-3165 Email . .firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Operations 101 Bryce Jordan Center
University Park, Pa. 16802
The 2012-13 Penn State Women’s Hockey Yearbook
Content and Layout . . . Jeremy S. Fallis
Photo Credits . . . . . . . . . . Mark Selders,
Cover Art . . . . . . . . .Erin Ehman Douglas
University Image Resource Center,
Interior Design . . . . . . . Michele Kopec,
& PSU Athletics unless otherwise noted
Jeremy S. Fallis
Front Cover (Left-Right):
Editorial Assistance . . . . . Brian Hoerst,
Shannon Yoxheimer, Emily Laurenzi,
Matt Caracappa, Stephanie Petulla
Taylor Gross and Paige Jahnke
Executive Editor . . . . . . . . . . Jeff Nelson
(Photo taken by Mark Selders)
For more information on Penn State Women’s Hockey, visit GoPSUsports.com/sports/w-hockey
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NITTANY LION ROSTER 2012-13 PENN STATE WOMEN’S HOCKEY NUMERICAL ROSTER No. 2 3 4 5 6 8 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 30 31 33 36 37 40
Name Jeanette Bateman Cara Mendelson Jordin Pardoski Stephanie Walkom Lindsay Reihl Taylor McGee Micayla Catanzariti Katie Zinn Kate Christoffersen Kendra Rasmussen Darby Kern Jess Desorcie Hannah Hoenshell Paige Jahnke Jill Holdcroft Emily Laurenzi Sarah Wilkie Jenna Welch Birdie Shaw Taylor Gross Katie Murphy Celine Whitlinger Brooke Meyer Madison Smiddy Tess Weaver Nicole Paniccia Shannon Yoxheimer
Yr. Fr. So. Fr. Fr. Sr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Sr. Fr. Fr. So. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Jr. Fr. Jr. So. Fr. Fr. So. So. Jr. Fr.
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S/C R R R R R R R R R L R L R R R R R R L R L L L L R L L
Hometown Last Team Greeley, Colo. Colorado Select Pittsburgh, Pa. Steel City Selects Rochester Hills, Mich. Detroit Honeybaked Moon Township, Pa. Pittsburgh Penguins Elite Cheshire, Conn. Connecticut Polar Bears Pearl River, N.Y. Taft School (Conn.) Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. Gilmour Academy (Ohio) Coquitlam, B.C. Gilmour Academy (Ohio) Trumbull, Conn. Connecticut Polar Bears Sartell, Minn. Sartell/Sauk Rapids HS Venetia, Pa. Pittsburgh Penguins Elite Westford, Vt. Connecticut College Plano, Texas Texas Alliance Oakdale, Minn. Roseville HS/Minnesota Jr. Whitecaps Pennsylvania Furnace, Pa. Pittsburgh Penguins Elite Townsend, Del. National Sports Academy (N.Y.) Ashby, Mass. Williston Northampton School Austin, Texas Connecticut Troy, Mich. Detroit Honeybaked Colorado Springs, Colo. Connecticut Novi, Mich. Detroit Honeybaked Garden Grove, Calif. Gilmour Academy (Ohio) Naperville, Ill. Chicago Huskies Grand Rapids, Mich. Detroit Honeybaked Windber, Pa. Pittsburgh Penguins Elite Oakville, Ont. Connecticut Jackson, Mich. North American Hockey Academy (Vt.)
Head Coach: Josh Brandwene (First Year) Assistant Coaches: Gina Kearns (First Year), Casey McCullion (First Year); Director of Operations/Video Coach: Mo Stroemel (First Year) Captain: Taylor Gross; Assistant Captains: Lindsay Reihl, Jenna Welch ALPHABETICAL ROSTER No. 2 10 12 15 24 16 19 17 14 20 8 3 31 25 37 4 13 6 23 33 5 36 22 30 21 40 11
Name Jeanette Bateman Micayla Catanzariti Kate Christoffersen Jess Desorcie Taylor Gross Hannah Hoenshell Jill Holdcroft Paige Jahnke Darby Kern Emily Laurenzi Taylor McGee Cara Mendelson Brooke Meyer Katie Murphy Nicole Paniccia Jordin Pardoski Kendra Rasmussen Lindsay Reihl Birdie Shaw Madison Smiddy Stephanie Walkom Tess Weaver Jenna Welch Celine Whitlinger Sara Wilkie Shannon Yoxheimer Katie Zinn
LIONS BY STATE
LIONS BY POSITION
Brandwene BRAND-ween Catanzariti Cah-TAN-zah-REE-tee Jahnke YAWN-kee Jeanette Jeh-NETT Kearns KERNS McCullion Mick-CULL-yon Paniccia Pah-NEE-chee-ah Reihl RILE Stroemel STRAW-mull
California (2): Catanzariti, Whitlinger Colorado (2): Bateman, Gross Connecticut (2): Christoffersen, Reihl Delaware (1): Laurenzi Illinois (1): Meyer Massachusetts (1): Wilkie Michigan (5): Murphy, Pardoski, Shaw, Smiddy, Yoxheimer Minnesota (2): Jahnke, Rasmussen New York (1): McGee Pennsylvania (5): Holdcroft, Kern, Mendelson, Walkom, Weaver Texas (2): Hoenshell, Welch Vermont (1): Desorcie
Forward (17): Bateman*, Catanzariti Christoffersen, Desorcie, Gross, Hoenshell, Holdcroft, Kern, Laurenzi, Mendelson, Murphy, Rasmussen, Shaw, Weaver, Welch, Yoxheimer, Zinn
LIONS BY ELIGIBILITY Seniors (2): Christoffersen, Reihl Juniors (3): Gross, Paniccia, Welch Sophomores (5): Desorcie, Mendelson, Murphy, Smiddy, Weaver Freshmen (17): Bateman, Catanzariti, Hoenshell, Holdcroft, Jahnke, Kern, Laurenzi, McGee, Meyer, Pardoski, Rasmussen, Shaw, Walkom, Whitlinger, Wilkie, Yoxheimer, Zinn
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LIONS BY PROVINCE British Columbia (1): Zinn Ontario (1): Paniccia To see the entire Penn State roster map, go to Nittany Nation on page 45.
Defense (9): Bateman, Jahnke, McGee, Mendelson*, Pardoski, Reihl, Smiddy, Walkom, Wilkie Goalie (3): Meyer, Paniccia, Whitlinger * – primary position
Freshman • F/D Greeley, Colo.
Sophomore • F/D Pittsburgh, Pa.
MICAYLA CATANZARITI KATIE ZINN Freshman • F
Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
HANNAH HOENSHELL Freshman • F Plano, Texas
Freshman • F Troy, Mich.
TESS WEAVER Sophomore • F Windber, Pa.
Freshman • F Coquitlam, B.C.
Freshman • D Oakdale, Minn.
Junior • F Colorado Springs, Colo.
Freshman • D Moon Township, Pa.
KATE CHRISTOFFERSEN KENDRA RASMUSSEN
Freshman • F Pennsylvania Furnace, Pa.
Junior • G Oakville, Ont.
Freshman • D Rochester Hills, Mich.
Senior • F Trumbull, Conn.
Sophomore • F Novi, Mich.
Freshman • F Sartell, Minn.
EMILY LAURENZI Freshman • F Townsend, Del.
Freshman • G Garden Grove, Calif.
Senior • D Cheshire, Conn.
DARBY KERN Freshman • F Venetia, Pa.
Freshman • D Pearl River, N.Y.
JESS DESORCIE Sophomore • F Westford, Vt.
SARAH WILKIE Freshman • D Ashby, Mass.
Freshman • G Naperville, Ill.
JENNA WELCH Junior • F Austin, Texas
MADISON SMIDDY Sophomore • D Grand Rapids, Mich.
SHANNON YOXHEIMER Freshman • F Jackson, Mich.
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HEAD COACH HC
JOSH BRANDWENE HEAD COACH • First Year PENN STATE ‘91 Record: 0-0-0
PENN STATE’s First women’s hockey head coach
gram to its first state tournament berth in five years and a trip to the semifinals in his second season. In addition to coaching, Brandwene served as ACHA president from 1997-2004. Under his watch, the organization’s membership more than tripled to 278 teams. A women’s division was also formed in 2000 and a third men’s division was added in 1999. The longest-serving president in ACHA history, Brandwene was elected for an unprecedented three terms. Prior to that time, no president had served more than one term. He also served a twoyear stint on the American Hockey Coaches Association Board of Governors. Brandwene was elected to the ACHA Hall of Fame in 2009, the Penn State Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996 and the University of Delaware Hockey Hall of Fame in 2005. A standout defenseman for Penn State’s club hockey team, Brandwene was a member of the 1990 ACHA National Championship team. He earned both team and league MVP honors and garnered first-team All-Tournament recognition as a senior. Brandwene graduated as the program’s all-time leader in points among defensemen. Brandwene and his wife, Leona, also a Penn State graduate, have a daughter, Sophie.
On May 31, 2011, Josh Brandwene was named the first head coach of the Penn State women’s ice hockey team. Brandwene, a Penn State alumnus, brings more than 20 years of coaching and administrative experience at the international, collegiate and prep school levels to Happy Valley. Brandwene’s previous coaching experience included a stint as the Team USA’s men’s ice hockey assistant coach at the 2003 World University Games. He also served as head boys’ coach at top New England prep program Northfield Mount Hermon School (Mass.) in 2004-07, and head girls’ coach at the Kingsford Oxford School (Conn.) in 2007-10. During his two-year tenure with the Kingsford Oxford girls’ team, Brandwene successfully rebuilt the program and led the New England Division II prep school team to a runner-up finish at the Canterbury Invitational Tournament and four victories over Division I prep programs. He was then asked to take over the boys’ program in the 2010-11 season prior to arriving at Penn State. Before Kingswood Oxford, Brandwene spent three years at Northfield Mount Hermon where led the program to the 2005 New England Prep School Hockey Conference-East Championship. Brandwene’s prep school coaching was preceded by a 10-year stint leading three different American College Hockey Association (ACHA) men’s programs, beginning with a two-year stint as head coach at West Virginia (1994-96). He led the program to its first bid to the national tournament and the Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season championship in its first season in the league. Brandwene then left the Mountaineers to become the head coach and director of youth hockey programs at Delaware. During his seven-year stay (1996-2003), he led the team to three straight ECHA titles and seven consecutive national tournament appearances. In 2001, Delaware advanced to the national championship game and appeared in the THE BRANDWENE FILE semifinals two years later. Head Coaching Experience After serving as an assistant coach for 2011-present Penn State Women Kingswood Oxford boys Team USA at the World University Games, 2010-11 2008-10 Kingswood Oxford girls Brandwene spent the 2003-04 season at the 2004-07 Northfield Mount Hermon boys University of Michigan Dearborn. He led the 2003-04 Michigan Dearborn men program to a 20-win season and collected 1996-2003 Delaware men 1994-96 West Virginia men the 200th win of his ACHA coaching career. Farmington HS boys Brandwene began his coaching career im- 1991-94 mediately after graduating from Penn State International Coaching Experience 2003 Team USA Men’s Assistant in 1991 when he became the head coach World University Games at Farmington High School (Conn.). In three Playing Experience Penn State seasons (1991-94), Brandwene led the pro- 1987-91 8 2012-13 // PENN STATE WOMEN’S HOCKEY
ASSISTANT COACHES GINA KEARNS
ASSISTANT COACH First Year BOSTON UNIVERSITY ‘09
ASSISTANT COACH First Year HOLY CROSS ‘07
FORMER BU GOAL HOUND JOINS PENN STATE
GOALIE COACH MCcULLION SERVES AS ASSISTANT
Head coach Josh Brandwene introduced former Boston University standout Gina Kearns as assistant coach on June 21, 2011. “I am incredibly excited to have Gina in the Penn State hockey family. Gina’s experience as a player in the first four years of a brand new college program, her oustanding leadership ability and coaching experience make her a terrific member of the staff. She is a fantastic role model for the women in our program.” Prior to Penn State, Kearns spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Neumann University, where she helped lead the team to a 16-7-4 record in 2010-11. At Boston University, the Norwood, Pa., native was a member of the university’s first NCAA Division I team. She became the program’s all-time leading scorer as she notched 52 goals and 50 assists during her four-year career. Kearns was the first Terrier to tally more than 50 goals and 100 points and was the only three-year captain in school history. Kearns led Princeton Tiger Lilies to a bronze medal at 2005 USA Hockey U-19 Nationals. She played boys’ ice hockey at Interboro High School, where she was a senior captain, and totaled 121 points in 51 games, including 81 goals. Kearns and her fiancee, Bill McLaughlin, reside in State College.
Former Holy Cross starting goaltender and New England prep school coach Casey McCullion joined the Penn State coaching staff as an assistant coach on June 4, 2012. McCullion comes to Penn State with four years of coaching experience at the New England prep school level. From 2008-10, she worked alongside head coach Josh Brandwene at Kingswood Oxford (Conn.) as an assistant coach for goaltending. McCullion was then elevated to head coach for the 2010-11 season when Brandwene took over the boys’ program. Prior to working at Kingswood Oxford, she served as an assistant coach at Deerfield Academy (Mass.) in 2007-08. A highly successful goaltending coach, McCullion instructed three netminders who participated in USA Hockey Select Player Development Camps. While at Deerfield she worked closely with Shenae Lundberg, who captured the gold medal at the 2011 world championship with the U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Team. McCullion has also worked as a coach for the Ed Snider Youth Foundation and served as a goaltending instructor at Wyvern Hockey Academy. A four-year letterwinner at Holy Cross, McCullion earned the Rev. Francis J. Hart Memorial Award for commitment, leadership and performance. The former goaltender and 2007 graduate was also tabbed an ECAC East All-Academic Team member from 2005-07.
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HOCKEY SUPPORT STAFF MO STROEMEL
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS First Year PENN STATE ‘80, ‘02
ATHLETIC TRAINER First Year WESTERN MICHIGAN ‘05
PSU HOCKEY VETERAN STROEMEL JOINS STAFF Director of Hockey Operations Mo Stroemel has served multiple roles with Penn State’s hockey programs since 1994. During the inaugural varsity season, Stroemel will also oversee the video aspects of the program. Stroemel served as head coach of Penn State’s women’s club hockey team from 2007-11, leading the team to a fifth-place finish at the 2010 national tournament and an appearance in the 2011 Eastern Collegiate Women’s Hockey League Final Four. He also served as head coach of the 2011 U.S. University Women’s Select Team at the World University Games in Turkey. Prior to working with the Lady Icers, Stroemel spent three seasons as an assistant coach for Penn State’s Division I men’s program as the team advanced to the national championship game each season. From 1996-2004, Stroemel served as head coach of PSU’s ACHA Division II men’s team and guided the squad to the national tournament four times. During his tenure, he earned ACHA Division II Northeast Region Coach of the Year honors twice. Stroemel graduated from Penn State in 1980 in advertising and earned his master’s of fine arts degree in 2002 for theatre. An avid music buff and guitarist, he resides in State College with his wife, Joan, and children, Sarah and Tom.
GRAHAM PEPPERMAN WOMEN’S HOCKEY EQUIPMENT MANAGER First Year • PENN STATE ‘09
ADAM SHEEHAN HEAD HOCKEY EQUIPMENT MANAGER First Year • WESTERN MICHIGAN ‘98
TOMASoVITCH STENGTH & CONDITIONING First Year LOCK HAVEN ‘10
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THE INAUGURAL SEASON
PENN STATE HOCKEY STORY Leading up to the historic 2010 announcement of Penn State varsity hockey, PSU fielded a club program that participated in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) since 1996.
East school. The 25-woman roster is expanded to 27 prior to the puck dropping. June 4, 2012: Casey McCullion rounds out Brandwene’s coaching staff as an assistant. McCullion was a goalie at Holy Cross and former assistant at Kingswood Oxford.
Sept. 17, 2010: Terry and Kim Pegula (pictured below) commit the largest private gift in University history of $88 million dollars for the formation of a varsity men’s hockey team and a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose ice arena. The gift paved the way for the creation of an NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey team to begin participation in 2012-13.
June 7, 2012: Penn State announces its firstever schedule with 33 games on the slate. Also announced is a new format for the CHA Tournament where all six teams will compete for the conference title.
June 21, 2011: Brandwene begins the formation of a coaching staff with the additions of long time women’s club head coach Mo Stroemel and Boston University standout Gina Kearns. Sept. 6, 2011: Nearly a year after the announcement of varsity women’s ice hockey being added at Penn State, the Nittany Lions find conference allegiance with College Hockey America (CHA). It is announced Penn State will compete in its inaugural season in 2012-13. Sept. 20, 2010: Longtime Penn State intercollegiate athletics employee Joe Battista assumes position as associate athletic director of ice arena and hockey development. Feb. 15, 2011: Paul and Nancy Silvis of State College, Pa. pledge $1 million to the Pegula Ice Arena project. The main lobby of the new facility will be named after the Silvises. The couple will also co-chair the Penn State Ice Campaign Committee, which will help raise an additional funds for scholarship and program endowments. May 31, 2011: Josh Brandwene is named the first head coach of the Penn State women’s varsity ice hockey team. A coach with over 20 years of coaching experience, Brandwene returns to his alma mater (1990) after stints at Delaware, Northfield Mount Hermon School (Mass.) and Kingswood Oxford School (Conn.).
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Nov. 21, 2011: Penn State women’s hockey announces the first signing class in varsity history with 13 future Lions joining the squad for 2012-13 as freshmen. Apr. 20, 2012: Penn State president Rodney Erickson, acting director of athletics Dave Joyner and the Pegulas ceremonially break ground on Pegula Ice Arena. It is also announced by Terry Pegula that the original $88 million donation would become $102 million to further Penn State hockey. May 31, 2012: Brandwene announces the first varsity roster with 12 additions to the program, including naming Taylor Gross as captain. The UConn transfer is joined by teammates Nicole Paniccia and Jenna Welch from the Hockey
Sept. 11, 2012: Penn State unveils its first jerseys in front of the media and fans at Beaver Stadium. Taylor Gross and Lindsay Reihl model the jerseys for the assembled media and fans in attendance. The story is picked up by dozens of media outlets around the country. Sept. 18, 2012: Senior Lindsay Reihl, a threeyear defenseman of the year for Penn State’s club program, and junior Jenna Welch are named assistant captains. Sept. 22, 2012: The Nittany Lions participate in their first varsity team practice at Greenberg Ice Pavilion. Oct. 6, 2012: Penn State and Vermont square off for the program’s inaugural game in Burlington, Vt.
NITTANY LION PROFILES TAYLOR GROSS
5-1 • Junior • Forward Colorado Springs, Colo. CONNECTICUT
2012-13 CAPTAIN BEFORE PENN STATE 2012: Played on the Penn State club hockey team during the spring semester. At UConn 2011: Played the first half of the season for the Huskies...Skated in 11 games, scoring once and adding an assist... Recorded 19 shots...Scored lone goal of the season against Minnesota Duluth (10/14)...Assisted on second goal of 3-0 win over Maine (10/22).
PERSONAL Taylor Anne Gross was born March 11, 1992 in Colorado Springs, Colo. to Dennis and Kim Gross...Has one sister, Tori, and a brother, Tyler...Cousin, Cody, plays goalie for the Niagara men’s hockey team...Majoring in biology and intends to teach and coach after graduation. QUOTING GROSS ON PENN STATE “I chose Penn State because of the amazing atmosphere surrounding athletics as well as the outstanding academic programs.”
At UConn 2010-11: Tabbed UConn’s Rookie of the Year after leading the Huskies with 23 points on a team-high 12 goals and 11 assists...Ranked fourth in scoring among Hockey East freshmen...One of just two Hockey East freshmen to record a hat trick during the season vs. Sacred Heart (11/27)...Named the Hockey East Rookie of the Week after posting the game-tying goal against Northeastern (2/6)...Netted two game-winning goals during the season, against Clarkson (10/9) with first collegiate goal and then against Sacred Heart (11/27) in the Nutmeg Classic...Posted the lone UConn goal at Syracuse (10/16)...Assisted on the gamewinning goal versus New Hampshire (11/13)...Recorded UConn’s first goal in a 2-1 victory over New Hampshire (11/14)...Tallied the Huskies’ lone goal at Providence (12/5)...Ended the contest at Colgate (10/15) with a plus-2 rating after tallying UConn’s final goal of the game...Recorded a pair of assists during two contests, against Robert Morris (1/9) and versus Providence (2/13)... Tallied a season-high six shots against Northeastern (2/26) in the WHEA Tournament. BEFORE COLLEGE Served as assistant captain on the Colorado Select 19U Club team...Recorded 36 goals and 44 assists in 38 games played... Attended Pine Creek High School.
CAREER STATS Year GP G 2010-11* 35 12 2011-12* 11 1 Totals 46 13 * – at Connecticut
A 11 1 12
PTS 23 2 25
SH 82 19 101
+/-2 -6 -8
P-PIM 2-4 4-8 6-12
PPG 1 0 1
SHG 0 0 0
GWG 2 0 2
13 2012-13 // INAUGURAL SEASON
NITTANY LION PROFILES 2
JEANETTE BATEMAN 5-6 • Freshman • Forward Greeley, Colo. COLORADO SELECT
BEFORE PENN STATE Played for the Colorado Select team for six seasons in the Junior Women’s Hockey League...In 2010-11, helped lead the team to a 19-25-6 recond with a third-place finish at USA Hockey Nationals with 46 points in 50 games...Gathered 22 points in 18 appearances as an assistant captain in 2011-12 and received the Touching Hearts Through Athletics Award...Member of the USAH Rocky Mountain District Champions in 2005, 2009 and 2010... Lettered in soccer for three years at Greeley West High School... Lettered in basketball for four seasons, finishing as the Female Athlete of the Year in 2012...An excellent student, earned CoSalutatorian honors senior year. PERSONAL Jeanette Berry Bateman was born May 1, 1994 in Denver, Colo. to Byron, who played basketball at Texas Tech, and Christel Bateman...Has an older brother named Michael...Majoring in biomedical engineering with the intent to attend medical or graduate school...First name pronounced Jeh-NETT. QUOTING BATEMAN ON PENN STATE “I chose Penn State because I felt it is a place I can call home that prides itself on tradition and provides an overwhelming sense of family that I wanted to be a part of.”
14 2012-13 // PENN STATE WOMEN’S HOCKEY
NITTANY LION PROFILES 10
MICAYLA CATANZARITI 5-4 • Freshman • Defense Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. GILMOUR ACADEMY (Ohio)
BEFORE PENN STATE Played for the Gilmour Academy in Ohio in 2011-12... Played club hockey for the Anaheim Ducks, serving as captain in 2010-11...Earned two bronze medals at the USA Hockey National Championships in 2009 and 2010...Selected to USA Hockey Player Development Camps in 2010 and 2011. PERSONAL Micayla Nicole Catanzariti was born March 22, 1994 in Orange, Calif. to Renee and Ron Catanzariti...Has younger twin sisters, Madison and Alexa...Intends to major in psychology with a minor in photography...Last name is pronounced Cah-TAN-zah-ree-tee. QUOTING CATANZARITI ON PENN STATE “I chose Penn State because as soon as I set foot on campus I felt at home. The community is unbelievable and now I have another family.”
15 2012-13 // INAUGURAL SEASON
NITTANY LION PROFILES 12
KATE CHRISTOFFERSEN 5-3 • Senior • Forward Trumbull, Conn. CONNECTICUT POLAR BEARS
BEFORE PENN STATE Spent the past three years on the Penn State club hockey squad...Played for the Connecticut Polar Bears club team from 2000-09...Played high school hockey at Trumbull for four seasons, leading the team as captain and earning All-FCIAC First Team and Scholar Athlete of the Year honors. PERSONAL Catherine Ann Christoffersen was born January 11, 1991 in Plymouth, Mass. to David and Marry Christoffersen...Has an older brother named Matt...Majoring in secondary education with a specialization in mathematics. QUOTING CHRISTOFFERSEN ON PENN STATE “I chose Penn State because of the school pride each student carries, the level of academics and the opportunities I would have for playing ice hockey.”
16 2012-13 // PENN STATE WOMEN’S HOCKEY
NITTANY LION PROFILES JESS DESORCIE
5-4 • Sophomore • Forward Westford, Vt. CONNECTICUT COLLEGE
BEFORE PENN STATE 2012: Transferred to Penn State and played on the club team for the remainder of the 2011-12 campaign in the spring semester. At Connecticut College 2011: Played in seven games with two goals and four assists for six points...Appeared in four conference games, tallying two assists...Posted a career-best threepoint night against Salve Regina (12/11), scoring twice and notching an assist. BEFORE COLLEGE Played four seasons at The Taft School in Connecticut from 2007-11, serving as an assistant captain in 2010-11...Earned three Founders League All-Star nods (2008-11)...Played club hockey for the Mid-Fairfield Connecticut Stars from 2007-11... Guided the Stars to the Tier 1 National Semifinals in 2009. PERSONAL Jessica Ann Desorcie was born December 27, 1991 in Burlington, Vt. to Caroline and George Desorcie...Has two siblings named Felicia, who played hockey at Norwich University, and Piper...Has an aunt, Maureen, who graduated from Penn State in 1981 with her bachelor’s degree and in 1985 with her MBA...Uncle, James, earned his Ph.D. from Penn State in 1986...Majoring in kinesiology with the intent to pursue a job in physical therapy. QUOTING DESORCIE ON PENN STATE “I chose Penn State because I fell in love with the school spirit and community support.”
Year GP G A 2011-12* 7 2 4 Totals 7 2 4 * – at Connecticut College
PTS 6 6
+/- P-PIM 3-6 3-6
PPG 0 0
SHG 0 0
GWG 0 0
17 2012-13 // INAUGURAL SEASON
NITTANY LION PROFILES 16
HANNAH HOENSHELL 5-3 • Freshman • Forward Plano, Texas TEXAS ALLIANCE BULLDOGS
BEFORE PENN STATE Played six years for the Alliance Bulldogs 19U girls’ team, leading the team in points in the last four seasons...Totaled 166 games with 155 goals, 137 assists and 292 points...Had an outstanding 2010-11 campaign with 49 goals, 45 assists and 94 points in 48 games...Attended USA Hockey Player Developmental Camps in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010...Led the Bulldogs as captain in 2011-12 and as assistant captain in 2010-11. PERSONAL Hannah Ray Hoenshell was born December 30, 1993 in Dallas, Texas to Dale and Ann Hoenshell...Has two younger brothers named Tommy and Boone...Intends to major in pre-med with the hopes of being a pediatrician. QUOTING HOENSHELL ON PENN STATE “I chose Penn State because it provides me with a great education, social scene and the opportunity to be a part of the new Division I program. It has everything I want in a college.”
18 2012-13 // PENN STATE WOMEN’S HOCKEY
NITTANY LION PROFILES 19
JILL HOLDCROFT 5-1 • Freshman • Forward Pennsylvania Furnace, Pa. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS ELITE
BEFORE PENN STATE Most recently played for the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite Tier 1 AAA Girls team from 2008-12, while also playing two years of varsity boys’ high school hockey at State College Area High School...Served as assistant captain and only female player at State College...Participated in the 2009 and 2011 USA Hockey Player Development Camps...Served as assistant captain for the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite in 2010-11...Named 2010 Bauer Invitational Team MVP...Played in the 2009 and 2010 USA Hockey National Championships...Also lettered in soccer at State College... Earned the Matthew Weakland Student Athlete and Ice Hockey I.C.E Awards. PERSONAL Jill Christiana Holdcroft was born January 29, 1994 in State College, Pa. to Timothy and Michele Holdcroft, both of whom graduated from Penn State in 1986 and 1984, respectively...Has two older brothers, Steven and Robbie, and a younger sister named Jessalyn...Robbie played Division I golf at Robert Morris from 2008-11...Father, Tim, and uncles Bob and David all played for the Penn State men’s club team in the 1980s...Cousin, Lindsay Holdcroft, currently plays hockey for Division I Dartmouth...Intends to major in accounting. QUOTING HOLDCROFT ON PENN STATE “I chose Penn State because it is a great school, it is in my hometown, and I am excited for the new hockey program.”
19 2012-13 // INAUGURAL SEASON
NITTANY LION PROFILES 17
5-6 • Freshman • Defense Oakdale, Minn. ROSEVILLE HIGH SCHOOL/MINNESOTA JUNIOR WHITECAPS
BEFORE PENN STATE Played for Roseville High School from 2008-2011, compiling a 76-11 record and the 2009 state championship...Played for the Minnesota Junior Whitecaps during the summer club season in 2010 and 2011, while playing fall hockey for the Upper Midwest Fall Elite League in 2010 and 2011...Helped guide team to the 2010 Upper Midwest High School Elite League championship...Lettered in soccer and golf at Roseville High...Was a finalist for USA Hockey Advanced 15, 16, and 17. PERSONAL Paige Lynn Jahnke was born July 3, 1994 in Maplewood, Minn. to Scott and Wendy Jahnke...Has an older brother named Benjamin and a younger sister named Lauren...Intends to major in psychology...Last name is prounounced YAWN-kee. QUOTING JAHNKE ON PENN STATE “I chose Penn State because of the academics, hockey program, coaching staff and the opportunity to be part of the first Division I hockey team at PSU.”
20 2012-13 // PENN STATE WOMEN’S HOCKEY
NITTANY LION PROFILES 14
DARBY KERN 5-11 • Freshman • Forward Venitia, Pa. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS ELITE
BEFORE PENN STATE Played with the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite team since 2006-07... Played for Peters Township High School in 2011-12...Attended the USA Hockey Girls’ U16 Player Development Camp. PERSONAL Darby Victoria Kern was born August 28, 1994 in Pittsburgh, Pa. to Roy and Lori Kern, both of whom graduated from Penn State... Has an older brother who currently attends Penn State as well as an aunt and an uncle who went to PSU. QUOTING KERN ON PENN STATE “I chose Penn State because it`s a great school with really good academics and athletics. Also, I have a deep family heritage here as both my parents attended Penn State and my brother currently goes here.”
21 2012-13 // INAUGURAL SEASON
NITTANY LION PROFILES 20
EMILY LAURENZI 5-2 • Freshman • Forward Townsend, Del. NATIONAL SPORTS ACADEMY (N.Y.)
BEFORE PENN STATE Played four seasons at the National Sports Academy in Lake Placid...Helped the NSA win three state titles...Played in 291 games, scoring 78 times and tallying 203 assists in four years... Earned invitations to the U14, U16 and U17 USA Hockey Player Development Camps and the IIHF Hockey Camp in Finland. PERSONAL Emily Grace Laurenzi was born October 28, 1993 in Townsend, Del. to Francis and Rebecca Laurenzi...Has an older brother named Nick...Intends to major in athletic training. QUOTING LAURENZI ON PENN STATE “I chose Penn State because of the campus and for the new hockey program.”
22 2012-13 // PENN STATE WOMEN’S HOCKEY
NITTANY LION PROFILES 8
TAYLOR MCGEE 5-3 • Freshman • Defense Pearl River, N.Y. TAFT SCHOOL (Conn.)
BEFORE PENN STATE Most recently played club hockey for the Connecticut Polar Bears since 2010-11, reaching the semifinals at 2011 nationals...Played for the Mid-Fairfield Connecticut Stars from 2008-10, reaching the 2009 National semifinals...Played hockey at the Taft School from 2010-12, leading the squad as captain in 201112...Earned the Patsy Odden Hockey Award at Taft. PERSONAL Taylor Mairead McGee was born February 8, 1994 in Nyack, N.Y. to Gregory and Tricia McGee...Has two younger brothers, Trevor and Hunter, and a younger sister, Skyler...Intends to major in business. QUOTING MCGEE ON PENN STATE “Penn State has everything I am looking for in a college and a community. I was looking for a big school with challenging academics and outstanding school pride. I am confident I have found the perfect fit.”
23 2012-13 // INAUGURAL SEASON
NITTANY LION PROFILES 3
CARA MENDELSON 5-6 • Sophomore • Defense Pittsburgh, Pa. STEEL CITY SELECTS
BEFORE PENN STATE Most recently played hockey for Penn State’s club team in 201112...Played for three different teams in high school, two seasons for Upper St. Clair HS, two seasons for Pittsburgh Elite and the 2010-11 season for Steel City Selects...Played in 42 games while scoring 14 goals and 17 assists for Steel City in 2010-11. PERSONAL Cara Lynn Mendelson was born April 14, 1993 in Upper St. Clair, Pa. to Jim and Elissa Mendelson, who attended Penn State... Grandfather, Brett Kranich, also attended PSU...Has two brothers, Sam and Matt...Majoring in marketing...Enrolled in the Sapphire Leadership Program in the Smeal School of Business. QUOTING MENDELSON ON PENN STATE “I chose Penn State because it is an incredible university that offers outstanding academics, athletics and pride.”
24 2012-13 // PENN STATE WOMEN’S HOCKEY
NITTANY LION PROFILES 31
BROOKE MEYER 5-7 • Freshman • Goalie Naperville, Ill. CHICAGO HUSKIES
BEFORE PENN STATE Played for the Chicago Huskies club team for six years in the Central States League...Helped guide the Huskies to the 2012 Central State League title, while placing second in Illinois and reaching the quarterfinals at nationals...Led the team to a second-place Illinois finish in 2009 and 2010, while capturing the 2008 Silver Sticks championship...Earned two letters at Neuqua Valley High School. PERSONAL Brooke Alyse Meyer was born May 27, 1994 in Downers Grove, Ill. to Pat and Patty Meyer...Has an older brother named Zack... Enrolled in the division of undergraduate studies. QUOTING MEYER ON PENN STATE “I chose Penn State for the opportunity of an outstanding education and connections as well as the opportunity to represent Penn State in athletics.”
25 2012-13 // INAUGURAL SEASON
NITTANY LION PROFILES 25
KATIE MURPHY 5-4 • Sophomore • Forward Novi, Mich. DETROIT HONEYBAKED
BEFORE PENN STATE Played on the PSU club hockey squad during the 2011-12 campaign...Played for the Detroit Honeybaked 19U squad in 201011, the Victory Honda 19U team in 2009-10 and the Honeybaked 16U team in 2008-09...Helped guide the Honeybaked 19U team to the 2010-11 national tournament. PERSONAL Katherine Mackenzie Murphy was born October 23, 1992 in Novi, Mich. to Bobbie and Rob Murphy, who is the director of sales & marketing for the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA)...Has an older brother, Sean, who played lacrosse at Hope College, and two younger sisters, Megan and Shannon...Majoring in recreation, parks and tourism management. QUOTING MURPHY ON PENN STATE “I chose Penn State because the moment I stepped on campus it felt like home.”
26 2012-13 // PENN STATE WOMEN’S HOCKEY
NITTANY LION PROFILES NICOLE PANICCIA
5-5 • Junior • Goalie Oakville, Ontario CONNECTICUT
BEFORE PENN STATE At UConn 2011-12: Started in 16 of 18 games played with a .926 save percentage...Played in all four of UConn’s victories with a 4-10-3 record...Posted two shutouts against Maine (10/22) with 31 saves and Vermont (11/20) with 28 saves...Allowed just one goal on 28 shots in a victory over Yale (11/26)...Made 37 saves against Brown (1/7) in a 1-1 overtime tie...Stopped 37 shots in a 1-1 tie against Maine (1/20)...Earned the victory over New Hampshire (2/5) with 20 saves.
PERSONAL Nicole Annamaria Paniccia was born December 29, 1992 in Oakville, Ontario to Paulette and Ben Paniccia...Has one sister named Daniela...Majoring in psychology with intent to be a sports psychologist...Last name pronounced Pah-NEE-cha. QUOTING PANICCIA ON PENN STATE “I chose Penn State because of the great academics, athletics, coaching staff and the amazing campus.”
At UConn 2010-11: Made six appearances with five starts in net for the Huskies...Recorded 129 saves with a .915 save percentage and a 3-2-0 record...Notched a pair of shutouts against Sacred Heart (11/27) and at Union (12/8)...Posted a career-high 32 saves at Providence (2/12)...Tallied at least 20 saves in three other games; 26 vs. Robert Morris (1/9), 21 at Syracuse (10/16) and 21 vs. Sacred Heart (11/27). BEFORE COLLEGE Helped Appleby College win the CISAA Championships for the second consecutive season and take silver at the NAPHA Championship series in 2009-10...Captured the NAPHA title in 200809 and was awarded the Parker Jacket for athletic achievement and excellence...Invited to the Team Canada Selections Camps in 2008-09 and 2009-10...Played for Team Ontario Red in 2009-10, leading the squad to the gold medal at the Canadian U18 National Championships...Played the two previous seasons (2007-09) with Team Ontario Blue...Took gold with the Toronto Aeros at the Provincial Championships (Intermediate AA)...Led the team to a secondplace regular-season finish while ranking third in goals-against average (1.20) and in save percentage (.939)...Was named the MVP in the final game of the Can-Am Junior Hockey Challenge in 2009... Won bronze and silver with the Aeros at the Provnicial and PWHL League Championships, respectively...Earned MVP honors at the Mississauga Junior Chiefs Christmas Tournament after recording three shutouts...Spent one season with the Oakville Ice during the 2006-07 season...Named Team MVP by General Manager and Coach with 1.87 GAA.
Year GP-GS 2010-11* 6-5 2011-12* 18-16 Totals 24-21 * – at Connecticut
MIN 305:43 1007:45 1313:28
GA 12 43 55
GAA 2.36 2.56 2.51
SV 129 539 668
SV% .915 .926 .924
Record 3-2-0 4-10-3 7-10-3
27 2012-13 // INAUGURAL SEASON
NITTANY LION PROFILES 4
JORDIN PARDOSKI 5-5 • Freshman • Defense Rochester Hills, Mich. DETROIT HONEYBAKED
BEFORE PENN STATE Played for the Detroit Honeybaked club team for five seasons... Won the 19U and 14U state championships with Honeybaked... Lettered four years in lacrosse at Rochester High School...Earned all-state honors all four seasons in lacrosse. PERSONAL Jordin Lorraine Pardoski was born January 4, 1994 in Elmhurst, Ill. to Julie and Ryan Pardoski...Has a younger brother named Jared...Mother, Julie, played basketball at Illinois-Chicago, while father, Ryan, played ice hockey at Michigan. QUOTING PARDOSKI ON PENN STATE “I chose Penn State because it’s the best school for my academic and athletic ambitions.”
28 2012-13 // PENN STATE WOMEN’S HOCKEY
NITTANY LION PROFILES 13
KENDRA RASMUSSEN 5-5 • Freshman • Forward Sartell, Minn. SARTELL/SAUK RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL
BEFORE PENN STATE Lettered for four years at Sartell/Sauk Rapids, leading as team captain from 2010-2012...Named All-State and a two-time St. Cloud Times Player of the Year...Earned two AP All-State honorable mention accolades...Named to Central Lakes All-Conference Team three times...Left Sartell/Sauk Rapids as all-time leading goal scorer, while setting single-season goals (33) and points (50) records senior year...Scored 102 goals, 67 assists and 169 points in 107 games, leading team to 2012 Central Lakes Conference title and to the State Sectional 8-AA Final. PERSONAL Kendra Michaela Rasmussen was born February 13, 1994 in St. Cloud, Minn. to Gail Bronas and Rob Rasmussen...Has two brothers named Dustyn Rasmussen and Bjorn Bronas...Intends to major in biology with the intent to pursue a career in the medical field. QUOTING RASMUSSEN ON PENN STATE “I chose Penn State for its academic excellence, alumni support and the opportunity to be a part of the first Division I women’s ice hockey program under Coach Brandwene.”
29 2012-13 // INAUGURAL SEASON
NITTANY LION PROFILES 6
LINDSAY REIHL 5-4 • Senior • Defense Cheshire, Conn. CONNECTICUT POLAR BEARS
2012-13 ASSISTANT CAPTAIN BEFORE PENN STATE Played on the Penn State women’s club team since 2009-10, earning team Defensive Player of the Year honors as a freshman, sophomore and junior...Helped Penn State club hockey win the ECWHL regular season title in 2011-12...Played club hockey for the Connecticut Polar Bears from 2002-09. PERSONAL Lindsay Brooke Reihl was born September 23, 1991 in New Haven, Conn. to Rob Reihl and Heather Musante...Has an older brother, Brent Reihl...Majoring in psychology with a minor in kinesiology...Intends to pursue a career in sports psychology...Last name pronounced RILE. QUOTING REIHL ON PENN STATE “I chose Penn State because of the excellent academic opportunities offered to me and the ability to continue playing hockey.”
30 2012-13 // PENN STATE WOMEN’S HOCKEY
NITTANY LION PROFILES 23
BIRDIE SHAW 5-2 • Freshman • Forward Troy, Mich. DETROIT HONEYBAKED
BEFORE PENN STATE Won the 2012 state championship with Detroit Honeybaked club team after winning 2010 crown with Little Caesers club squad... Earned USA Hockey Player Development Camp invitations in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009...Earned a spot in MWEH the 2008 All-Star game...Also played club hockey with Detroit Belle Tire in 2005-06 and 2010-11. PERSONAL Samantha Elizabeth Shaw was born September 14, 1992 in Detroit, Mich. to Doug and Pam Shaw...Has an older brother named Zac and a younger sister named Lexie. QUOTING SHAW ON PENN STATE “I chose Penn State because when I toured Penn State’s campus I just felt like I wanted to be here. I am especially excited to play hockey for Penn State and Coach Brandwene.”
31 2012-13 // INAUGURAL SEASON
NITTANY LION PROFILES 33
MADISON SMIDDY 5-7 • Sophomore • Defense Grand Rapids, Mich. DETROIT HONEYBAKED
BEFORE PENN STATE Member of the 2011-12 Penn State club team earning team Rookie of the Year honors...Played for the Honeybaked 19U AAA team from 2010-11, Little Caesars 19U AAA team from 2009-10 and Grand Rapids Griffins 16U and 19U AAA teams from 20062009...Earned the Justine Pellman Award in 2008. PERSONAL Madison Taylor Smiddy was born May 1, 1992 in Albuquerque, N.M. to Gerard and Stephenie Smiddy...Older brother, Stephen, played hockey at D-III Milwaukee School of Engineering, while older sister, Sarah, played for Vermont...Has two younger sisters named Rachel and Annah...Majoring in business marketing. QUOTING SMIDDY ON PENN STATE “I picked Penn State because I fell in love with the campus and I felt like I was actually wanted and not just another number.”
32 2012-13 // PENN STATE WOMEN’S HOCKEY
NITTANY LION PROFILES 5
STEPHANIE WALKOM 5-7 • Freshman • Defense Moon Township, Pa. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS ELITE
BEFORE PENN STATE Played for the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite squad from 2009-12 and the Team Pittsburgh club team from 2006-08...Won USA Hockey Tier 1 Mid-Am District championships for Pittsburgh Elite/Team Pittsburgh squad at U12, U14, U16 and U19 levels...Attended USA Hockey Player Development Camp in 2009 and 2010... Lettered for three seasons at Moon Township High School from 2007-09. PERSONAL Stephanie Jeih Walkom was born June 21, 1994 in Hamilton, Ontario to Annie and Stephen Walkom, who is an NHL referee... Has a younger brother, Brendan, and a younger sister, Brianna... Intends to major in communications. QUOTING WALKOM ON PENN STATE “I chose Penn State because I want to be a part of the first Division I women’s ice hockey program at this amazing school.”
33 2012-13 // INAUGURAL SEASON
NITTANY LION PROFILES 36
TESS WEAVER 5-5 • Sophomore • Forward Windber, Pa. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS ELITE
BEFORE PENN STATE Scored 14 goals and 21 assists and named team Offensive Player of the Year for the Penn State club team in 2011-12...Played four seasons at Greater Johnstown High School, earning team MVP honors in 2011 and leading the team in scoring in 2009-10... Played two years with the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite team, the Allegheny Badgers for two years, Team Pittsburgh for three years and the Altoona Trackers for two years...Won the 2007, 2008 and 2009 USA Hockey Tier 1 championships with Team Pittsburgh in the U14 and U16 age groups...Helped lead the Badgers to the 2005 USA Hockey Tier 1 U16 championship...Earned four letters for the Windber Area soccer team...Named All-Somerset County First Team from 2008-10 in soccer. PERSONAL Tess Marie Weaver was born December 21, 1992 in Windber Pa. to Bruce and Lori Weaver...Has an older brother named Travis, who plays tennis at Penn State Altoona...Three family members are graduates of Penn State; Father, Bruce (1983); Uncle, Lynn (1980); Aunt, Beverly (1977)...Intends to major in advertising. QUOTING WEAVER ON PENN STATE “I chose Penn State for its reputation as an outstanding academic school as well as the school spirit and traditions that are all over campus and around town.”
34 2012-13 // PENN STATE WOMEN’S HOCKEY
NITTANY LION PROFILES JENNA WELCH
5-8 • Junior • Forward Austin, Texas CONNECTICUT
2012-13 ASSISTANT CAPTAIN BEFORE PENN STATE At UConn 2011-12: Saw time in 32 games, scoring twice...Collected 14 shots and tallied a game-winning goal against Vermont (11/20)...Scored the opening goal of a 6-3 victory over New Hampshire (2/5)...Named to Hockey East All-Academic Team. At UConn 2010-11: Made 35 appearances...Tallied five points on one goal and four assists during freshman campaign...Recorded first collegiate goal in a 6-2 victory over Robert Morris (1/9) and also posted an assist on the final UConn goal of the contest...Notched an assist on the second goal of the game against No. 8 Boston College (10/30)...Assisted UConn’s second goal against Providence (2/13). BEFORE COLLEGE Played at the North American Hockey Academy in Vermont...Member of both the Red and White teams at NAHA...Named White team’s Most Improved Player in 2009-10, serving as assistant captain that season...Received the White Team Players’ Award following final season...Served as the Red Team captain during the 2008-09 season...Helped the Red Team to the NAPHA League title in 2007-08 and the JWHL Challenge Cup in 2008-09...Captured the 2009-10 Rochester Fire on Ice Championship with the White Team...Member of both the basketball and softball teams at Westwood High...Four-year recipient of the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for maintaining a GPA of greater than 4.0... Received a spot on the Westwood Softball Honor Roll through high school career. PERSONAL Jenna Nicole Welch was born September 1, 1992 in La Jolla, Calif. to Jim and Mary Beth...Has a brother named Josh and a sister named Nikki...Majoring in media studies. QUOTING WELCH ON PENN STATE “Penn State will allow me to receive a great education while having the opportunity to be a part of building a new program that has tremendous potential.”
CAREER STATS Year GP G 2010-11* 35 1 2011-12* 32 2 Totals 67 3 * – at Connecticut
A 4 0 4
PTS 5 2 7
SH 29 14 43
+/-7 -6 -13
P-PIM 7-14 3-6 10-20
PPG 0 0 0
SHG 0 0 0
GWG 0 1 1
35 2012-13 // INAUGURAL SEASON
NITTANY LION PROFILES 30
CELINE WHITLINGER 5-8 • Freshman • Goalie Garden Grove, Calif. GILMOUR ACADEMY (Ohio)
BEFORE PENN STATE Most recently played at Gilmour Academy in Ohio in 50 games, posting 20 shutouts...Helped Gilmour Academy to the 2011 Ohio Flames title...Invited to the 2012 USA Hockey Warren Strelow Goaltending Camp in Ann Arbor, Mich. ...Selected for USA Hockey Player Development Camps for 15-, 16-, and 17-year-olds... Played for four seasons for the Anaheim Ducks club team from 2007-10...Guided the 2010 Ducks squad to the bronze medal at the USA U16 National Championships...Helped the 2008 and 2009 Ducks teams earn bronze at the USA U14 National Championships. PERSONAL Celine Lee Whitlinger was born May 20, 1994 in Newport Beach, Calif. to Bob and Debbie Whitlinger...Intends to major in premedicine. QUOTING WHITLINGER ON PENN STATE “I chose Penn State because of the excellent academic opportunities offered to me and the ability to continue playing hockey.”
36 2012-13 // PENN STATE WOMEN’S HOCKEY
NITTANY LION PROFILES 21
SARAH WILKIE 5-6 • Freshman • Defense Ashby, Mass. WILLISTON NORTHAMPTON SCHOOL
BEFORE PENN STATE Played hockey at Williston Northampton School, helping the 2009-10 squad to the best record in school history at 18-5-5, while the team went 17-10-2 in 2010-11...Led the team as captain in 2011-12 at WHS...Played one year of ice hockey with St. Bernard’s Central Catholic High School and the Mass Spitfires U19 squad...Earned three letters in field hockey and lacrosse at Williston Northampton School, leading the teams as captain in 2011-12...Earned the L.G. Treadway Citizenship Prize upon graduation, awarded to a senior who has maintained strong scholastic standing and given promise of future and achievement. PERSONAL Sarah Kristine Wilkie was born February 26, 1993 in Concord, Mass. to Eric and Tracey Wilkie, who graduated from Penn State in 1983...Has a younger brother, Ryan...Has six cousins who have graduated from Penn State and another currently attending...Uncles Greg and David Wilkie competed in Division I hockey at Vermont and Providence, respectively, as Greg played in the AHL for the Utica Mohawks. QUOTING WILKIE ON PENN STATE “I chose Penn State because I love the enthusiastic atmosphere on campus and want to be a part of a new and growing program.”
37 2012-13 // INAUGURAL SEASON
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SHANNON YOXHEIMER 5-7 • Freshman • Forward Jackson, Mich. NORTH AMERICAN HOCKEY ACADEMY (Vt.)
BEFORE PENN STATE Played for the North American Hockey Academy (Vt.) in 2011-12, helping the team to a 55-15-7 record...Scored 17 goals and 10 assists in 51 games for NAHA...Helped NAHA capture the Junior Women’s Hockey League and USA-Canada Cup titles...Played for the Belle Tire Tier 1 19U team from 2008-2009 including a stint as team captain...Helped Belle Tire to the USA Hockey national quarterfinals, while winning the Michigan state c h a m pionship...Played for the Little Caesars 14U squad from 2007-2008 earning second at USA Hockey nationals and winning the Michigan title. PERSONAL Shannon Nicole Yoxheimer was born December 23, 1993 in Jackson, Mich. to Beth and Scott Yoxheimer...Has an older sister, Shelby...Intends to major in pre-law and political science. QUOTING YOXHEIMER ON PENN STATE “I chose Penn State because I fell in love with the campus and wanted to be a part of starting a new hockey program.”
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KATIE ZINN 5-7 • Freshman • Forward Coquitlam, B.C. GILMOUR ACADEMY (Ohio)
BEFORE PENN STATE Recently played for Gilmour Academy in Ohio during the 2011-12 season, helping the team to a 28-19-9 record including the Ohio Flames Tournament title...Played for the Pacific Steelers for three seasons, leading the team in goals (10), points (23) and assists (13) in just 25 games...Named cross country MVP, while earning three district championships at Centennial Secondary...Helped the Centennial team to the B.C. Provincial Lacrosse title. PERSONAL Kaitlyn Roberta Zinn was born November 22, 1993 in Coquitlam, British Columbia to Cindy and Dave Zinn...Has an older brother named Nick...Intends to major in biology. QUOTING ZINN ON PENN STATE “Penn State had an amazing vibe when I visited. It’s going to be incredible starting up a hockey program and getting a top notch education.”
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COLLEGE HOCKEY AMERICA
LINDENWOOD St. Charles, Mo.
MERCYHYURST Erie, Pa.
PENN STATE University Park, Pa.
Year 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
ALL-TIME CHA CHAMPIONS Regular Season Mercyhurst Mercyhurst Mercyhurst Mercyhurst Mercyhurst Mercyhurst Mercyhurst Mercyhurst Mercyhurst Mercyhurst
Tournament Mercyhurst Mercyhurst Mercyhurst Mercyhurst Mercyhurst Mercyhurst Mercyhurst Mercyhurst Mercyhurst Robert Morris
2012 CHA TOURNAMENT (Neville Island, Pa.) #1 Mercyhurst 4, #4 Syracuse 3 #2 Robert Morris 3, #3 Niagara 2 #2 Robert Morris 3, #1 Mercyhurst 2
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ROBERT MORRIS Moon Township, Pa.
SYRACUSE Syracuse, N.Y.
2012-13 Penn state cha schedule
COLLEGE HOCKEY AMERICA
Penn State—along with Lindenwood and RIT—usher in a new era of collegiate women’s hockey when the three new teams compete in College Hockey America (CHA) this season. Now the league boasts six schools: charter member Mercyhurst College, Robert Morris University (joined 2005), Syracuse University (joined 2008), Lindenwood University, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and Penn State University. For the 2012-13 season, each school will play the other five schools four times (two home, two away) for a total of 20 CHA match-ups. The 2013 CHA tournament will run from March 1-9 (see bracket lower right). The six-team tournament format allows the CHA stability for the long haul and for an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. On the current track, the CHA champion would be eligible for the automatic bid during for the 2014-15 season. The CHA represents all three of Pennsylvania’s Division I teams (Mercyhurst, Robert Morris, Penn State), while stretching north to New York (RIT, Syracuse) and west to Missouri (Lindenwood). Mercyhurst has ruled the roost winning the regular-season CHA title in every campaign for 10 straight years. That dominance continued until the 2012 CHA Tournament when Robert Morris upset the Lakers, 3-2.
RIT Rochester, N.Y.
Sat. Oct. 13 SYRACUSE 7:00 p.m. Sun. Oct. 14 SYRACUSE 2:00 p.m. Thu. Oct. 25 RIT 7:00 p.m. Fri. Oct. 26 RIT 7:30 p.m. Sat. Nov. 10 ROBERT MORRIS 2:00 p.m. Sun. Nov. 11 ROBERT MORRIS 2:00 p.m. Fri. Nov. 16 at Lindenwood 8:00 p.m. Sat. Nov. 17 at Lindenwood 3:00 p.m. Fri. Nov. 30 at Mercyhurst 7:00 p.m. Sat. Dec. 1 at Mercyhurst 2:00 p.m. Fri. Jan. 25 at Syracuse 7:00 p.m. Sat. Jan. 26 at Syracuse 2:00 p.m. Fri. Feb. 1 MERCYHURST 2:00 p.m. Sat. Feb. 2 MERCYHURST 2:00 p.m. Fri. Feb. 8 LINDENWOOD 2:00 p.m. Sat. Feb. 9 LINDENWOOD 2:00 p.m. Fri. Feb. 15 at RIT 7:00 p.m. Sat. Feb. 16 at RIT 7:00 p.m. Fri. Feb. 22 at Robert Morris 7:00 p.m. Sat. Feb. 23 at Robert Morris 3:00 p.m. BOLD CAPS indicate home game at Greenberg Ice Pavilion
2013 CHA TOURNAMENT
Best-of-3 Series March 1-3 at No. 4 seed
Semifinals & Final March 8-9 at No. 1 seed
3 Best-of-3 Series March 1-3 at No. 3 seed
2011-12 CHA STANDINGS
Pts. CHA Pct. GF GA Mercyhurst ^ 19 8-1-3 .792 49 27 Robert Morris # 15 6-3-3 .625 30 24 Niagara 9 3-6-3 .375 23 35 Syracuse 5 1-8-3 .208 23 39 # – CHA Tournament Champion; ^ – NCAA At-Large
Overall 23-8-3 19-9-4 10-16-8 10-22-3
Pct. .721 .656 .412 .329
GF 151 100 77 78
GA 72 63 96 115
2012-13 OPPONENTS CHATHAM COUGARS
Jan. 4, 7:30 p.m. // Jan. 5, 7 p.m. at University Park, Pa. Location Undergraduate Enrollment Nickname Colors Conference Home Facility Home Facility Location Head Coach Overall Record Record at School Assistant Coaches
Pittsburgh, Pa. 903 Cougars Purple and White ECAC West (Division III) McKnight Hockey Center (198) Fox Chapel, Pa. Jason Evans (Robert Morris ’02) 117-107-3 (9 yrs.) 0-36-0 (2 yrs.) Jon Hoffman, Jerry Hillman 2011-12 Record 0-18-0 2011-12 Conference Record 0-18-0 (10th) 2012 Postseason Finish n/a Letterwinners Returning/Lost 14/6 Newcomers 6 Women’s Hockey SID David Hodge SID Phone (412) 365-1649 SID E-mail email@example.com SID Fax (412) 365-1724 Website chatham.edu/athletics Twitter @ChathamCougar
LINDENWOOD LADY LIONS
Nov. 16, 8 p.m. // Nov. 17 3 p.m. at Wentzville, Mo. Feb. 8, 2 p.m. // Feb. 9, 2 p.m. at University Park, Pa.
Location St. Charles, Mo. Undergraduate Enrollment 8,787 Nickname Lions Colors Black and Gold Conference College Hockey America Home Facility Lindenwood Ice Arena (1,000) Home Facility Location Wentzville, Mo. Head Coach Vince O’Mara (Broadcast College ‘89) Overall Record 8-21-0 (1 yr.) Record at School 8-21-0 (1 yr.) Assistant Coaches Katie Kells, Corey Whitaker, Rick Pratt 2011-12 Record 8-21-0 2011-12 Conference Record n/a 2012 Postseason Finish None Letterwinners Returning/Lost 16/5 Newcomers 8 Women’s Hockey SID Daniel Newton SID Phone (636) 949-4368 SID E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org SID Fax (636) 949-4636 Website lindenwoodlions.com Twitter @LU_Lions
Nov. 30, 7 p.m. // Dec. 1, 2:00 p.m. at Erie, Pa. Feb. 1, 2 p.m. // Feb. 2, 2 p.m. at University Park, Pa.
Location Undergraduate Enrollment Nickname Colors Conference Home Facility Home Facility Location Head Coach Overall Record Record at School Assistant Coaches
Erie, Pa. 3,077 Lakers Forest Green and Navy Blue College Hockey America Mercyhurst Ice Center (1,500) Erie, Pa. Michael Sisti (Canisius ’90) 334-92-29 (13 yrs.) 334-92-29 (13 yrs.) Louis Goulet, Delaney Collins, Allysen Weidner 2011-12 Record 23-8-3 2011-12 Conference Record 8-1-3 (1st) 2012 Postseason Finish NCAA Quarterfinals Letterwinners Returning/Lost 12/8 Newcomers 12 Women’s Hockey SID Dave Leisering SID Phone (814) 824-2525 SID E-mail email@example.com SID Fax (814) 824-2591 Website hurstathletics.com Twitter @HurstAthletics
Jan. 29, 7 p.m. at University Park, Pa. Location Undergraduate Enrollment Nickname Colors Conference Home Facility Home Facility Location Head Coach Overall Record Record at School Assistant Coaches
Princeton, N.J. 5,113 Tigers Orange and Black ECAC Hockey Hobey Baker Rink (2,092) Princeton, N.J. Jeff Kampersal (Princeton ’92) 245-199-45 (16 yrs.) 245-199-45 (16 yrs.) Cara Morey, Lee-J Mirasolo, John Zdunkiewicz 2011-12 Record 12-15-4 2011-12 Conference Record 10-10-4 (7th) 2012 Postseason Finish ECAC Quarterfinals Letterwinners Returning/Lost 14/7 Newcomers 6 Women’s Hockey SID Kristy McNeil SID Phone (609) 258-5655 SID E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org SID Fax (609) 258-4477 Website goprincetontigers.com Twitter @PUTIGERS 41 2012-13 // INAUGURAL SEASON
2012-13 oPPONENTS RIT TIGERS
Oct. 25, 7 p.m. // Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m. at University Park, Pa. Feb. 15, 7 p.m. // Feb. 16, 7 p.m. at Rochester, N.Y.
Location Rochester, N.Y. Undergraduate Enrollment 14,753 Nickname Tigers Colors Orange and Brown Conference College Hockey America Home Facility Ritter Arena (2,100) Home Facility Location Rochester, N.Y. Head Coach Scott McDonald (Niagara ‘00) Overall Record 135-22-10 (6 yrs.) Record at School 135-22-10 (6 yrs.) Assistant Coaches Shivaun Siegl, Chelsea Walkland 2011-12 Record 28-1-1 (D-III) 2011-12 Conference Record 16-1-1 (D-III ECAC-West) 2012 Postseason Finish NCAA Division III Champions Letterwinners Returning/Lost 19/4 Newcomers 5 Women’s Hockey SID Joe Venniro SID Phone (585) 475-5598 SID E-mail email@example.com SID Fax n/a Website ritathletics.com Twitter @RITWHKY
ROBERT MORRIS COLONIALS
Nov. 10, 2 p.m. // Nov. 11, 2 p.m. at University Park, Pa. Feb. 22, 7 p.m. // Feb. 23, 3 p.m. at Neville Island, Pa.
Location Moon Township, Pa. Undergraduate Enrollment 5,000 Nickname Colonials Colors Blue, White and Red Conference College Hockey America Home Facility 84 Lumber Arena (1,200) Home Facility Location Neville Island, Pa. Head Coach Paul Colontino (Mercyhurst ’00) Overall Record 19-9-4 (1 yr.) Record at School same Assistant Coaches Logan Bittle, Brianne McLaughlin, Ashley Harper 2011-12 Record 19-9-4 2011-12 Conference Record 6-3-3 (2nd) 2012 Postseason Finish CHA Champions Letterwinners Returning/Lost 17/3 Newcomers 7 Women’s Hockey SID Jessica Calderone SID Phone (412) 397-4950 SID E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org SID Fax (412) 397-4992 Website rmucolonials.com Twitter @RMUWHockey 42 2012-13 // PENN STATE WOMEN’S HOCKEY
SACRED HEART PIONEERS
Oct. 19, 7 p.m. // Oct. 20, 2 p.m. at Milford, Conn. Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m. // Nov. 3, 2 p.m. at University Park, Pa.
Location Fairfield, Conn. Undergraduate Enrollment 4,192 Nickname Pioneers Colors Red and White Conference Division I Independent Home Facility Milford Ice Pavilion (1,000) Home Facility Location Milford, Conn. Head Coach Thomas O’Malley (Boston College ’89) Overall Record 82-157-12 (9 yrs.) Record at School 72-138-11 (8 yrs.) Assistant Coach TBA 2011-12 Record 11-17-1 2011-12 Conference Record n/a 2012 Postseason Finish n/a Letterwinners Returning/Lost 19/8 Newcomers 10 Women’s Hockey SID Randy Brochu SID Phone (203) 396-8127 SID E-mail email@example.com SID Fax (203) 396-8127 Website sacredheartpioneers.com Twitter @SHUBigRed
ST. LAWRENCE SAINTS
Dec. 7, 7 p.m. // Dec. 8, 2 p.m. at Canton, N.Y. Location Canton, N.Y. Undergraduate Enrollment 2,235 Nickname Saints Colors Scarlet and Brown Conference ECAC Hockey Home Facility Appleton Arena (3,200) Home Facility Location Canton, N.Y. Head Coach Chris Wells (St. Lawrence ’92) Overall Record 80-53-16 (4 yrs.) Record at School 80-53-16 (4 yrs.) Assistant Coaches Ted Wisner, Mare MacDougall 2011-12 Record 24-10-4 2011-12 Conference Record 14-6-2 (T-4th) 2012 Postseason Finish NCAA Quarterfinals, ECAC Hockey Tourney Champs Letterwinners Returning/Lost 16/6 Newcomers 9 Women’s Hockey SID Joe Keniston SID Phone (315) 229-5986 SID E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org SID Fax (315) 229-5589 Website stlawu.edu/athletics Twitter @SLUsaints
2012-13 OPPONENTS SYRACUSE ORANGE
Oct. 13, 7 p.m. // Oct. 14, 2 p.m. at University Park, Pa. Jan. 25, 7 p.m. // Jan. 26, 2 p.m. at Syracuse, N.Y.
Location Syracuse, N.Y. Undergraduate Enrollment 13,987 Nickname Orange Colors Orange and Blue Conference College Hockey America Home Facility Tennity Ice Pavilion (350) Home Facility Location Syracuse, N.Y. Head Coach Paul Flanagan (St. Lawrence ‘80) Overall Record 281-154-37 (13 yrs.) Record at School 51-71-13 (4 yrs.) Assistant Coaches Allison Domenico, Brendon Knight 2011-12 Record 10-22-3 2011-12 Conference Record 1-8-3 (4th) 2012 Postseason Finish CHA Semifinals Letterwinners Returning/Lost 15/8 Newcomers 5 Women’s Hockey SID Brittany McCormick SID Phone (315) 443-2608 SID E-mail email@example.com SID Fax (315) 443-2076 Website suathletics.com Twitter @Cuse
Jan. 11, 7 p.m. // Jan. 12, 4 p.m. at Schenectady, N.Y. Location Schenectady, N.Y. Undergraduate Enrollment 2,194 Nickname Dutchwomen Colors Garnet and Black Conference ECAC Hockey Home Facility Messa Rink at Achilles Center (2,225) Home Facility Location Schenectady, N.Y. Head Coach Claudia Barcomb (Harvard ’99) Overall Record 16-139-13 (5 yrs.) Record at School 16-139-13 (5 yrs.) Assistant Coaches Alie Boe, Julie Chu 2011-12 Record 4-26-4 2011-12 Conference Record 2-18-2 (11th) 2012 Postseason Finish None Letterwinners Returning/Lost 17/8 Newcomers 7 Women’s Hockey SID Jonathan Luszcz SID Phone (518) 388-8744 SID E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org SID Fax (518) 388-6069 Website unionathletics.com Twitter @UnionHockey
Oct. 6, 2 p.m. // Oct. 7, 2 p.m. at Burlington, Vt.
Location Undergraduate Enrollment Nickname Colors Conference Home Facility Home Facility Location Head Coach Overall Record Record at School Assistant Coaches
2011-12 Record 2011-12 Conference Record 2012 Postseason Finish Letterwinners Returning/Lost Newcomers Women’s Hockey SID SID Phone SID E-mail SID Fax Website Twitter
Burlington, Vt. 9,454 Catamounts Green and Gold Hockey East Gutterson Fieldhouse (4,035) Burlington, Vt. Jim Plumer (Colby ’83) 127-30-14 (9 yrs.) 0-0-0 (First Season) Grant Kimball, Chelsea Grills, Jeff Cooper 4-22-6 3-16-2 (8th) n/a 19/2 2 Nich Hall (802) 656-1110 email@example.com (802) 656-8328 uvmathletics.com @UVMwhockey
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INAUGURAL LETTERWINNERS B Jeanette Bateman
c Micayla Catanzariti Kate Christoffersen
M Taylor McGee Cara Mendelson Brooke Meyer Katie Murphy
D D G F
P Nicole Paniccia Jordin Pardoski
R Kendra Rasmussen Lindsay Reihl
d Jess Desorcie
G Taylor Gross
H Hannah Hoenshell Jill Holdcroft
S Birdie Shaw Madison Smiddy
J Paige Jahnke
W Stephanie Walkom Tess Weaver Jenna Welch Celine Whitlinger Sarah Wilkie
D F F G D
K Darby Kern
L Emily Laurenzi
Y Shannon Yoxheimer
Z Katie Zinn
INAUGURAL CAPTAIN 2012-13 Taylor Gross
INAUGURAL ASSISTANT CAPTAINS 2012-13 Lindsay Reihl Jenna Welch
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LIONS BY STATE/PROVINCE BRITISH COLUMBIA F
CALIFORNIA Micayla Catanzariti F Celine Whitlinger G
COLORADO Jeanette Bateman Taylor Gross
CONNECTICUT Kate Christoffersen F Lindsay Reihl D
Emily Laurenzi Brooke Meyer
MASSACHUSETTS Sarah Wilkie D
MICHIGAN Katie Murphy Jordin Pardoski Birdie Shaw Madison Smiddy Shannon Yoxheimer
F D F D F
MINNESOTA Paige Jahnke Kendra Rasmussen
Taylor McGee Nicole Paniccia
NEW YORK ONTARIO
PENNSYLVANIA Jill Holdcroft F Darby Kern F Cara Mendelson D Stephanie Walkom D Tess Weaver F
TEXAS Hannah Hoenshell Jenna Welch
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DR. RODNEY ERICKSON PENN STATE PRESIDENT MINNESOTA ‘68 (B.A.) ‘70 (M.A.) WASHINGTON ‘73 (Ph.D.)
Rodney A. Erickson assumed responsibilities as President of The Pennsylvania State University on November 9, 2011. Previously, Erickson served as Penn State’s executive vice president and provost since July 1, 1999. As executive vice president, Erickson served as the chief executive officer in the president’s absence, and was centrally involved in most operations of the University. As provost, he was chief academic officer of the University, responsible for administration of the University’s resident instruction, research and continuing education, and for the general welfare of the faculty and students. Erickson holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Minnesota, and earned a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Washington in 1973. He began his academic career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before joining the faculty at Penn State in 1977. He was promoted to professor in both geography and business administration in 1984. He was named dean of the Graduate School in July 1995, and in March 1997 he assumed the additional responsibilities of vice president for research.
Among his other administrative assignments at Penn State, Erickson served as head of the Department of Geography in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, and as director of the Center for Regional Business Analysis and associate director of the Division of Research in the Smeal College of Business. Erickson also served as chair of the Academic Leadership Council, which provides advice and counsel to the president on academic matters. He also was part of the Facilities Resources Committee, and a member of President’s Council, as well as an ex-officio member of the University Faculty Senate and Senate Council. He has been the leader of many task forces in recent years, including the Task Force on Tuition, the University Cost Savings Task Force, and the University Strategic Planning Council. Erickson also oversaw the Academic Program and Administrative Services Review Core Council, which is the group charged with identifying $10 million in permanent cost savings and nontuition revenue sources for the University for the coming fiscal year.
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ACTING DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS AD
DR. DAVE JOYNER ACTING DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS PENN STATE ‘72 (B.A.) PENN STATE ‘76 (M.D.)
A Penn State offensive tackle from 1969-71, Joyner earned David M. Joyner was named Penn State’s acting Director of first-team All-America honors in his senior season and was a Athletics on November 16, 2011. A two-sport All-American and Academic All-American at team co-captain. He was instrumental in helping the Nittany LiPenn State, Joyner earned his B.S. in 1972 and his M.D. from ons earn a cumulative 29-4 record, including an 11-0 mark in Penn State’s College of Medicine in 1976. Following residen- 1969, with victories in the 1970 Orange and 1972 Cotton Bowls. cies in general and orthopedic surgery at The Milton S. Hershey Joyner also was a standout wrestler from 1970-72, earning AllMedical Center and a stint in the World Football League, Joyner America honors by finishing as the NCAA runner-up at heavyweight in 1971. began a medical career with a sports medicine emphasis. Joyner is a health care and business consultant and an ortho- Joyner was named a first-team CoSIDA Academic All-Amerpedic physician. Founder, Chairman and CEO of Joyner Sports- ican in 1971 and is one of a select group of individuals who Medicine Institute (JSI) from 1992-98, he developed 19 physical have been inducted into the CoSIDA Academic All-America therapy centers in eight states to deliver state-of-the-art train- Hall of Fame, which honors “those with the highest standards ing and rehabilitation services honed by U.S. Olympic and Elite in college academics, athletics and in life beyond athletics.” Joyner also earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship as a Medical Team experience and leadership. Closely involved with numerous campus initiatives, Joyner Penn State student-athlete and was selected for the prestigious has served as a member of Penn State Libraries Development NCAA Silver Anniversary Award in 1997. Joyner was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Advisory Board, co-chairman of the Paterno Libraries Endowment, chairman of the external advisory board for the Schreyer Fame in 1994 and the Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame in Institute for Teaching Excellence and the Schreyer Honors Col- 1993. Joyner’s sons Andy and Matt also played football at Penn lege, a member of the Hershey Medical Center Capital Campaign Committee and was active in the Grand Destiny Cam- State and are graduates of the university. paign for Athletics. He is a member of the board of directors of The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. A member of the Penn State Board of Trustees from 2000 until the date of his appointment with Intercollegiate Athletics, Joyner was honored in 1992 as a Distinguished Alumnus of Penn State. Joyner’s work with the U.S. Olympic Committee includes service as head physician to the United States’ teams at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games, the 1991 World University Games and the 1989 United States Olympic Festival. He is a past chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Society. Joyner served as the chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Sports Medicine Committee and the vicechairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s AntiDoping Committee. He currently is a member of the medical commission of the Pan American Sports Organization. Joyner served on the Pennsylvania Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and is Chairman of USA Football’s Football Wellness Committee and has been an emeritus member of the American Orthopedic Society for Dr. Joyner answers the media’s questions at the Sports Medicine. Pegula Ice Arena ceremonial groundbreaking. 47 2012-13 // INAUGURAL SEASON
MEDIA INFORMATION OVERVIEW The 2012-13 Penn State women’s hockey yearbook was prepared to aid the members of the media covering the Nittany Lions. Additional information is available by accessing the online home of the Nittany Lions: GoPSUsports.com. Moreover, media members may contact Jeremy Fallis (firstname.lastname@example.org) of the Penn State Athletic Communications department at (814) 865-1757 or his cell phone at (814) 206-6544. Penn State women’s hockey also has a secondary contact, Brian Hoerst (email@example.com), who can field requests. INTERVIEW POLICIES Head coach Josh Brandwene is accessbile for media interviews, which must be made by contacting the Athletic Communications office. Practices are open to the public, but members of the media must inform the Athletic Communications staff at least 24 hours in advance of attendance. All player interviews must be arranged through Athletic Communications. Interviews will not be granted on game day until the conclusion of the game unless otherwise arranged for broadcast through the Athletic Communications staff. GAMEDAY & DAILY MEDIA SERVICES For the most up-to-date Nittany Lion women’s hockey news, statistics and feature stories, visit the official web site at GoPSUsports.com. Game notes will be made available on the web prior to a contest in PDF format. Updated statistics will be available on the web immediately following the contest.
An Associated Press-style game story will be produced by the Athletic Communications staff and sent via email to the women’s hockey list. Members of the media may request these stories be sent to their organization by contacting any member of the Athletic Communications staff. Members of the media are advised that there will be wireless internet available at Greenberg Ice Pavilion, but phone lines will not be available. ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE The Penn State Athletic Communications Office is located in the 101 suite of the Bryce Jordan Center. Visitors can enter through the Founders Lounge entrance. Metered parking is located near the Bryce Jordan Center off Curtin Road across the street from Beaver Stadium.
SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION
The Penn State women’s hockey program enjoys the utilization of social media in order to reach out to fans, Penn State alumni and family members. TWITTER @PennStateWHKY @CoachBrandwene
The Penn State Athletic Communications staff will provide pregame notes, rosters, updated statistics and other media materials for each game at Greenberg Ice Pavilion. A seating chart will also be posted inside the arena on game days with most seating available on the balcony overlooking the north end where Penn State shoots twice. Final results and any post-game notes will be distributed approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of the game.
WOMEN’S HOCKEY COMMUNICATIONS STAFF Jeremy FALLIS
ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS Primary Contact SAINT JOSEPH’S ‘06
ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS Secondary Contact OHIO STATE ‘12
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