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Meet the WIHC: Liz Tuorinsky




44 LIZ TUORINSKY

Year: Sophomore

Major: Animal science with a business management option, also working toward a Smeal College Business Fundamentals Certificate and a minor in arboriculture

Hometown: Mt. Arlington, NJ

Position: Defense

Shoots: Right

Size: 5-foot-7, 175 pounds

Previous Team: New Jersey Rockets U19



LIZ ON...

Her major: "Being an animal science major you can pretty much do whatever you want in the animal industry. You can be a veterinarian, a nutritionist, AI (artificial insemination) specialist, a researcher, a reproduction specialist, animal pharmaceuticals, et cetera. Mainly I have lectures, but I am currently in AN SC 208 (Animal Production Technology Lab). This is one of my favorite courses I have taken so far at Penn State because you learn all of the different aspects of the animal production industry. We have watched different slaughters and learned how to butcher the animals and make them into cuts of meat that people purchase. We have learned about the egg industry, and in the next few weeks we are going to be working with milk production and the dairy industry. While participating in all of these activities, you also learn the science behind them."

The team's state of mind right now: "I feel like at this point every returning player is tired of losing and the rookies are starting to feel that way too. We all have the same goal of wanting to win, getting a league championship, and making it to nationals. If we continue to put in hard work on and off the ice and give our best effort at practice then that will start to show in games. We have finally started playing our game in the second and third period, but we need to start coming out from the get go playing our game. If we come out and do that we will be in a very good position and our season will definitely take a turn for the better."

Her physical style of play: "Growing up playing with boys may have had a little bit of a factor to my heavy physical play. However, I do believe that I would still be a physical player if I just had played girls hockey from the beginning. I grew up watching my brother, who was a very gifted athlete, play but was also a very physical player. He taught me how to handle myself in any situation that I was put in on the ice. Also, I am a very solid person and one of my friends on my high school team once described me as a tank. Once I get going there is really no stopping me and I kind of plow through people. By watching and playing in many hockey games, I have learned that hockey is meant to be physical, but I have had to learn to pull back a lot to avoid excess penalties."

Her shot, one of the hardest in the ACHA: "I have had my slap shot for as long as I can remember. It has been really heavy for majority of my career. I still practice it whenever I can to practice my height accuracy with it. Lately, it has been going really high, but I have been working on the basics with as much repetition as I can get during practices. I pretty much learned my shots backwards. The hardest shot for me to learn was my wrist shot. It was actually the last shot I was ever able to do. I had to do the stereotypical shoot hundreds of pucks to finally get it down and then even more shots to get it to be accurate."

Crocs, her preferred road trip footwear: "Crocs are so underrated! They are the most comfortable shoes. Meg is a very smart girl. [Note: After Liz carried the flag for Crocs on the team solo as a freshman, goaltender Meg Lydick has joined her this season.] People just need to give Crocs a chance. My last season playing for the Rockets, Kelly Dolan (now of ECWHL rival Massachusetts) and I wore Crocs all the time. They are very versatile; you can wear them as shower shoes, just normal shoes, or even a few times dryland was performed in them. By the end of that season, many of our teammates actually purchased Crocs and started wearing them. Then, last season Jordan [Chiavacci] wore my Crocs a few times and agreed about their comfort and wants to get a pair as well. I think if people look past their appearance they’d definitely hop onto the Croc train."

Whether she has a preferred defense partner: "I have never really been concerned with who my partner is going to be. I just worry about being the best player I can be for my team. If I am paired with a more offensive player, I just make sure that I cover them. If my D partner wants to be the right D then I'll be the left D. I am pretty flexible. I would say that the most important thing about playing with any of the D on our team is to learn their style of play and just play your position and read the situation."

Her top three war movies: "Saving Private Ryan: The action in the movie is very attention grabbing. However, I love the loyalty that is portrayed in the movie. Even though many men's lives were lost while trying to locate and save Private Ryan, once he is located he refuses to leave his men behind. He convinces the men that were sent on the mission to rescue him to stay behind and help his platoon defeat the enemies. The loyalty between them all is highly admirable. American Sniper: As with all of the war movies out there, the action that is incorporated into the movie definitely grabs your attention. However, I really enjoy how it follows the life of Chris Kyle and it shows how the war affects not only him but also his family. I am also amazed by the pinpoint accuracy that he had with his shot. War Horse: I love how it brings you through war from an animal's perspective. It shows you the care that these war animals receive and the bonds that they make with each other. I never really thought about how the warhorses changed sides during the war. It’s definitely a tearjerker, but it is such a good movie."

Her favorite thing about attending Penn State: "My favorite thing about going to Penn State is the family that I have made here. I couldn't imagine going to another university and never having the chance to meet the people that I have here. The friendships that I have made by joining extracurricular activities have allowed me to extend that family. Meeting [former defenseman] Tara [Soukup] and becoming friends with her at the first few days of practice last season allowed me to then go on and meet lifelong friends and family here. I know that the family I have made here is my favorite part because we have such a great time that I don't want to leave over breaks."

What makes the Women's Ice Hockey Club unique: "The thing that makes our team unique compared to others that I have been on would be the different hockey backgrounds we come from. I have always been on teams where players pretty much were the same skill set and have been playing hockey a long time. Our team has some girls who have been playing a long time, some who started in high school, and others who started just a few years ago. No matter the background that we come from, we all push each other to be the best players possible."

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Just in Time: Cole's First Boosts Penn State Past Northeastern

Rachel Cole's first career goal came at the right time on Sunday



Time is an elusive commodity sometimes.

There are cases, of course, where one can have too much of it, as was the case on Saturday afternoon when the Penn State Women's Ice Hockey Club spent a few hours wandering the Holyoke Mall ahead of a game with Massachusetts.

More often, though, the relevant complaint is a lack of time. That could translate in the form of time to sleep, and the Lady Ice Lions certainly didn't have a ton of that with a 7:30 a.m. ice slot at Northeastern's Matthews Arena. Or it could simply be an arrivial at that arena roughly 20 minutes before the warmup skate, thanks to the doors being locked before then. Or, possibly even more drastically, it could mean 17-minute periods and 12-minute intermissions for the game between Penn State at the Huskies, a compression made by home team with the support of the officials, who cited ice conditions as a reason for shortening the game by nine minutes.

Those types of circumstances tend to lead to sloppiness in a number of endeavors, including hockey. But, while it was far from a perfect effort, Penn State managed to grit out a 2-1 win over Northeastern to head into the Thanksgiving break at 3-7-0 in the ECWHL and 3-9-0 overall.

Rachel Cole played the hero on Sunday morning, scoring on the power play with time - there's that word again - running out and overtime possibly looming. With 4:40 remaining in the third period of a 1-1 game, she deflected a Liz Tuorinsky shot past NU goalie Tessa Griffin for the final margin.

It was the first collegiate goal for Cole, an extremely intelligent product of the Steel City Selects program, whose play so far this year had probably earned her more than one goal in a more just world.

On the other end of things, the goal was a rare dent for Griffin, who was stellar all morning in turning aside 46 of PSU's 48 shots. Twenty-three of those saves came during a furious opening period that saw the Huskies get on the board first, just 2:29 into the game, through Hannah Travers, on a nice backdoor feed from Katie Spengler. Travers and Spengler were central to most efforts managed by the light-rostered-but-ready Huskies all game long.

Tuorinsky, though, had a answer just a few minutes later.

Following a dominant shift by Penn State's purple line - featuring Sophie Paolizzi, Rachel Kapoian and Lucy Yeatman - Kapoian found Tuorinsky inside the blue line where the animal science major wound and fired one of her trademark blasts all the way through.

That bit of offense, combined with the Cole score of course, proved just enough to take a surprisingly physical contest that was nevertheless light on whistles for it until the latter half of the game. Penn State finished 1-for-2 on the power play, while Northeastern was 0-for-1.

Penn State will now have the luxury of time once again, as the team breaks up for the Thanksgiving holiday this week before returning to game action against rival Rhode Island on December 9th and 10th. The scheduled time for each contest is 9:00 p.m. from Pegula Ice Arena.

Box Score


First Period
Scoring
1. Northeastern, Hannah Travers (Katie Spengler), 14:31; 2. Penn State, Liz Tuorinsky (Rachel Kapoian, Lucy Yeatman), 11:01.
Penalties
None.
Second Period
Scoring
None.
Penalties
1. Northeastern, Cory LeBlanc (2:00 tripping), 0:03.
Third Period
Scoring
3. Penn State, Rachel Cole (Meghan Miller, Liz Tuorinsky), 4:40 (power play).
Penalties
2. Northeastern, Allison Feinberg (2:00 tripping), 9:56; 3. Penn State, Rachel Kapoian (2:00 tripping), 9:56; 4. Penn State, Riley O'Connor (2:00 hooking), 8:10; 5. Northeastern, Christina Grassie (2:00 body checking), 5:04.
Goaltending
Penn State: Meg Lydick: W, 12 saves/13 shots; Northeastern: Tessa Griffin: L, 46 saves/48 shots.

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Valiant PSU Falls Just Short as Massachusetts Completes Sweep

Rachel Kapoian scored her first career goal on Saturday



Despite a stirring rally, a season-high scoring output and a first career goal for freshman Rachel Kapoian, Massachusetts took the weekend and regular season series capper from Penn State, by a 5-3 count on Saturday evening in Amherst, MA.

The blantantly obvious culprit: UMass running out to 4-0 lead 25 minutes into the game, thanks largely to reigning Zoe M. Harris award winner Brittani Lanzilli and her natural hat trick coming through a variety of means: a clean snipe, a third-chance rebound on a power play, and a bit of a lucky bounce off of the crossbar, then off of PSU goalie Meg Lydick.

Big defenseman Tatum Schulz scored the fourth goal for the Minutewomen on a blast from center point during a second-period tripping call to Darian Dempsey. Michaela Tosone assisted on that goal, as well as the first two by Lanzilli to send in a three-point night.

Then, from seemingly nothing but a beginning reminiscent of Friday's 8-0 drubbing by UMass, life.

Late in the second period, Riley O'Connor pounced on a missed Minutewomen pass at center, taking the turnover in on a clean breakway and firing high on goalie Sam Baturin for her first goal of the season. Kate Lombardozzi was credited with an assist on the play, her first collegiate point.

The momentum continuted when, after five straight Penn State penalties to start the game, the Lady Ice Lions started to draw them instead. Quick calls to Jen Davis and Lanzilli shortly after the O'Connor goal gave PSU a 5-on-3, and while the team did not capitalize on the most dangerous part of the advantage, Cassie Dunne managed to cash in on the back end of things, with Lanzilli still in the box. On the play, Dunne took the puck from the left side wall and found plenty of unexpected open ice right down the middle, eventually skating well into the slot and burying her third power play goal of the year.

Kapoian made the score 4-3 on her goal with 16:26 remaining in regulation. After Liz Tuorinsky carried low in the UMass end, she found Trisha Cierniak at the left point. Cierniak, to collect her first career point, fired low to the left side of the goal where Kapoian, a New Jersey native was stationed for a smooth deflection. That marker chased Baturin from the game in favor of Amber Greene, as Minutewomen coach Bill Wright was among those on the home side sweating the outcome at that point.

The rally met its unfortunate demise in an unlikely place: on the power play. With about 13 minutes remaining in the third period, Mallory O'Brien and Meredith Gallagher took penalties 2:15 apart from each other, giving Penn State an extended bit of advantage time with a chance to tie things up. Instead, the opposite happened.

Ten seconds into the second penalty, a tripping call to Gallagher, UMass' Jojo Olson caught the power play unit flatfooted, taking a turnover three zones and finishing a shortanded goal to stunt the comeback and produce the final margin.

The Lady Ice Lions will now visit Northeastern to close the three game weekend, with that contest from Boston's Matthews Arena scheduled for 7:30 a.m.

Box Score


First Period
Scoring
1. Massachusetts, Brittani Lanzilli (Michaela Tosone, Jojo Olson), 16:11 (power play); 2. Massachusetts, Brittani Lanzilli (Meghan Lawler, Michaela Tosone), 4:26.
Penalties
1. Penn State, Meg Lydick (2:00 tripping, served by Madison Dwyer), 17:41; 2. Penn State, Liz Tuorinsky (2:00 body checking), 2:08.
Second Period
Scoring
3. Massachusetts, Brittani Lanzilli (unassisted), 18:54; 4. Massachusetts, Tatum Schulz (Jojo Olson, Michaela Tosone), 14:59 (power play); 5. Penn State, Riley O'Connor (Kate Lombardozzi), 3:54; 6. Penn State, Cassie Dunne (Liz Tuorinsky), 0:32 (power play).
Penalties
3. Penn State, Darian Dempsey (2:00 tripping), 15:14; 4. Penn State, Trisha Cierniak (2:00 tripping), 13:13; 5. Penn State, Liz Tuorinsky (2:00 body checking), 9:02; 6. Massachusetts, Jen Davis (2:00 body checking), 2:58; 7. Massachusetts, Brittani Lanzilli (2:00 roughing), 2:02.
Third Period
Scoring
7. Penn State, Rachel Kapoian (Trisha Cierniak), 16:26; 8. Massachusetts, Jojo Olson (Juliana Dolan), 10:49 (shorthanded).
Penalties
8. Massachusetts, Mallory O'Brien (2:00 hooking), 13:14; 9. Massachusetts, Meredith Gallagher (2:00 tripping), 10:59; 10. Massachusetts, Olivia Knight (2:00 slashing), 7:00.
Goaltending
Penn State: Meg Lydick: L, 49 saves/54 shots; Massachusetts: Sam Baturin: W, 10 saves/13 shots; Amber Greene (16:26 3rd): 3 saves/3 shots.

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Massachusetts Drums Penn State Both Early and Often in 8-0 Loss

Meg Lydick made 45 saves on Friday night



Massachusetts received goals from seven different scorers and points from 13 unique players as they dismantled Penn State by an 8-0 count on Friday night at Amherst, MA's Mullins Center.

With the defeat, the Lady Ice Lions fell to 2-8-0 overall and 2-6-0 in the ECWHL. Third-ranked UMass, conversely, remained unbeaten in the ECWHL with a 7-0-0 league mark as part of a 11-2-2 overall record.

It was the sort of contest where the diversity of goal types matched that of the scorers.

Jojo Olson opened the scoring just 1:37 into things with a standard "crash the net and get a fortunate bounce" goal. Which contrasted with a standard power play drive from center point by Tatum Schulz, a clean transitional snipe from Olivia Knight from the top of the circle and a Sonja Klumpp marker that came off of PSU losing an icing race, then missing on two clearing attempts, one of which bounced off of a referee. Brittani Lanzilli - the only player to score twice in the game - continued to make effective use of her go-to move, a drag-and-fire while cutting to the middle.

Just about the only thing consistent about UMass' scoring was its frequency: three goals in the first period, three more in the second and two in the third.

Basically, not a ton went right for Penn State, while nearly everything did for Massachusetts.

While not heavily worked, part of the "went right" ledger for the Minutewomen included goalie Amber Greene, who stopped all 12 shots she faced to run her shutout streak against the WIHC up to three full games, 180 minutes, including two in a UMass sweep in Pennsylvania last month.

Meg Lydick made 45 saves on 53 Massachusetts shots, an effort that featured some spectacular stops as well as some unfortunate bounces, including a little of both on Lanzilli's first goal, which included a sprawling initial save before succumbing on a third chancer. Riley O'Connor (with a shot off the post), Madison Dwyer (who snuck in behind everyone before being foiled with a great backcheck) and Cassie Dunne (whose laser centering feed off the rush went unclaimed) were notable for second period chances in a 3-0 game before the aforementioned goals from Klumpp, Lanzilli and Schulz - all in a 3:15 late-period span - put things away.

The teams will conclude their series, both for the weekend and for the 2016-17 regular season, on Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m.

Box Score


First Period
Scoring
1. Massachusetts, Jojo Olson (Ally Perdios, Tatum Schulz), 18:23; 2. Massachusetts, Brittani Lanzilli (Michaela Tosone, Jojo Olson), 15:20; 3. Massachusetts, Olivia Knight (Maddison Dexter), 2:37.
Penalties
1. Massachusetts, Vicki Bortolussi (2:00 high sticking), 10:21.
Second Period
Scoring
4. Massachusetts, Sonja Klumpp (Ally Perdios, Serena Nally), 5:27; 5. Massachusetts, Brittani Lanzilli (Michaela Tosone, Jojo Olson), 3:36; 6. Massachusetts, Tatum Schulz (Vicki Bortolussi, Jennifer Davis), 2:11 (power play).
Penalties
2. Penn State, Kate Lombardozzi (2:00 hooking), 8:05; 3. Penn State, Meghan Miller (2:00 tripping), 2:32.
Third Period
Scoring
7. Massachusetts, Meghan Lawler (Vicki Bortolussi, Juliana Dolan), 8:16; 8. Massachusetts, Juliana Dolan (Ally Perdios, Meghan Lawler), 0:01.
Penalties
4. Penn State, Liz Tuorinksky (2:00 body checking), 16:56; 5. Massachusetts, Brittani Lanzilli (2:00 interference), 11:38.
Goaltending
Penn State: Meg Lydick: L, 45 saves/53 shots; Massachusetts: Amber Greene: W, 12 saves/12 shots.

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