WIHC Unveils Comprehensive Lady Icers Historical Information Section

Former Lady Icer Andrea Lavelle shows off her MVP trophy from the 2002 ACHA National Tournament

The Penn State Lady Icers were PSU's first and only women's hockey team for sixteen seasons, from 1996 through 2012. In that time, they qualified for six ACHA National Tournaments (including the first four after the 2000-01 founding of the ACHA's initial women's division), won six conference regular season or playoff championships, produced 14 Academic All-Americans, 11 All-Americans and six All-Tournament selections. The latter two categories include Andrea Lavelle, the 2002 Zoe M. Harris Award winner as the ACHA player of the year and the most valuable player of that year's national championships.

In short, the Lady Icers laid the foundation for the success the Women's Ice Hockey Club has enjoyed in its first two seasons - quite literally, in fact, as seven key players and organizational leaders from those first rosters as well as head coach Patrick Fung were involved with the team prior to establishing the WIHC in 2012-13.

Appropriately, the WIHC has taken steps to honor this legacy, including the recent naming of its MVP and Player's Player awards for legendary Lady Icers figures Mo Stroemel and Billie Willits, as well as listing pre-2012 awards and season-by-season records as part of its own history. In that spirit, the WIHC is proud to announce that its website, psuwihc.com, now includes the most comprehensive collection of Penn State women's hockey historical information ever assembled.

Highlights include:
  • Lady Icers rosters dating back to 1999-2000, including team photos of each squad from 2004-05 to the present, as well as a group picture of 2001-02's ACHA third-place finishers.
  • Individual player stats beginning with that 2001-02 team.
  • A nearly-complete list of scheduled games and results from 1999-2000 - only two undocumented games from 2003-04 as well as the outcome of a March 18, 2001 contest with Buffalo are missing.
Data will continue to be added as it becomes available, and any other gaps in the existing knowledge are noted on the pertinent page.

The information, which was assembled using old articles from The Daily Collegian (Penn State's student newspaper), the archived websites of the Lady Icers, opponents, the ACHA, and even sources geared primarily towards NCAA hockey such as USCHO and CollegeHockeyStats.net, is accessible through two different methods.

One is by visiting the Year-by-Year Results page, under the History menu at the top of the site. There, each season played by both the Lady Icers and WIHC is listed with links to its roster, stats and schedule underneath (as well as rankings, standings and photos for post-2012 squads). Additionally, all roster, schedule and stats pages site-wide now include a dropdown menu at the bottom for convenient navigation to different seasons.

If you have any information that would enhance the present accumulation, please contact WIHC Hockey Information Director Kyle Rossi at kkr112@hotmail.com.

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Vaughan Named USA Hockey's 2013-14 Adult Player of the Year

New Penn State graduate Katie Vaughan just completed arguably the most decorated career in the history of PSU women's hockey with, among other honors, three team MVP awards (spanning both the Lady Icers and Women's Ice Hockey Club eras) and two nods each to the ACHA All-American and All-Tournament teams.

Even with her days guarding the blue-and-white crease now behind her, Vaughan still picks up accolades, including one of her most impressive yet on Thursday, as USA Hockey named her the organization's Adult Player of the Year. The annual award is given "to an individual who performed exceptionally during the past year as a member of a U.S. adult hockey team or as a participant at an adult hockey event in the United States." Vaughan will be formally honored and presented with the award on June 4th, at USA Hockey's Congress in Colorado Springs, CO.

It's not hard to figure out how Vaughan caught the attention of USA Hockey.

She represented her country on the international stage at the World University Games twice as a collegian, including a bronze medal medal finish last December, the first medal for the U.S. men or women since USA Hockey re-entered the biennial competition in 2001. In the third-place game of the tournament, held in Trentino, Italy, she stopped 37 of the 38 shots she faced (including the last 31) to lift the Americans to a 3-1 win over Japan. Vaughan also went head to head with Russian Olympic team goalie Anna Prugova twice at the WUG, coming out on top 4-2 in the preliminary round before a 3-2 shootout defeat in the semifinals knocked Team USA out of gold medal contention.

In 2011, she helped the U.S. to a fourth-place finish in Erzurum, Turkey. Both the 2011 and 2013 World University Games squads were coached by long-time Penn State bench boss Mo Stroemel.

The Pittsburgh native's domestic exploits have been well documented, even beyond her awards haul. In both her junior and senior seasons, while playing an instrumental role in the WIHC's founding and serving as vice president, she helped the team reach the ACHA national championship game. Penn State is just the third program to reach consecutive ACHA Division 2 finals, joining Minnesota-Duluth and Rainy River.

Prior to that, Vaughan was in goal on January 14, 2012 and saved 26 of 28 Sacred Heart attempts as the Lady Icers upset the Pioneers 3-2 in overtime - Penn State's first-ever win against an NCAA Division I opponent in women's hockey - and wound up backstopping the squad to the ECWHL regular season championship that season. For her career, she accumulated 39 wins, with a 1.81 goals against average, a 0.935 save percentage and eight shutouts.

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ACHA Annual Meetings Bring Rule Changes to Both WD1 and WD2

The ACHA Annual Meetings, which coincided with the American Hockey Coaches Association convention from May 1-4 in Naples, FL, recently concluded after providing its usual blend of celebration - Penn State head coach Patrick Fung was formally presented with his ACHA Women's Division 2 Coach of the Year award announced last month - instructional sessions, and networking opportunities.

They also provided a series of rule changes that will affect the Women's Ice Hockey Club.

Among the more significant alterations in PSU's Division 2: the recommended period length has been provisionally increased to 20 minutes for 2014-15, up from 17 minutes. Teams will still be permitted to play 17 minute periods in the coming season, but the old minimum of 12 minutes has been abolished. The move was made with the idea of fully moving to 20 minute periods by 2015-16, matching the length used in Division 1.

Consolation games at the national championships have been eliminated for both Divisions 1 and 2. The third-place games had come under heavy scrutiny at the 2014 tournament after the California (PA)-North Dakota State matchup in Division 2 ended prematurely with a fight. Meanwhile, the Division 1 contest between Liberty and Rhode Island was played at 9:00 a.m., after both teams played into the evening the day before, and required overtime - which also had the consequence of delaying the WIHC's D2 national championship game against Iowa State.

Furthermore, efforts will be made to eliminate the two-games-in-one-day scheduling at nationals as soon as possible. Under the current tourney format, each qualifying team in both divisions plays three preliminary round matches over two days in attempting to advance to the semifinals.

Games against teams outside of the ACHA will no longer be reported on the ACHA website. Previously, they were presented using the catch-all label "Non-ACHA Team" for the opponents.

Several adjustments were also made to the ranking system:
  • The ranking committee - a anonymous group of two team representatives from each conference - a computer ranking and the coaches' vote will now "comprise a three-pronged approach and [be] equally weighted to compile the ranking."
  • Games between Division 1 and Division 2 teams will count towards the rankings for the Division 2 team, but not for the Division 1 team.
  • For Division 1, the ranking cut-off dates were adjusted to October 26th, November 23rd, January 18th and February 22nd.
  • A preseason poll will also be introduced.

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WIHC Honored For Organizational Excellence by PSU Club Sports

Mary Kate Tonetti, Allie Rothman and Taylor Nyman accept the WIHC's organizational excellence award

Penn State's Club Sports Program named the Women's Ice Hockey Club as the Outstanding Women's Club For Organizational Excellence at its seventh annual honors reception, held Thursday evening in Beaver Stadium's Mount Nittany Club.

In the award category, the WIHC edged out fellow finalists softball and women's basketball. The former qualified for NCSA Nationals by winning the North Atlantic regional championship this past Sunday, while the female cagers recently finished as runners-up at the NIRSA National Championship Tournament.

The laurel recognizes the outstanding work of the club's executive board - featuring graduating seniors Allie Rothman, Katie Vaughan and Carly Szyszko, as well as junior Mary Kate Tonetti, who will return as president next year - along with the rest of the organization in not only establishing the team just two years ago, but driving it to the top of the ACHA in both on and off-ice functions. In addition to finishing as national runners-up in both 2012-13 and 2013-14, the team is frequently noted for its professionalism and operational successes. Performance in the classroom is yet another hallmark of the squad, as it posted a cumulative 3.45 grade point average with 11 Dean's List qualifiers during this past fall semester.

The WIHC has now won awards from the club sports department in each of its two seasons, as it was named PSU's most improved team at 2013's honors reception.

Other notable groups among those recognized include Penn State Taekwondo and Penn State Club Track and Field, which shared the Club of the Year award. The WIHC's men's hockey counterparts, the Ice Lions, were tabbed for an athletic excellence award and for having the vice president of the year in junior Neil Laessig.

Here is a complete list of Thursday's winners:

Athletic Excellence Awards
Aquatics Activities
Boating Activities
Indoor Non-Martial Arts Activities
Men's Ice Hockey
Martial Arts Activites
Outdoor Field Activities
Field Hockey
Non-Outdoor Field Activities
Alpine Skiing

Organizational Excellence Awards
Outstanding Community Service
Cross Country
Outstanding THON Involvement
Men's/Women's Water Polo
When It Rains, It Pours
Outstanding Men's Club
Men's Volleyball
Outstanding Women's Club
Women's Ice Hockey
Outstanding Co-Ed Club
Indoor Winter Guard
Most Improved Club

Individual and Officer Awards
Non-Traditional Officer of the Year
Shannon Larson - Women's Lacrosse
Secretary of the Year
Margi Rivara - Women's Basketball
Treasurer of the Year
Marc Stephenson - Crew
Vice President of the Year
Neil Laessig - Men's Ice Hockey
President of the Year
Sid Pandey - Taekwondo
Nittany Lion Award
Lara Kaiserian - Water Polo
Supervisor's Choice
Julia Ferraiolo - Indoor Winter Guard
Male Athlete of the Year
Jason West - Triathlon
Female Athlete of the Year
Heather Derr - Alpine Skiing

Club of the Year 
Track and Field

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