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Rachel Cole


Sophomore - Forward
Wexford, PA
Steel City Selects

2017-18 Alternate Captain

2015-16 Lady Ice Lions Freshman Academic Achievement Award

Pointstreak statistics page

2016-17: On November 20, 2016, Cole provided the Lady Ice Lions with one of the season's biggest highlights: a power play deflection of a Liz Tuorinsky shot with 4:40 remaining to boost Penn State over Northeastern by a 2-1 count. Not only did the tally deliver a much-needed victory, but it was also the first of Cole's career. The rangy center added another score against NCAA Division III Lebanon Valley College on February 4, 2017, the day after she picked up an assist of Rachel Kapoian against the Dutchmen, to complete her first-ever multi-point weekend. Away from the rink Cole, perpetually among the team's top academic achievers, improved her cumulative grade point average in her biology curriculum to 3.98 - the WIHC's best mark since 2015 graduate Devon Fisk scored a perfect 4.00 over her entire career.

2015-16: Cole anchored Penn State's checking "purple line" throughout the season, and stood as a major reason why the Lady Ice Lions were able to consistently roll nine forwards. She was one of 11 players who dressed for all 27 games, while chipping in a pair of assists on fantastic passes. The first contributed to a 3-3 senior night draw with Vermont on January 30, 2016 while the second set up Sophie Paolizzi's first career goal against Northeastern on February 19, 2016. Cole became the team's first winner of the Freshman Academic Achievement Award after it was established (the honor was also given retroactively to three other players) thanks to her 3.94 grade point average, best among PSU rookies.

Prior to Penn State: Cole developed a reputation as an intelligent, responsible and skilled forward in the Steel City Selects organization with both the U19 and U16 squads, as she and her teams made consecutive trips to the USA Hockey Tier 2 national championships in 2013 and 2014. The first came in the U16 age group by upsetting the North Hills Vipers 2-0 for the Mid-Am District championship, with Cole scoring both of the contest's goals. As a U19 player, she joined eventual Lady Ice Lions teammates Tarika and Emma Embar for the 2014 run, which featured a win over the Armstrong Arrows for the district title.

Personal: Rachel Marie Cole was born on August 7, 1996 in Pittsburgh, PA to Edward and Norenne Cole and has two sisters, Hannah and Kathryn. She is a biology major who plans to attend medical school following her undergraduate studies. Edward Cole played hockey for Villanova University's former NCAA Division III program, graduating in 1991, while uncle Brian Cole is a 1984 Penn State graduate and cousin Ryan Cole presently attends PSU. In addition to her academic prowess as an award-winning high schooler finishing in the top 10 percent of her class, Cole is an expert in Irish dance, having participated in it for a decade.

Career Statistics:
Season GP G A Pts. PIM PP SH GW
2015-16
27
0
2
2
2
0
0
0
2016-17
24
2
3
5
6
1
0
1
Career
51
2
5
7
8
1
0
1