|Accomplished volleyball player Emma Dickson (9) is one of the WIHC's spring reinforcements|
The Women's Ice Hockey Club's drive for the 2014 national championship received some support over winter break with the addition of two players: junior forward Alex Warren-Caldwell and freshman defender Emma Dickson.
Warren-Caldwell returns to the team after playing in a pair of contests last season and also appearing on the ACHA D1 Lady Icers' initial roster two years ago. The Arlington (MA) High School graduate was named all conference, and was also tabbed as an all-state honorable mention by ESPN Boston, as a senior in 2010-11. Warren-Caldwell served as a captain of the squad, leading the Spy Ponders to the state tournament's final 16 for a second consecutive year. The junior international politics major has also played for the Boston Jr. Terriers and is expected to be another weapon in a balanced PSU attack.
Dickson, like Warren-Caldwell, has been an all-state selection - but in volleyball. She last played hockey for the Allegheny Lady Badgers in 2011, then pursued her court career at Greenburg Central Catholic High School, where she was a three-time letter winner and recruited to play at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland OH, an NCAA Division III program. As a freshman this past fall, the right side/setter appeared in seven matches for the Spartans before electing to transfer to Penn State for the spring to pursue a degree in industrial engineering. The 5'10" Dickson will add size to the WIHC's group of blueliners, which already ranks among the nation's best.
Both Warren-Caldwell and Dickson are expected to debut next weekend, January 18th and 19th, when Penn State visits defending national champion West Chester. The WIHC will be back at Pegula Ice Arena on January 31st and February 1st to take on California in a showdown series expected to carry College Hockey East title implications.