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Riley O'Connor


Senior - Forward
Boothwyn, PA
Princeton Tiger Lilies

2017-18 Captain

November 2014 ACHA/Sher-Wood Freshman Spotlight
2014-15 Kyle Rossi Lady Ice Lions Rookie of the Year
2015-16 ECWHL All-Conference Honorable Mention
2016-17 ECWHL All-Conference Honorable Mention
2016-17 ACHA Academic All-American

2014-15 and 2015-16 Pointstreak statistics page
2016-17 Pointstreak statistics page

2016-17: O'Connor emerged as one of the Lady Ice Lions' foremost leaders during the year, as a top-line center, the WIHC's vice president, and a de facto fifth captain on the ice. She also demonstrated a knack for scoring spectacular goals in big situations. Against NCAA Division III Lebanon Valley College on February 3, 2017, the biobehavioral health major fired a wicked transitional snipe off right wing, beating LVC goalie Jillian Moffatt - who had made 92 saves in one game against Sacred Heart the previous weekend, second most all-time in any NCAA division - far side to tie the score late in the first period. On January 27, 2017, O'Connor buried a shorthanded breakaway to help PSU pull even with then-top-ranked Liberty at 1-1 midway through the contest. It was Penn State's first goal scored while a player down since Cara Mendelson potted one on December 5, 2014, coincidentally also against the Flames. O'Connor's career goal, assist, and point totals each ranked third in modern team history, as of the end of her junior year.

2015-16: O'Connor finished her transition from surprising recruit to full-fledged front-end player by the end of her second year. Her 42 career points at the end of 2015-16 ranked her fourth in team history with half of a career remaining, and her 25 points as a sophomore ranked second on the team, 12th in the ECWHL (en route to all-league honorable mention recognition) and 31st in ACHA Division 1. The small but tough and hard working center was at her peak in the big games, including career-best three-point games against Massachusetts on October 9, 2015 and Rhode Island on February 7, 2016. Between those outings and others like her pair of snipes against Liberty on February 13, 2016, O'Connor posted exactly one point per game (on seven goals and nine assists) in 16 games against teams that qualified for the ACHA National Tournament. She opened the scoring against Northeastern on November 7, 2015, a tally that held up as the winner against the Huskies.

2014-15: From a relatively unknown recruit (who had been playing defense with her Princeton Tiger Lilies 19U team) to top-line center by the end of the season, few ACHA freshmen enjoyed an arrival as spectacular as O'Connor's. Her nine goals trailed only three former NCAA players and established star Devon Fisk on the Lady Ice Lions, and often came from near the blue ice in big situations. For example, she scored in each of PSU's three games versus perennially-powerful Rhode Island, including the winner against what was then the number four team in the nation on November 9, 2014. Just over two months later, her late-second-period goal off of Darby Kern's centering feed stemmed the momentum of top-ranked Miami to restore the Lady Ice Lions' lead at 3-2 in an eventual 4-3 victory on January 18, 2015. O'Connor picked up an assist in each of Penn State's three games at the ACHA National Tournament to finish tied for fifth in helpers and eighth in overall scoring.

Career Statistics:
Season GP G A Pts. PIM PP SH GW
2014-15
27
9
8
17
2
0
0
1
2015-16
27
10
15
25
10
1
0
1
2016-17
24
3
1
4
8
0
1
0
Career
78
22
24
46
20
1
1
2