Lady Ice Lions Capture Trio of ACHA Awards for January Excellence

Jackie Saideh, Lucy Yeatman and Cassie Dunne are integral to the Lady Ice Lions' THON efforts

ACHA release

The Lady Ice Lions picked up three more ACHA monthly awards in January to bring the team's season total to six, the association announced on Wednesday.

Junior Darby Kern headlined the group by winning Harrow Player of the Month. The electric Venetia, PA-native winger posted 10 goals and 16 points in six games during the month, helping her season totals to 26 (second in Division 1) and 45 (third). Just as impressively, she's accumulated those totals in just 19 games, fewer than any player less than 20 points or 12 goals behind her. January highlights for Kern included two-point outing in PSU's takedown of current number three Massachusetts on the 10th, another multi-point effort in the upset of defending national champion Miami eight days later, and ten goals in three games against Navy and Northeastern to close things out (the last of those contests occurring on February 1st).

Mary Kate Tonetti was named the Warrior Goaltender of the Month for the second time this season, after previously being recognized in September. The senior club president's line more or less speaks for itself: a 4-0-0 record with a 1.24 goals against average and a 0.956 save percentage despite two of her four appearances coming against very strong opposition in Miami and UMass. Tonetti stopped 82 pucks in both of those wins, and added a shutout of Ohio State on January 17th for good measure. Over the entirety of 2014-15, she is among the division's top five in save percentage (0.946, fourth), saves (547, fifth), shutouts (four, tied for second), minutes (1091:30, third), and wins (13, tied for second).

The squad as a whole was rewarded with Gongshow Stars in the Community recognition for its work to support PSU's famed, annual IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (commonly known as THON), which is set for the February 20th through 22nd weekend at the Bryce Jordan Center. Efforts led by overall team THON chair Tonetti, fundraising chairs Lucy Yeatman and Cassie Dunne and family relations chair Hannah Dier include:
  • A January 19th THON skate held in conjunction with Penn State's ACHA men's team, the Ice Lions, that raised approximately $1000 in $5 admission charges
  • Participation in additional fundraising activities including canning weekends, in which students travel to locations away from campus and seek donations, and mail solicitations in what are called THONvelopes
  • Interaction with the Lady Ice Lions' THON family, the Strayers, which includes 12-year-old cancer survivor Jared Strayer. The family stays in regular contact with the team, and attended PSU's win over Slippery Rock on November 14th
THON is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, both in terms of volunteer count and money raised - including $13,343,517.33 at the 2014 event alone, which supports the fight against pediatric cancer though the Four Diamonds Fund at the Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.

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