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Kern Nabs ACHA All-American Honors After Division-Topping Season




Forward Darby Kern has been named a first team ACHA All-American, the association announced Friday at the national tournament.

For the junior from Venetia, PA, the honor is just the latest in a recent string of accolades, as Kern was previously named the Harrow/ACHA Player of the Month for January in addition to making the first All-Eastern Collegiate Women's Hockey League team.

In 22 pre-ACHA Tournament games (the period considered for the honor), Kern posted 32 goals and 55 points. The latter number was tops among all Division 1 players, while the former trailed only Liberty's Carrie Jickling, by one. She added a pair of goals and four assists in three games at nationals, finishing with an outstanding 15 points in PSU's ten contests this season against teams qualifying for the championships.

She becomes the 14th woman in Penn State history to receive ACHA All-American recognition, including past and present Lady Ice Lions Carly Szyszko (2010-11 honorable mention), Devon Fisk (2012-13 honorable mention, 2013-14 second team), Katie Vaughan (2012-13 honorable mention, 2013-14 first team), Mandy Mortach (2012-13 honorable mention) and Geneva Wagoner (2013-14 first team). Kern, however, is just the second PSU player to be tabbed for the first team in the ACHA's top division,

Obviously, given her lofty stature on the ACHA's scoring charts, she was also a candidate for the Zoe M. Harris Award, given to the women's player of the year in each division. However, she lost out to Miami's Hayley Williams, who also won the 2013-14 edition while playing for Robert Morris. Williams was one of a whopping ten first or second team All-Americans coming from Lady Ice Lions opponents (the only exclusions are Kern and Michigan's Kalli Bates), a list that includes 2011-12 Lady Icers player Paige Harrington, who has spent the last three seasons at Massachusetts.

Here are the full ACHA Division 1 All-American teams:

First Team
All-American
Second Team
All-American
Chantal Lischynski
Liberty
G
Emalee Wills
Miami
Darby Kern
Penn State
F
Katie Augustine
Miami
Carrie Jickling
Liberty
F
Sarah Stevenson
Liberty
Hayley Williams
Miami
F
Rachael Booth
Miami
Paige Harrington
Massachusetts
D
Kalli Bates
Michigan
Caleigh LaBossiere
Massachusetts
D
Morgan McGrath
Miami


Zoe M. Harris Award
Player of the Year
Hayley Williams
Miami

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