Penn State Club Sports Honors Reception Caps 2014-15 School Year

Officers Ashton Schaffer, Mary Kate Tonetti, and Jackie Saideh (not pictured) represented the team at the reception

The Lady Ice Lions received a pair of award nominations at the Penn State Club Sports Program honors reception, held Thursday evening in Beaver Stadium's Mount Nittany Club, but did not take home a prize for the first time in the team's three-year history.

The nominations, given to just three of the club sports program's 80 organizations in each category, still reflected recognition of the squad's ongoing commitment to a superior standard both on and off the ice: Athletic Excellence in an Indoor Non-Martial Arts Activity and Outstanding Women's Club for Organizational Excellence. The awards ultimately went to women's basketball and softball, respectively.

On the athletic side, 2014-15 needs little review: after back to back second place finishes in ACHA Division 2, the Lady Ice Lions moved up to Division 1. The team's ability to compete at that level was initially questioned by many, but the answers were definitive: a 17-8-2 overall record, Penn State's first appearance at the D1 national tournament since 2010 (and just the third since 2004), as well as several signature wins against teams ranked fifth, fourth and first at the time of the contest. The last of those came against then-defending national champion Miami and snapped a 31-game unbeaten streak by the RedHawks that spanned an entire calendar year. Along the way, junior Darby Kern led the nation in scoring and became the second Penn Stater to ever receive ACHA First Team All-American recognition and the first since 2001-02.

Off the ice, the accomplishments were equally impressive, as officers Mary Kate Tonetti, Jackie Saideh and Ashton Schaffer oversaw an organization that was the envy of most across the ACHA. The squad posted a 3.21 team grade point average in the fall semester, led by the perfect 4.0 of junior Devon Fisk and the matching 3.92s of freshman Claire Gauthier and sophomore Lucy Yeatman. In January, the Lady Ice Lions were given the ACHA's Gongshow Stars in the Community award for their work in support of Penn State's famed IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon.

In previous years, the team has received awards for Most Improved Club (2012-13) and Outstanding Women's Club for Organizational Excellence (2013-14).

Other notable groups among those recognized include the swimming club, which took home Club of the Year. The Lady Ice Lions' men's hockey counterparts, the Ice Lions, saw sophomore Josh Singley recognized with the Supervisor's Choice award.

Here is a complete list of Thursday's winners:

Athletic Excellence Awards
Aquatics Activities
Indoor Non-Martial Arts Activities
Women's Basketball
Martial Arts Activites
Outdoor Field Activities
Men's Lacrosse
Outdoor Non-Field Activities
Cross Country

Organizational Excellence Awards
Outstanding Community Service
Indoor Winter Guard
Outstanding THON Involvement
Field Hockey
When It Rains, It Pours
Outstanding Men's Club
Outstanding Women's Club
Outstanding Co-Ed Club
Most Improved Club

Individual and Officer Awards
Non-Traditional Officer of the Year
Nick DeCarlo - Taekwondo
Secretary of the Year
Timothy Appman - Cross Country
Treasurer of the Year
Casey Norris - English Equestrian
Vice President of the Year
Ashlynn Rice - Western Equestrian
President of the Year
Dan Markosky - Wrestling
Nittany Lion Award
Chris Kutsubos - Paintball
Supervisor's Choice
Josh Singley - Men's Ice Hockey
Male Athlete of the Year
Andrew Smiddy - Swimming
Female Athlete of the Year
Bria Edwards - Triathlon

Club of the Year 

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