Four Freshmen Set to Join Lady Ice Lions Roster for 2015-16 Season

Penn State Lady Ice Lions coach Patrick Fung has announced that four student-athletes have enrolled at PSU for the summer session and will join the squad in the fall. They are Caitlin Costello (Randolph, NJ), Madison Dwyer (Newtown, PA), Meghan Miller (Barrington, RI) and Liz Tuorinsky (Mt. Arlington, NJ).

Forward | Shoots Right | Randolph, NJ | New Jersey Rockets U19

Prior to Penn State
Costello is, most recently, a product of the New Jersey Rockets Tier I program, and played for their U19 and U16 teams. She was also with the New Jersey Colonials prior to that, and has made a total of five trips to the USA Hockey national championships. During the most recent of those trips, in 2015 and while teaming with classmate Elizabeth Tuorinsky, she tallied the shootout winner as the Rockets toppled the Anaheim Lady Ducks 1-0. Costello also factored heavily her team's qualification for nationals, scoring the only goal in the opening game of a best-of-three series to determine the Atlantic District title.

Caitlin Jeanne Costello was born on January 17, 1997 in Randolph, NJ to James and Doreen Costello and has two sisters, Jessica and Brianna. Although she is undecided on a major, she enjoys working with ceramics was an honor roll student in high school while also playing varsity soccer. A cousin, Bridgette DaSilva, was a student manager for the Penn State Ice Lions ACHA Division 2 men's team and for the ACHA Division 3 men's team at Penn State Altoona prior to her 2015 graduation.

Fung on Costello
"Caitlin was a pleasant surprise over winter break when I learned she had applied to Penn State while seeing Liz Tuorinsky play. In Caitlin we get a player with a significant Tier 1 playing resume who has played for some of the best coaches on the most talented teams in the Atlantic District. She played an outstanding supporting role with the Rockets last season, and contributed at seemingly the most opportune times, notably scoring a game winner at districts last season to send her team to nationals.

"Caitlin carries experience, instinct and a very high compete level and will flourish at Penn State with the chance to play a big role on both sides of the puck."

Defense | Shoots Right | Newtown, PA | Princeton Tiger Lilies U19

Prior to Penn State
Dwyer starred for both the Princeton Tiger Lilies and Council Rock North High School in Newtown. She helped the Tiger Lilies win the Atlantic District title and qualify for the USA Hockey Tier II national championships on three consecutive occasions, most recently with the U19 team in 2014-15 but also as a U16 player in both 2012-13 and 2013-14.

Madison Nicole Dwyer was born on August 26, 1997 in Newtown, PA to Mark and Mary Dwyer and has one brother, Mark, and one sister, Samantha. The consistent honor roll student intends to major in pre-medicine and enjoys playing guitar and singing.

Fung on Dwyer
"Madison is the latest in the line of additions to our team from the Princeton Tiger Lilies program. She brings the experience of multiple Atlantic District championships and corresponding USA Hockey nationals appearances with the Tiger Lilies as well as having played boys high school hockey.

"A stay-at-home defenseman, Madison offers versatility and a desire to compete to our team. We anticipate that her role will grow as she gains experience and develops at the college level, and that she will be a steady part of our defensive corps for the next four years."

Forward | Shoots Left | Barrington, RI | Barrington HS/Rhode Island Sting U19

Prior to Penn State
Miller played for the Rhode Island Sting Tier II U19 team in addition to Barrington High School. With BHS, she won state championships in each of her first three years, including tournament co-MVP honors as a sophomore after scoring twice in the championship-clinching victory. Miller grabbed a litany of other awards as well, including being named to the all-division team in every season as an Eagle and a nomination for a Rhode Island Cox Sports Award (given to the outstanding player in each high school sport) as a freshman. She was a frequent player in major showcases, including three years at Hockey Night in Boston and one at America's Hockey Showcase.

Meghan Elizabeth Miller was born on July 19, 1997 in Providence, RI to Gordon and Lisa Miller and has one brother, Stephen. She intends to major in education with aspirations of becoming a teacher. In high school, Miller was an academic and athletic dynamo, including membership in the Rhode Island Honor Society and qualification for honor roll every semester. She was a four-year starter on Barrington High School's field hockey team, helping the Eagles to a state championship as a freshman and earning all-division honors two times.

Fung on Miller
"Meghan comes to us from the competitive girls high school hockey circuit in Rhode Island and continues our trend of attracting New Englanders to Penn State. A three-time state champion with Barrington High School, Meghan brings a winning pedigree with her, having played a major role on each team, as well as with her amateur club, the Rhode Island Sting. Meghan has also participated in many competitive exposure events around the country including America's Showcase, and the storied Hockey Night in Boston.

"Meghan is a solid two-way forward who has a nose for the net and ability to finish in close - with skating ability to get there without the puck and attack in transition. I anticipate she'll frequent the scoresheet for us the next few seasons."

Defense | Shoots Right | Mt. Arlington, NJ | New Jersey Rockets U19

Prior to Penn State
Tuorinsky largely came up through boys hockey, playing for the New Jersey Freeze Tier II program and for Roxbury High School in Succasunna, NJ. With the latter, she earned the female Heart of the Gael Award for her class year of 2015 and helped the squad to a 23-19-4 two-year record along with a pair of state playoff bids in 2013-14 and 2014-15. The sturdy defender also played girls hockey for the New Jersey Rockets Tier I U19 team in 2014-15, along with Costello, helping the Atlantic District power qualify for the USA Hockey national championships.

Elizabeth Victoria Tuorinsky was born on February 25, 1997 in Hackettstown, NJ to Al and Linda Tuorinsky and has one brother, Alex. The intended Animal Science major and aspiring veterinarian was a National Honor Society member in high school.

Fung on Tuorinsky
"Liz was among the earliest of of our incoming class to contact last year. Her family is originally from the Centre region and studying Animal Science at Penn State has been her college goal for quite some time. On the ice, Liz played for the celebrated New Jersey Rockets Tier 1 program last year against some of the best competition in girls amateur hockey and helped them to yet another nationals appearance.

"Primarily, she is a very tough, strong and physical stay-at-home defenseman whose style has undoubtedly been influenced by playing boys AA and high school hockey all the way through U16. It's an underappreciated role that will be more critical this season after we graduated two veteran defensemen. She will fit well into our defensive group immediately, and we expect her to develop nicely as a puck mover to compliment her defensive game as we go."

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