|Tarika Embar is one of the Lady Ice Lions' best students|
A great 2014-15 spring semester for the Lady Ice Lions was highlighted on the ice by an upset of top-ranked Miami and a trip to the ACHA National Tournament, as Penn State finished its first Division 1 season with a 17-8-2 record. However, the squad also shined academically, posting an outstanding 3.49 team grade point average over the spring semester and summer sessions.
The 3.49 number is a full 0.28 higher than the fall semester team number, and edged out Fall 2013's 3.45 as a new unofficial team record.
Leading the way were four players with perfect 4.0s during the spring/summer period. One, of course, was senior Devon Fisk (a biobehavioral health major), who has held the mark through her entire college career. Senior goalie Allyssa Long (public relations) was also perfect, as was classmate Nina Elia (health policy administration), while freshman Meghan Miller (education) got off to a great academic start over the summer. Several other academic stars who posted a 3.80 or better included Riley O'Connor (3.93, biobehavioral health), Tarika Embar (3.93, health and human development), Lucy Yeatman (3.88, mathematics) and freshman Madison Dwyer (science), who joined Miller in a summer jumpstart with a 3.84.
In all, 11 of the 22 players reported for the set of data qualified for Dean's List recognition (a 3.5 GPA or better for full-time students), up from six of 23 during the fall.
Next weekend, the Lady Ice Lions will open the 2015-16 season and a drive to return to the ACHA National Tournament with three games in Massachusetts. The commonwealth's flagship school in Amherst is up first, with contests set for Friday, October 9th at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 10th at 11:00 a.m. On Sunday, October 11th, Penn State will travel across the Bay State to Boston and a noon matchup with Northeastern.
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