Penn State Lady Ice Lions coach Patrick Fung has announced that five additional freshman student-athletes have joined the squad for the 2016-17 season, bringing PSU's total number of first-year players to nine. The new club members are Julia Anderson (Hartford, VT), Rachel Kapoian (Mahwah, NJ), Katelyn Trask (Coventry, RI), Julia DeRose (Pittsburgh, PA) and Dina DuBac (Pittsburgh, PA).
Defense | Shoots Right | Hartford, VT | Hartford HS
Prior to Penn State
Anderson, who at 6-foot-1 is the first player in team history to reach six feet of height, played at Hartford High School in Hartford, VT. She helped the Hurricanes' status as a regular state playoff contender, including advancement to the quarterfinals in both 2014 and 2015. The right-handed shot was also a regular at the Elite Hockey Camp held and Dartmouth College and Norwich University, where she received the Director's Award two years in a row for demonstrating leadership, coachability and work ethic.
Julia Anderson was born on August 5, 1998 in State College, PA to Albert Anderson and Evelynn Ellis and has a sister, Christine Rounis - and all three family members are Penn Staters. Anderson's athletic background is both extremely deep and diverse. Her father played soccer, her mother is a distance runner, and she starred as a discus thrower in high school. As both a sophomore and junior, Anderson placed second in the Vermont state meet, while she came in third as a senior and then tossed the one-kilogram object 115 feet to place eighth in New England. Anderson, who will start in PSU's Division of Undergraduate Studies with an eye on a computer science or special education major, is also talented as a musician. She received the Arion Award from Hartford's music department, a nationally-based honor celebrating excellence in band, orchestra or chorus.
Fung on Anderson
"Julia is a big, rangy stay at home defenseman who will add much-needed size to our lineup. She comes to us from the competitive girls high school circuit in Vermont, and has a long Penn State and skating pedigree to go with it. As a young child, Julia learned to skate and competed with the figure skating club at the old Greenberg Ice Pavilion for many years before moving to Vermont and coming to the good guys. Now as a college freshman, the story comes full circle and she will play hockey at Pegula Ice Arena."
Defense | Shoots Right | Mahwah, NJ | Montclair Blues U19/Mahwah HS
Prior to Penn State
Kapoian played for the Montclair Blues U19s in 2015-16, helping the squad to the Atlantic District playoffs, while skating with her school team at Mahwah High School. She was also successful with the Thunderbirds, as MHS was the sixth seed in the New Jersey state tournament, in addition to earning a number four final ranking in the Public B division following a league tournament run to the semifinals in Kapoian's senior year. Prior to her time with the Blues, she was with the New Jersey Colonials Tier II U16 team, qualifying for districts there while winning the annual "Fight Like A Girl" tournament in Rhode Island.
Rachel Lynn Kapoian was born on July 1, 1998 in Ridgewood, NJ to Paul and Lisa Kapoian. Her twin brother Marty also starred at Mahwah (as well as with U16 and U18 programs including the New Jersey Hitmen and New Jersey Colonials), topping 100 points in his career. An older brother, John, captained the Thunderbirds as a goaltender before his 2014 graduation. Off the ice Rachel, a forensic biology major, was stellar academically in high school. She was a member of the National Society of High School Scholars as well as National Honor Society, and won bronze and silver scholastic awards for maintaining a grade of 90 or better in every class for two years.
Fung on Kapoian
"Great things do come in small packages with our team, and Rachel is a steady, efficient defenseman who will continue our trend of developing great skating and skilled D in a small package. Though small in stature, the thing you notice first is her tenacity in physical battles - something we strive for in all of our players. A dedicated athlete who comes from a family of talented hockey players, Rachel has participated in Atlantic District development camps and will develop into a critical part of our team."
Forward | Shoots Right | Coventry, RI | Rhode Island Sting U19/La Salle Academy
Prior to Penn State
Trask attended and played for La Salle Academy, the dominant girls' hockey hockey program in Rhode Island. The Rams were Division I state champions in Trask's freshman (2012-13), junior (2014-15) and senior (2015-16) seasons, with the versatile righty playing a key role along the way. She was a three-time sportsmanship award winner, in addition to captaining the squad during her senior year and being named an honorable mention to the state's All-Division I Team that season. Outside of La Salle, Trask played for the Rhode Island Sting, the same program that produced class of 2019 center Meghan Miller.
Katelyn Elizabeth Trask was born on March 8, 1998 in Warwick, RI to Paul and Sharon Trask and has a brother, Paul Trask III, who played club hockey at Merrimack College. She has a well-rounded athletic and academic background, playing both field hockey and lacrosse at La Salle in addition to ice hockey (she captained the JV lacrosse team before moving up to the varsity, and was named all-academic in field hockey three times). As a student, she was a member of both the National and Rhode Island Honor Societies, in part because she managed to make high honor roll in every quarter of high school. Trask is majoring in biology, with an eye on post-baccalaureate studies in medical school, veterinary school or physician's assistant school.
Fung on Trask
"Katelyn is a versatile forward who has a great combination of skill and smarts, and a lot of upside to develop into a great two-way contributor. Katelyn is no stranger to winning, having played for La Salle Academy in Rhode Island where she was a member of several championship teams, and she brings a dedicated, hungry attitude to our team. Quick and willing to operate in high-traffic areas with deceptive speed, Katelyn will fit in nicely with our current group of forwards and help replace some much needed offense lost at graduation."
Forward | Shoots Right | Pittsburgh, PA | SHAHA Panthers U19
Prior to Penn State
DeRose played with the South Hills Amateur Hockey Association (SHAHA) U19 team coached by her father, Nick DeRose. The right-handed shot helped the Panthers to a third-place finish in the Pittsburgh Amateur Hockey League standings in 2015-16 - while allowing a mere 1.4 goals per game in league play. SHAHA also made a run to the PAHL playoff finals by winning a shootout in the semifinals before a double-overtime loss for the championship. Notably, alumni of the Panthers program include both new teammate Tarika Embar and Tarika's twin sister Emma, a Lady Ice Lion from 2014-16.
Julia Nicole DeRose was born on April 17, 1998 in Pittsburgh, PA to Nick and Kim DeRose and has a sister, Alex. After graduating from Bethel Park High School with highest honors, she is pursuing a degree in veterinary and biomedical sciences with the goal of becoming a veterinary orthopedic surgeon.
Fung on DeRose
"Julia is a hardworking kid from the Steel City that we believe can develop into a good two-way forward for us. A coach's kid with good hockey smarts, she comes to us from the underappreciated South Hills program. She is a standout student who joins a stellar academic freshman class."
Forward | Shoots Left | Pittsburgh, PA | SHAHA Panthers U19
Prior to Penn State
DuBac teamed with classmate Julia DeRose on the South Hills Amateur Hockey Association (SHAHA) Panthers U19 team, with 2015-16 standing as DuBac's third year overall with the organization. The left-handed shot helped make history in that final season with SHAHA, as her squad became the first group of Panthers U19s to make it to the championship game of the Pittsburgh Amateur Hockey League (PAHL) playoffs before falling to the North Pittsburgh Wildcats in double overtime by a 2-1 score. DuBac helped SHAHA close the PAHL regular season with a 4-1-2 stretch - matching Pittsburgh's area code - to build up heat for the eventual playoff run.
Nadina Marie DuBac was born on September 3, 1997 in Pittsburgh, PA to Kerry - a Penn State alumnus - and Andrea DuBac, and has an older brother, Paul. She is an accounting major but also enjoys music, as a four-year marching band member at Chartiers Valley High School. DuBac has shown early signs of a future coaching career as well: she counts teaching young kids the game among her hobbies and already has three years of helping out with a bantam boys team under her belt.
Fung on DuBac
"Dina is a pleasant surprise who showed up at school this year on her own. She played on the same SHAHA team as Julia DeRose and has fit right in at practice. Dina has good offensive instincts and shows some grit, and will quickly develop into a good player for us."
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