Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies, with the intent to switch to labor and employment relations
Hometown: Barrington, RI
Size: 5-foot-2, 130 pounds
Previous Teams: Rhode Island Sting U19, Barrington HS
The importance of getting off to a good start this season: "Getting off to a good start this year is very important for both returning players and freshman. Seeing our ranking come out and not even being in the top 15, I think is hard to see and only makes us want to come out stronger. We are now coming off a semi-strong weekend and have a lot of potential that we can build on. I believe that we have all worked very hard this preseason to help prevent a repeat of last season. I think that we also need to come out strong against UMass to show them other teams that we are in this to fight and we will not back down to a challenge."
Why she enjoys playing center: "I play center and have pretty much my whole life. I love the position because it allows me to play both sides of the puck. I love to be able to take the faceoffs, they are very important because they are the first battle of the play and winning a faceoff not only gives your team possession but it can also set up a breakout or a great play, maybe even a goal. Another part of this position that I love is that I can come and get the scrappy goals. I have never been known to score the pretty goals, but I am always in front of the net to grab those rebounds!"
Playing most away games in her native New England: "I love New England and especially Rhode Island (even though our team does not). When we go to play in New England, Rhode Island especially, I feel as though I am playing at home because I grew up playing there, so it's something that I find very fun. I also love that most of my family is able to come see me play because it is so close to home. I have some friends on other teams in New England, especially URI, who I have grown up playing with, so it is fun to go from teammates to opponents."
The team's new freshman class: "The freshmen are not only all great players but they are great people. It’s great being able to get to know them on and off the ice. They all have a great work ethic and came into the program ready to work hard. I know that they will contribute a lot to our team and do it to their greatest potential. Most freshmen have already gotten very involved with the team and even came on our canning trip [to raise money for Penn State's famous Dance Marathon]. I believe that this group is very strong and is going to help us on and off the ice."
Whether she could win a game as the quarterback of the New England Patriots: "I am a huge fan of the Patriots and I watch every Sunday! I do not have too much football playing experience so I think that we will just stick with Tom Brady as our quarterback! But as we have seen these past few weeks, we can win with the second and third string quarterback!"
What makes the Women's Ice Hockey Club unique: "I think that something that makes our program unique is that everybody comes from a different place, a different home. Most people are different majors and have other interests besides hockey. Despite all of this we are one team with one goal in mind, and we are able to work as a team to get the job done. We are all able to bond over our love for the game of hockey and the want to win."
Her favorite thing about attending Penn State: "I love Penn State and it is a perfect fit for me. I believe that my favorite part about Penn State is the massive amount of school spirit that we have here. Everywhere you go you see blue and white and hear the famous "WE ARE." I love to be a part of this huge welcoming family. My favorite spot on campus is the HUB. I am always in the HUB for at least an hour everyday whether I am going to study, eat, or just meet a friend. There is always something going on in the HUB as well so there is never a dull moment."
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