|Jordan Chiavacci, Darian Dempsey, Lucy Yeatman, Anna Marcus and Cassie Dunne will be honored Saturday night|
On Saturday night against Liberty, the Lady Ice Lions will recognize an outstanding 2017 senior class. The group of five includes alternate captains Anna Marcus, Lucy Yeatman and Cassie Dunne, each of whom is a team leader on and off the ice who began her career at the ACHA Division 2 level. Darian Dempsey and Jordan Chiavacci, of course, have also become central members of the squad in a shorter period of time and will also be recognized.
Here is a little bit more about each player.
Forward | Wyoming, PA
Jordan will be leaving after two years to attend school at home. Jumping into her first year with an organized hockey team as a junior transfer from Penn State Wilkes-Barre, she used her natural speed and shot to help her make a difficult transition to play in college. She has made marked improvements in the fundamentals of the game and has greatly improved her compete level.
Jordan has been a great team player and teammate throughout the two years, helping the team in any way she can on and off the ice.
Forward | Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
Darian joined the Women's Ice Hockey Club as a sophomore after taking her freshman year off from hockey. She was quickly drawn in to playing the game competitively again and spent extra time getting herself back into shape and up to game speed that year. A power forward built to play a gritty physical game with a shot to finish, Darian has been vital in transforming the team from a young, unseasoned team of youthful players into a team that embraces that style of play. Darian consistently brings opponents a tough matchup, and has shown a knack for contributing the big point in moments the team most needs it.
She has also been a loud, fun presence who always finds a way to convince her teammates to have a good time. A consistent academic performer who has completed internships in public relations and is contemplating law school, Darian will be well-suited to achieve in whatever career path she pursues.
Defenseman | Ridgefield, CT
Anna is finishing a four-year career as a critical nucleus of this year's senior class. A steady and constant performer who does not always carry a heavy stat line, she has been underrated at every step of her career. She switched from her lifelong position on defense to play forward for us as a sophomore, and made a crucial contribution to a team that upset undefeated Miami and came within an overtime of advancing to the national semifinals in 2015. Anna has since switched back to defense for her junior and senior years, and has contributed offensively when needed while providing steady and consistent positional play the rest of the time.
Her presence in the locker room and as a teammate will be sorely missed. Driven, dedicated and intense when needed, caring and thoughtful at all times, she is well-liked and one of the best teammates the WIHC has had through the years.
Forward | Avondale, PA
Lucy came to Penn State as a freshman who had not played as much competitive hockey as others in her class. She worked very hard on her skating as a freshman to contribute at the ACHA Division 2 level, and then continued to work once the WIHC moved to Division 1. Despite the huge level jump, Lucy made it a goal to improve each week and hit a level of consistency that has made her an important contributor to the team. She has always maintained a high level of positivity and a strong work ethic, and is a great example of the old saying "it's not where you start, it's where you finish." An outstanding, caring and dedicated teammate, Lucy has served the team in the official role of treasurer, and has stepped up to sacrifice and contribute to many other unofficial needs.
A supremely-gifted student in the extraordinarily-challenging actuarial science major, Lucy has made the high end of Dean's List in every semester at Penn State and currently carries a 3.91 cumulative grade point average. She is among the leaders academically on a team that consistently averages above a 3.50. Deservedly so, she has already secured employment in her field upon graduation and will be an outstanding asset to any organization she joins.
Defenseman | Wyndmoor, PA
Like the other seniors in her class, Cassie is an example of someone who has taken every opportunity to excel here at Penn State. As a freshman, she quickly become a contributor on a team that played in the Division 2 national championship game. Her outstanding skating ability made Cassie's jump to the Division 1 level easier than most on a team that immediately competed on a national level during the next season.
She has been a consistent leader and an alternate captain who has always added points and heavy minutes in a deep group of defensemen, and has earned a reputation as an intense and fierce competitor to match her skill and speed.
As a sophomore, Cassie set a goal to become a member of the U.S. National University Team and play in the World University Games. For an undersized defenseman, and a first-year D1 player who had played at the Tier 2 level before college, this was quite the lofty goal. Cassie worked hard on and off the ice to develop herself as a hockey player over the last two seasons and earn a spot at the national university team's evaluation camp. From there, Cassie's competitive streak and character took over - she not only beat more celebrated Tier 1 players to earn a spot on Team USA's final roster, but was selected as a captain before the squad departed for the tournament in Kazakhstan. In a fitting closing chapter to the story, Cassie and her World University Games teammates defeated China in the bronze medal game on Monday, and became only the second American hockey team in modern history to medal at the event.
Cassie should serve as an example to younger teammates who have aspirations of hockey goals on the national and international stages, regardless of what their athletic background may be. As a standout student who has been a consistent Dean's List performer, she has been a model of someone who wants it all and has taken action to achieve it.
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