Penn State Adds Standout Defenseman Sydney Foy to Freshman Class

Penn State Lady Ice Lions coach Patrick Fung has announced the addition of Sydney Foy (Imperial, PA) to the Lady Ice Lions' 2017-18 freshman class, which now numbers seven in total.

"This is perhaps the best freshman class we've had in a while, not in size, but in substance," Fung previously said of the group as a whole. "They're tough, seasoned competitors. Several come from outstanding winning programs, but the common theme is that they're all extremely hard working and fearless hockey players. Every one of them is an academic standout and carries a diploma from an outstanding prep schools or a highly-ranked high schools."

"This class has the ability to rewrite most of our program records as a group."

Defense | Shoots Right | Imperial, PA | Steel City Selects 19U

Prior to Penn State
Foy played for the highly-regarded Steel City Selects program that is among the most successful in USA Hockey's Mid-American District at the Tier II level. Over the years, Foy helped Steel City to seven district titles and appearances at the USA Hockey National Championships, including two trips to the tournament semifinals. In 2016-17, her 19U team's defense play was particularly important to Steel City's usual nationals trip, with head coach Jeff Tindall describing Foy and blueline partner Ella Troy as "absolute warriors" and "really special players, who can play 45 minutes a game if you need them to." Foy also skated for her school team at West Allegheny High School, helping WA to a notable season in 2015-16: the Indians finished first in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League's Western Conference at the Class A level while reaching third in the state rankings, and won their first game in the Penguins Cup playoffs (the tournament for the western Pennsylvania championship) since 2012.

Sydney Marguerite Foy was born on March 3, 1999 in Toledo, OH to Paula Foy and has one brother, Bailey. She is a distinguished honors graduate of West Allegheny High School, where she was featured as a commencement speaker and also won the school's outstanding senior award for mathematics. Appropriately, given that latter honor, Foy plans on majoring in industrial engineering with the intent of going into engineering management after college.

Fung on Foy
"Sydney comes to us from the Steel City Selects, who have established themselves as one of the top Tier II programs in their district. We have a long line of players from SCS who, while not always their most celebrated, have always been high-character players who develop into difference makers, the backbone of our program. Sydney has an outstanding academic resume and despite opportunities to play NCAA Division III hockey, she chose school and career, enrolling in Penn State's top-ranked College of Engineering. She is a solid, all-situations defender who will be able to refine her game quickly to excel at this level."

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