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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Hockey Log Extra

Magnificent eleven
PC women land record roll call to All-Academic team

Eleven names –five first-timers included- are under the Providence College heading in the freshly released WHEA All-Academic roster, marking the first time a double-digit quantity of Friars have met the scholarly criteria since this post-season practice began in 2000-01.

Previously, PC’s program record stood at nine honored student-athletes, a rung they had reached in both 2003-04 and 2006-07. For the rest of the young Hockey East era, they had never sent more than six of their own and were regularly dwarfed by the output of a few conference cohabitants.

Not so this time around. Only Boston College and Maine (tied for first with 15) along with “second-place” Northeastern (14) have charged up more scholars. And for their part, the Friar honorees constitute an altogether sizeable 12 percent of the league’s roll call of 92 All-Academic players (itself a Hockey East record) and an even 44-percent of their own 25-player roster.

Four of the program’s six newly graduated seniors –Katy Beach, Danielle Ciarletta, Mari Pehkonen, and Brittany Simpson- plus sophomore Alyse Ruff are the veteran returnees in this department. In that sense, what with 2008 alumna Kelli Doolin inevitably out of the equation, a perfect renewal was achieved.

But this year’s honor roll has also been saturated by the presence of team MVP Erin Normore, sophomore blueliner Amber Yung, and four rookies in Lauren Covell, Christie Jensen, Arianna Rigano, and Breanna Schwarz.

Ciarletta, Pehkonen, and Simpson will each depart with the tri-star distinction of landing three consecutive appearances, an internal feat matched only by 2006 graduate Karen Thatcher and 2007 alumna Kristin Gigliotti. Meantime, Ruff, Covell, Jensen, and Schwarz are effectively in the running to become PC’s first Distinguished Scholar –i.e. a four-time honoree.

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