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SRU Good News for Feb. 26, 2010


Women's ice hockey club captures division crown

The women's ice hockey club team at Slippery Rock University, in only its third season of American Collegiate Hockey Association Delaware Valley Collegiate Hockey Conference competition, upset the top tournament's top two seeds in succession last weekend to win its first-ever DVCHC Division II championship.

            SRU, which finished third in the 2009 DVCHC championships, entered this year's competition at the Hagerstown (Md.) Ice and Sports Complex as the "wild-card" entry and seeded fifth after it had compiled a 4-5 record in regular-season action.

            Undaunted, the SRU club beat fourth-seeded Navy by a 3-2 score in the first round of action to avenge a 5-2 regular-season loss and earn the right to face top-seeded Rutgers in a semifinal match.

            In semifinal action, the SRU club avenged a pair of regular-season losses (5-3, 5-4) to Rutgers by handing the top-seeded Scarlet Knights a 7-6 setback.

            The semifinal win over Rutgers moved SRU into the championship game against second-seeded Drexel University of Philadelphia, against which SRU had recorded a 6-5 win in the teams' only on-ice regular-season duel.

            SRU jumped out to a 4-2 lead before Drexel scored a pair of power-play goals, the final one coming with 90 seconds remaining in regulation time, to tie the score at 4-4 and send the title game into overtime.

            Less than a minute into the extra stanza, the game was over, though, as freshman undeclared major Amy Bauman of Reading found the back of the net with a shot on goal to give SRU a 5-4 victory and the championship trophy.

            The SRU roster also included: Amanda Althouse, a freshman biology major from Lebanon; club treasurer Kellianne Burdorf, a junior athletic training major from Hermitage, Tenn.; Nicole Cantine, a freshman athletic training major from McDonald; club president Lora Gasiewski, a senior public health major from Erie; goalie Emily Greer, a junior public health major from Franklin, Mass.; Meredith Gruseck, a sophomore elementary education major from Mason, Ohio; Mandy MacKinnon, a freshman business major from Indiana, Pa.; Anastasia Pyzik, a sophomore therapeutic recreation major from Edgewood, Md.; club vice president Katie Sines, a junior health and physical education major from Poland, Ohio;  Anna Steinmiller, a junior elementary education major and winger from Pittsburgh; Hannah Whittaker, a sophomore French education major from Pittsburgh; Madeline Whitney, a sophomore psychology major from McKeesport; and Alli Zube,  a sophomore sport management major from Williamsport, Md.

            Bill Harshman is the club team's head coach.


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