USA Women Win Bronze
Congratulations Lauren Hillberg, Cassie Catlow and Alisha DiFilippo for making history bringing home the first women’s medal for Team USA at the World University Games
Pergine, Italy – Katie Augustine (West Chester, Ohio/Miami University) scored the game-winning goal, Hayley Williams (Crete, Ill./Robert Morris University) tallied a goal and an assist and goaltender Katie Vaughan (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn State University) turned away 37 shots to help the U.S. Women’s National University Team earn a 3-1 win over Japan in the bronze medal game of the 2013 Winter World University Games.
The medal is the first for the United States in either men’s or women’s competition at the Winter World University Games.
“We couldn’t be happier with how this group represented their country during this tournament, both on and off the ice,” said Mo Stroemel, head coach of the 2013 U.S. Women’s National University Team. “This is a moment none of us will forget. We are extremely happy to bring a medal home to the United States.”
Monica Korzon (Ann Arbor, Mich./University of Michigan) opened the scoring at 17:03 of the first period when she struck for an even-strength goal. Ramey Weaver (Eagle River, Alaska/Robert Morris University) was credited with the lone assist on the play. Japan then knotted the score with 11 seconds remaining in the opening stanza.
The teams played a scoreless second period, setting the stage for Team USA’s third-period heroics.
Augustine found the back of the net to put the U.S. in front for good at 2:30 of the final frame. Williams and Morgan McGrath (Mayfield Village, Ohio/Miami University) also contributed to the goal. Williams then scored into an empty net with just three seconds remaining to cap the victory.
Congratulations to URI Women’s Ice Hockey Players Lauren Hillberg and Kayla DiLorenzo
Lauren Hillberg (Rhode Island DI) has been a big part of URI’s stellar defensive play as of late and her contributions earned her the Harrow Defenseman of the Month award for November. She’s also shown a flair in the offensive end as she picked up six points (2+4) through November as the Rams continue to press forward in the women’s ranks.
Hillberg’s teammate, Kayla DiLorenzo has been a direct beneficiary of Hillberg’s stellar play as the Warrior Goalie of the Month ranks amongst the ACHA’s best as she leads the nation in minutes played and shut outs. DiLorenzo’s impressive November lifted her GAA to 1.06 and strengthened her .951 SV%, both amongst the best in the nation.
World Girls Hockey Day
Let’s get it started! The 3rd annual IIHF World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend on 12/13 October is aimed at giving girls and women in over 30 participating countries the opportunity to try hockey in a fun and save environment. Expect many smiling faces in this album! For updates during the weekend from all around the world check out our tracker: http://www.iihf.com/iihf-home/sport/women/world-girls-hockey-day/2013.html
Size isn’t everything. Want proof? Look no further than the University of Rhode Island. Situated in America’s smallest state, it attracted about 35 girls between the ages of three and 10 to its World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend event on Saturday at Boss Arena. “The World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend event will have a positive impact on the community,” said Beth McCann, head coach of the university’s women’s hockey team. “It will get younger girls involved with local programs and help build girls’ hockey in Rhode Island. This being such a small state, it helps girls from all over the state get exposure to the game and learn the fundamentals. It also gives them an inside look at what they have to look forward to in the future and motivates them to continue with their game.” The participants enjoyed working with their instructors, including Boston Blades players Christie Jensen and Ashley Cottrell from the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. Not only did they brush up their shooting, passing, and stickhandling skills during the on-ice session, but they also learned about teamwork, fitness, and nutrition off the ice with the university skaters. They received jerseys, skate laces, stickers, and pamphlets. “The parents really liked being able to watch and photograph their kids and they bonded with them during off-ice activities,” said McCann.