Moon Township, Pa. -- Fourth-year head coach Nate Handrahan announced the signing of seven athletes to national letters of Intent, which increases his 2009-10 recruiting class to 10 athletes. Cobina Delaney (Stittsville, Ontario/Ottawa Senators), Kelsey Thomas (Hamilton, Ontario/Hamilton Hawks) and Kristen DiCiocco (Niagara Falls, Ontario/Stoney Creek Jr. Sabres) signed NLI’s in November of 2008 and they will be joined by five forwards, one defenseman and one goaltender.
“This was a huge recruiting year for us having to replace our first graduating senior class,” said Handrahan. “Scott Spencer did a fantastic job bringing in quality people, as well as players to RMU. He along with Candice Moxley should be commended for their work.”
The 2009-10 recruiting class includes players from Pennsylvania, Missouri, New Jersey and the Canadian provinces of Manitoba, Ontario and British Columbia.
"I am very happy that all of these players and their families have decided to join us here at RMU as we have great things happening on and off the ice. This group will add to our strong group of returning players," said Handrahan.
This group of 10 athletes will join a veteran squad of six forwards, five defensemen and one goalie. The 2009-10 RMU women’s hockey season kicks off on Sunday, Sept. 27 when the team takes on Wilfrid Laurier in an exhibition game at the RMU Island Sports Center. The squad opens its regular-season against Minnesota- Duluth on Friday, Oct. 2 and begins its home season against St. Lawrence on Friday, Oct. 16.
2009-10 National Letter of Intent Signees (7)
Name Pos. Ht. Yr. Hometown / Previous Team
Dayna Newsom F 5-6 Fr. Toronto, Ontario /Oakville Ice
Courtney Langston F 5-4 Fr. Warrensburgh, Mo. / Shattuck St.
Mary's Kathleen McDonald F 5-4 Fr. Kamploops, British Columbia / Team BC & POE
Whitney Henderson F 5-3 Fr. Elkins Park, Pa. / Princeton Tiger Lilies
Jennifer Kindret F 5-8 Fr. Winnipeg, Manitoba / BC Breakers
Jamie Joslin D 5-9 Fr. Richmond Hill, Ontario /Aurora Panthers
Marissa Angel G 5-4 Fr. Mullica Hill, N.J. /Princeton Tiger Lilies
Dayna Newsom - Comes to Robert Morris after competing on the Oakville Ice Jr. Hockey Club Team and is a native of Toronto, Ontario… Honor roll student all four years of high school.
Handrahan on Newsom: "Dayna had a breakout year last year because she kept working and competing which paid off. That is what we like so muchabout her, she competes every day. I anticipate her to transition very well into college hockey."
Courtney Langston - Part of a National Championship team in 2009 and also led her team to state playoff championships in 2007 and 2009 while playing at Shattuck St. Mary’s … Named the most improved athlete in 2009 for her overall performance over four years … Lettered in both hockey and lacrosse during high school … Honor roll student all four years of high school.
Handrahan on Langston: "Yet another national champion. She was a part of a U-19 US national championship team last season. Courtney knows what it takes to compete at a high level and has an exceptional IQ for the game."
Kathleen McDonald - Participated in the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy, which gives athletes a very high level of on-ice and off-ice training. The program enables athletes to have daily training for 10 months out of the year, which adds up to over 1000 hours of hockey development.
Handrahan on McDonald: “Kat took a little different route to get to the college level, but I believe it will pay off for her. She has worked hard at her game over the past year and will be a very skilled player joining us. Once she gets acclimated to college life and hockey, she could be a contributor on the scoreboard.”
Whitney Henderson - Named MVP and team captain of her hockey team in 2008 and also lettered in field hockey and lacrosse in high school … Led her team to an Atlantic District championship in both 2008 and 2009 while playing for the Princeton Tiger Lilies … Under the direction of head coach Lorna Gifis, made it to nationals in both 2008 and 2009.
Handrahan on Henderson: "Whit is a great kid and is a hockey nut. Shes passionate about being a hockey player and will thrive in our culture."
Jennifer Kindret - Native of Winnipeg, Manitoba … Led her team to acity finalist finish as the assistant captain of her high school hockey team … Named the most improved player of the Toronto Rattlers during her senior year … Leading scorer of the Toronto Rattlers in 2006-07 … Led her club hockey team to a city championship, a provincial championship and a Western Shield silver finish.
Handrahan on Kindret: "Jen has taken some time after high school to continue working at her game, and I believe adding an older player who has seen life outside of school will benefit her and us. She will also bring some size and a scoring touch to our young team."
Jamie Joslin - Participated in six sports while attending Richmond Green Secondary School … Named Junior Female Athlete of the Year as a freshman and Senior Female Athlete of the Year as a junior and senior ….Received the Rattler Award for most outstanding athlete as a sophomore and was the first student to receive the Platinum Rattler Award for most outstanding athlete in her junior year … Named MVP for volleyball, soccer and basketball several times throughout high school … Brother Derek Joslin plays in the NHL for the San Jose Sharks.
Handrahan on Joslin: "Jamie comes to us as a player who competes, has ag reat skill set and will add more size to our D corp. She can shoot well and will be a fierce competitor."