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Posted: December 7th, 2012

No. 4 Mercyhurst (14-1-1, 6-0-0 CHA) at Robert Morris (7-3-2, 3-1-0)
When: Today, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 3 p.m.
Where: RMU Island Sports Center, Moon Township
On the air: (live stream), (live audio and statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst faces College Hockey America rival Robert Morris for the first time since losing to the Colonials in the CHA Tournament championship game this past March. That defeat snapped the Lakers’ nine-year stranglehold on the CHA title and 11-year streak of conference titles dating back to the 2000-01 season, when they played in the Great Lakes Women’s Hockey Association. … Mercyhurst has a nine-game winning streak by a combined 47-7 score since its only loss of the season, 3-0 to nationally ranked Clarkson Oct. 19. … The Lakers have allowed one goal or fewer in their last eight games. They had a shutout streak snapped at 303 minutes, 4 seconds with a first-period goal in a 7-1 win against Penn State last Saturday. … RMU has surrendered two goals or fewer in nine of 12 games. … Mercyhurst (fourth at 1.38 goals against per game) and RMU (10th at 2.17) rank among the top 10 scoring defenses in NCAA Division I. … Lakers senior G Stephanie Ciampa, who had a personal shutout streak end at 182 minutes, 10 seconds in that game, has started the season with a 9-0-0 record. … The Lakers complete the first half of the season this weekend. They begin the second half Jan. 3 with an exhibition game against the Buffalo Bison at MIC. The regular season resumes Jan. 11 at home against Syracuse. … The Colonials, who are coached by former Mercyhurst assistant Paul Colontino, had a seven-game unbeaten streak (5-0-2) snapped with a 4-3 loss to Syracuse last Saturday. … RMU returns home after completing a 10-game road trip with a 6-2-2 record. The Colonials play the next eight games at home. … Former Mercyhurst G Ashley Harper, a 2011 graduate, is a volunteer assistant coach for the Colonials.

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: June 30th, 2011

Ashley Harper, a senior goaltender on the 2010-11 Mercyhurst College women’s hockey team, was named College Hockey America’s top scholar athlete, the conference announced Thursday.

She also joined 65 other student-athletes on the CHA All-Academic Team. She was joined by teammates Vicki Bendus, Stephanie Ciampa, Meghan Corbett, Lauren Jones, Melissa Lacroix, Kyleigh Palmer, Kelley Steadman and Pamela Zgoda.

The Mercyhurst men’s hockey team had six players named to the Atlantic Hockey Association’s All-Academic Team – Grant Blakey, Steve Cameron, Randy Cure, Patrick Goebel, Nick Jones and Max Strang.


Posted: February 24th, 2011

What: Robert Morris (5-19-7, 2-8-5 CHA) at No. 3 Mercyhurst College (26-5-0, 15-0-0)

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center

On the air: (Internet video), WMCE (radio)

Players to watch

Mercyhurst – Sr. F Meghan Agosta (31 goals, 46 assists, 77 points), Jr. G Hillary Pattenden (24-5-0 record, 1.97 goals-against average, .908 save percentage, 6 shutouts), Sr. F Jesse Scanzano (22-28-50), Sr. F Vicki Bendus (18-31-49), Jr. F Bailey Bram (13-26-39)

Robert Morris – Fr. F Thea Imbrogno (12-14-26), Sr. F Sara O’Malley (12-14-26), Jr. F Brianna Delaney (10-16-26), So. F Dayna Newsom (5-16-21), So. F Kelsey Thomas (4-10-14)

Fast facts

Mercyhurst – Agosta, the nation’s leading scorer and fourth-leading goal scorer, needs one goal to surpass the NCAA career record of 150 goals she shares with Harvard’s Nicole Corriero (2002-05). Agosta already holds the NCAA career marks for points and power-play goals. … The Lakers, which have won a season-high eight straight games, have clinched the No. 1 seed in next weekend’s College Hockey America tournament. They earn a first-round bye and will face either Wayne State or RMU in the semifinals on March 4 at 4 p.m. … The school will honor the 2011 graduating class – seniors Agosta, Bendus, Scanzano, Ashley Harper, Melissa Lacroix, Kylie Rossler and Cassea Schols and junior Meghan Corbett – before the final game of the regular season. … The Lakers have won all 26 career meetings with the Colonials, including three games this season. … Pattenden has allowed two goals or fewer in seven straight games. … The Lakers have seven players with double-digit goals, the most since the 2008-09 team that reached the NCAA Division I championship game. … Freshman F Christine Bestland (18-23-41) ranks fourth nationally in rookie scoring.

Robert Morris – The Colonials are unbeaten in a program-record five straight games (1-0-4) after losing their previous six games. … Delaney is the first player in program history to record double-digit goals for three straight seasons. … Imbrogno has points in a program-best eight straight games. … The Colonials have scored two goals or fewer in 23-of-31 games.

Up next: CHA Tournament at Syracuse (March 3-5)

– Victor Fernandes

Posted: August 3rd, 2010

Head coach Michael Sisti of the Mercyhurst College women’s hockey team announced Tuesday the addition of four newcomers to the 2010-11 women’s hockey roster.

Lauren Barnes (Eagan, Minn. / Burnsville), Christine Bestland (Brunkild, Manitoba / Pursuit of Excellence), Christie Cicero (Manalapan, N.J. / New Jersey Rockets) and Ashley Harper (Butler, Pa. / Culver Military Academy) will join 19 players returning from a team that finished 30-3-3 a season ago and also returns Meghan Agosta, who took the year off to compete at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

Barnes, a 5’8”, freshman forward, helped Burnsville High School to a 22-8-1 record last season and its second state consolation title in the past four years. She scored 22 goals and added 28 assists to become the school’s all-time assists leader (101) and a top-10 finalist for the 2010 Let’s Play Hockey Ms. Hockey Award. “Lauren has a nice mix of size and skill,” said Sisti. “She has a great knack for winning loose puck battles and will provide us with another offensive threat.”

Bestland, a 5’7”, freshman forward, comes to Mercyhurst after playing for Pursuit of Excellence and the Canadian National Women’s Under-18 Team last season. She scored 41 goals and dished out 57 assists for 98 points with Pursuit of Excellence before finding the back of the net three times and totaling eight points for Canada at the 2010 Under-18 World Tournament. “Christine is a great skater who could play center or wing for us. Her experience playing with the under-18 team should prepare her for the college game.”

Cicero, a 5’2”, freshman forward, led the New Jersey Rockets to a 31-15-3 record during the 2009-10 season. A team captain, she scored a league-leading 84 goals and dished out 30 assists to accumulate 114 points to go along with a +2 plus / minus rating.

“Christie is a tough competitor who will thrive in our enviroment. She is just scratching the surface on how good she can be and we’re excited to see her reach her full potential here at Mercyhurst.”

Harper, a 5’7”, senior goaltender, will skate for the Lakers after serving as a team manager for the past few seasons.

“We are very excited for Ashley. She is such a hard working person who has done so well here at Mercyhurst and has always shown her love for the game of hockey and our program. It is nice to see someone so respectful get a shot at fulfilling her dream.”

- From Mercyhurst College news release

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