Women's Ice Hockey Standouts Jessica Cohen and Jessica Vella Named AWCHA National Academic Scholars

Jessica Cohen

April 26, 2012

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College women's ice hockey players Jessica Cohen (Anchorage, Alaska) and Jessica Vella (Pickering, Ontario) have been recognized by the American Women's Hockey Coaches Association as National Academic Scholars.

To earn the honor, student athletes must have a grade point average of 3.5 or better over two semesters, have dressed for 75% of the team's games and be a member in good standing with their team and school.

Vella, a junior health policy management major, received the team's academic award in 2011 and is a two-time Hockey East All-Academic selection. This past season, she played in all 37 games while tallying a career-best 18 points on nine goals and nine assists. She tied for the team lead with three power play strikes, and also contributed a short-handed score while helping the Friars reach their sixth Hockey East Championship in the last ten campaigns.

Cohen, a junior with a double major in global studies and philosophy, has also twice received Hockey East All-Academic status. This season, she excelled while switching from her natural forward position to defense after the team endured injuries to its blue line corps. She played in all 37 games, accumulating a plus-minus rating of +11 to go with nine points on three goals and six assists.

The Friars will celebrate the 2011-12 campaign with two events next weekend. On May 5th, the Friars will host the 8th Annual The Rinx Alumni Golf Tournament at the Cranston Country Club, located at 69 Burlingame Road in Cranston, R.I. The day will begin with registration and lunch at noon, and culminate with dinner at the conclusion of play. To register or learn more, visit http://alumni.providence.edu//wihgolf. The deadline to register is April 27.

On Sunday, May 6th, the team will hold its End-of-Year Banquet. The celebration will take place at the Providence Marriott at 1 Orms Street in Providence. The reception begins at 12 p.m., followed by the luncheon and program, which includes the award ceremony, senior speeches and highlight video.



To register for the banquet, contact Karen Rohan at 401 865 1722.

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