11 Women's Hockey Players Named To Hockey East All-Academic Team

June 10, 2009


Eleven Providence College women's ice hockey players were named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team on Tuesday, June 9. Seniors Katy Beach (Cleveland, Ohio), Danielle Ciarletta (Blaine, Minn.), Erin Normore (Cambridge, Ontario), Mari Pehkonen (Tampere, Finland) and Brittany Simpson (Barrie, Ontario), junior Arianna Rigano (Malden, Mass.), sophomores Alyse Ruff (Tualatin, Ore.) and Amber Yung (Rockville, Va.) as well as freshmen Lauren Covell (Akron, Ohio), Christie Jensen (Delta, B.C.) and Breanna Schwarz (Portland, Ore.) each earned Hockey East All-Academic Team honors. To qualify for the all-academic team, a player must earn a 3.0 grade point average or higher in each of the two academic periods during which she was actively competing.

Beach, a sociology major, earned a 3.29 grade point average. She played in 34 games and finished sixth on the team in scoring with 16 points on eight goals and eight assists. She also finished second on the team with five power-play goals.

Ciarletta is one of three Friars to be named to the all-academic team for the third consecutive season. Ciarletta, a political science major, finished with a 3.30 GPA. On the ice, she played in 10 games and posted a 2.33 goals against average and a .905 save percentage.



Normore finished with a 3.29 GPA. The social science major, finished second on the team with 26 points on nine goals and 17 assists. Normore never missed a game in a Friar uniform, including all 36 during the 2008-09 season.

Pehkonen also is a three-time honoree. She earned a degree in global studies and had a 3.36 GPA. Pehkonen played in 30 games and had 11 goals and six assists for 17 points. She also played for Team Finland in the 2008 Four Nations Cup.

Simpson, who served as the team captain in 2008-09 and also garnered all-academic honors for the third consecutive season, is the fifth senior to receive all-academic accolades. The sociology major, finished with a 3.63 GPA. Simpson played in all 36 games and recorded 14 points on two goals and 12 assists.

Rigano is the lone junior on the all-academic team. As an elementary/special education major, Rigano earned a 3.19 GPA. She played in 26 games and recorded two goals and two assists for four points.

Ruff and Yung makeup the sophomores who were honored. Ruff finished with a 3.57 GPA. She played in all 36 games and had 20 points on 10 goals and 10 assists. Yung, a biology major, had a 3.15 GPA. She played in 35 games and recorded six assists.

Covell, Jensen and Schwarz round out the list of honorees. Covell, who finished with a 3.36 GPA, played in 24 games in her first season at Providence. Jensen recorded a 3.02 GPA. She also played in 32 games and recorded one assist. Schwarz finished with a 3.41 GPA.

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