July 13, 2011
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College women's ice hockey Head Coach Bob Deraney and his coaching staff have announced the signing of three additional players to the class of 2015. The Friars will welcome goaltender Hillary Drake (Mosinee, Wis.), forward/defenseman Suzie Lundeen (Edina, Minn.) and defenseman Victoria Virtue (Walpole, Mass.) for the 2011-2012 academic year.
"We're very excited to add these terrific young ladies and very talented hockey players to our program," said Deraney, the 2010 and 2011 Women's Hockey East Coach of the Year.
Hillary Drake, Goaltender, Mosinee, Wis. - The 5-foot-6 Drake has earned the Jessie Vetter Award as the top high school netminder in the state of Wisconsin for the last two seasons. During her senior campaign with the Central Wisconsin Storm, she went 24-2 with 18 shutouts and a save percentage of .971.
"Hillary is athletic and explosive and she adds another quality goalie to our program," said Deraney. "We feel we've solidified our goaltending well into the future with her addition."
Suzie Lundeen, Forward/Defenseman, Edina, Minn. - Lundeen is a 5-foot-6 left-shot that can play forward or defense. This past season, she tallied 18 points and registered a plus/minus rating of +8 in 31 games, leading Edina High School to the Minnesota Class AA Championship game.
"Suzie is a very competitive, versatile player," explained the Friar Coach. "We'll be looking to delve into her versatility and aggressiveness. Very few teams have a player with Suzie's skill set."
Victoria Virtue, Defenseman, Walpole, Mass. - The 5-foot-9 Virtue served as a co-captain at the Winchendon School in Winchendon, Mass. this past season. She recorded totals of seven goals and 11 assists in 25 games on the Wapiti blueline.
"Victoria has the potential to be a very talented, offensive defenseman," said Deraney. "Her size and offensive ability allow her to be a typical hybrid defenseman in our system."
The three additions will join early signees Haley Frade (Marion, Mass.), Beth Hanrahan (Poolesville, Md.), Allison Micheletti (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) and Brooke Simpson (Boxborough, Mass.), bringing the total number of incoming Friars to seven.
"They're not only bringing talent and character, but a competitive nature that fits in perfectly with our culture," added the coach. "We're excited to not only welcome them, but their families as well."
- Go Friars -
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