HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey head coach Rick Seeley, and his staff, have officially announced the signing of six players that'll suit up for the Bobcats in 2014-15. Alicia Barry (Hanson, Mass.), Shannon Cherpak (Enfield, Conn.), Taylar Cianfarano (Oswego, N.Y.), Tori DeAngelis (Saunderstown, R.I.), Rachel Myette (Duxbury, Mass.) and Raquel Pennoyer (Rehoboth, Mass.) make up the Class of 2018. Quinnipiac is coming off its best season in program history with a 22-6-9 record. The Bobcats were nationally ranked the final 22 weeks of the 2013-14 season and advanced to the ECAC Hockey Semifinals.
With the exception of New York-born Cianfarano, it's an all- New England class, with three coming from Massachusetts and one each from Rhode Island and Connecticut. The six players include three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender.
With the loss of six players to graduation, Seeley expects his six newcomers to integrate well with the current roster, "We are very excited about our incoming class. They are a perfect complement for our returners. We add some important scoring, more depth to our defensive corps, and a solid goalie. We feel Cianfarano, DeAngelis and Pennoyer, with returning seniors, Kosta and Uden Johansson, can more than make up for the scoring lost to graduation. With the return of five Jr/So defensemen, Barry and Cherpak will have time to develop some great potential from the 6 and 7 D positions. Most importantly, we feel we have added six high-quality individuals to our program that will help our continued ascension to championships."
Quinnipiac University Women's Ice Hockey Class of 2018
Williston Northampton School/Assabet Valley U19
Barry comes to Quinnipiac prepared to add to its culture of success having demonstrated a winning pedigree at both the club and prep school level. This past year she helped lead The Williston Northampton School to its best season in program history and also played a key role in the Assabet Valley U-19 2014 USA Hockey Tier I National Championship. A high honors student at Williston, Barry lettered all four years and served as the team captain during her senior season in 2013-14. The team set records for single season wins, advanced to the New England Playoffs for the third straight year and won the 2014 Phillips Exeter Winter Tournament. League coaches named her to the 2013-14 All New England Second Team. During the club season, the reliable defenseman helped Assabet Valley capture its third straight U19 National Championship with a 2-0 victory over Shattuck St. Mary's in the title game.
Westminster School/Team Pittsburgh
This past season, Cherpak teamed up with fellow freshman teammate Tori DeAngelis at Westminster School to capture the Division I New England Prep School Championship. Westminster, the No. 6 overall seed entering the playoffs, upset the top three seeded teams in New England to capture the improbable title. Prior to attending Westminster, Cherpak was a four-sport athlete at the Hotchkiss School competing in field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse and softball. While at Hotchkiss, Cherpak captained the field hockey team and served as the assistant captain for ice hockey during her senior year. She won the Hotchkiss Girl's Senior Athlete Award and earned Founders League All-Star honors in both field hockey (2011) and softball (2013). An offensively talented defenseman with puck skill and a hard shot, she was also a multi-year member of one of the nation's top club programs Team Pittsburgh U19. She will become the first Connecticut-born player to suit up for Quinnipiac since defenseman Bethany Dymarczyk back in 2012.
NSA/USA U-18 National Team
Fresh off back-to-back silver medals at the IIHF World Championships as a two-year member of the U.S. National Under-18 Team, Taylar Cianfarano will bring plenty of big game experience to the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey program. Cianfarano joins Shiann Darkangelo as the only two players in program history to have played for the U.S. National U18 Team. She served as the Assistant Captain in the 2013 Summer Series. During the 2013 IIHF U18 World Championship, Cianfarano finished 2nd on the team in goals (4), registering six points. Cianfarano followed that up with a breakout performance in her second appearance for the Team USA at the 2014 IIHF U18 World Championship in Hungary. Despite falling to Coach Turner and Team Canada in the title game, Cianfarano led all players in the tournament with six goals and was named Outstanding Forward by the Directorate. She led all players in faceoff percentage and was first among all forwards with a +8 plus/minus rating. She was a four-time participant at the USA Hockey National Development Camps.
Cianfarano has an extensive history of success at the high school prep, and club level. She most recently attended National Sports Academy from 2010-14 in Lake Placid, N.Y where she compiled seasons of 125, 147 points, and 113 points the last three years. Her 2013-14 season garnered national recognition as she was selected to the First Team JWHL as well as a First Team All-USA Family Insurance High School Team in the USA Today. Her individual success dates all the way back to her early teens as she was a First Team All-State selection after a 56-point season while playing against high school level competition as a 7th grader. She followed that up being named MVP of the Final Four Tournament to go along with All-State honors leading her team to a State Championship season in 2009-10.
Westminster School/Assabet Valley U19
Another distinguished winner, Tori DeAngelis brings with her exceptional leadership qualities to go along with multiple regional and national championships. DeAngelis most recently capped an incredible senior campaign as the Westminster School team captain and Team MVP, leading the team to the New England Championship. In an improbable run to the championship where Westminster defeated the top three ranked teams in New England, DeAngelis scored 5 of the team's 6 goals including all three in a 3-0 victory over then undefeated Nobles in the title game. She followed up that performance, by helping her club team, Assabet Valley, capture its fourth U19 title in the past five years at the USA Hockey Girls Tier I National Championship. DeAngelis had previously won the USA Hockey National Championship with Assabet at the U16 level. She is a four- year USA Hockey National Development Camp attendee.
Duxbury High School/Bay State Breakers
One of the best goalies to ever play high school hockey in Massachusetts, Rachel Myette comes to Quinnipiac with a long list of individual and team laurels. In 2014, Myette was named the Massachusetts "Miss Hockey" by ESPNBoston.com and Boston Herald Player of the Year. She was the starting netminder for four consecutive state championship teams at Duxbury High School, the first three at the DII level and the final title in 2014 at the Division I level. The leading goaltender in Mass. all four years, Myette led her high school to an overall record of 80-5-9 with four league titles to go along with her four state championships. The three-time ESPN Boston All-State selection finished with the best save percentage (.954) in the state during her senior year, posting a 0.72 GAA with 11 shutouts. Her career shutout total stands at 39, 10 of which came in the postseason. Throughout her high school career, she earned a place on both the Boston Herald and Boston Globe Dream Teams, Defensive MVP, was a Shriners Hockey Classic participant, and four-time SEMGHL All-Star. Named team captain for her junior and senior seasons, Myette excelled in a leadership role and carried that success into the classroom where she was a distinguished student as well. Myette was a three-time Boston Globe All-Scholastic honoree, two-time Boston Herald All-Scholastic, four-time Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic and was a consistent Honor Roll student at Duxbury.
Tabor Academy/Mass Spitfires U19
Raquel Pennoyer, the third Mass.-born player from the Class of 2018 commitments, is a forward from Rehoboth, Mass. She has played on the Tabor Academy varsity hockey team for the past four years. Pennoyer was a linchpin throughout the 2013-14 season as she helped guide Tabor to an impressive 18-2-3 record. Named team captain for her senior season, Pennoyer won the distinguished Founders Award, which recognizes the member of the hockey team whose spirit reflects the courage and commitment of those who established the program. In 2011, she helped Tabor win the Taft Tournament Championship. In 2010, Pennoyer was also selected as one of just seven forwards out of Mass. to participate in the USA Hockey National Development Camp. She has played both forward and defense at the club level with the Mass. Spitfires.
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