In the Penn State women’s hockey team's inaugural weekend, forward Micayla Catanzariti backed up head coach Josh Brandwene’s comments earlier in the week when he said his freshman class was “phenomenal.”
Catanzariti had a three-point performance in the Nittany Lions’ history making 5-3 victory over Vermont on Saturday.
Catanzariti scored the game-tying and go-ahead goals in the second period before capping her day off with an assist on fellow freshman forward Birdie Shaw’s empty-net goal.
The College Hockey Association (CHA), comprised of six schools, recognized Catanzariti’s play and named her Rookie of the Week. This award is not the California native’s first in her thus-short hockey career. Catanzariti is the owner of two bronze medals, which she picked up at the USA National Championships in 2009 and 2010.
Catanzariti was not the only Lion to be acknowledged by the CHA this weekend. Freshman forward Shannon Yoxheimer had a two-goal performance of her own on Saturday against the Catamounts, which earned her a spot on the CHA “Honor Roll.”
Yoxheimer tallied the first goal in Penn State women’s hockey history as well as the first game-winning goal for the program. She led the team with 10 shots during her weekend in Burlington.
The freshmen look to impress at home when the team plays its first Division I and CHA game on Oct. 13 against Syracuse.