Pittsburgh Hockey Digest

Robert Morris

Pens Elite products Diffendal, Schauer highlight RMU recruiting class

The Robert Morris women’s hockey team will welcome eight players to campus as part of their 2017 recruiting class.

Pittsburgh native Anjelica Diffendal, a forward, and defender Morgan Schauer will come to the Colonials from the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite U19 team.

They’ll be joined by Lapeer, Mich., defender Emily Curlett, Syracuse, N.Y., forward Emilie Harley, West Fargo, N.D., forward Janey Sandoval, Farmington, Minn., goaltender Molly Singewald and Staffa, Ont., forward Allexan Templeman as first-year players.

The Colonials also added former North Dakota forward Sarah Lacavalier after that school closed its program. Lacavalier, a Strathmore, Alb., native, played one season for the Fighting Hawks in 2016-17, putting up four goals and four assists in 37 games. She’ll be immediately eligible with three seasons to play with the Colonials.

“We are very excited to welcome this year’s class of newcomers to the Robert Morris women’s hockey program,” head coach Paul Colontino said in a press release. “Once again, we feel our staff of Logan Bittle and Chelsea Walkland have done a phenomenal job, not only in identifying and recruiting quality student-athletes, but also quality families. Coach Bittle and Walkland have successfully been able to enhance and increase our depth in all facets of our game. Our size, speed, grit, and finesse will all be significantly impacted with the addition of these student-athletes. Lastly, they all have strong leadership experience from their junior careers, and will enable the next generation of Colonials to uphold the high standards of team chemistry that we pride ourselves on.”

The Colonials are replacing a five-player senior class that including defender Mikaela Lowater, forwards Mackenzie Johnston, Maeve Garvey and Rikki Meilleur and goaltender Jessica Dodds. Rising sophomore forward Emma Low-A-Chee transferred to Ryerson University.

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