March 7, 2006
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - The NCAA has announced the participants for the inaugural NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge, which will be held April 7 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Brown senior forward Margaret Ramsay (Toronto, ONT) will represent the Bears as a member of the East squad. Ramsay is the third leading scorer on the Bears tallying 13 points on nine goals and four assists in 31 games. For her career the forward has appeared in 104 games netting 24 goals and recording 26 assists for 50 points.
The competition will be held in an East versus West format with each team having six male position players, six female position players, two male goaltenders and two female goaltenders. An alternate list has been established in the event that players have to withdraw from the competition due to other commitments, such as their team's participation in the Men's Frozen Four.
To be eligible, all players must have exhausted their collegiate eligibility and be nominated by their head coach. The players were selected by representatives from the American College Hockey Coaches Association, the NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Committee and the National Youth Sports Corporation. The competitions will include puck control relay, fastest skater, hardest shot, rapid fire shooting and penalty shot.
"The rosters include an extremely talented group of men and women," said Marty Scarano, chair of the Division I Men's Ice Hockey Committee and director of athletics at the University of New Hampshire. "We have been talking about the formation of a skills challenge for several years now, and this is such a tremendous group of student-athletes, that it will be an exciting event for everyone in attendance."
The women on the East squad include Lindsay Hansen from the University of New Hampshire; Allison Paiano, Colgate University; Jennifer Raimondi, Harvard; Margaret Ramsay, Brown University; Sam Shirley, Mercyhurst College; and Karen Thatcher, Providence College. The goalies will be Northeastern University's Marisa Hourihan and Sarah Love of Yale University.
The women's portion of the West roster includes Adam Burish's sister, Nikki, who also plays for Wisconsin. Also on the team will be Sharon Cole of Wisconsin; Devon Fingland of the University of North Dakota; Jana Harrigan of Ohio State and Randie Jelinski and Kristy Oonincx, both of St. Cloud State. The two female goaltenders will be Meghan Horras of Wisconsin and Jill Luebke of Bemidji State.
The East female alternates in alphabetical order are: Caitlin Barnes, Vermont; Becky Irvine, Colgate; Dani Jo Lansing, Mercyhurst; Ashley Payton, Providence; Rosina Schiff, Rensselaer; Carrie Schroyer, Harvard.
The female alternates for the West team in alphabetical order are: Anne Girtz, North Dakota; Grace Hutchins, Wisconsin; Cyndy Kenyon, Wisconsin; Meghan Mutrie, North Dakota.
Tickets for the event are $10 and can be purchased at the Bradley Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 414/276-4545. The Skills Challenge will begin at 7 p.m. Central and will be preceded by the Hobey Baker Memorial Award at 6 p.m. and the Hockey Humanitarian Award at 6:30 p.m.