The Pittsburgh Penguins Elite has a strong history of helping girls move on to the "next level." Nearly every girl that has graduated through our program moves on to college hockey. In addition, some of these girls have have the tremendous opportunity to play for Team USA.
NCAA UPDATE: Congratulations to the following Pittsburgh Penguins Elite alumni having great success being impact players this year in NCAA College Hockey!
Jessica (Jess) Brown, Sr., Cornell University -- Brown's OT Game Winning Goal over Harvard in the last game of the regular season propelled the Big Red to the ECAC Playoffs.
Pippy Gerace, Fr., Cornell University -- Also plays for the Big Red and was an ECAC Player of the Week this season.
Mackenzie Lancaster, Fr., Quinnipiac University -- Helped lead Qpac to an ECAC regular season title and 1st place seed in the playoffs.
Ashley Vesci, Sr., Robert Morris University -- Vesci is "C" of RMU Women's Hockey
Congratulations to freshman, Kaley Mooney who was named ACHA Tournament MVP as she helped her Miami University squad win the National Championships!
Congratulations to 19U Maddie Black on her commitment to play hockey for Salem State. Maddie has been an integral part of her 19U team this year; providing energy and speed on the ice, while keeping a positive attitude on the bench and in the locker room. Good luck at Salem State Maddie!
Pittsburgh, and Moon Township, native 19U Alayna Trice was accepted into NESCAC Hamilton College and has committed to play NCAA D3 hockey for the Continentals. Team Pittsburgh/Pittsburgh Pens Elite is the only Tier 1 program Alayna has played for and she has been a leader on and off the ice. We are excited that Alayna will join former Pittsburgh Penguins Elite teammates Andrea Rockey and Sam Walther at Hamilton College after she graduates from Shadyside Academy. Congratulations Alayna!
The Pens Elite are happy to announce a NCAA commitment by 19U Sam Smith to the prestigious NESCAC school Wesleyan University. Goalie Sam Smith, who graduated from Shady Side Academy in 2015, will join Wesleyan University Women's hockey team in the fall of 2016. Sam has played for Pens Elite since 10U and will join fellow 19U teammate and Shadyside player Alayna Trice in the storied NESCAC division. Over the past few years 2-3 Pens Elite girls have moved onto NESCAC programs every season. Best of luck Sam!!
Alli Sabatini, the longest current player in the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite program has commited to play her college hockey at Baltimore's Stevenson College. Many schools were after the defenseman's "hockey intelligence" but Sabatini from South Park is looking to bring her skills to Stevenson's blue-line! Good luck Alli!
Reagan Rust, who has played with the Pittsburgh Pens Elite since U14 is excited to play her college hockey at RIT in Rochester, NY. Rust, who is originally from Mississippi has made a tremendous sacrifice to follow her dreams of playing college hockey, will graduate from Moon Area Highschool after having lived away from home the past three years. Her hard work has paid off and we'll look forward to watching Reagan in the CHA when she returns to Pittsburgh to play next season!
Julie Dachille, a 2014 graduate from Peters Township HS is excited to attend prestigious Bowdoin University and play for the Polar Bears next season! Julie has played for Pittsburgh Penguins Elite for many years and looks forward to playing in the NESCAC League next fall.
Rachel Khalouf ('96) who attends Shadyside Academy and plays on the Pittsburgh Pens Elite u19 team committed to the University of Vermont after carefully considering all her NCAA D1 offers. While attending the annual NAHA Labor Day showcase this year, Rachel fell in love with UVM and the Burlington area, so the organization was proud of her to be offered to play for the Catamounts! Rachel is only a Jr. and so we're thrilled to have her back with the Pens Elite for another season! Congratulations Rachel and the entire Khalouf family!
Congratulations to 16U Morgan Schauer on her commitment to Robert Morris University. The standout defender had offers from a number of D1 schools but made her decision to join the Colonials as a student-athlete. Congrats Morgan!
The Penguins Elite would like to congratulate seniors Madison Huber (D) and Alyssa Peterson (G) on their acceptance and verbal commitments to Endicott College located in suburban Boston. Alyssa has played for Pens Elite since 10U and Maddie joined the program in 14U. Both have been strong leaders on and off the ice. We know they will bring their strong work ethic to the "Gulls." Congratulations!!
Jesse Kuhlman who is in her second year with the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite U19 has commited to play her college hockey at Adrian College! A strong power-forward, Kuhlman will be a welcome addition at Michigan's Adrian next fall. Congratulations to Jesse - your hard work and commitment has paid off!
Ana Orzech-owski, who joined the Pens Elite just this year, will be moving on to play her college hockey at NCAA D1 RPI in Troy, NY. Orzechowski who hails from NY State will be close to home when she plays in the ECAC. The strong skating defenseman will be a welcome addition to RPI in the fall of 2015.
After considering numerous scholarship offers, Mackenzie Lancaster ('97) commits to NCAA D1 University Quinnipiac University (ECAC) where she will join the Bobcats in 2015. Click Here for complete story.
Tasha Adams becomes the 3rd Pittsburgh Penguins Elite u19 player to commit to a prestigious NESCAC school in the last two years. 2013 grads Jamie Ptacek plays for Bowdoin and Jess Barkley suits up for Colby. Tasha will play for the Bantams after graduating in 2014, where she will be coached by 4x US Olympian Jenny Potter! Congratulations Tasha!
Congratulations to Pittsburgh native 19U Anjelica Diffendal on her commitment to Robert Morris University. Diffendal, a '98 forward, has been a leader and consistent offensive force for her Pens Elite teams over the last several seasons.
Congratulations to Megan Klaus of State College, PA who has committed to play NCAA D3 hockey for St. Anselm in New Hampshire! Megan has played her entire Tier 1 career for Team Pittsburgh/Pittsburgh Pens Elite and will be a strong force on the blue line for the Hawks in the New England Hockey Conference. Congrats Megan!!
Andrea Rockey becomes the second 2014-15 U19 player to commit to an impressive NESCAC program (and the 6th in the last 3 years!) Andrea will join U19 and Shadyside Academy teammate Olivia Stokes in the NESCAC when she joins Hamilton College next fall. Like Olivia, Andrea has played her entire girls' hockey career with Pittsburgh Penguins Elite and herself has been involved in some important goals helping her team get to USA Hockey Nationals! Congratulations Andrea on your success!
Olivia Stokes who has played her entire hockey career with the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite program will play her college hockey at Williams College in the prestigious NESCAC League. The Uniontown forward, Stokes, should be an impact player when she joins the team in 2015 after she graduates from Shadyside Academy.
Ireland Mooney is excited to attend Merrimack College on a hockey scholarship beginning in 2015! Coach Hamlen of Merrimack began watching Mooney at the Beantown Classic, then continued at the NAHA Labor Day Tournament and the Stoney Creek University Showcase. By the time of the Exeter Showcase in late-September, Mooney was able to visit the campus and was excited about the new facilities Merrimack has to offer. Congratulations Iley, you've earned your success!
Entered College in 2015
Pippy Gerace, Cornell, ECAC/Ivy, NCAA D1
Rachel Khalouf, Vermont, Hockey East, NCAA D1
Jesse Kuhlman, Merrimack, Hockey East, NCAA D1
Mackenzie Lancaster, Quinnipiac, ECAC, NCAA D1
Ireland Mooney, Miami of Ohio, ACHA D1
Ana Orzechowski, RPI, ECAC, NCAA D1
Andrea Rockey, Hamilton, NESCAC, NCAA D3
Reagan Rust, RIT, CHA, NCAA D1
Alli Sabatini, Stevenson, Colonial, NCAA D3
Olivia Stokes, Williams, NESCAC, NCAA D3
Entered College in 2014
Tasha Adams, Trinity, NESCAC, NCAA D3
Victoria Blake, SUNY Oswego, NCAA D3
Melissa Bodine, Lake Forest, NCAA D3
Colleen Dachille, Bowdoin, NESCAC, NCAA D3
Leigh Grall, St. Norbert's, NCAA D3
Entered College in 2013
Mel Ames, SUNY Plattsburgh, NCAA D3
Katie Augustine, Miami of Ohio, D1 Club
Jess Barkley, Colby College, NCAA D3
Morgan Blank, Syracuse University, NCAA D1
Julia Fair, Neumann, NCAA D3
Bridgit Hamlin, SUNY Oswego, NCAA D3
Maggie Kolcon, SUNY Plattsburgh, NCAA D3
Kaley Mooney, Miami of Ohio, D1 Club
Caroline Mundy, SUNY Canton, NCAA D3
Jamie Ptacek, Bowdoin, NESCAC, NCAA D3
Stephanie Lemieux, Boston College, NCAA D1
Shannon Smith, University of New England, NCAA D3
Entered College in 2012
Sydney Bell, St. Lawrence University, NCAA D1
Jess Brown, Cornell University, Ivy League, NCAA D1
Jill Holdcroft, Penn State, NCAA D1
Darby Kern, Penn State, NCAA D1
Shawna Lesperance, University of Maine, NCAA D1
Morgan McGrath, Miami of Ohio, D1 Club
Sarah Sheils, Franklin Pierce, NCAA D3
Ashley Vesci, Robert Morris University, NCAA D1
Stephanie Walkom, Penn State, NCAA D1
Brooke Webber, Stevenson, NCAA D3
Jennifer Wisniewski, Plymouth State, NCAA D3
Entered College in 2011
Colleen Murphy, Northeastern University, NCAA D1
Katelyn Pippy, Cornell University, Ivy League, NCAA D1
Tess Weaver, Penn State University, NCAA D1
Caroline Barth, Norwich University, NCAA D3
Entered College in 2010
Morgan Becer, Chatham College, NCAA D3
Lindsay Holdcroft, Dartmouth College, Ivy League, NCAA D1
Katie Vaughan, Penn State University, D1 Club
The following alumni have represented Team USA in International Play:
Katie Augustine (World University Games, 2013 & 2015)
Morgan McGrath (World University Games, 2013 & 2015)
Kaley Mooney (World University Games, 2015)
Katie Vaughan (World University Games, 2011 & 2013)