Feb. 21, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio — In a season where the Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team has raised the bar on what the team can accomplish on the ice, seven members of the team have earned Western Collegiate Hockey Association Scholar-Athlete honors as well, conference officials announced on Wednesday.
The seven honorees include Samantha Bouley, Rebecca Frieburger, Julianna Iafallo, Jacyn Reeves, Kassidy Sauvé, Lauren Spring and Olivia Soares. This is the second consecutive year Spring has earned WCHA Scholar-Athlete distinction, for the other six Buckeyes this is the first time they’ve earned the honor.
The WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award was developed through member team Faculty Representatives and approved by the conference membership for the 2005-06 season. To earn recognition as a WCHA Scholar-Athlete, conference-member student-athletes must have completed at least one year of residency at their present institution prior to the current academic year and must also have a grade-point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.0 scale for the previous two semesters or three quarters, or may qualify if his/her overall GPA is at least 3.50 for all terms at his or her present institution.
Spring, a physical education teacher education major, has racked up a multitude of academic honors over her four years. In addition to earning WCHA Scholar-Athlete honors in 2017 and 2018, she’s been on the WCHA All-Academic team the last three seasons. She’s also earned Ohio State University Scholar-Athlete honors all four years of her collegiate career.
After being on the WCHA All-Academic team the last two seasons, Iafallo made the jump up to WCHA Scholar-Athlete this year. The health sciences major has earned OSU Scholar-Athlete honors all four years of her career as well.
Sauvé, the new all-time program leader in saves, is also making a name for herself in the classroom. The sport industry major made the WCHA All-Academic team in 2017, and also earned OSU Scholar-Athlete status for 2017 and 2018.
Our final four honorees earned WCHA Scholar-Athlete status in their first year of eligibility. Bouley, a mathematics major, earned OSU Scholar-Athlete distinctions in 2017 and 2018. Majoring in exercise science education, Freiburger has also been an OSU Scholar-Athlete for both years of her collegiate career. Reeves, a human development and family science major, earned OSU Scholar-Athlete status in both years of her OSU career after transferring in as a sophomore. Last, but certainly not least, is Soares, a sport industry major. The sophomore has earned OSU Scholar-Athlete status both years of her collegiate career.
Once classes end for the week, the Buckeyes will take the ice as they host post-season hockey for the first time in 11 years. Ohio State opens its post-season with a series against Minnesota State this weekend. The series opener is set for a 6:07 p.m. start on Friday at the OSU Ice Rink.