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The defenseman, who played for Ohio State from 2005-08, will represent the U.S. at the 2009 IIHF World Women’s Championships

COLUMBUS, Ohio Lisa Chesson, a defensemen for the Ohio State women’s hockey team from 2005-08, was named to the U.S. Women’s National Team for the 2009 IIHF World Women’s Championships, USA Hockey announced Thursday. Chesson is among 21 players on the roster and one of just three members who will be making their first appearances in an IIHF World Women’s Championship.

Chesson is the first Buckeye to play with Team USA in an International Ice Hockey Federation World Women’s Championship.

A native of Plainfield, Ill., Chesson is one of seven defensemen on the roster and has been participating in the U.S. Residency Program in Blaine, Minn., since September along with former Buckeye forward Erin Keys (2005-08). Chesson was a member of the U.S. Women’s Select Team that won the silver medal at the 2007 Four Nations Cup as well as part of the U.S. Under-22 team that summer.

Team USA will spend March 31-April 2 in Vierumaki, Finland, and will play a pre-tournament game against Sweden, April 2. The team will then travel to Hameenlinna to open play in the World Women’s Championship against Japan, April 4.

Chesson served as an assistant captain for the Buckeyes in 2007-08 and picked up her third All-WCHA honor of her career, being named to the second team after previous back-to-back third-team nods. She completed her career with 89 points to stand ninth all-time in the OSU record books and fourth in defenseman scoring. She totaled 27 goals and 62 assists in her four seasons and ranks seventh in power play points with 47.

Tessa Bonhomme, a fellow defenseman for the Buckeyes from 2004-08, will face off against her former teammate Chesson in the World Women’s Championships while playing for arch-rival Team Canada as a member of their women’s national team. 

At the IIHF World Women’s Championship last year in Harbin, China, the U.S. was led by Ohio State head coach Jackie Barto. Team USA topped Canada an unprecedented two times, including a 4-3 victory in the gold-medal game. In addition to the two wins over Canada, Team USA earned preliminary-round victories over Switzerland and Germany and outscored opponents by a 23-8 margin.