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Liana Bonanno recognized for third time; Rachel Davis and Raelyn LaRocque earn second nods

COLUMBUS, Ohio Four members of the Ohio State women’s hockey team have been named WCHA Scholar-Athletes, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association announced Thursday. Senior Liana Bonanno was recognized for the third time and juniors Rachel Davis and Raelyn LaRocque earned their second nods. Sophomore Jenna Kilpatrick was a first-time honoree.

Bonanno, a physics major, is just the second Buckeye to be a three-time WCHA Scholar- Athlete. The goaltender from Mount Sinai, N.Y., also was an American Women’s Hockey Coaches Association (AWHCA) Scholar All-American and ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District IV honoree last season. As a junior, Bonanno was one of just 60-70 undergraduates accepted in the Honors Collegium within Ohio State’s Honors and Scholars Program. She has earned the team’s Academic Award for three-consecutive seasons and is a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete. She has made over 2,000 saves for her career and is 7-16-2 with one shutout this season.

Davis, a defenseman from Horton, Mich., is a human development and family studies major. Last season, she also was named an AWHCA Scholar All-American, WCHA All-Academic Team member and Academic All-Big Ten at-large honoree. Davis has played in every career game and anchored the Buckeye defense this season. She has scored five goals with an assist for six points.

LaRocque, a psychology major, adds her award to several from last season as an AWHCA Scholar All-American, WCHA All-Academic Team member and Academic All-Big Ten at-large selection. The forward from The Pas, Manitoba, is one of the Buckeyes’ most consistent players and earned the team’s Seventh Player Award as a sophomore for her significant, but sometimes unnoticed, contributions. LaRocque has doubled her career scoring this season with 13 points on five goals and eight assists.

Kilpatrick, a forward from New Prague, Minn., was named an OSU Scholar-Athlete as a rookie. The international business major has three goals and five assists for eight points in her two seasons while playing in every career game.

This is the fourth year of the WCHA Scholar-Athlete award. To earn the honor, student-athletes must be in their sophomore year of school and have a grade-point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.0 scale for the previous two semesters or three quarters. Student-athletes may also qualify if their overall GPA is at least 3.50 for all terms at their institution.