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Klassen and Spooner named co-offensive MVPs, Davis picks up defensive MVP nod

COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State women’s hockey team celebrated the 2008-09 season and handed out team awards at its annual year-end banquet Saturday at the Blackwell Inn on campus. The Buckeyes also honored their five senior members: Olivia Antognoli, Liana Bonanno, Megan Hostasek, Hayley Klassen and Morgan Marziali.

Klassen and rookie forward Natalie Spooner shared the Offensive MVP award. Klassen was second on the Buckeyes in scoring with 32 points (13g, 19a) and Spooner was third with 30. Her 21 goals led the team and were the second-most ever scored by an OSU freshman.

Rachel Davis was named Defensive MVP after anchoring the Buckeye defense her junior year. She was a staple on both the power play and penalty kill units and had five goals, four of which were on the power play, and eight points.

The Most Valuable Freshman award was given to forward Laura McIntosh who led the team with 39 points and 28 assists. She had the third-highest point production by a Buckeye freshman and her assists were a rookie record.

Kim Theut received the Most Improved Player Award. The freshman forward saw increased playing time during the season while one becoming one of the Buckeyes’ toughest competitors. She finished with 12 points on four goals and eight assists.

The Seventh Player Award recognized forward Raelyn LaRocque for her great attitude, 100 percent effort at all times and significant, but sometimes unnoticed, contributions to the team. She had a career-high 14 points (5g, 9a) her junior season.

Marziali received the Scarlet and Gray award for the second time in her career. The co-captain was recognized by the off-ice officials to the team’s most intense competitor. She returned to the ice twice from injuries her senior year and had nine goals and 15 points while limited to 27 games.

For the fourth year in a row, Bonanno earned the Academic Award. The Mount Sinai, N.Y., native is a physics major who will graduate this spring with over a 3.9 grade point average. She is a three-time WCHA Scholar-Athlete and a member of Ohio State’s Honors Collegium within the school’s Honors and Scholars program.