November 16, 2021

Buckeyes Sign Seven to National Letters of Intent


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall and her staff announced Tuesday the signing of seven student-athletes who will continue their academic and athletic careers at Ohio State as members of women’s hockey program. The newest Buckeyes are Alaina Giampietro, Emerson Jarvis, Gali Levy, Sofie Lundin, Sloane Matthews, Sydney Morrow and Emma Peschel.

“We are very excited about this year’s signing class,” Muzerall said. “It will add even more depth to our already successful program. There is depth on all angles with five very talented forwards that will add a lot of speed, strength and the ability to score. On defense, I think the two that are coming in, Peschel and Morrow, are the strongest in the country right now for their age. They are very talented, very skillful and bring some size to our defense as well.”

Alaina Giampietro | Forward | Strongsville, Ohio/Gilmour Academy

  • Three-year letterwinner at Gilmour Academy in hockey and softball
  • Leading scorer and points leader for the Lancers hockey team
  • Helped the team to the 2021 MidAm district championship
  • Captain of the 2021-22 squad
  • Selected to the USA Hockey U18 Select Player Development Camp
  • Why Ohio State: “Ohio State has been my dream school ever since I was a little girl. I was born into the Scarlet and Gray, so I’m excited and proud to start the next chapter of my journey as a Buckeye.”

Emerson Jarvis | Forward | Mundare, Alta./Bev Facey Community HS

  • Plays for the EFAC U18 AAA Pandas
  • Led the Pandas in points and named Rookie of the Year in 2020-21
  • Attended Hockey Canada’s U18 Summer Development Camp for 2021-22
  • Won gold at the Female World Sport School Challenge in 2020
  • Selected to Team Alberta’s U18 team for the 2021 Western Regional Championship
  • Leading scorer for the AFHL Bantam Elite in 2018-19
  • Helped her team to a silver medal finish in 2018 and a gold medal finish in 2019 at the Alberta Winter Games
  • Why Ohio State: “I am incredibly excited to be signing with Ohio State, and to be continuing my hockey journey with them for the next four years. Growing up it was always my dream school, and getting to meet with the staff and players, see the facilities and learn more about the school has only made me more eager to start and grow my game.”

Gali Levy | Forward | Newton, Mass./Buckingham Browne and Nichols School

  • Fifth-year member of the girl’s ice hockey program at the Buckingham Browne and Nichols School
  • Helped the Knights to a third-place finish in the NEPSAC in 2019
  • Lead her team in scoring her junior year with six goals and three assists in seven games. Finished second on the team in scoring her sophomore year (16 goals, 15 assists).
  • Named captain for her senior season
  • Also played softball and soccer for the Knights
  • Plays club for the North American Hockey Academy
  • Two-time U.S. national development camp attendee
  • Why Ohio State: “I’m super excited to step foot in Columbus and call The Ohio State University home over the next four years. Between the countless academic opportunities, unbelievable athletics program and strong presence of school spirit, I cannot wait to become a part of the Buckeye community.”

Sofie Lundin | Forward | Helsingborg, Sweden/Sjolins

  • Has played six years for Djurgarden IF
  • Won gold in the Swedish national league during the 2016-17 season
  • Recorded the most points by a junior Swedish National League player
  • Member of Sweden’s 2016 Youth Olympic Games gold medal team
  • Skated for Sweden in the 2019 IIHF Women’s World Championships and the 2017 and 2018 U18 Women’s Worlds
  • Why Ohio State: “After visiting Ohio State, I immediately decided that this was where I wanted to go – I want to become a Buckeye. I was really impressed when I saw all the resources OSU has, like extra tutoring, helping with time management, making sure I stay healthy, experience in and support of international students and truly helping the students transitioning to college life. When visiting OSU, I also felt very welcome by coaches, the staff and the team. Everything was very professional, and I soon understood that this is the best place to realize my dream.”

Sloane Matthews | Forward | Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata HS

  • Played five years for the Minnesota Junior Whitecaps, winning the 2021 Premier Ice Prospects Tournament
  • Helped her team to a second-place finish at the Naha Labor Day tournament in 2018
  • Led the Wayzata Trojans in goals her sophomore year
  • Garnered all-conference honors four times and all-state honors twice
  • Elected captain her junior and senior seasons
  • Trojan points leader her sophomore year and tied for the most goals on the team her freshman season
  • Member of the 2021 USA Hockey Girls U18 Select Player Development Camp
  • Why Ohio State: “I chose Ohio State because of the school size and the multitude of majors that are offered at OSU. Also, I want to be apart the Ohio State community because of the pride that comes with being a current student or alumni.”

Sydney Morrow | Defense | Darien, Conn./Shattuck St. Mary’s School

  • Fifth-year player for Shattuck St. Mary’s girl’s hockey program
  • Leading scorer on the girl’s U16 team her freshman year and on the girl’s prep team her junior year
  • Recorded the most points scored by a defenseman in a year in school history with 78 points her junior year
  • Attended the 2021 USA Hockey Women’s National Festival
  • Invited to the 2021 and 2019 USA Hockey Girls Select Player Development Camps
  • Will represent Team USA for the first time at the 2022 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championships in January in Sweden
  • Why Ohio State: “I chose Ohio State because of the unbelievable staff, culture and school environment that create an atmosphere full of opportunities to succeed and challenge yourself.”

Emma Peschel | Defense | Edina, Minn./Benilde-St. Margaret’s HS

  • Four-year letterwinner and senior captain of the Benilde-St. Margaret Red Knights
  • Two- time All-Conference award winner
  • Named team MVP and Minnesota All-State her junior year
  • Also a three year letter-winner for the Red Knight lacrosse team
  • Has played four years for the Minnesota Whitecaps and the previous three seasons for the MN Elite League
  • Finished second at the 2021 National Tournament with MN Elite
  • Attended the 2021 USA Hockey Women’s National Festival
  • Participated in the 2020 and 2019 USA Hockey Girls Select Player Development Camps
  • Will represent Team USA for the first time at the 2022 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championships in January in Sweden
  • Why Ohio State: “The resources and opportunities are endless. There are many different ways the program and school will allow me to succeed, both in hockey and academically. The coaches and teammates show a dedicated and welcoming culture, one that I want to be a part of. The campus feels like home, and I know the school will set me up for success.”