Michigan native to take part in annual competition held this year at Ford Field in Detroit
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Rachel Davis, a senior defenseman on the Ohio State women’s hockey team, has been selected to compete in the Skills Challenge April 9 as part of the NCAA Men’s Frozen Four at Ford Field in Detroit. She is one of six women’s hockey skaters chosen to represent the West, along with two goalies.
The co-captain from Horton, Mich., is the fourth women’s hockey Buckeye to compete in the event, now in its fifth year, featuring men’s and women’s hockey players from Division I and III levels competing in various hockey skills. Previously, Ohio State was represented by Jana Harrigan (2006), Erika Vanderveer (2007) and Tessa Bonhomme (2008).
Davis concluded her career at Ohio State with a Second Team All-WCHA selection after anchoring the Buckeye defense the last two seasons. The primarily stay-at-home defenseman capped off her career with her best offensive season, totaling 21 points and 15 assists. She tied for fourth overall in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association in defenseman scoring.
The NCAA Skills Challenge is conducted in an East vs. West format with each team having six male position players, six female position players, two male goaltenders and two female goaltenders. The players concluded their senior seasons and were selected by representatives from the American Hockey Coaches Association, the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee and NCAA national office staff. The competitions include puck control relay, fastest skater, hardest shot, rapid fire shooting, accuracy shooting and penalty shot.
NOTE: Ohio State has two players named as alternates to the West team in forwards Raelyn LaRocque and Mathieu Picard.