COLUMBUS, Ohio – As a historic 2019-20 season came to a close for the Ohio State women’s ice hockey team, the Buckeyes pay tribute to its four seniors who helped the Scarlet and Gray reach new heights, including a Frozen Four appearance and the program’s first WCHA Championship.
Elise Riemenschneider played out her college hockey career in her home state of Ohio. The defender out of Rocky River is a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and a two-time WCHA All-Academic Team member and Academic All-Big Ten honoree. Riemenschneider suited up for 142 career games as a Buckeye and put the exclamation point on her career with a very special moment on her senior night.
Despite a conference championship and numerous Top 5 upsets throughout the season, one of the most memorable moments of the year came on senior day, as Riemenschneider scored her first career goal in front of the largest home crowd of the season. The defenseman entered her last regular season contest on home ice with eight career points, all from assists. With less than two minutes to play in the second period against St. Cloud State, Riemenschneider took the ice on the power play. In front of her many family members, Riemenschneider put away a rebound off of Emma Maltais’ shot and the OSU Ice Rink erupted. After the game, Riemenschneider stated, “To me it wasn’t about getting a goal, but just playing in the game with my teammates. It’s really humbling to see how hard those girls work to put the puck in net, because it isn’t easy.”
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To reflect back on her remarkable journey and look ahead to what’s next, Elise recently caught up with OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
What will be your most lasting memory from winning the WCHA Championship?
Looking around at my teammates and staff and seeing the pure joy, knowing our hard work paid off. Seeing my parents in the stands with tears in their eyes, the overall happiness for everyone was the best feeling ever.
What are some lessons you’ve learned from being a student-athlete at Ohio State?
So many! How to be a good teammate, to never give up, always be grateful for your experience and never take a day for granted because they’ve been the best years of my life.
Reflecting back on your four years, what makes Ohio State women’s hockey special?
The culture! The bond we have within the team and our staff is unlike any other. I had a family away from home. I am forever grateful for the experience and opportunity to be a Buckeye.
What are your plans after graduation and what will you take with you into the “real world” from your experience here?
I have accepted a job in Michigan with Dialog Direct as a client service specialist. I will take with me so much from my athletic experience as a Buckeye, the biggest thing I believe will be resilience and hard work. Things will get tough and there will be a lot of “firsts” but with hard work and a good attitude I know I can make a difference.