Robert Morris Lady Colonials ice hockey
|Robert Morris Colonials women's ice hockey|
|University||Robert Morris University|
|Head coach||Paul Colontino|
|1 year, 19–9–4|
|Arena||Island Sports Center
|Location||Neville Township, Pennsylvania|
|Colors||Blue and Red and White
|Conference Tournament Champions|
Jody Katz (future General Manager of the Brampton Thunder in the CWHL) joined the Robert Morris Colonials women’s ice hockey program for its inaugural 2005-06 season as an assistant coach. After a 1-7-0 start in the inaugural season, Kevin McGonagle was dismissed. Katz was named the interim head coach for the rest of the season, with Nate Handrahan becoming new head coach for the 2006-07 campaign. Prior to RMU, McGonagle led the Bowdoin Polar Bears to a 20-5-1 record while leading them to a spot in the NCAA Division III tournament.
On January 8 and 9, 2011, Brianna Delaney made Colonials history. Against the University of Connecticut Huskies on January 8, Brianna Delaney scored the first two goals of the game. Both goals were assisted by her sister Cobina Delaney. This was the first time in their careers at Robert Morris that Cobina had assisted on a goal by Brianna. Both goals were scored within eight minutes of the game. With the two goals, Brianna became just the second Colonial to surpass the 80 point plateau in her career. In addition, she became just the third Colonials player to score 40 career goals as her second goal of the game was the 40th of her Robert Morris University career. In addition, it was the 21st multi-point game of her career. In the second consecutive game versus Connecticut (January 9), Brianna picked up a third period assist to break the all-time Robert Morris University school record for assists in a career. It was her 42nd assist of her career. She assisted on a goal by her younger sister Cobina. This was Cobina’s fifth goal of the season, all of which have been assisted by Brianna.
On January 21, 2011, Brianna Delaney registered her team-leading seventh multi-point game of the season. She had a goal and an assist in the 6-3 setback. It was her 22nd career multi-point game which allowed her to become the first player in Robert Morris history to tally three 20-point seasons in her career. In addition, she also combined with her younger sister, Cobina, to assist on a goal for the second time this season. On March 4, 2011, Thea Imbrogno was named the CHA Rookie of the Year. She became the student-athlete in program history to win a major postseason College Hockey America (CHA) award.
On October 7 and 8, 2011, freshman Katie Fergus accumulated three points in her NCAA debut with one goal and two assists. Against the Lindenwood Lions, she got her first-collegiate point fewer than nine minutes into the opening period. Later in the game, she scored her fist goal as the Colonials were on the penalty kill. In the second game versus Lindenwood, she earned her first multi-goal game. Fergus became one of just two freshmen in Colonials history to register multi-point performances in the first two games of a season. Fergus finished the series versus Lindenwood by scoring three goals and two assists five points. In addition, she had eight shots to complement a +5 plus/minus.
Also on October 8, 2011, Brianna Delaney registered the sixth three-point game of her career at Robert Morris. With the achievement, she tied the Colonials all-time record for career points. The 24th-career multi-point game of her career increased her point total to 97. The total now equals the record that Sara O'Malley set during the 2010-11 campaign.
On October 21, freshman Rebecca Vint recorded four points, including her first game-winning goal versus RPI. She became just the second Colonial ever to tally at least four points in a game away from home. She scored twice within the game's opening eight minutes. Her performance on the 21st marked her third multi-goal effort in her first five collegiate games. The following game, she registered a goal and an assist, and extended her goal scoring streak by scoring a goal in her sixth consecutive game. It marked the first time that any Colonials skater scored in any six consecutive contests in a single season. It was also her fifth multi-point game in the first six games of the 2011–12 Robert Morris Lady Colonials ice hockey season.
In the first game of the 2011 Nutmeg Classic (contested on the 25th of November), Thea Imbrogno scored the game-winning goal, a career first, as the Colonials defeated the Yale Bulldogs by a 1-0 mark. The Colonials' victory was their fifth overall. Said win extended the Lady Colonials unbeaten streak to a program-record eight games. For the season, the Lady Colonials have a 10-1-1 record, its best 12-game start in program history.
On Friday, January 20, 2012, Brianna Delaney scored in the third period of a 4-2 loss to CHA rival Mercyhurst. After being hooked, she scored on a wrist shot top shelf as she was falling to the ice. With the score, Delaney reached three milestones. She became just the second Robert Morris player to reach the 50 goal plateau. In addition, the score marked her 20th point of the season. It made her the first player in school history to post four 20 point seasons. Said goal also marked the 113th point of her career, the most by any Robert Morris women's hockey player in school history.
In a January 31, 2012, loss to the Princeton Tigers women's ice hockey team, Rebecca Vint logged an assist in the third period to tie the Colonials’ single-season points mark. In a sweep over CHA opponent Syracuse (contested on February 3 and 4, 2012), Vint led all Colonials skaters in points. In the first game, she scored the game-winning goal to break the Colonials’ single-season record for points in one season as the Colonials prevailed by a 4-3 mark versus the Orange. It was Vint’s fourth game-winning goal of the season (a Colonials record). The following day, Vint tied the Colonials’ single-sea¬son mark for goals in one season in a 5-2 triumph. In addition, she assisted on the game-winning goal to notch her 10th multi-point effort of the season.
On February 10, 2012, Vint notched her fifth game-winning goal of the season, a new Colonials record. In addition, said goal also broke the school record for overall goals in a season. In the third period, she logged another goal to register her sixth multi-goal game of the campaign. The following day, Vint assisting on both RMU goals to break the single-season assist record. With the two assists, she also became the first Colonial to notch 40 points in a season. Her five game-winning goals leads all skaters in the CHA.
In a February 28, 2012, contest versus Mercyhurst, Dayna Newsom recorded the game-tying goal with 3:09 remaining in the third period. Said goal helped the Colonials rally to a tie against nationally ranked Mercyhurst. By scoring the goal, Newsom not only helped the Colonials to a tie, but she played a small part in NCAA history. She prevented Lakers goaltender Hillary Pattenden from winning the 100th game of her NCAA career. Pattenden would have been the first women's goalie in NCAA history to earn 100 regular season wins, and it was the last regular season game of her career.
CHA Tournament championship
The Colonials blocked 49 Laker shot attempts in the game. It is the highest-recorded blocked shots figure in a single game for the Colonials, as seven different Colonials blocked at least four shots in the game. Jamie Joslin led all Colonial skaters with nine blocks. Joslin assisted on RMU's second goal in the game, which moved her into a tie for the most points in a season by a Colonials defender with 16, respectively. Katelyn Scott scored the first goal of her NCAA career to open the scoring. Thea Imbrogno extended the Colonials lead to 2-0. At the 16:06 mark of the second, Mercyhurst cut the lead. The Lakers were granted a great chance to tie it when they received two more power-play chances within two minutes after their first goal, but the RMU defense held firm and protected the lead. Just when it seemed as though the Lakers might take momentum into the intermission, Delaney drilled home a rebound with just 30 ticks left in the second to reestablish RMU's multi-goal advantage heading into the third. With less than a minute to play in the second period, Rebecca Vint and Kylie St. Louis assisted on a marker by Brianna Delaney that would stand as the game-winning goal. With seven seconds left to play, Mercyhurst scored on the power play, but were unable to tie the game. On the power play, the Colonials held the Lakers to a 2-for-12 mark. Heading into the game, the Lakers were the NCAA's best man-advantage unit. Of note, Delaney played in the final game of her NCAA career. With the goal, she moved into sole possession of first place in career goals scored at Robert Morris with 53. In addition, she moved into first place in career GWG at Robert Morris. She extended her RMU career points record to 121, was subsequently named to the All-Tournament Team. Along with senior assistant captain Kathryn Stack and KristinDiCiocco, they were the first three Colonials ever to earn CHA All-Tournament honors.
Year by year
|Brianne McLaughlin||Goaltender||United States||2010 Winter Olympics||Silver|
Awards and honors
- Daneca Butterfield, CHA Defensive Player of Week (Week of Oct 6, 2009)
- Daneca Butterfield, CHA Defensive Player of Week (Week of Oct 26, 2009)
- Daneca Butterfield, CHA Defensive Player of Week (Week of Nov 9, 2009)
- Brianna Delaney, CHA Player of the Week (November 16, 2009)
- Jacki Gibson, CHA Defensive Player of the Year (Week of October 12, 2009)
- Thea Imbrogno, 2011 CHA Rookie of the Year
- Thea Imbrogno, 2011 CHA All-Rookie Team
- Thea Imbrogno, 2011 All-CHA Second team
- Thea Imbrogno, Runner-Up, CHA Rookie of the Month, January 2011
- Thea Imbrogno, CHA Rookie of the Week (Week of October 5, 2010)
- Thea Imbrogno, CHA Rookie of the Week (Week of November 15, 2010)
- Thea Imbrogno, College Hockey America Rookie of the Week (Week of December 12, 2010) 
- Thea Imbrogno, CHA Rookie of the Week (Week of February 7, 2011)
- Jennifer Kindret, CHA Rookie of the Week (November 9, 2009)
- Jennifer Kindret, CHA Rookie of the Week (Week of Jan 25, 2010)
- Brianne McLaughlin, all-time NCAA record holder for most career saves with 3809
- Sara O'Malley, CHA Offensive Player of Week (Week of Jan 25, 2010)
- Rebecca Vint, CHA Rookie of the Month (Month of October 2011)
- Chelsea Walkland, 2010 Frozen Four Skills Competition participant
Pre-Season All-CHA Team
- F - Brianna Delaney, 2009-10 selection(tie) 
First Team All-CHA
- Brianne McLaughlin, All-CHA First Team (2008–09)
Second Team All-CHA
- Whitney Pappas, 2009-10 Second Team All-CHA
- Thea Imbrogno, 2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Nominee 
- Rebecca Vint, 2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Nominee
- "Katz Named Assistant Women’s Hockey Coach". Robert Morris University. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
- "RMU fires womens coach McGonagle". USCHO.com. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
- "Robert Morris Colonials Women's Hockey: Year-By-Year". USCHO.com. Retrieved 21 April 2010.
- "Brianna Delaney: Career Statistics". USCHO.com. Retrieved 24 July 2012.
- "Sara O'Malley: Career Statistics". USCHO.com. Retrieved 24 July 2012.
- "Kristen Miles: Career Statistics". USCHO.com. Retrieved 24 July 2012.
- "Morgan Beikirch: Career Statistics". USCHO.com. Retrieved 24 July 2012.
- "Alissa Dorman: Career Statistics". USCHO.com. Retrieved 24 July 2012.
- Dave McMahon (December 18, 2009). "Vancouver women's hockey team announced". USA Hockey. Retrieved 21 April 2010.