BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State University women’s ice hockey head coach Jim Scanlan announced the addition of five student-athletes to the women’s ice hockey program for the 2019-20 season. Paige Anderson (Forward, Andover, Minn./Andover HS), Kate Boland (Defense, Northfield, Minn./Northfield HS), Abigail DeLaRosa (Defense, Hugo, Minn./White Bear Lake HS), Reece Hunt (Forward, Nelson, B.C./Penticton Secondary School/Okanagan Hockey Academy) and Mya Neugent (Forward, Sun Prairie, Wis./Bishop Kearney HS/Selects Academy) signed National Letters of Intent to attend Bemidji State.
“We are extremely excited to add these five to our group next year,” said head coach Jim Scanlan. “They are all exceptional young women who are very good student-athletes, and even better people. They will be outstanding ambassadors for our program, school and community.”
All signees are contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
Paige Anderson – 5-7 – Forward – R – Andover, Minn. (Andover HS)
Andover HS: Lettered for the Huskies girl’s hockey program… Anderson helped guide the Huskies to a 21-6-1 regular season record and an appearance in the 2018 Class AA State Tournament, where the team took home the consolation bracket title… Posted 16 points off of seven goals and nine assists in 31 games her junior season and currently has five points (3g-2a) through the Huskies’ first four games of her senior season… Selected to the Northwest Suburban All-Conference Team after her junior season… Invited to the USA Hockey National Development Camp… Anderson is also a member of the school’s honor roll.
Personal: Born on March 21, 2001 and is the daughter of Craig and Sarah Anderson… Plans to major in business while attending Bemidji State… During her free time Anderson enjoys golfing, hanging out with friends and family and playing with her dog… Father, Craig, played hockey for University of Wisconsin from 1995-1999 and professionally for the Peoria Rivermen.
Scanlan on Anderson: “Paige is a classic right-handed power forward who will add size, speed and skill to our lineup. She can play any forward position and comes to us from an outstanding program at Andover High School where she has been a key contributor for her team throughout her career. We feel her game will transition very well to the WCHA.”
Kate Boland – 5-5 – Defense – L – Northfield, Minn. (Northfield HS)
Northfield HS: Kate is a six-time letter winner for the Raiders’ girl’s hockey program and helped guide it to appearances in the Class A State Tournament in 2016 and 2017… Posted 33 points off of 14 goals and 19 assists her junior season to help the Raiders to a 15-8-2 record… Totaled 10 points off of five goals and five assists in six games to start her senior season… Boland has totaled 124 points in six seasons on the blueline at Northfield.
Personal: Born on February 26, 2001 and is the daughter of John and Lori Boland… Currently undecided on a major while attending Bemidji State… When not at the rink Boland enjoys reading, camping and hiking.
Scanlan on Boland: “Kate is a left-handed defenseman who combines excellent offensive skills with the ability to be a very good defender. She is an outstanding skater who has always been one of her team’s leading scorers throughout her high school career. She is an excellent puck mover who likes jump up into the play on the offensive end.”
Abigail DeLaRosa – 5-4 – Defense – L – Hugo, Minn. (White Bear Lake HS)
White Bear Lake HS: Abby is a five-time letter winner for the Bears girl’s hockey program, three-time letter winner in soccer and two-time letter winner in track… Helped the Bears to a 16-7-3 record and appearance in the section playoffs her junior season… Posted 25 points in 26 games for the Bears off of 11 goals and 14 assists… Is a two-time All-Suburban East Conference selection and Honorable Mention as well as an All-State Team Honorable Mention… Selected to the U-18 Select Player Development Camp… Scored her first varsity goal in her first varsity game as an eighth grader on her first shot… Played with current BSU freshman Claudia Verkerke… Member of White Bear Lake’s honor roll and is a two-time academic letter winner.
Personal: Born on January 11, 2001 and is the daughter of Paul and Kimberlie DeLaRosa… Plans to major in Nursing while attending Bemidji State… When not playing hockey, she enjoys life on the lake, wake surfing, fishing and snowmobiling.
Scanlan on DeLaRosa: “Abby is also a left-handed defenseman who is a terrific skater. Her agility on the ice and her ability to move laterally are some of the strengths that make her a shutdown defenseman. She also has excellent offensive instincts and can be a threat in the offensive zone. Abby has been a multi-sport athlete throughout her high school career.”
Reece Hunt – 5-5 – Forward – L – Nelson, B.C. (Penticton Secondary/Okanagan Hockey Academy (CSSHL)
Penticton Secondary/Okanagan Hockey Academy: Currently playing for the Okanagan Hockey Academy Female Prep team and leads the team with 32 points off of eight goals and 24 assists through 22 games this season… Selected to Team B.C. for the past three years and Helped them earn a bronze medal at the National Women’s U18 Championship in 2016 and 2017… Invited to Team B.C.’s Provincial Camp for the 2018 Canada Winter Games.
Personal: Born on March 19, 2001 and is the daughter of Jeff Hunt and Carla DeBiasio… Plans to major in business while attending Bemidji State… She enjoys water sports, hiking and listening to music when not at the rink… Father, Jeff, played college hockey at University of British Columbia and brother Dryden plays professionally with the Florida Panthers.
Scanlan on Hunt: “Reece is a left-handed forward with terrific offensive talents. She can play any forward position and is a proven goal scorer. She has been a leading scorer in the very tough Canadian Sport School Hockey League during her high school career. Her game has continued to develop each year and we look forward to adding her skill set to our lineup.
Mya Neugent – 5-6 – Forward – R – Sun Prairie, Wis. (Bishop Kearney HS/Selects Academy)
Bishop Kearney HS/Selects Academy: Competed for the U-19 Selects Academy at Bishop Kearney… Participated in the 2018 USA Hockey Women’s National Festival… … Selected as the 2017-18 Iron Woman at Selects Academy… Participated in USA Hockey Player Development Camps in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018… Helped Selects Academy win the 2017 CAN/AM Challenge Cup… Helped the Madison Capitols 16U Team win the Chitown Shuffle in 2014… Also lettered in lacrosse.
Personal: Born September 2, 2001 and is the daughter of Douglas and Lori Neugent… Currently undecided on a major while attending Bemidji State… When not at the rink Neugent enjoys water skiing, wakeboarding and snowboarding.
Scanlan on Neugent: “Mya is a very skilled right-handed forward who can play center or wing. She has a very high hockey IQ and tremendous hands. She is a dynamic player who will add to our forward group. Mya is also been a member of a waterskiing team in her hometown for many years and is an excellent athlete.”
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooden region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, BSU sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).