Bemidji State gains five for 2015-16 season during early signing period
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Bemidji State gains five for 2015-16 season during early signing period

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University women’s ice hockey program announced five student-athletes to its 2015-16 signing class Wednesday. Lisa Laiti (D, Fairbanks, Alaska), Natalie Stanwood (D, West Vancouver, British Columbia), Sylvia Marolt (F, Thief River Falls, Minn.), Emily Bergland (F, Thief River Falls, Minn.) and Melissa Hunt (D, Hartney, Manitoba) all signed National Letters of Intent to join the BSU women’s hockey program in 2015-16.

All signees are contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.

“All five of these players are outstanding skaters and they will add speed and quickness to our lineup,” said BSU Head Coach Jim Scanlan. “They are also very good students and people who will be excellent representatives for our women’s hockey program at BSU and in our community.”

Lisa Laiti • Defenseman • 5-7
Shoots • Right
Lathrop High School • Fairbanks, Alaska
Prior to BSU: Skated for the Northern Cyclones where she was coached by Joe Flanagan…Led her team to the 14U Tier 2 National Championship in 2012…Competed in the Pacific District Selects Camp for four years…Maintained a 4.0 grade point average through high school…Also a member of the National Honor Society.

Scanlan on Laiti: “Lisa has great skill, with exceptional speed and lateral movement with the ability to take away space which can be very difficult for opposing forwards to play against,” said Scanlan. “She also has a good offensive understanding and is very skilled when she gets the puck and is poised on the blue line but can jump up offensively.  With her ability to add offense, she will be a great addition to our d-core.”

Personal: Daughter of Bruce and Dorothy Laiti born July 22, 1997… Undecided on a major at BSU.

Natalie Stanwood • Defenseman • 5-4
Shoots • Left
George Elliot Secondary High School • West Vancouver, British Columbia
Prior to BSU: A member of Team British Columbia in both 2013-14 and 2014-15…Also a member of Team Pacific for four seasons in female AAA spring hockey…Helped lead her team to the 2010 Bantam AAA hockey provincial championship…Skated against the Swedish national team as it prepared for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Scanlan on Stanwood: “Natalie brings a lot of energy, with exceptional speed, and possesses great habits and you notice right away her ability to move on the ice,” remarked Scanlan. “She has an impressive passion for the game and with a high competition level that is not afraid to get her nose dirty in the tough areas of the ice.  She is a puck mover who is very difficult to play against without taking penalties and is a tremendous athlete.”

Personal: Daughter of Darrel and Bev Stanwood born Sept. 12, 1997…Intends to major in psychology at BSU…Father played hockey professionally in Germany.

Sylvia Marolt • Forward • 5-4
Shoots • Right
Thief River Falls High School • Thief River Falls, Minn.
At Thief River Falls High School: A three-year captain for the Prowlers…Began playing varsity hockey as an eighth grader…Has tallied 101 goals and 79 assists during her high school career…An All-Greater Minnesota Conference selection every season since she was a freshman…Has helped the Prowlers to a 73-19-3 record during her career.  

Scanlan on Marolt: Sylvia is a hard working skilled forward that skates fast, plays hard and blocks shots,” remarked Scanlan. “She creates opportunities by her persistence moving the puck well and finishing around the net.”

Personal: Daughter of Patrick and Tammy Marolt born Jan. 3, 1997…Proposed medical science/biology major at BSU.

Emily Bergland • Forward • 5-7
Shoots • Right
Thief River Falls High School • Thief River Falls, Minn.
At Thief River Falls High School: Has earned six athletic letters for hockey in high school…Scored 191 points in her high school career (92 goals, 99 assists)…Also an all-conference selection in volleyball…Helped lead the Prowlers to the state tournament in both hockey and volleyball in her career.   

Scanlan on Bergland: “Emily is a skilled forward that sees the ice well, makes plays while making her teammates better,” said Scanlan. “She is a natural goal scorer who is also an outstanding athlete and a very good leader.” 

Personal: Daughter of Tim and Claudia Bergland born March 14, 1997…Undecided on a major at BSU.

Melissa Hunt • Defenseman • 5-4
Shoots • Left
Hartney High School • Hartney, Manitoba
Prior to BSU: Made Team Manitoba as an alternate player in ninth and tenth grade…Made the MFMHL All-Star team the past two seasons…A member of Canada’s 18-and-under team that played against Team USA last August…Represented Canada at the IIHF High Performance Camp in Vierumaki, Finland.

Scanlan on Hunt: “Melissa is an outstanding skater who will bring quickness and speed to our line up and is a shut down defenseman but has good offensive instincts as well,” commented Scanlan. “She participated this summer with Team Canada’s National 18U team in a series versus Team USA and was recently named to Canada’s National 18U team tryout roster for the World Championships later this season. Off the ice she is an excellent student who will be an outstanding ambassador for our team and Bemidji State University.”

Personal: Daughter of Mark and Penny Hunt born Feb. 11, 1997…Undecided on a major at BSU.

The Beavers, who are 7-4-1 this season, are idle this weekend. BSU returns to the ice when it hosts University of Minnesota Duluth Nov. 28-29 in a WCHA series. The puck drops at 2:07 p.m. both days from Sanford Center.

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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University 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).