URI hockey players help U.S. Women’s National University Team defeat Russia, 4-2
Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862
KINGTSON, R.I. – December 11, 2013 -- Two University of Rhode Island women’s hockey players each had an assist in helping to lead the U.S. Women’s National University Team to a 4-2 opening round victory over Russia at the 2013 World University Winter Games in Pergine, Italy.
Thanks to an assist from Rhody’s Alisha DiFilippo of Hope, R.I., Katie Augustine opened the scoring to give the United States a 1-0 lead.
URI’s Cassie Catlow, the 2013 American Collegiate Hockey Association’s Zoe Harris (national) Player of the Year, also had an assist on a goal scored by Ramey Weaver, which put the U.S. in the lead for good. Catlow is a resident of Saunderstown.
“We weren’t sure how good we were going to be going into the game, but now we know,” said Mo Stroemel, head coach of the 2013 U.S. Women’s National University Team in a release issued by USA Hockey. “This was a really good Russian team. Not only do we know we have a good team, but a great bunch of people on this team. As a staff, we’re looking forward to continuing the tournament on Thursday and helping this group reach its potential.”
The U.S. Women’s National University Team is scheduled to play Thursday, Dec. 12 when it squares off with Great Britain. The opening faceoff is scheduled for 6 a.m. Eastern time.
Alisha DiFillippo, had an assist for Team USA in the opening roud of the World University Winter Games in Italy. .
Cassie Catlow, in action here for URI, also had an assist in Team USA's first win in the World University Winter Games against Russia. Photos courtesy of Beth McCann.