May 16, 2014

RIT Announces Captains for 2014-15 Season

Courtesy RIT Athletic Communications

ROCHESTER, NY – Head Coach Scott McDonald and the RIT women's hockey team announced its captains for the 2014-15 season. For the second consecutive season, seniors Celeste Brown (Great Falls, MT/National Sports Academy)and Lindsay Grigg (Oakville, Ontario/Oakville Hornets) will serve as captains, while classmate Morgan Scoyne (Drumbo, Ontario/Stoney Creek Sabres) will also be an assistant captain for the second straight year. Sophomore Taylor Thurston(Kanata, Ontario/All Saints Catholic) will also serve as an assistant captain, as RIT enters its third season as a Division I program.

RIT enters the 2014-15 season as the defending College Hockey America Champions.

"I thought our three returning captains did an outstanding job last season as emerging leaders, especially with 10 new players on board, which is not always easy," said McDonald, who recently completed his eighth season behind the bench in 2013-14. "All four captains are fantastic leaders on and off the ice, showing our younger players the right way to do things and were a big reason why we had a championship season."

Brown, a forward, tied for the team lead with six power-play tallies en route to an 11 goal, seven assist season. She was second on the team with four game-winning tallies, including the overtime winner against Penn State in game one of the CHA First Round Series. She was named CHA Player of the Week on March 3. As a freshman in 2011-12, Brown scored the game-winning goal in the Division III National Championship game against Norwich. Brown enters her senior season with 32 goals and 22 assists for 54 points in 100 career games.

Grigg emerged as a tremendous two-way defenseman for the Tigers in 2013-14, earning All-CHA second team honors and was named to the CHA Championship All-Tournament Team. She scored the winning goal late in double overtime to lift RIT to the 2-1 win over top-seed Mercyhurst in the CHA Championship. Grigg, the CHA Player of the Week on March 10, led the CHA and was among the national leaders with 127 blocked shots. Grigg led all RIT defensemen with 21 points on three goals and 18 assists and enters her final season with 57 points on 13 goals and 44 assists in 104 career contests.

Scoyne, a defenseman who stands 5-foot-8, recorded 14 points on two goals and 12 assists, and blocked 82 shots, while playing on RIT's top defensive unit. A steady performer since day one, Scoyne has never missed a game in her RIT career, recording 46 points on seven goals and 39 assists in 105 contests.

Thurston came right in last season and emerged as a valuable member of the defensive corps. As a freshman, Thurston played in all 38 games and chipped in with seven assists, playing most of the season alongside Scoyne on the top defensive pair.

"With the graduation of assistant captain Melissa Bromley (Aurora, Ontario/Aurora Panthers), we were looking to round out our leadership group and feel that Taylor (Thurston) will be more than capable to serve as a captain for years to come," said McDonald. "She is one of our most consistent players and possesses many characteristics of an emerging leader with her team-first attitude and poise under pressure."

The Tigers enjoyed a tremendous 2013-14 season, winning the College Hockey America Championship in just its second season as a Division I program, ending the season with a seven-game winning streak. The Tigers were just one of two teams (2014 NCAA National Champion Clarkson) to win their final game of the year. RIT finished 20-15-3 and won its first four games against at the Division I level against nationally-ranked opponents. The Tigers will be eligible for the NCAA Division I Tournament for the first time in 2014-15.