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Friday, March 02, 2007

WSU women's team earns CHA laurels

The CHA women's league handed out their year-end hardware this week and Wayne State didn't go home empty-handed.

Two members of the team earned CHA All-Academic honors as both forward Brandi Frakie and defenseman Tegan Schroeder were unanimous selections for the post-season team.

Schroeder and sophomore forwards Melissa Boal and Sam Poyton earned CHA All-League honors as well. Boal was named to the First Team, while Poyton and Schroeder were named to the Second Team. This is the second time Boal has been named First Team All-CHA.

Head coach Jim Fetter was named Co-Coach of the Year.

Frakie played in 30 games this season and is fourth on the team in points with 15. Her nine goals are third on the squad behind Boal's 25 and Poyton's 17. Frakie's three game-winning goals lead the team. She is 40th in the nation in points among rookies and is a two-time CHA Rookie of the Week honoree (Nov. 20 and Dec. 11).

Schroeder has played in 31 of the team's 32 games this season. She has recorded three goals and five assists and is one of few members on the team who has recorded at least one point in both Mercyhurst series, recording an assist on Jan. 13 and scoring a power-play goal against the Lakers on Feb. 17.

Boal has played in all 32 games this season and has been named CHA Offensive Player of the Week three times (Oct. 9, Oct. 30, Jan. 22). Both she and Poyton set the career goal mark earlier this season, which was 35. Last weekend against Robert Morris, she became the all-time career points leader in WSU history (90 points), passing Kelly Zamora (89). She leads the team in goals (25), points (42), power-play goals (11) and short-handed goals (2).

Poyton has played in all 32 games this season. She, along with Boal, set the career goal mark earlier this season. She has been one of the most consistent players all year and is third on the team in points (35), and is second in goals (17), assists (18) and power-play goals (6).

This is the second straight year Fetter has been so honored as he has led the Warriors to a .500 or better conference record in the last three seasons in his fourth tenure behind the bench.

After struggling out of the gate with a 1-5 record after October, Wayne State went 13-14-1 the rest of the season. The Warriors are 6-3-1 in their last 10 contests entering Friday's semifinal game versus Niagara.

Wayne State and Niagara face off at 1 p.m. Friday at the RMU Island Sports Center. The winner will face the winner of No. 2 Mercyhurst/Robert Morris for the conference championship Saturday at 4 p.m.

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