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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Wayne State signs two from Ontario

Compiled by MiCHO Staff

Wayne State University has announced that two prospective student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to enroll at WSU in the fall of 2009.

Lauren Coxon, a forward from Kitchener, Ont., has four goals and 12 points through 19 games this season with the Waterloo KW Rangers in the Provincial Women's Hockey League. She helped her team to a gold medal at the Rochester Fire on Ice Tournament earlier this season. As assistant captain of the Waterloo Ravens Midget AA team last year, she capture the league bronze medal and led the team in points (46-24--70). Coxon also participated in the 2008 Ontario Winter Games.

Due to graduate in June from Forest Heights Collegiate Institute, Coxon was named MVP of her varsity high school squad after totaling 17 goals and 10 assists during the 2007-08 season. This year she has 10 goals and 19 points through the first six games. She guided the team to the OFSAA Provincial Girls Hockey Championships after winning the county and regional championships in 2006-07. Coxon is interested in studying criminal justice at Wayne State University.

Julie Ingratta, a forward from Markham, Ont., attends the North American Hockey Academy and competes with the currently undefeated NAHA White squad in the JWHL. Last season, she led the NAHA Red team to a third consecutive NAPHA championship in 2008, scoring a power-play goal in the championship game.

Prior to her career at NAHA, she collected 17 points (10 G, 7 A) in 32 regular-season games during the 2006-07 PWHL campaign with the Markham-Stouffville Stars.

Ingratta, who also plays varsity basketball and volleyball, will graduate from St. Thomas of Villanova College in June. She plans to study psychology at WSU.

"I believe that both Lauren and Julie are excellent athletes and will give our team a tremendous boost next season," said Wayne State head coach Jim Fetter. "I appreciate their work ethic and skill and look forward to adding them to the mix in the fall."

Wayne State has eight seniors set to graduate following the 2008-09 season.

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