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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Warriors add Lovold, Stapleton to mix

Compiled by MiCHO Staff

Wayne State has announced that two additional prospective student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to enroll at WSU this fall and join the Warrior hockey program.

Lauren Lovold played with the Mississauga Jr. Chiefs in 2008-09 and registered seven assists in 27 regular-season games before scoring a power-play goal in the second game of the PWHL playoffs. Lovold competed in the Ontario Winter Games with the Barrie Sharks Midget AA squad in 2007-08 and played three years of high school varsity hockey, as she served as team captain as a senior and was named MVP. The MacTier, Ont., native also participated in basketball, soccer, cross country running and skiing, and mountain biking.

"Lauren is a smart defenseman who moves the puck well," said WSU head coach Jim Fetter. "She has good instincts and likes to jump into the play. She has good size and comes with a great work ethic. Lauren will be a good addition to the back end."

Jaclyn Stapleton, a Westbank, British Columbia native, trained at the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy last season. She spent the 2007-08 year with the Notre Dame Hounds of the Saskatchewan Female Midget Hockey League, totaling 10 goals and 16 assists to finish fifth on the team and 15th in the league in points. She was also selected to Team British Columbia and played in Hockey Canada 's Under-18 Nationals in Napanee , Ontario. Stapleton collected 50 points in 35 games for the Kelowna Rockets OMAHA Midget AAA squad in 2006-07.

"Jaclyn possesses good speed and plays tough. She is a hard worker who is not afraid to get involved and makes things happen," said Fetter.

Lovold and Stapleton bring Wayne State's recruiting class up to seven, as they join Gina Buquet, Lauren Coxon, Julie H├ębert, Julie Ingratta and Jenaya Townsend.

"We are happy with this class as we feel we are going to be much faster this year. We will be a hard working team that is going to out-work our opponents," added Fetter. "It is going to be a different look having lost Lindsay (DiPietro), Sam (Poyton) and Mel (Boal), so although we are going to be very young, we are excited about who we have coming in along with our returning players."

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