Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Fans can meet and greet the hockey star Friday afternoon in ‘Hurst student union.
Three-time Olympic gold medalist and Mercyhurst graduate Meghan Agosta-Marciano will return to Mercyhurst University on Friday, March 7, to kick off the 2014 College Hockey America Women's Hockey Tournament.
Agosta played for the Mercyhurst women's hockey program from 2006 to 2009, took a year off for the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010, and then returned for her senior season in 2010-11. She finished her playing career with the Lakers as the NCAA's all-time leading scorer with 303 career points, and also holds the NCAA records for goals scored (157), power play goals (55), shorthanded goals (20), and game-winning goals (39).
"It's exciting to be bringing Meghan back to campus," said Mercyhurst Director of Athletics Joe Kimball. "She did so much for our women's hockey program while she was here, and has brought so much attention to our institution with her international success. It's the least we can do to have her back and to roll out the red carpet for her."
The Mercyhurst alum won her third Olympic gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, helping Team Canada defeat Team USA 3-2 in overtime. In 2010, she was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Vancouver Olympics, leading Canada to a gold medal victory over the United States. Prior to coming to Mercyhurst, she had already won a gold medal at the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy.
"It's wonderful to have her back," said Mercyhurst head coach Michael Sisti. "She is obviously one of the greatest women's hockey players of all time and her numerous NCAA records and her three gold medals, I think, prove that. It's been a great feeling to watch her win her gold medals and to see all the success she has had internationally. She is a great ambassador for our program and for our university. We obviously are very proud of her and her accomplishments, as we are with all of our past and present players."
A press conference will be held at the Mercyhurst Student Union at 11 a.m. Friday. Mercyhurst University President Dr. Thomas J. Gamble, Director of Athletics Joe Kimball and head coach Michael Sisti will also be available at the press conference.
Agosta will then be available for a "meet & greet" with members of the Mercyhurst community and the Erie community from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., also in the Student Union. Fans will be able to obtain autographs and have their pictures taken with Agosta. Agosta will then head to the Mercyhurst Ice Center to drop the ceremonial first puck to kick off the College Hockey America Women's Hockey Tournament, which gets underway at 4 p.m.
The Mercyhurst women's hockey team, the top seed in the CHA Tournament and the eighth-ranked team in the country, will host Syracuse University in the first semifinal game at 4 p.m. Friday. Second-seeded Robert Morris will face off against third-seeded RIT in the second semifinal at 7:30 p.m. that night. The winners will play for the CHA Championship on Saturday at 3 p.m.