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Three different skaters found the net for Penn State to secure Coach Kampersal’s first win
NITTANY LION CAREER
Played in all 35 games during her rookie campaign...Netted nine points on three goals and six assists...Tallied her first career point on an assist in an 8-1 win at Union (10/7)...Scored her first career goal, and recorded a career-best four shots on goal, in a 7-2 loss against Boston University (10/15)...Recorded her first career two-point outing on one goal and one assist in a 5-0 win at RIT (10/28)...Netted her second career two-point game on a career-best two-assist outing in a 4-3 loss against Mercyhurst (1/28).
BEFORE PENN STATE
Played for four seasons with the Nichols Vikings...The Nichols Vikings went 112-25-14 during her four years on the team...Scored 103 points (47g, 56a) in 151 games played with the Nichols Vikings...Played for two seasons with the Niagara Junior Purple Eagles...Netted 97 points (43g, 54a) in 81 games played with the Niagara Junior Purple Eagles...Six-time New York state champion...Six appearances at the USA Hockey National Championships...Three-time NAPHA (North American Prep Hockey Association) champion...Three-time Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) Canadian champion...NAPHA All-League honoree...2014 and 2015 USA Hockey National Select U-18 Camp attendee...2013 USA Hockey Select U-15 National Camp...The Buffalo News 2015-16 Female Prep Talk Hockey Player of the Year...Played with Nittany Lion Kelly Seward with the Nichols Vikings during the 2012-13 season.
Abby Ireland Welch was born on June 24, 1998, in East Amherst, New York...Parents are Scott and Patricia Welch...Has three older sisters, Haley, Kelsey and Madison...Haley played hockey at Union, Kelsey played hockey at Mercyhurst and Madison is a goalie on the Syracuse women's hockey team...Biobehavioral health major and intends to go into nursing.
WELCH ON PENN STATE
"I really enjoyed the big campus and the feeling of being surrounded by a community."