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Penn State Women’s Hockey Ranked No. 1 In CHA Preseason Poll

Penn State women’s hockey is already reeling in awards ahead of the 2023-24 season.

Head coach Jeff Kampersal’s group was selected to lead the College Hockey America (CHA) league for the second straight year, the conference announced Friday.

The Nittany Lions earned five first-place votes, while Mercyhurst, Robert Morris, Syracuse, Lindenwood, and RIT rounded out the poll.

Along with the No. 1 preseason spot, Tessa Janecke was named the CHA Preseason Player of the Year. Janecke registered 16 goals, 22 assists, and 38 total points in her freshman season. As the reigning USCHO Rookie of the Year, Janecke earned the designation unanimously.

Freshman Karolina Hengelmüller was also named the conference’s Preseason Co-Rookie of the Year, too.

Janecke and Lyndie Lobdell were included in the preseason All-CHA Team, while Hengelmüller, Julie Gough, Josie Bothun, and Maggie MacEachern each received votes.

Penn State finished the 2022-23 season with a 27-9-2 record and a CHA Championship victory. Kampersal and Co. exited the NCAA Tournament in the first round at the hand of No. 8 Quinnipiac in triple overtime.

The group will begin its 2023-24 campaign at 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 23, against Northeastern on the road.

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