Steph Ciampa had to wait patiently to get her opportunity to start in goal for Mercyhurst, but once her chance came the senior from Peabody made the most of it. Ciampa was named Goaltender of the Month (February) for College Hockey America after a 6-0 performance to lead the Lakers to the regular season title and is an impressive 17-1-0 this season. In February she allowed only 11 goals in her six starts and four were on the power play. She faced 123 shots and recorded a .911 goals against average.
Ciampa is ranked eighth in the country in save percentage (.935), and fourth in GAA (1.40) for the season. She is second behind Noora Raty of Minnesota in winning percentage (.944) and seventh in shutouts with four.
Mercyhurst earned a first round bye and is hosting the CHA quarterfinals this weekend. The team is ranked ninth in the country in Division 1 with a 26-6-1 record and is 17-3-0 in league play. Ciampa has earned six Goaltender of the Week awards.
The Silvio Cella Family Foundation has given more than $35,000 in grant money to help high school football programs across the state since 2010. The latest recipients are Northeast Metro Tech (coach Don Heres), Randolph (Keith Ford), Blackstone-Millville Regional (Anthony Naler), and Smith Vocational and Agriculture (Jeff Peterson). Each school, representing one of the four areas in the state, received $3,000.
“This much needed grant money will help these schools improve player safety and upgrade facilities and equipment, and help build a sense of teamwork and community,” said fund President Michael Cella of Peabody in a press release. “Being part of a football team takes dedication, builds character, and prepares these young athletes for life ahead. We are honored to carry on my Dad’s legacy and continue to support high school football players and coaches. Silvio Cella was an innovator on the field and a champion for athletes and coaches.”