By Jesse Vineyard/GCU Staff
As a standard is being set off the ice, Grand Canyon University Women’s Ice Hockey is doing the same inside the classroom as well.
The American Collegiate Hockey Association recently announced their list of Academic All-Americans for Women’s Division I, and two Lopes were amongst the honorees.
Lopes’ sophomore goaltender Haylee Gannaway and junior forward Hanna Joralmon were recognized alongside 91 other players from 20 different colleges across Division I who earned at least a 3.5 GPA during the school year.
“We preach the ‘student’-athlete all the time,” Lopes’ Head Coach Natalie Rossi said. “To see them get rewarded for something that they put a lot of effort into is great to see.”
Gannaway hails from Moreno Valley, California, and majors in English with an Emphasis in Professional Writing. She was the starting goaltender all season, and finished with a goals-against-average of 3.75. Joralmon, who is majoring in Biology with an Emphasis in Pre-Medicine, is not far from her home in Peoria. She led the team in both goals and assists throughout the season with four each.
“Both of them work and study so hard,” Rossi said. “It’s always nice to be rewarded for your effort.”
The team as a whole is continuing to set their culture of working off the ice with volunteering and simply “making the world a better place.” That part was honored with the team winning the ACHA Women’s DI Community Service Award. But Rossi and the rest of the team still recognize that work must still be done in the classroom, and this type of award is a big part of continuing to see that culture through.
“Overall, that first year, you set the culture,” Rossi said. “With the Community Service Award, we’re starting with setting the bar high, and we’ll just look to continue to grow on and off the ice.”