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Pittsburgh Amply Represented on the Women's Side of USA Hockey

by Michelle Crechiolo / Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh isn’t just making its mark on the men’s side of USA Hockey with its representatives at the 2011 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y. – there’s Steel City connections on the women’s side as well.

Lindsay Holdcroft (Credit: Mark Washburn)
Dartmouth sophomore goaltender Lindsay Holdcroft (Wexford, Pa.) and U.S. Olympic goaltender and former Robert Morris standout Brianne McLaughlin are participating in the 2011 USA Hockey Women’s Festival from Aug. 10-20 in Blaine, Minn.

The Festival, which has 79 participants, will serve as the selection camp for the 2011 U.S. Women's Team that will compete in the International Ice Hockey Federation Eight Nations Tournament in Vierumäki, Finland, Aug. 24-31.

Holdcroft, 19, was a two-year starter for the North Allegheny Senior High School varsity boys’ hockey team before joining the Big Green – and was named team MVP both years. She was named the Pittsburgh Penguins High School Player of the Month in Jan. 2009, becoming the first female to receive the honor since the award’s inception 23 years ago. Holdcroft was also a PIHL All-Star Class AAA All-Star Team selection as a junior.

In addition to playing for the Tigers, Holdcroft also joined the Under-19 Girls AAA Pittsburgh Penguins Elite team in ninth grade. She spent four years with the squad and served as an assistant captain.

As a freshman, Holdcroft earned an 18-9-0 record through 27 games for Dartmouth. She posted four shutouts, a .902 save percentage, a 2.04 goals-against average and made 578 saves – the second-highest total ever by a Dartmouth freshman goaltender.

(For more on Holdcroft, click here).

Brianne McLaughlin at RMU. (Credit: Robert Morris Athletics)
McLaughlin, 24, is entering her first season as a volunteer assistant coach with the Colonials. She played four years at Robert Morris from 2005-09, setting an NCAA record with 3,809 career saves.

McLaughlin, from Sheffield Village, Ohio, won a silver medal with Team USA at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. She made her Olympic debut on Feb. 14, 2010, a 12-1 U.S. victory over China in the preliminary round.

McLaughlin was also a member of the U.S. Women’s Under-22 Select Team for the 2008 Under-22 series with Canada, was a two-time USA Hockey Women’s National Festival Participant (2008-09) and attended the 2002 USA Hockey Girls’ Select 14/15 Player Development Camp.
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