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New RMU hockey coach has winning history

| Thursday, June 16, 2011

Paul Colontino knows exactly where he wants to go.

As associate head coach for the Mercyhurst women's hockey team from 2006 to 2011, Colontino helped guide the Lakers to five NCAA tournament appearances, two Frozen Fours and, in 2009, the national championship game. The Lakers also won five College Hockey America tournament championships, were ranked No. 1 nationally in each season and posted a record of 148-25-9.

Now he wants to get Robert Morris to that level.

Colontino was named the Robert Morris women's hockey head coach Monday, replacing Nate Handrahan, who took the head job at Ohio State. Colontino plans to use the success he had at Mercyhurst to get Robert Morris to the same level of success.

"I know what it looks like. I know what we're going after," he said. "Been there, done it. Now this is how we're going to get there and what it's going to take."

During his time at Mercyhurst, Colontino managed the defense and penalty-killing units, both staples of the Lakers program. Mercyhurst finished each of his five seasons in the top 10 nationally in scoring defense and was in the top four in penalty killing the past two years.

At Robert Morris, Colontino plans to address all aspects of the game.

"We want to attack different areas of the program in a multitasking kind of attitude," he said. "We don't necessarily want to focus on the defense of the program, get that set up, then move to the offense."

On the links

Junior Dianne Luke of California University of Pennsylvania was named Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference women's golfer of the year, and Cal coach MerriLyn Gibbs earned PSAC coach of the year.

Luke finished second at the NCAA Super Region 1 championship and sixth at the NCAA national championships.

Gibbs led Cal to its third straight PSAC title in the fall and followed that with a second-place team finish at regionals and a seventh-place performance at nationals.

A new Pioneer

Katresa Savitsky, a Butler graduate, has transferred to the Point Park women's basketball team for the 2011-12 season. The 5-foot-9 forward is coming from Butler County Community College. She averaged 17.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game last season and led Butler County C.C. to the NJCAA Region 20 championship.

Getting defensive

Lock Haven senior Katie Zichelli earned Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Division II national defender of the year honors. Zichelli led the nation with 67 turnovers caused and 87 ground balls. She holds the school record in ground balls (333) and caused turnovers (204).

Zichelli was first-team All-American, first-team All-Region and first-team All-PSAC.

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