U-32 graduate Maggie LaGue helped the Robert Morris women’s hockey team reach the College Hockey America Tournament title game this past weekend, closing our her collegiate career as one of the most successful players in Colonials history.
LaGue was a First Team All-CHA honoree and winner of the CHA Individual Sportsmanship Award after recording the fewest penalty minutes. She broke the program’s all-time career marks for assists (79) and points (92) by a defender, leading her team to 16-14-6 record her senior year. She will graduate with an impressive community service record following her work with the Autism Society of Pittsburgh during “Teddy Bear Toss” events. She led a collection of 332 stuffed animals for the Autism Society of Pittsburgh as part of the team’s third annual Teddy Bear Toss game. LaGue also helped her senior class raise over $3,200 for various organizations as part of the team’s first Mental Health Awareness Series.
“I’ve grown so much as a person being a part of this program,” she said. “This coaching staff, and this group, makes you a better person. That’s one thing I’ll take with me forever. I’m very grateful to have been a part of it and had an impact. Because I know it’s had an impact on my life, and I’m so thankful.”
The 5-foot-8 Barre native was drafted by the NWHL’s Connecticut Whale last December and plans to join the team to start a professional career. LaGue competed in Vermont with the North American Hockey Academy. During her senior season at Robert Morris she tallied a career-high five goals, including three power-play tallies. She finished fourth in CHA with 92 blocked shots, ranking eighth in Division I. LaGue led all NCAA blue-liners with 13 power-play assists and 16 power-play points. After serving only 12 penalty minutes in the regular season, she became the first Colonial ever to win the Individual Sportsmanship Award.
LaGue’s efforts helped Robert Morris win the regular season title for the third consecutive year. After her team’s 13-4-3 mark in CHA play, the Colonials to became the second program in conference history to string together three first-place finishes in a row. Robert Morris eliminated Penn State in the semifinals before falling to Syracuse in Saturday’s final. LaGue entered her final game a career plus/minus rating of plus-38, ranking fifth in RMU history and No. 1 among defenders.