|Lindenwood Lady Lions|
|Location:||St. Charles, Missouri|
|Colors:||black and gold|
|Home Arena:||Centene Community Ice Center|
|Dimensions:||200' x 85'|
|Conference:||College Hockey America|
The Lindenwood Lady Lions women's ice hockey team represents Lindenwood University located in St. Charles, Missouri. The Lady Lions currently participate in the NCAA Division I competition as of the 2011-12 season with no conference affiliation, making the program one of two Independent NCAA women's programs.
The university completed the process of transitioning to the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II for most athletics except for men's volleyball and women's ice hockey, which compete at the NCAA Division I level. As part of the Lindenwood University athletic program's transition to the NCAA, the team was not eligible for NCAA post season play until becoming a full member in 2014.
Ice hockey at Lindenwood began in 2003, when men's and women's ice hockey were added as part of the on-going university and athletic department expansion. The NAIA national ice hockey championship for men's hockey was discontinued in 1984, women's was never an NAIA sport Lindenwood fields teams in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) along with a handfull of other NAIA institutions and various club programs of NCAA institutions.
The Lady Lions began competition in the ACHA for the 2003-04 season, the team went 17-3-3 in 23 games that season. Freshman Kathrine Hannah led the team with 25 goals and 36 assists for 61 points. The team qualified for the ACHA Women's Division I National Championship tournament. LU lost 3-6 against the Wisconsin but recovered in the second pool play game beating Northern Michigan 3-2. The Lady Lions recovered with an overtime 5-4 win in the consolation round against West Los Angeles College and finished 5th in the nation.
The 2004-2005 the team improved on the previous season's statistics with a record of 24-3-0. In addition the Lady Lions qualified for the 2005 ACHA Women's Division National Tournament. The team finished the season ranked 2nd in the nation and 1st in the West Region. LU swept through the first rounds with a 2-1 win over the University of Massachusetts Amherst and 10- win over the University of Michigan before losing to the University of Colorado 3-4.
The Lady Lions finished the 2005-06 season 29-3-0, the team swept through the Championship Tournament, hosted for the first time at Lindenwood that season. LU picked up first round wins against Western Michigan University (8-1) and North Dakota State University (6-0). The team then faced off against the University of Colorado, in a rematch of the 2005 tournament. This time the Lady Lions came out on top winning 5-0 and picked up a 4-1 win in the semi-final round vs. Michigan State University. In front of a home crowd LU won their first ice hockey championship, 3-2 over Robert Morris University (Illinois).
Despite having the highest number of losses in the history of the program during the 2006-07 season, a record of 27-6-1. The team played strong during the regular season, even during a rebuilding year, highlights of the season included a tough 6-10 loss to NCAA Division I Sacred Heart. The team once again qualified for the ACHA Women's Division I National Championship and advanced to the Championship game again against Robert Morris University. This time the Lady Lions came up short to the Eagles with a 1-4 loss.
The 2007-08 season marked the end of LU as an independent team in the ACHA, the Lady Lions joined the Central Collegiate Women's Hockey Association (CCWHA). Lindenwood won the CCWHA Regular season title that season going 10-0 in conference games. The team finished the season with a record of 36-3-0, the best in the program history to date. During the 08-07 season the went 6-1 against NCAA Division III opponents. The only loss against NCAA teams 1-2 at St. Mary's University.
LU advanced through the CCWHA and won the CCWHA Playoff Championsship in their first season in the conference with a 4-0 shutout of Michigan. The team advanced through the ACHA tournament to the championship game for the third straight season, and once again against Robert Morris. LU came out on top 2-1 over RMU and won the school's second ACHA Women's DI National Championship. Senior Kat Hannah won the Zoey M. Harris Award given to the ACHA national player of the year. she recorded a team-high 87 points with 37 goals and 50 assists and had a +/- rating of +72.
LU continued their winning tradition in the 2008-09 season, with a record of 32-3-3, 10-0-3 in the CCWHA and 2-2 vs NCAA Division III opponents. LU became the CCWHA regular season champions for the second straight season and won their second straight CCWHA playoff championship with an overtime win over Michigan State. The Lady Lions advance to the ACHA National Championship games with a 2-overtime win over University of Massachusetts and a 3-overtime win over University of Minnesota and won the team's third ACHA Women's DI National Championship and second straight against Robert Morris. Following the season head coach Vince O'Mara was named the 2009 ACHA Division I Women's Coach of the Year.
LU finished the 2009-10 season with the best record in program history, over previous record set the 2007-08 season. Lindenwood finished with an overall record of 43 wins, 2 losses, and 2 ties, including a loss and a tie against NCAA DIII teams. The Lady Lions went 12-0 in the CCWHA and stormed through the CCWHA playoffs, only allowing 2 goals in four playoff games. The team won the fourth ACHA Women's Division I National Championship and third straight with a 2-0 shutout win over Michigan State University. In addition to the third straight national championship for the Lady Lions, the men's program also won its second straight ACHA Men's Division I National Championship, marking the first time a school has repeated as back-to-back hockey champions in men's and women's at any collegiate level. The university showcased it's hockey tradition also winning the 2010 NCRHA Division I Collegiate Roller Hockey National Championships.
Move to NCAA
Lindenwood announced in July 2010 it would become a member of the NCAA, women's ice hockey as one of the sports included in the list moving to the NCAA. Because the NCAA does not sponsor ice hockey at the Division II level, it was announced the team would compete as a member of Division I. The Lindenwood Lady Lions hockey team is the first and only NCAA women's hockey program in Missouri. The 2010-11 season would be the Lady Lions last as members of the CCWHA and the ACHA DI as part of the team's transition to the NCAA. The Lady Lions concluded the 2010-11 regular season with a 29-2-2 record and .909 winning percentage. The season included a 12-game win streak from November 6, 2010 until January 22, 2011 and a 3-4 loss to UMass Amherst, the team's only regulation loss during the regular season. Portion of the 12-game win streak include a 6-game shutout streak during which the Lady Lions outscored opponents 54-0. The Lady Lions set a program record on January 29, 2011 when the team put up 30 goals against Northern Michigan, surpassing a previous record of 16 goals against Penn State on March 8, 2007 and 17 goals against Western Michigan set earlier the same season on December 5, 2011. The Lady Lions concluded the 2010-11 regular season with a 29-2-2 record and overall record of 33-3-2. The team won a fourth consecutive CCWHA title in a 3-0 win over Grand Valley State, The Lady Lions advanced through pool play before falling 1-3 to rival Michigan State in the semifinal round, taking third place.
In the July 2011, Lindenwood announced the 2011-12 schedule, the first of NCAA competition in program history. The schedule included 22 games against NCAA Division I competition, including an inaugural NCAA two-game series against the defending NCAA National Champion Wisconsin Badgers; seven games against NCAA Division III; and five games against former ACHA Division I rivals Robert Morris (IL) and Grand Valley State
- Vince O'Mara (2003-2014) 20-73-6 (NCAA only)
- Scott Spencer (2014-2019) 42-112-113
- Shelley Looney (2019-present) 5-24-5 (as of end of 2019-20 season
Year by Year Record
|American Collegiate Hockey Association||Overall Record|
|NCAA Division I Independent||Overall Record|
|College Hockey America||Overall Record|
|2012-13||20||7||10||3||41||71||17||5th||L, QF 2 games to none (Robert Morris)||36||7||26||3||61||151|
|2013-14||20||5||13||2||32||62||12||5th||L, QF 2 games to none (Syracuse)||34||5||26||3||44||121|
|2014-15||20||7||11||2||40||59||16||5th||L, QF 2 games to none (Penn State)||33||10||21||2||57||102|
|2015-16||20||5||11||4||31||46||14||5th||L, QF 2 games to 1 (Robert Morris)||37||9||24||4||64||102|
|2016-17||20||3||16||1||18||58||7||6th||W, QF 3-2 (Mercyhurst) L, SF 2-1 (Robert Morris)||33||6||25||2||36||100|
|2017-18||20||8||12||0||37||57||16||5th||L, QF 2-1 (Penn State)||31||10||20||1||61||92|
|2018-19||20||3||14||3||43||65||9||6th||L, QF 4-1 (Syracuse)||33||7||22||4||75||93|
|2019-20||20||3||15||2||26||73||8||8th||L, QF 4-0 (Syracuse)||34||5||24||5||42||121|
|2020-21||16||2||13||1||-||-||5||-||L, SF 6-0 (Syracuse)||17||2||14||1||-||-|
Vince O'Mara is the current, first, and only head coach of the Lady Lions women's ice hockey program. O'Mara is a 2-time ACHA Coach of the Year (2005-06,2009-10). He has compiled a record of 241–26–11 over 8 seasons behind the bench of the Lady Lions and is currently 0-1-0 against NCAA Division I opponents, 10-4-1 against NCAA Division III opponents, and 231-21-10 against ACHA opponents.
Awards and honors
- Amanda Blanc, 2010 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American third-team for the women’s at-large category.
- Becca Bernet, 2010 Zoey M. Harris Award for ACHA national player of the year.
- Kat Hannah, 2008 Zoey M. Harris Award for ACHA national player of the year.
- Kat Hannah, 2006 ACHA Women's DI Most Valuable Player Award.
- 4-time Women's Division I ACHA National Champions (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010)
- 4-time CCWHA Regular Season Champions (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
- 4-time CCWHA Playoff Season Champions (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
- Staff (March 26, 2011). Lindenwood women to go Division I. U.S. College Hockey Online. Retrieved on March 27, 2011.
- Lindenwood University women's Hockey program moves up to the NCAA D1. SFMAAAHL Newsletter (July 15, 2010). Retrieved on August 5, 2010.
- Lindenwood accepted into NCAA. The Joplin Globe (July 13, 2010). Archived from the original on March 10, 2012. Retrieved on August 5, 2010.
- Korando, Russell (July 3, 2010). Waiting game almost over. Suburban Journals. Archived from the original on July 15, 2012. Retrieved on August 5, 2010.
- Wodon, Adam (April 22, 2004). Lindenwood Explores Move Into D-I. U.S. College Hockey Online. Retrieved on August 5, 2010.
- Individual Season Records. Lindenwood University. Retrieved on August 5, 2010.
- Russ, Erin (July 13, 2004). 2004 ACHA Women's Division National Tournament Archive. American Collegiate Hockey Association. Retrieved on August 5, 2010.
- Pendrak, Chris (Feb 15, 2005). 2004-2005 Rankings. American Collegiate Hockey Association. Retrieved on August 5, 2010.
- Russ, Erin (January 12, 2006). 2005 ACHA Women's Division National Tournament. American Collegiate Hockey Association. Retrieved on August 5, 2010.
- Women's Ice Hockey Gear Up For ACHA National Championships. Lindenwood University (March 1, 2006). Retrieved on August 5, 2010.
- Women's Ice Hockey Claim 1st National Title. Lindenwood University (March 8, 2006). Retrieved on August 5, 2010.
- 2005-2006 Women's Ice Hockey Schedule. Lindenwood University (March 8, 2006). Retrieved on August 5, 2010.
- Box Score: Lindenwood vs. Sacred Heart. U.S. College Hockey Online (October 7, 2007). Retrieved on August 5, 2010.
- Women's Ice Hockey Finishes Second At ACHA Tournament. Lindenwood University (March 8, 2007). Retrieved on August 5, 2010.
- 2007 ACHA Women's Division National Tournament. American Collegiate Hockey Association (March 5, 2007). Retrieved on August 5, 2010.
- Women's Ice Hockey Sweeps Three Games Against NCAA Foes. Lindenwood University (January 4, 2008). Retrieved on August 5, 2010.
- Box Score: Lindenwood vs. Saint Marys. U.S. College Hockey Online (November 3, 2007). Retrieved on August 5, 2010.
- 2007-2008 Women's Ice Hockey Schedule. Lindenwood University. Retrieved on August 5, 2010.
- Women's Ice Hockey Defeats Robert Morris for ACHA Title. Lindenwood University (March 9, 2008). Retrieved on August 5, 2010.
- Kat Hannah Named National Player Of The Year. Lindenwood University (April 11, 2008). Retrieved on August 6, 2010.
- 2008-2009 Women's Ice Hockey Schedule. Lindenwood University. Retrieved on August 5, 2010.
- Vince O'Mara Named ACHA National Coach of the Year. Lindenwood University (April 6, 2009). Retrieved on August 6, 2010.
- 2009-10 Women's Ice Hockey Schedule. Lindenwood University. Retrieved on August 5, 2010.
- Jahncke, Alex (March 24, 2010). Women win 3rd straight title. The Legacy. Retrieved on August 5, 2010.
- Lady Lions Win Third Straight National Championship. Lindenwood University (March 14, 2010). Retrieved on August 5, 2010.
- Felts, Katie (March 14, 2010). Lindenwood women's hockey team challenges for number 1. KSDK. Retrieved on August 5, 2010.
- Lindenwood Wins Hockey Triple Crown In 2010. Lindenwood University (April 21, 2010). Retrieved on August 6, 2010.
- Held, Kevin (July 2010). Lindenwood, McKendree athletic departments accepted into NCAA Div. II. KSDK. Retrieved on August 5, 2010.
- 2010-11 Women's Ice Hockey Schedule. Lindenwood University (2010-11). Retrieved on February 14, 2011.
- Lady Lions Sweep Northern Michigan. Lindenwood University (January 30, 2011). Retrieved on February 14, 2011.
- Women's Ice Hockey Wins Fourth CCWHA Tournament Championship. Lindenwood University (February 13, 2011). Retrieved on February 14, 2011.
- Lindenwood Tops Rhode Island a Second Time to Place Third in ACHA National Tournament. Lindenwood University (March 14, 2011). Retrieved on March 14, 2011.
- Women's Hockey Opens 2011-12 Season Against Defending NCAA Division I Champions. Lindenwood University (July 6, 2011).
- Awards Keep Coming In For Lady Lions Ice Hockey. Lindenwood University (April 17, 2006). Retrieved on August 6, 2010.
- Staff. 2008-2009 Women's Division 1 Harrow Coach-of-the-Year. American Collegiate Hockey Association. Retrieved on August 6, 2010.
- Staff (May 28, 2010). 2011 United States University Women’s Select Team Assistant Coach Named. American Collegiate Hockey Association. Retrieved on August 6, 2010.
- Women's Ice Hockey Player Amanda Blanc Named an Academic All-American. Lindenwood University (June 10, 2010). Retrieved on August 6, 2010.
- 2010 W1 Awards. American Collegiate Hockey Association. Retrieved on August 6, 2010.
|Lindenwood Lady Lions ice hockey|
|Playing venues||Lindenwood Ice Arena (2003-2019) - Centene Community Ice Center (2019-present)|
|Head coaches||Vince O'Mara (2003–2014) - Scott Spencer (2014-2019) - Shelley Looney (2019-present)|
|Seasons||2011–12 - 2012–13 - 2013–14 - 2014–15 - 2015–16 - 2016–17 - 2017–18 - 2018–19 - 2019–20 - 2020–21|
|Conference affiliations||Central Collegiate Women's Hockey Association (2003-2011) Division I Independent (2011-2012) College Hockey America (CHA) (2012-present)|
|National championships||(ACHA)- 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010|
|NCAA Tournament appearances||(ACHA) 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011|
|Conference Tournament champions||CCWHA: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011|
|Lindenwood University — St. Charles, Missouri|
|College Hockey America women's ice hockey|
|Teams||Lindenwood Lady Lions - Mercyhurst Lakers - Penn State Nittany Lions - Robert Morris Colonials - RIT Tigers - Syracuse Orange|
|Venues||Centene Community Ice Center (Lindenwood) - Mercyhurst Ice Center (Mercyhurst) - Pegula Ice Arena (Penn State) - Colonials Arena (Robert Morris) - Gene Polisseni Center (RIT) - Tennity Ice Skating Pavilion (Syracuse) - HarborCenter (Conference Tournament)|
|Seasons||2002-03 - 2003–04 - 2004–05 - 2005–06 - 2006–07 - 2007–08 - 2008–09 - 2009–10 - 2010–11 - 2011-12 - 2012-13 - 2013–14 - 2014-15 - 2015–16 - 2016–17 - 2017–18 - 2018–19 - 2019–20 - 2020–21 - 2021-22|
|Conference Tournaments||2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010 - 2011 - 2012 - 2013 - 2014 - 2015 - 2016 - 2017 - 2018 - 2019 - 2020 - 2021 - 2022|
|Former Members||Findlay - Niagara - Quinnipiac - Wayne|
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