|Robert Morris Colonials Lady Colonials|
|Institution:||Robert Morris University|
|Location:||Moon Township, Pennsylvania|
|Colors:||Navy, white and Red|
|Home Arena:||Colonials Arena|
|Conference:||College Hockey America|
|Conf. Championships:||2012, 2017|
March 31, 2004: Robert Morris University announced that an NCAA Division I women's ice hockey team would compete, in the College Hockey America (CHA) Conference, starting with the 2005–06 season.
Kevin McGonagle was named the first head coach, but following a 1–7–0 start he was dismissed. Assistant coach Jody Katz was named the interim head coach for the rest of the season, and men's assistant coach Nate Handrahan was named new head coach for the 2006–07 campaign.
Nate Handrahan was head coach for five years from the 2006–07 through the 2010–11 seasons. He successfully built a stable program, bringing talented payers into the program who would excel after his tenure. and amassed a 52–111–14 record, before taking the head coaching job of the Ohio State women's hockey program.
Paul Colontino was named head coach for the 2011–12 season, and remains in the position after six years. He made the Colonials a competitive team, finishing with more wins than losses in 5 of 6 years. In his first year, Colontino led the Colonials to their first CHA Tournament championship. As the CHA had not automatic berth in the NCAA tournament at the time, their CHA win ended their season.
The most successful season for the Colonials was the 2016–17 season. Their 24–5–6 record (15–3–2 in the CHA) earned them Their first year-ending ranking, 8th, in both the USCHO and USA Today polls. They won the CHA regular season championship for the first time, and took the Tournament Championship as well, to earn their first entry to the NCAA national championship. They were defeated by top ranked Wisconsin 0–7 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
- Colonials Arena (2005-present) previously known as RMU Island Sports Center Ice Arena and 84 Lumber Arena
- Kevin McGonagle (2005-2005) 1-7-0 dismissed mid-season
- Jody Katz (2005-2006) (interim) 4-17-2
- Nate Handrahan (2006-2011) 52-111-14
- Paul Colontino (2011-present) 167-106-40 as of end of 2019-20 season
Year by Year RecordEdit
|College Hockey America||Overall Record|
|2005-06||11||1||9||1||12||55||3||4th||L, SF 9-0 (Mercyhurst)||31||5||24||2||41||131|
|2006-07||12||1||11||0||18||48||2||4th||L, SF 5-2 (Mercyhurst)||35||11||22||2||80||116|
|2007-08||12||2||10||0||23||44||4||4th||L, SF 4-0 (Mercyhurst)||35||12||22||1||78||99|
|2008-09||16||5||9||2||30||55||12||3rd||L, SF 4-3 (Wayne St)||35||12||20||3||86||111|
|2009-10||16||3||12||1||23||53||7||5th||W, QF 3-1 (Wayne St) L, SF 7-1 (Mercyhurst)||36||11||24||1||82||119|
|2010-11||16||2||9||5||32||59||9||4th||W, QF 4-2 (Wayne St) L, SF 3-1 (Mercyhurst)||34||6||21||7||70||132|
|2011-12||12||6||3||3||30||24||15||2nd||W, SF 3-2 (Niagara) W, F 3-2 (Mercyhurst)||32||19||9||4||100||63|
|2012-13||20||9||10||1||52||50||19||4th||W. QF 2 games to none (Lindenwood) L, SF 2-1 (Mercyhurst)||33||15||15||3||81||77|
|2013-14||20||13||5||2||57||33||28||2nd||L, SF 4-1 (RIT)||35||24||8||3||100||62|
|2014-15||20||8||8||4||45||43||20||4th||L, QF 2 games to none (RIT||35||11||19||5||68||91|
|2015-16||20||7||9||4||52||57||18||4th||W, QF 2 games to 1 (Lindenwood) L, SF 4-2 (Mercyhurst)||38||17||16||5||108||97|
|2016-17||20||15||3||2||60||37||32||1st||W, SF 2-1 (Lindenwood) W, F 2-0 (Syracuse)||35||24||5||6||106||74|
|2017-18||20||14||3||3||75||30||31||1st||W, SF 7-2 (Penn St) L, F 5-3 (Mercyhurst)||33||21||8||4||122||70|
|2018-19||20||13||4||3||61||35||29||1st||W,SF 5-2 (Syracuse) L, F 2-1 (ot) (Mercyhurst)||36||16||14||6||92||87|
|2019-20||20||13||5||2||67||75||28||2nd||W, SF 2-1 (Penn St) L, F 6-2 (Syracuse)||36||20||12||4||84||104|
NCAA Tournament AppearancesEdit
|2017||L, 7-0 (Wisconsin)||--||--|
Awards and honorsEdit
- Brittany Howard, 2017-18 Second Team All-America
|Brianne McLaughlin ||Goaltender||United States||2010 Winter Olympics||Silver|
- ↑ Press Release (15 March 2018). Four Women's Hockey East Players Named CCM/AHCA All-Americans. Hockey East. Retrieved on 27 July 2018.
- ↑ Dave McMahon (December 18, 2009). Vancouver women's hockey team announced. USA Hockey. Retrieved on 21 April 2010.
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