Rebel girls hockey alumni excelling in college

Dalbec is Hockey East Scholar Athlete, Batters named D-III All-American

A pair of Champlin Park High School alumni have been making news in the women’s college hockey scene.

Megan Dalbec, a sophomore defender at Vermont University, was recently named as the Hockey East Conference’s Top Scholar Athlete for a second straight year, and Katie Batters earned Second Team America Hockey Coaches Association CCM Hockey West All-American status after leading the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in scoring this past winter.

Dalbec’s honor was awarded to the student-athlete with the highest grade point average in Hockey East. She maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA as a Biology major at Vermont this past school year.

On the ice, Dalbec played in 30 games for the Catamounts, posting a career best eight points on a goal and seven assists.

Batters, who is also a sophomore, netted 19 goals for the Falcons, finishing with 32 points to pace all UW-River Falls scorers.

Batters had eight multiple point games and two game-winning goals on the season. Her most prolific game was against Finlandia Feb. 11 when she scored one goal and assisted on three others. three assists.

Batters also picked up two assists in the team’s 4-2 win over Adrian in the NCHA O’Brien Cup championship game, and she scored a goal in the team’s 4-2 loss to Gustavus Adolphus in a NCAA playoff game.

"Katie was one of our hardest workers this year," said UW-River Falls head coach Joe Cranston in a press release. "She’s a great forechecker and backchecker. She was our leading scorer all year, and was our ‘go-to’ player. Her fast, physical play was a big part of our team’s success this year."

Batters was eighth on the team in scoring after netting 11 goals and assisting on eight others for a 19-point freshmen season.