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KINGSTONâ€”University of Rhode Island junior Cassie Catlow, of North Kingstown, has racked up a number of honors in her years skating for the Rams but recently she picked up by far her most prestigous.
For her play and demeanor on the ice Catlow has been named the 2013 American Collegiate Hockey Association Zoe Harris Player of the Year, an award which annually reccognizes the top player among the associationsâ€™ 48 club hockey teams.
â€śCassie is a key contributor to our special team,â€ť URI womenâ€™s ice hockey coach Beth McCann said in a press release Tuesday. â€śShe has set the bar for excellence for our student athletes here at URI.â€ť
It is only fitting that Catlow received the honor while playing for the Rams as she has spent the better part of her life skating at URIâ€™s Boss Ice Arena.
â€śI started skating where I was 9-years-old,â€ť Catlow said in the release. â€śI basically grew up at Boss Arena.â€ť
Catlow attended Pomfret School in Pomfret, Conn. for high school, where she was captain of the varsity hockey team and also tried her hand at a number of other sports.
From there she returned to the Ocean State and settled in Kingston for college.
Catlow suffered a setback in her sophomore year â€” tearing her meniscus and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) â€” but clearly has come back stronger than ever as evidence by her club ice hockey player of the year award.