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Hockey captain found the right school for the wrong reason

Missy Hall, women's hockey team captain, is a fourth-year industrial and systems engineering major.

Missy Hall, a fourth-year industrial and systems engineering student from Chesterland, Ohio, is a captain for the 2009-10 nationally ranked RIT women's hockey team. She has helped lead the Tigers to a sparkling 62-14-4 mark over the past three seasons, along with a berth in the 2007 NCAA Tournament. Last season, the Tigers were ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation, the highest ranking in program history. Hall tallied 19 points on seven goals and 12 assists last season, and has 48 points in 80 career contests.

Her achievements include ECAC West All Academic Team Winter 2008 and 2009, RIT Student Government Scholarship Award Spring 2009, and American Women's Hockey Coaches Association National Scholar Athlete for winter 2008.

She lists her top off-ice achievements as co-ops with the quality engineering team at Harris Corp. in Rochester and with the store maintenance division of Wegmans Food Markets in Rochester.

Hall holds a grade point average of 3.71.

Why did you choose RIT?

I love telling this story because I came to RIT for the wrong reasons, but it ended up being the perfect school for me. I decided on this school for hockey first and academics second. I didn't even know that I was in a five-year major until I arrived on campus. I got very lucky, but I don't recommend anyone else following the same procedure.

What was your experience with athletics before RIT?

I played six years of varsity women's hockey for Gilmour Academy, a prep school in Ohio. It was a brand-new program when I was in seventh grade and they needed players. I also participated in varsity soccer and tennis while in school.

What's the best part of being a student athlete?

For one thing the free T-shirts. But more important, I have met a lot of great people, the chance to represent the school and continue to play the game I love.

How does being an athlete affect being a student?

As an athlete, I have more responsibility and incentive to do well in school and I always have to think about how I present myself because I am representing the program.

What is your greatest sports moment at RIT?

I hope that my greatest moments are still to come! So far some of my favorite highlights have been our overtime win, in front of a packed house, against our biggest rival, SUNY Plattsburgh; my game-winning goal against D1 Robert Morris; and defeating Amherst and Middlebury, two of our toughest opponents, in the same weekend.

What is your greatest academic accomplishment at RIT?

My greatest academic achievement so far was receiving the American Women's Hockey Coaches Association National Scholar Athlete Award during my sophomore year. It was an honor that I was not striving for, but something I earned through hard work.

What are you looking forward to this year?

On the ice, I am looking forward to achieving something that no one on this team has ever done before. In school, I am looking forward to taking classes that will directly benefit me in the real world.

How have your co-op experiences prepared you for life after college?

Co-op showed me that I am pursuing the right degree and I have been exposed to the company I would like to work for when I graduate.

What's your advice for freshmen?

On the ice, we all make mistakes. It's a part of the game, learn from them, but start with a clean slate every shift. Off the ice, work hard in school, take classes that you enjoy and everything else will fall into place.

Who is your favorite pro athlete?

To support my home of Cleveland, my favorite athlete is Lebron James. I know he isn't a hockey player, but he's doing great things for the city and his hard work is inspiring.

Favorite professional sports teams?

Cleveland Cavs, Pittsburg Penguins and Detroit Redwings.

How will the women's hockey team do this season?

It's been four years in the making, but my expectation is that we win it all.

If the men and women were to play each other, who would win?

I wish I could say the women would win, but on our best day we could not challenge them. I give the men's program a lot of credit; they work very hard and have come a long way in the short time they have been D1. I hope our transition will be as smooth.

Joe Venniro

Tiger Sports Online
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