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DI women's hockey defensive recruit is a three-sport athlete

August 5, 2019  |  LaFargeville, N.Y. 

Besides playing hockey for the Syracuse Valley Eagles and Alexandria Bay High School Lady Islanders, Kamryn Barnes has excelled in softball and soccer. (Submitted photos)
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Besides playing hockey for the Syracuse Valley Eagles and Alexandria Bay High School Lady Islanders, Kamryn Barnes has excelled in softball and soccer. (Submitted photos)

Kamryn Barnes, a three-sport athlete from upstate New York who also excels at softball and soccer, is the third commitment for Fall 2020 for Liberty University's two-time defending ACHA Division I women's hockey team.

The rising high school senior defenseman for the St. Lawrence Steel who played previously for the Syracuse Valley Eagles and Syracse Nationals, visited Liberty over its Women's Hockey Prospect Weekend in April along with fellow 2020 recruits Abbey Mills and Carlie Foxhoven.

"I chose Liberty because of the faith component and how welcoming the coach (Lady Flames Head Coach Chris Lowes and his players) were," said Barnes, who also plays high school hockey for the Alexandria Bay Lady Islanders. "When I walked on campus, I felt very comfortable."

Lowes said he and his staff felt the same way about Barnes and believe she will perfectly complement the team and the defensive corps, in particular.

"When Kamryn was on the ice with our team in April, she looked right at home, and we are very excited to have her commit to us for (the 2020-21 season)," Lowes said. "We are graduating a large and talented group in 2020, including three senior defensemen who are all elite players in this league. Kamryn is an important piece for us on defense and fills a big need. Overall, Kamryn is a great fit for Liberty. She is a talented hockey player who plays with an edge, and she will be a great fit in our locker room and on our campus."

Barnes signs a letter-of-intent to join the Lady Flames.

Barnes said her vision on the ice and her hockey IQ are her two greatest strengths as a player.

"I feel that I can be a strong defensive asset to the team because of my competitive nature and knowledge of the game," she said. "I will strive to do what is best for the team at all times."

Lowes was equally impressed with her skating skills and versatility.

"Kamryn is a smooth-skating defenseman who I believe will be a strong two-way player in the ACHA," he said. "I think you will see Kamryn come in and be effective right away and earn significant ice time as a freshman. She is comfortable with the puck on her stick and makes a good first pass while also possessing the ability to join the rush. Kamryn has the tools to play in a lot of situations for us."

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