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Senior forward Burrell emulates mom, leads Lady Flames

February 3, 2016  |  Lynchburg, Va. 

Senior forward Catharine Burrell ranks second on the team and fifth nationally with 13 goals and 20 assists. test test test test
Senior forward Catharine Burrell ranks second on the team and fifth nationally with 13 goals and 20 assists.

A mainstay on Liberty University's ACHA Division I women's hockey team for the past four seasons, Catharine Burrell has emerged as the Lady Flames' second-leading scorer as an alternate captain this year with 13 goals and 20 assists. She ranks fifth nationally right behind fellow senior forward and head captain Carrie Jickling (17G, 19A), who's tied for second.

Burrell, an Exercise Science major who will graduate next spring, had her hand in all five of Liberty's goals in this past weekend's shutout sweep of Davenport at the LaHaye Ice Center, scoring one goal and adding two assists in Friday night's opener and netting both goals in Saturday night's rematch.

The Ontario, Canada, native has been playing hockey for 18 years, since she was 4, inspired by her mom, Valerie Burrell, who played hockey at a very high level in Canada and has refereed for Team Canada and at the NCAA Division I level. She was interviewed by Club Sports Video and Media Coordinator Patrick Strawn for this player profile.

"I vividly remember the first day realizing that I wanted to play hockey," Burrell said. "I remember it was a cool December morning she said, "OK, Catherine, it's time,' and I remember lifting my head over the boards as high as I could get and saying, ‘I think I want to play this. I want to do what you do, Mom.'

"Out of sheer excitement, she brought me to the rink to get my equipment that day and she had realized I had fallen in love with what she was passionate with," she added. "From that day forward, she was devoted to making me the best hockey player she could. It wasn't an unhealthy push, though. She always said, ‘You have to want this for yourself. You have to want to be successful and want to be good and love what you do."

After playing a key role on the Lady Flames' first ACHA DI National Championship last season, she hopes to lead top-ranked Liberty to a title defense March 9-13 in Kalamazoo, Mich.

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