A few days before the 2012 College Hockey America title match against the Mercyhurst Lakers, Robert Morris Women’s Ice Hockey center Brianna Delaney had already established a memorable career. She was tied for the RMU records for goals scored and game-winning goals and led in both career assists and points.
Delaney said she was proud of her first career win against the Lakers, which came a month earlier. The Lakers repeatedly swept the Colonials in prior years and took two wins against the Colonials in the 2011-12 season. The late-season victory against the longtime rivals meant more to the team than just a win.
“It was a game full of blocked shots – really gritty,” Delaney says. “It may not have been the nicest game we won, but a lot of the fans were happy to see the upset.” The Lakers were favored again in the title match, but Delaney would go on to score the game-winning goal in the final minute of the second period. Adding to her career total, she now stands alone with the RMU records for career goals scored and career game-winning goals.
But not all of her time is spent on the ice. Delaney made dean’s list the past six semesters and will begin the RMU master’s program in special education next year.
She also volunteers for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh at the Mooncrest Neighborhood Center and spends time working with the Steel City Icebergs, a specialneeds hockey program for children.
Delaney began helping the Icebergs during her sophomore year with other members of the women’s hockey team, but said she decided to continue on her own when she realized how much she enjoyed working with special needs children.