Lathrop skater signs to Division I program

Published: Jul. 29, 2020 at 7:27 PM AKDT
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While the window for student-athletes to sign to college typically resides in the spring, there is still time for them to put pen to paper to their dream school.

In front of her family and masked, socially-distant friends, Lathrop’s Laura Alvanna inked her National Letter of Intent to play hockey at Roosevelt University’s Division I program in Chicago, Illinois.

“They have a lot of potential and they can make anything happen for newcomers,” said Alvanna at the Lathrop High School cafeteria.

In March, Roosevelt received approval to absorb several Robert Morris University (Illinois) athletic programs, including women’s hockey. This will be the inaugural season for the program.

Alvanna was the fifth-leading scorer for the Malemutes, a mostly boys team that competes against mostly boys. A highlight for Alvanna in her lone season with Lathrop included a two-goal performance against the West Valley Wolfpack, their crosstown rivals.

“They play different than girls, they’re more aggressive,” said Alvanna on how playing against boys prepared her for the next level.

Alvanna has been skating since she was about nine-years old, playing for the Alaska Icebreakers for several years. She was invited to compete in the 2020 Arctic Winter Games before they were inevitably canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout her years on the ice, it was during sophomore season where she realized she wanted to compete at the collegiate level.

“I didn’t reach out to many colleges, but they [Roosevelt] were interested in me and I reached out to the coach and she really liked me,” added Alvanna.

Alvanna plans to study criminal justice and hopes to become a State Trooper.

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