Syracuse defenseman Jessica DiGirolamo is a 2021-22 USCHO Third Team honoree for her efforts in leading the Orange to a historic season. The Mississauga, Ontario native, adds the honor to her College Hockey America Defenseman of the Year recognition.
A 2021-22 All-CHA First Team selection, DiGirolamo earned CHA All-Tournament and Battle at the Burgh All-Tournament honors this season. DiGirolamo led the league in shots per game (5.0) and was third in blocked shots (80). Five Syracuse skaters have won the CHA Best Defenseman Award, including DiGirolamo, who won it in back-to-back seasons in 2020-21 and 2021-22, Lindsay Eastwood (2019-20), Allie Munroe (2016-17 and 2018-19), Nicole Renault (2015-16) and Akane Hosoyamada (2012-13).
DiGirolamo, who won three Defenseman of the Month awards and five Defenseman of the Week honors this season, owns Syracuse career records for goals (33), assists (62) and points (95) by a defenseman, and she ranks second on the Orange career assists record list. Her 95 points is tied for seventh on the Syracuse career scoring record chart.
This season Syracuse won the CHA regular season and tournament championships for the first time in history and earned an invitation to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in program history. Syracuse won the Battle at the Burgh championship and a closed the season with a 9-2-2 mark in the final 13 games.
DiGirolamo, who earned a B.A. in communication and rhetorical studies in 2021 is working toward a certificate of advanced study in intercollegiate advising and support in the School of Education.
50 YEARS OF SYRACUSE WOMEN’S ATHLETICS
Orange alumni, fans and friends are invited to share in a year-long celebration of 50 years of Syracuse University women’s athletics. Events and special recognition of all female student-athletes who have donned the Block S to represent Syracuse University and the Athletics Department since 1971-72 will be held throughout the 2021-22 seasons. As we celebrate this history, we acknowledge those who have gone before us to set the standard we strive to achieve today so we can pave the way for the future. We reflect on the history of women in sport, admire their sacrifices, recognize their contributions and accomplishments, and honor their legacy.