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Rochefort, Marchment commit to Nipissing

New Lakers recruits Jackie Rochefort (left) and Carly Marchment (right) with the Lakers Varsity Women's Hockey head coach Darren Turcotte.

New Lakers recruits Jackie Rochefort (left) and Carly Marchment (right) with the Lakers Varsity Women's Hockey head coach Darren Turcotte.

The Nipissing University women’s hockey team have added two more blue chip recruits as Jackie Rochefort (Ajax, ON) and Carly Marchment (Courtice, ON) have committed to attend Nipissing University in the Fall of 2013.

Rochefort a 5’5” goalie is currently in her third season with the Durham West Lightning of the Provincial Women’s Hockey League (PWHL). Rochefort currently sports a 6-1 record having played 351 minutes with a goal against average of 1.28 and save percentage of 0.926.

“I am extremely excited to be joining the Nipissing family for their inaugural OUA season,” said Rochefort.

“Nipissing offers what I am looking for, both academically and athletically and is a perfect fit for myself and my family,

"I cannot say enough good things about Nipissing and words cannot express how excited I am to be part of growing the Nipissing Lakers women's hockey program from the ground up, into a contender for years to come," added Rochefort.

Head Coach Darren Turcotte is delighted to have the tandem of Rochefort and Picard backstopping the Lakers in their inaugural campaign.

“Jackie is exactly what we were looking for in goal,” said Turcotte.

“She will be coming to Nipissing with three years of Junior experience and her numbers just keep getting better.”

Turcotte feels that both Rochefort and Picard will give the team an excellent chance to win games on a nightly basis.

Marchment a 5’9” forward will be bringing NCAA experience to the Lakers as she suited up for SUNY Oswego during the 2011-12 season. Marchment led all rookies in scoring at Oswego posting 3 goals and 7 assists in 27 games before returning to play for Durham West this season.

In 12 games played with the Lightning this season Marchment has collected 14 points on 6 goals and 8 assists.

"I ultimately chose Nipissing University because it was the right fit for me both academically and athletically," said Marchment.

"There is more stability than the NCAA and ultimately I want to win and I believe we will at Nipissing with the program they are putting together.

"I expect to bring some leadership to the team having already been at the University level at Oswego along with putting up some offensive numbers."

Turcotte believes Marchment's NCAA experience will help her be a leader in the dressing room and on the ice.

"She has natural leadership abilities," noted Turcotte.

"I have watched Carly on numerous occasions this year and I love the way she plays the game."

Turcotte is making some noise in the OUA hockey world as he has landed some heavily recruited talent that should position his team to be a very competitive program from the start.