Player Spotlight: Ricky DeRosa
After a difficult loss followed by a close win last week in Columbus against No. 10 Ohio State, Penn State looks to return to the ice this time around with confidence and come away with a win.
Let’s get to know one of the staples of the Lions’ success this season: senior forward Ricky DeRosa (Aston, Pa.).
DeRosa, a native of the Philadelphia area, has appeared in well over 100 games in the Blue & White.
As a freshman, DeRosa skated in 32 games and notched 12 points during the season, enough to place him in the top 15 Big Ten freshmen for points that season. Of those 12 points, nine of them came from a three-game scoring streak, putting him on the map as one of the best up-and-comers in the Big Ten.
In his sophomore tenure, DeRosa appeared in 31 games and secured eight points throughout the season, including the season opening goal which led to a 3-1 win for the Lions. DeRosa was also named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team.
Last year, in what was a breakout year for Penn State hockey, DeRosa became a frontrunner on the ice, appearing in all 38 games and locking in six goals and four assists. DeRosa was the team leader in game-winning goals with four. A big moment for DeRosa was scoring a goal against Michigan at the Madison Square Garden game last January.
This season, DeRosa has showed his dominance as a force to be reckoned with. He started the season with a bang by assisting the first goal of the season that would lead to the team’s epic opener (a split series) against then top-ranked Notre Dame. DeRosa also recorded a goal against the team’s massive 6-1 win against Michigan.
Prior to Penn State, DeRosa played in 135 regular-season games for the NAHL team Port Huron Fighting Falcons. DeRosa was a team captain for the 2012-13 season and was the team leader with 42 points and 26 assists. He was also named team MVP and earned his team’s leadership award to cap off his time in the NAHL.
Fans can look for number 21 skating hard and fast on the ice this weekend to secure a win against the deceptively good Spartans. Be sure to cheer loud and get your roar on at Pegula this weekend, Nittany Nation!