TORONTO — Ryerson Rams women's hockey head coach Lisa Haley's busy offseason continues, with the announcement of her seventh recruit for the 2017-18 season, Melanie Camacho.
Camacho, a native of Whitby, Ont. is currently a member of the Toronto Junior Aeros of the Provincial Women's Hockey League (PWHL) and spent several years with the Etobicoke Dolphins and Whitby Wolves programs.
"Melanie is a very versatile player, capable of playing all three forward positions. She will bring speed and great offensive team play to our game," said Haley. "Mel is more of a distributor of the puck, which allows us to put her into a line combination with some players that have the ability and like to shoot the puck. As well, Mel has been recognized as a leader within her club team and we expect she will bring those same intangibles to the Rams."
Melanie was a member of last year's Aeros team that took home the silver medal in last year's PWHL Final Four, falling to the Oakville Hornets 2-1 in double overtime.
"I think that I am a great hockey player and very diverse," reflected Camacho when asked to describe herself as an athlete. "I have experience playing both forward and defence and I am able to adapt my game in my ways. I can read plays well and know where I should be and where and when support is needed."
Her skills in the arena are impressive, both with the ice in and on the floor while playing lacrosse. She played Canada's national summer sport throughout high school with the All Saints Titans in Whitby. She was also a member of Team Ontario box lacrosse in 2012, winning a silver medal at the national tournament, what Camacho calls the highlight of her athletic career so far.
"I chose Ryerson because the campus felt really welcoming and has a great environment. I felt really welcomed and a part of a great community when I went to visit," she said. "I also like the academic opportunities that they have to offer, as well as the academic requirements student-athletes [face]. I felt that Ryerson was a great fit for me both athletically and academically."
Camacho, an honour roll student throughout her four years at All Saints Catholic Secondary, will be enrolled in Ryerson's Criminology program beginning in September.
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2017-18 Women's Hockey Recruiting Class:
Julie Patricio – Defence
Brooklyn Gemmill – Forward
Olivia Giardetti – Forward
Keelin Farren – Defence
Madison Lalonde – Forward
Teagan Gartley – Defence
Melanie Camacho – Forward