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Cahow Named USOC Athlete of the Month

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- After helping Team USA defend its title at the 2009 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Women's Championship in April, Caitlin Cahow '07-08 was tabbed the U.S. Olympic Committee's Athlete of the Month, the USOC announced Friday afternoon.  In addition, the U.S. Women's National Team was named the USOC Team of the Month.

Cahow, a former Crimson All-America defender, played both forward and defense for Team USA, totaling six points on two goals and four assists in five games.  She found the back of the net twice in the gold-medal game, scoring the first goal only 24 seconds into the contest and earned Player of the Game honors for the U.S. squad. 

Former Harvard standouts Angela Ruggiero '02-04 and Julie Chu '06-07 joined Cahow on Team USA, which defeated Canada by a 4-1 margin in the gold-medal game to secure its second straight IIHF championship.  The U.S., which posted a 4-0-0-1 record in the tournament and outscored opponents 28-3 in five games, is currently ranked No. 1 in the world rankings for the first time since the system was introduced in 2004.