What does North­eastern women’s hockey standout Flo­rence Schelling have in common with the likes of pro­fes­sional sports super­stars Tiger Woods, Paul Pierce and Ben Roethlisberger?

Each has been fea­tured in Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd” for their spec­tac­ular ama­teur ath­letic achievements.

The 5-​​foot-​​8-​​inch freshman goalie, with four wins in six games, a stingy 1.15 goals against average and a nation-​​leading .964 save per­centage, was hon­ored in this week’s edi­tion of the pop­ular sports mag­a­zine. In her first season with the Huskies, Schelling has been named Hockey East Rookie of the Month, Rookie of the Week and Defen­sive Player of the Week.

It’s really an honor to be one of the ‘Faces in the Crowd, ’” Schelling said. “It tells me that I am doing some­thing right and that I am on the right track … On the other hand, I have not reached the peak of my per­for­mance; there are always improve­ments to make.”

Schelling played goalie on the Swiss national team for the pre­vious five sea­sons and com­peted at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, as well as in three World Cham­pi­onships. She is a two-​​time Swiss MVP and was named 2007 Swiss Woman of the Year.

She calls playing goalie at North­eastern a “com­pletely dif­ferent” and incom­pa­rable expe­ri­ence to playing on the Swiss national team.

On the national team I was more aware of how the other teams played; I knew many of the players and their strengths. As a freshman at North­eastern I have never played against any of the teams before and every­thing is totally new,” she said.

Get­ting used to playing at the col­le­giate level, though, has not hurt her per­for­mance.
“My season started very well, and I am very happy having won so many games,” she added.

By Jason Kornwitz