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Women's hockey: Marvin decides UND is for her

There is a long history of Marvins playing hockey at UND. Beginning in the fall of 2011, it will extend to the women's team, too. Warroad (Minn.) High School junior forward Layla Marvin has given a verbal commitment to UND, a school where her fat...

There is a long history of Marvins playing hockey at UND.

Beginning in the fall of 2011, it will extend to the women's team, too.

Warroad (Minn.) High School junior forward Layla Marvin has given a verbal commitment to UND, a school where her father and grandfather previously played.

Marvin scored the game-winning goal for the Warriors in the state championship game last month and finished her junior year with 33 goals, 51 assists and 84 points in 30 games. She earned second-team, all-state honors.

UND hockey runs deep in the family for Marvin. Her grandfather, Cal, is considered the co-founder of the Sioux men's program. Layla's father, David, played defenseman for the Sioux from 1987-91. More recently, her cousin, Lee, played on the 2005 and 2006 Frozen Four teams.

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"I know a lot of girls in Minnesota grow up dreaming to play for the Gophers," Layla said. "I grew up wanting to play for the Sioux. It's been in our family."

Layla had several other college options, including in-state schools, but didn't pursue any of them.

"I kind of had my heart set on playing at North Dakota," she said.

Marvin is the cousin of U.S. Olympian and former Minnesota standout Gigi Marvin.

Layla is the second player from Warroad's junior class to verbal to UND. Second-team, all-state goalie Shelby Amsley-Benzie previously committed to the Sioux.

The Warriors have other top prospects on their roster, too. Linemate Karley Sylvester, a junior, is a first-team, all-state pick. Freshmen Lisa Marvin, Layla's sister, and Kayla Gardner also are top-tier players.

"I wouldn't trade my linemates for anybody," Layla said.

Marvin helped Warroad win the girls state championship by scoring six goals in three games in St. Paul. The most dramatic was an even-strength tally to break a 1-1 tie with Breck with just 1:07 left in regulation. That win avenged a loss in the title game during the previous season.

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"We were a year older and more experienced," Layla said. "We were motivated, too. Our goal for next year is to get back to the state tournament and hopefully repeat."

Then, she will concentrate on her college career. Marvin said she's not sure if she will redshirt during her first year, but she'll be excited to join what she says is a program on the rise.

"I went to five or six games last year," she said. "They struggled a little bit, but the Lamoureuxs are going to completely change things. They lost a lot of one-goal games and the Lamoureuxs are the difference in every one of those."

Reach Schlossman at (701) 780-1129; (800) 477-6572, ext. 129; or send e-mail to bschlossman@gfherald.com .

Schlossman has covered college hockey for the Grand Forks Herald since 2005. He has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the top beat writer for the Herald's circulation division four times and the North Dakota sportswriter of the year once. He resides in Grand Forks. Reach him at bschlossman@gfherald.com.
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