Meghan Agosta (born February 12, 1987) is a women's ice hockey forward, currently playing for the Montreal Stars of the Canadian Women's Hockey League. Agosta played for theCanada women's national ice hockey team. She has represented Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin and the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, winning gold medals at both. At the 2010 Winter Olympics, Agosta was named MVP of the Women's Hockey Tournament. She has also played at the Women's World Championship three times, capturing a gold medal and two silvers.
As a freshman at Mercyhurst College in NCAA Division I hockey during the 2006–07 season, Agosta distinguished herself as the first freshman ever to be one of the top three picks for the Patty Kazmaier Award. She was also named a First Team All-American and a unanimous choice for CHA Player of the Year. Agosta led the 2008–09 Mercyhurst Lakers to the finals of the NCAA women's hockey championship and as captain that season, earned numerous accolades, including being selected as a 2009 First Team All-American, a Patty Kazmaier Award Final Three, College Hockey America Player of the Year, the CHA Three-Star Player of the Year, to the CHA All-Tournament Team, and to the Frozen Four All-Tournament Team.
Agosta first started playing hockey at age 6, switching to it from figure skating. As a teenager, Agosta participated in AAA boys hockey with the Chatham-Kent Cyclones. With the Cyclones, Agosta was part of several Alliance Championship teams. She later competed for the AA Windsor Wildcats of the Ontario Provincial Women's Hockey League. At the 2003 Canada Winter Games, she scored the winning goal for Team Ontario. One of her teammates at the Winter Games was future Olympian Haley Irwin. In addition, she played for Team Ontario Red at the National Under 18 championships in 2005, and won a gold medal. Agosta is also an accomplished inline hockey player. She won a gold medal for Canada at the 2004 World Inline Hockey Championships.
Agosta distinguished herself as a freshman at Mercyhurst College in NCAA Division I hockey during the 2006–07 season. She became the first freshman ever to make the final three for thePatty Kazmaier Award. She was also a First Team All-American and a unanimous choice for CHA Player of the Year. She helped lead Mercyhurst to its first No. 1 national ranking, though her team did not advance past the NCAA quarterfinals.
During the 2007–08 season, Meghan Agosta tied Krissy Wendell’s record for most shorthanded goals in one season with 7. By the end of the 2008–09 season, Agosta would tie Wendell's career mark with 16 shorthanded goals. She led the 2008–09 Mercyhurst Lakers women's ice hockey team to the finals of the NCAA women's hockey championship. She was captain of the Lakers that season, as she earned numerous accolades. These included being selected as a 2009 First Team All-American, a Patty Kazmaier Award Final Three, College Hockey America Player of the Year, CHA Three-Star Player of the Year, CHA All-Tournament Team, and the Frozen Four All-Tournament Team. For the month of October 2010 (her first month back to the NCAA), Agosta scored 10 goals and had 19 points. On January 21 and 22, Agosta recorded five points on two goals and three assists in a two-game sweep of Robert Morris. On January 21, she scored a goal and dished out two assists in a 6–3 win. The next day, she scored her 26th of the season while the Lakers were short-handed, and added an assist. On February 4, 2011, Meghan Agosta became the all-time leading scorer in NCAA women's hockey history with three goals and one assist in Mercyhurst College's 6–2 win over Wayne State. Wayne State goalie DeLayne Brian was the goaltender in net when Agosta broke the record. Agosta's four points gave her 286 career points, one more than ex-Harvard forward Julie Chiu's record of 285 set in 2006–07. Agosta, who also owns the record for most short-handed goals and game-winning goals, added three assists in the Lakers' 3–1 win over Wayne State on February 5. She needs six goals to surpass Nicole Corriero as the all-time NCAA goal leader. On February 25, 2011, Agosta scored her 151st career goal to become all-time leading goal scorer in NCAA history.Meghan Agosta scores
She accomplished this in a 6–2 victory over the Robert Morris Colonials women's ice hockey program at the Mercyhurst Ice Center. She surpassed Harvard's Nicole Corriero, who set the record at 150 during the 2004–05 season. The goal was scored on the power play at 15:18 of the second period with the assist going to Bailey Bram. She later added her 152nd goal in the third period. Agosta was featured in Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd feature in the February 21, 2011 issue (as recognition of becoming the all-time NCAA scorer). In 2011, Agosta was named CHA Player of the Year as well as a First Team All-CHA selection, marking the fourth time in her career she captured both accolades. On March 5, 2011, Agosta scored three goals in the CHA championship game. With the hat trick, she topped 300 points for her NCAA career as the Lakers defeated Syracuse 5–4 and captured its ninth straight College Hockey America title. On March 12, 2011, Agosta scored two goals in her final NCAA game, in what would be a 4–2 loss to the Boston university Terriers in the NCAA regional playoffs.
In the 2011–12 season, Stars forward Agosta won the Angela James Bowl while breaking the league's single-season scoring record. Her 80 points (41 goals and 39 assists) broke the previous record of 69 points held by Jayna Hefford. By winning the 2012 Clarkson Cup, she became an unofficial member of the Triple Gold Club (the accomplishment by women is not yet officially recognized by the IIHF), as she became one of only five women to win the Clarkson Cup, a gold medal in Winter Olympics, and a gold medal at the IIHF World Women's Championships. She joined Caroline Ouellette, Jenny Potter, Kim St. Pierre, and Sarah Vaillancourt.
In August 2004, she moved to Calgary to train with the national team. Agosta was an alternate for the team that finished second at the 2005 women's world championship in April. She played for the national team for the first time in August 2005 at the Four Nations Cup, and was one of the leading scorers during the exhibition phase prior to the Winter Olympics.
On her 19th birthday, during the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, she scored a hat trick for Team Canada against the Russian national women's ice hockey team. She was the youngest member of Canada's gold medal winning team in Turin.
On February 17, 2010, Meghan Agosta scored a record third Olympic hat-trick in the match against Sweden to move on to eight goals in this tournament, equalling Danielle Goyette's record for most goals in one Olympic tournament, set in 1998. Agosta went on to score 9 goals and 6 assists and two penalty minutes while helping Canada to a Gold Medal in the Vancouver Olympics. She was named tournament MVP.
In the second game of the 2011 IIHF Eight Nations Tournament, Agosta registered a hat trick and added two assists in a 14–1 triumph over Russia. On August 31, 2011, Agosta scored a hat trick as Canada lost for just the second time in 66 all-time international meetings against Sweden by a 6–4 mark. With a little over two minutes left in the third period of the 2012 IIHF Women's World Championship, Agosta scored to tie the game at 4–4. She would assist on the game winner in overtime.
Agosta also represented Canada at the 2006 World Inline Hockey Championship in Taylor, Michigan. She earned an assist in the gold medal game in a loss to the United States. Her parents names are Nino and Char. She has three siblings, Kara, Jeric and Jade. Her brother Jeric received a full scholarship to play hockey at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She is majoring in criminal justice at Mercyhurst. On August 31, 2012, Agosta married Marco Marciano, the Canadian national women's team goaltending and video coach. Marciano is also the goaltending coach of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the QMJHL.
- Vancouver 2010 Olympics, Media All-Star Team
- Vancouver 2010 Olympics, Directorate Award, Best Forward
- Vancouver 2010 Olympics, Most Valuable Player, Women's Hockey Tournament
- College Hockey America, Player of the Month, October 2010
- College Hockey America, Player of the Month, January 2011
- CHA Player of the Year (2007–2009, 2011)
- First Team All-CHA selection (2007–2009, 2011)
- 2011 CHA Tournament Most Valuable Player
- 2011 First Team All-America selection
- Finalist, Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011)
- Finalist for the Women's Sports Foundation's 2010 Sportswoman of the Year Team Award
- 2011 Top collegiate female athlete, 47th Annual Erie Charity Sports Banquet[