ALBANY, N.Y. -- ECAC Hockey today announced the finalists for the 2009-10 Women’s Best Defensive Forward Award presented by Gladiator Custom Mouthguards. Sarah Parsons, Dartmouth; Britney Selina, Clarkson; Allison Wright, Rensselaer; and Cornell’s Liz Zorn have been nominated as finalists for the honor by the League’s coaches.
One of the all-around leaders for Dartmouth, Sarah Parsons has been a solid player at both ends of the ice for the Big Green during her four seasons in Hanover. Parson, a senior co-captain, not only has led Dartmouth in all offensive categories with 20 goals and 20 assists for 40 points, but has been the team's best defensive player during her career. She has led the team every year in blocked shots, often was seen playing both forward and defense on Dartmouth's special teams, and was the first player that was always looked to when the Big Green was facing a two-person down situation. Parsons was recently named a finalist for the 13th annual Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award.
A solid two-way player at Clarkson, senior Britney Selina is not only the Golden Knights' all-time leading scorer, but arguably the team's best defensive player as well during her career. The senior captain was characterized this season as strong, tough, and developed a work ethic that was second to none. Her genuine character has earned the respect of teammates and coaches. She was often look to lead the team's penalty-kill unit which only surrendered 11 goals this season.
Another impactful forward at both ends of the ice this season was Allison Wright, who not only posted prolific numbers on the offensive end of the ice with 12 goals and 13 assists for 25 points, but made her presence known on the defensive end of the ice, helping Rensselaer yield under two goals per game in League play. The senior forward, along with teammate Whitney Naslund, currently hold the program's record for games played in a career (140). The Oakville, ONT native is one of the team leaders in blocked shots and helped the Engineers to a top-three ranking in the penalty-kill category in League action this season.
Rounding out the finalists is senior captain Liz Zorn. Zorn plays a significant role on Cornell's penalty-killing unit which is on the verge of snapping the NCAA record for highest penalty-killing percentage in a season. The Big Red has killed off 96.3 percent of opponents' power-plays this season, which is above the NCAA record of 95.7 percent, set by Harvard in 2003. That year, Harvard allowed just five goals in 117 chances. The Big Red this season has allowed just four goals in 108 opportunitys. Zorn has helped Cornell's defense post a shutout in five of its last eight games.