February 24, 2010

All-League & All-Rookie Teams Announced

ALBANY, N.Y. -- In conjunction with the beginning of the 27th annual ECAC Women's Hockey Championship, the first set of 2009-10 postseason awards was announced today by the League office.  After a nomination and voting process was conducted by the League's coaches three all-league teams and an all-rookie team were named.

Four of the League's participant teams have members on the first-team, including Colgate.  Raiders' senior forward Katie Stewart was named to the first-team.  The leader on offense for Colgate, Stewart led the League with 18 goals scored in 22 conference games.  Four of those goals were scored on the power-play, while two were of the game-winning variety.  She was also tied for fourth in overall scoring in conference action with 25 points (18g-7a). 

A member of last season's all-league second team and reigning rookie of the year, Catherine White from Cornell finds herself earning all-league first team honors for 2009-10.  After making an immediate impact as a freshman last season for the Big Red, White continued her prolific career by leading the League with 24 assists and was tied for third in overall scoring with 31 points (7g-24a).  White was a force on the team's power-play, which led the conference, by scoring 11 points on two goals and nine assists good enough to tie for the top spot in the League.

Rounding out the forward position on the League's first team is Harvard's Kate Buesser.  The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award nominee ranked second in the League in scoring with 32 points (12g-20a).  The two-time player of the week participated as an ECAC Hockey All-Star in exhibition against Team USA in January. 

Anchoring the first team all-league defense are a pair of Cornell freshmen, Laura Fortino and Lauriane Rougeau.  Fortino and Rougeau were instrumental in leading the Big Red defense which only yielded 1.18 goals per game, ranking first in League play. 

Fortino was a solid player at both ends of the ice for Cornell.  As a defender she amassed 1.09 goals per game (9g-15a-24pts), leading all freshmen in League play.  These figures were good enough for her to sit atop the defensemen scoring category as well.  She also ranked first in the League with six power-play goals and 11 power-play points (6g-5a) in 22 contests. 

The other half of the Big Red's dynamic defensive duo Rougeau also had a productive season at each end of the ice.  Rougeau finished tied for scoring overall with 18 points on seven goals and 11 assists among defenders.  Her efforts throughout the season helped her finish in the top-10 in power-play points (T-9th), short-handed points (T-4th), defenseman scoring (2nd), and freshman scoring (T-4th). 

Quinnipiac's freshman netminder Victoria Vigilanti backboned a Bobcats' defense that saw a team earn a record in conference wins (11) and earn its first postseason host position in the program's history.  Vigilanti finished the regular-season ranked first in the ECAC Hockey standings in save percentage (.957) and second in goals-against average (1.15).  She also earned 11 conference wins and recorded five shutouts.  The Woodbridge, Ontario earned ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week on four occasions this season, including the last three weeks of the regular-season.  

The League also recognized its top rookies, with defenders Fortino and Rougeau from Cornell, as well as Quinnipiac's Vigilanti leading the way on the six-player list.  Jillian Dempsey from Harvard, Quinnipiac's Heather Hughes, and Camille Dumaid from Dartmouth join the all-rookie team as forwards. 

Thirteen other student-athletes were also recognized with second-team and third-team honors.

2009-10 ECAC HOCKEY ALL-LEAGUE SELECTIONS

FIRST-TEAM ALL-LEAGUE
Forward: Catherine White, Cornell
Forward: Kate Buesser, Harvard
Forward: Katie Stewart, Colgate
Defense: Laura Fortino, Cornell
Defense: Lauriane Rougeau, Cornell
Goaltender: Victoria Vigilanti, Quinnipiac

SECOND-TEAM ALL-LEAGUE
Forward: Sarah Parsons, Dartmouth
Forward: Jenna Cunningham, Dartmouth
Forward: Britney Selina, Clarkson
Defense: Britni Smith, St. Lawrence
Defense: Carlee Eusepi, Clarkson
Goaltender: Lauren Dahm, Clarkson

THIRD-TEAM ALL-LEAGUE
Forward: Whitney Naslund, Rensselaer 
Forward: Paula Romanchuk, Princeton
Forward: Dominique Thibault, Clarkson
Defense: Laura Gersten, Rensselaer
Defense: Leanna Coskren, Harvard
Defense: Sasha Sherry, Princeton
Goaltender: Amanda Mazzotta, Cornell

ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
Forward: Jillian Dempsey, Harvard
Forward: Heather Hughes, Quinnipiac
Forward: Camille Dumais, Dartmouth
Defense: Laura Fortino, Cornell
Defense: Lauriane Rougeau, Cornell
Goaltender: Victoria Vigilanti, Quinnipiac

About ECAC Hockey
ECAC Hockey boasts elite student-athletes and teams from 12 of the nation's most prestigious institutions - Brown University, Clarkson University, Colgate University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Princeton University, Quinnipiac University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, St. Lawrence University, Union College, and Yale University.

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