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League Announces Postseason Awards

ALBANY, N.Y. -- ECAC Hockey announced the recipients of the league’s annual postseason awards at its banquet held as part of the 2013 ECAC Women's Hockey Championship weekend held at Cornell University.

Cornell, the league’s regular-season champion, showcased two student-athletes on the conference’s first team, along with coming away with three of the league’s major individual awards on the evening.

Junior Big Red forward Brianne Jenner became the third student-athlete in the program’s history to win the league’s Player of the Year Award. Teammate senior Lauriane Rougeau took home her second consecutive Best Defensive Defenseman award. Jenner and Rougeau were also named to the First Team All-League squad. Clarkson rookie defenseman Erin Ambrose was a three-time ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week (10/23/12, 10/30/12, & 2/12/13) and three-time ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Month (October, December & February) this season was tabbed with the league’s Rookie of the Year award. Ambrose earned 19 points in conference games, which led all rookies.

Also on the First Team All-League squad were Quinnipiac’s junior forward Kelly Babstock who led the Bobcats in scoring for the third straight season and Harvard’s senior forward Jillian Dempsey who paced the Crimson offense by recording 1.45 points per contest. The second blue-liner to receive First Team accolades was Amanda Boulier from St. Lawrence. The sophomore was the only defenseman to rank in the top 10 in scoring in league action this season.

Harvard’s Kalley Armstrong took home the league’s Best Defensive Forward award. She had 16 blocked shots in conference play and was a key component in helping the Crimson rank as both the league’s top defense and penalty-kill unit.

The league’s top goaltender for the second years in a row was junior netminder Erica Howe, who was the key reason for Clarkson's success this year, logging over 1300 minutes in the Knights' goal only allowing 27 goals in 22 games. A First Team All-League member she was second in the league with .947 save percentage and third in goals-against average (1.23) while recording a record of 18-4 in league action.

Doug Derraugh who guided the Big Red to their fourth consecutive regular-season title posting an 18-3-1 record, earned the league’s Coach of the Year award. Now a two-time recipient of the league’s coaching top honor Derraugh posted his fourth consecutive 20-plus win season. He reached a program milestone when he collected his 136th career-win becoming Cornell’s all-time wins leader.

Below is a complete list of 2012-13 winners:

FIRST TEAM ALL-LEAGUE
Forward        Kelly Babstock               Quinnipiac
Forward        Jillian Dempsey                Harvard
Forward        Brianne Jenner                  Cornell
Defense        Amanda Boulier            St. Lawrence
Defense        Lauriane Rougeau             Cornell
Goaltender    Erica Howe                      Clarkson

SECOND TEAM ALL-LEAGUE
Forward        Jamie Lee Rattray            Clarkson
Forward        Kelly Sabatine               St. Lawrence
Forward        Jillian Saulnier                   Cornell
Defense        Erin Ambrose                    Clarkson
Defense        Regan Boulton                 Quinnipiac
Goaltender    Victoria Vigilanti              Quinnipiac

THIRD TEAM ALL-LEAGUE
Forward        Lyndsey Fry                      Harvard
Forward        Nicole Kosta                    Quinnipiac
Forward        Carly Mercer                     Clarkson
Defense        Sarah Edney                     Harvard
Defense        Laura Fortino                     Cornell
Goaltender    Lauren Slebodnick             Cornell

ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
Forward        Alexa Gruschow                Rensselaer
Forward        Abbey McRae                  St. Lawrence
Forward        Laura Stacey                    Dartmouth
Defense        Erin Ambrose                     Clarkson    
Defense        Cassandra Poudrier             Cornell
Goaltender    Emerance Maschmeyer       Harvard

COACH OF YEAR
Doug Derraugh, Cornell

BEST DEFENSIVE DEFENSEMAN
Lauriane Rougeau, Cornell

BEST DEFENSIVE FORWARD
Kalley Armstrong, Harvard

ROOKIE OF YEAR
Erin Ambrose, Clarkson

GOALTENDER OF YEAR
Erica Howe, Clarkson

PLAYER OF YEAR
Brianne Jenner, Cornell

MANDI SCHWARTZ STUDENT-ATHLETE OF YEAR
Alyssa Zupon, Yale

TURFER ATHLETIC TROPHY
Quinnipiac