April 24, 2010

Selina Named Clarkson MVP

Honoring the Golden Knights for the finest season in their seven-year history, the Clarkson Women’s Hockey team held its annual Awards Banquet on Friday evening. Senior captain Britney Selina (Thornhill, ONT) was named the Knights’ Most Valuable Player highlighting the ceremony.

Sophomore defenseman Danielle Boudreau (Whitby, ONT) was honored as the Coaches Award winner, while freshman Hailey Wood (Lethbridge, ALB) was selected Clarkson’s Rookie of the Year.

Clarkson also paid tribute to the Class of 2010. Selina along with classmates Carlee Eusepi (Oakville, ONT), Genevieve Lavoie (Delson, QUE), Ashleigh Moorehead (Clinton, NY), Tegan Schroeder (Lumsden, SASK), and Dominique Thibault (L’Orignal, ONT) helped Clarkson compile 81 victories from 2006-2010, including two 20+win campaigns (2007-08, 2009-10), four appearances in the ECAC Hockey playoffs, including a pair of championship tournament showings in 2008 and 2010, and the program’s first ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament this past season.

ReCap of 2009-10 Season (pdf file)

Guided by second-year co-head coaches Shannon and Matt Desrosiers, Clarkson skated to a 23-12-5 overall record, and finished second in ECAC Hockey with a 14-5-3 league mark. The Golden Knights were regarded among the top teams in the country throughout the season, ranked as high as number two in the national polls, and made the program’s first ever NCAA Tournament appearance, qualifying as an at-large selection in the prestigious eight-team tourney.

The Green and Gold enjoyed a memorable postseason run, starting with their first ever playoff victories over archrival St. Lawrence in the ECAC quarterfinal round. After dispatching the Saints 2-1 (5-0, 1-2, 4-1) in the opening series at Cheel Arena, the Knights took down perennial powerhouse Harvard with a 3-2 win in the conference semifinals held in Potsdam. Clarkson came up just short in its bid for the ECAC Tournament Championship, falling to Cornell 4-3 in overtime in Ithaca. The Knights made an impressive showing in their first NCAA Tournament game, rallying from a 2-0 deficit to force overtime against Minnesota. Although Clarkson fell in the extra session, 3-2 on the Gophers’ home ice, the Knights left with their heads held high.

The Golden Knights’ leader, Selina was the catalyst to the most successful season in Clarkson’s history. The veteran center, led a well-balanced Green and Gold squad, recording 36 points, including a team-high 26 assists. Selina posted a plus-minus rating of +20 and was named ECAC Hockey’s Best Defensive Forward along with earning conference second-team all-star honors. Selina graduates as Clarkson’s most prolific scorer, recording 148 points on 50 goals and 98 assists through 148 career games.

An unselfish team player, Boudreau, who played at forward in 2008-09, moved back on defense this year to help shore up the Clarkson blueline. With her solid play, the Knights boasted one of the stingiest defenses in the nation, allowing only 1.73 goals per game. Boudreau played her best hockey down the stretch and was a key contributor to the Knights’ postseason success. She recorded three points in the playoffs, including her first career multiple-point game with two assists against Cornell in the ECAC Championship contest. Boudreau recorded six points, including two goals, playing in all 40 games.

Wood was a steady force as Clarkson’s lone rookie on defense. A tenacious defensive-defenseman, she played in all 40 games and tallied seven points, including six assists, along with posting a +8 plus/minus rating. Her first collegiate goal came in the Knights’ 3-2 overtime triumph at Yale.

Clarkson also selected junior Courtney Olson (Brunswick, GA) as the inaugural Ron Frazier Award recipient. Named in tribute to Clarkson Women's Hockey's first coach, the honor is presented to a player who has proven to elevate her game in key situations and who has made significant contributions to the team’s success. A defenseman, Olson fought through injuries to played in 39 games and recorded four points (1-3) and a +12 rating.

Eusepi and junior Caitlin Oleksa (Battle Creek, MI) were recipients on the Booster Club’s Unsung Hero Award. The award is present to the player(s) who always puts the team first and serves as an excellent role model to her teammates and the community.