ALBANY, N.Y. -- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute senior defenseman Laura Gersten has been named the winner of the 2010 Sarah Devens Award. Given as a joint award between ECAC Hockey and Hockey East, the Devens Award is presented annually to a player who "demonstrates leadership and commitment both on and off the ice."
Each conference submitted a league nominee for consideration. The winner receives a post-graduate scholarship of $10,000.
Gersten is the first Engineers’ student-athlete to receive the Devens Award. A co-captain on the ice, she has been an influential leader and outstanding role model which has made a major impact in the success of the school’s brief history in ECAC Hockey.
Gersten, a senior defenseman is attending the Lally School of Management Rank at Rensselaer. She was named Captain of RPI Women’s Hockey Team by her teammates and the coaching staff for 2009-10 season and selected as an ECAC Hockey All-Star that faced Team USA???in preparation for the 2010 Olympic Games. A member of the All-Academic Team, Gersten currently holds a GPA of 3.82 in management, while minoring in psychology.
The Queensbury, NY native is the president of International Management Honor Society whose members must be in the top 10% of their class in the business school. She has also been involved with the local community having participated in such things as, working with girls’ youth hockey teams to improve their skills on the ice, assisting in Bottle and Can Drive spearheaded by SAAC, and helping raise money for both the American Cancer Society through its Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk and Relay For Life Programs.
Gersten ranked fourth in overall scoring among defenders with 8g-14a-22pts and sixth in scoring this season among her counterparts in league action with 4g-9a-13pts. She finished her productive career on the ice playing 141 games and earning 64 points (21g & 43a).
Gersten plans on pursuing a post-graduate degree in the near future, as she has been accepted into Rensselaer’s Masters Program of Science and Management specializing in Marketing and New Product Development.
Past recipients of the award include: 1997 -- Kathryn Waldo (F), Northeastern; 1998 -- Sarah Hood (F), Dartmouth; 1999 -- Jamie Totten (D), Northeastern; 2000 -- Carrie Jokiel (F), New Hampshire; 2001 -- Christina Sorbara (F), Brown; 2002 -- Dianna Bell (F), Cornell; 2003 -- Rachel Barrie (G), St. Lawrence; 2004 -- Lindsay Charlebois (F), St. Lawrence; 2005 -- Nicole Corriero (F), Harvard; 2006 -- Karen Thatcher (F), Providence; 2007 -- Lindsay Williams (F), Clarkson; 2008 -- Lizzie Keady (F), Princeton; 2009 -- Marianna Locke (F), St. Lawrence.
Gersten will receive the 2010 Sarah Devens Award at the RPI Senior Student-Athlete Dinner Tuesday, May 11 at 7 p.m. in the Russell Sage Dining Hall on campus.
Other nominations from ECAC Hockey and Hockey East included: Brittony Chartier, St. Lawrence University, Carlee Eusepi, Clarkson University, Annie Hogan, Northeastern University, Sarah Kennedy, Dartmouth College, Jackie Koetteritz, Union College, and Kelly Paton, University of New Hampshire.
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.