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Union Celebrates Season, Presents Team Awards

SCOTIA, N.Y. – The 2009-10 Union College women's ice hockey team was honored Tuesday night at the Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia. The event honored lone senior Jackie Koetteritz and her teammates. Six awards were presented to six student-athletes.

Koetteritz was presented the George Morrison Most Valuable Player award and the Hana Yamasita Coaches Award winner. Junior Perri Maduri and sophomore Dania Simmonds were both presented the Most Improved Player award, sophomore Kayleigh Melia received the Unsung Hero award, freshman Alana Marcinko earned Rookie of the Year and junior Elsa Perushek received the Ashley Kilstein Community Service Award.

One of the two captains on the team, Koetteritz played all 34 contests this season, scoring four goals and one assist to combine for five points. She also led the Dutchwomen in power-play goals with three scored.

Both Maduri and Simmonds also played all 34 games this season. Last season, Maduri posted one assist and this season she scored one goal and four assists. Maduri scored the game-winning goal at Brown on Jan. 16 to give the Dutchwomen their first ECAC Hockey win in nearly five years. Simmonds also posted one assist last season and this season she posted three assists.

Melia, who recorded an assist this season, earned the Unsung Hero award for her involvement with team efforts, both on and off the ice.

In her rookie campaign, Marcinko started 25 of her 26 appearances between the pipes. She finished the season with a .908 save percentage and a 3.14 goal-against average. Marcinko has already become the first student-athlete to record the most shutouts (three) since Union moved to the Division I level in the 2003-04 season.

Perushek was heavily involved in the community service program. She has participated in numerous community events and made numerous visits to elementary schools throughout the season.