Finalists Named for League’s Student-Athlete-of-the-Year Award

Laura Gersten, Rensselaer (l); Sarah Parsons, Dartmouth (c); and Randi Griffin, Harvard
Laura Gersten, Rensselaer (l); Sarah Parsons, Dartmouth (c); and Randi Griffin, Harvard

ALBANY, N.Y. -- ECAC Hockey today announced the finalists for the 2009-10 Women's Student-Athlete of the Year Award.  Laura Gersten, Rensselaer, Harvard's Randi Griffin, and Sarah Parsons of Dartmouth have each been selected as finalists for the honor by the League's coaches. 

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 teammates and 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.  She was recently accepted into RPI's Master Program of Science and Management specializing in new product development.  The Queensbury, NY native is the president of International Management Honor Society.  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 in with 7g-14a-21pts and sixth in scoring this season among her counterparts in league action with 4g-9a-13pts. 

Another finalist for the prestigious Student-Athlete Award is Randi Griffin from Harvard.  The senior forward is a Human Evolutionary Biology major currently holding a 3.60 GPA.  Griffin is a three-time ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team selection, and a 2008-09 American Women's Hockey Coaches Association National Scholar-Athlete.  On the ice she has helped Harvard win two  Hockey regular-season titles, two ECAC Hockey tournament championships, and reach the NCAA Frozen Four in 2008.  She was worked as a volunteer tutor for 4th-graders at the Cambridge After-School Program and was a recipient of a Harvard Initiative for Global Health Summer undergraduate Research Fellowship in 2009.  Griffin was recently accepted to the Child Family Health International (CFHI) service-learning program "HIV/AIDS & Healthcare in Durban, South Africa" beginning in the summer of 2010.

A true student-athlete in every way possible during her four years at Dartmouth, Sarah Parsons was also selected as a finalist for the league's award.  The Big Green  Captain maintains a 3.74 GPA and led the League in scoring (20g-20a-40-pts).  She was a member of Link-Up, a student-run group that matches incoming freshman women with female mentors from the senior class on campus.  Parsons also volunteered with the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.  She will put her economic eduction to good use having already accepted a position with a major Financial Group in New York City.  Parsons was recently named a finalist for the 13th annual Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award. 

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