Finalists Named for League’s Best Defensive Defenseman Award

Princeton's Laura Martindale (l); Harvard's Josephine Pucci (c); and Cornell's Lauriane Rougeau (r).
Princeton's Laura Martindale (l); Harvard's Josephine Pucci (c); and Cornell's Lauriane Rougeau (r).

ALBANY, N.Y. -- ECAC Hockey today announced the finalists for the 2011 Women’s Best Defensive Defenseman Award. Laura Martindale from Princeton, Josephine Pucci of Harvard, and Cornell’s Lauriane Rougeau have each been nominated for the honor by the league’s coaches. These three defenders were instrumental in leading their teams to a top-three scoring defense ranking in conference action this season.  

A four-year letterwinner at Princeton, senior defenseman Laura Martindale has appeared in over 100 games during her career with the Tigers. The co-captain has aided in back boning Princeton to the second best scoring defense in conference play this season, only surrendering 1.91 goals-per-game. Martindale has played in all key situations for the Tigers and is known as one of the hardest workers on the ice. Martindale finished a +5 on the season.

Harvard sophomore Josephine Pucci has developed into one of the Crimson’s most reliable defenders the past two season, earning a solid reputation from coaches around the league. The Pearl River, NY native has piloted the Harvard defense this season, which has only given up 1.95 goals-per-game. She is also a contributor at the other end of the ice netting eight goals and adding seven assists in 20 league contests for the Crimson. Pucci was named to the US National team roster for the Four Nations Cup and is on the preliminary roster for the IIHF World Championships.

One player who did not experience a ‘sophomore slump’ during the 2010-11 season was Cornell’s Lauriane Rougeau. For the second year in a row she helped anchor a Big Red defense that was solid all year. Rougeau was the top blueliner on the nation’s top scoring defense (0.97 G/GM), which only surrendered 20 goals in 22 league games. She led the nation in plus/minus among defenders (+43) and helped Cornell successfully stop an incredible 73 of 77 penalty kill situations (94.8%) in conference play. The two-time Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Nominee also quarterbacks the nation’s top power-play unit, which boasts a 26.4% success rate.

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