League Announces Postseason Awards

League Announces Postseason Awards

ALBANY, N.Y. -- ECAC Hockey (@ecachockeyMWD1) announced the recipients of the league’s annual postseason awards at its banquet held as part of the 2016 ECAC Women's Hockey Championship weekend held at Quinnipiac University.

Quinnipiac, the league’s regular-season champion, and Princeton earnd three and four of the league’s major individual awards, respectively on the evening and comprised a combined four members on the league’s First Team All-League squad.

T.T. Cianfarano earned both the league’s Best Forward and Player of the Year Awards. She led ECAC Hockey in goals (17), goals per game (0.81), plus-minus (+45) and hat tricks with two on the season. The three-time ECAC Hockey Player of the Week and one-time Player of the Month finished second in the league averaging 1.29 points per game in 21 league games. Her most memorable game came on Feb. 19 as she tallied four goals and added one assist for five points in the 9-0 win over Union to help the Bobcats clinch the league’s regular-season title.

Sydney Rossman took home Goaltender of the Year honors. Rossman was a vital cog in helping the Bobcats claim their first-ever league regular-season title. She led all netminders in nearly every statistical category posting 16 league wins; recording 11 shutouts; and win percentage at .818. The Excelsior, MN native also registered an 0.80 goals-against average, only allowing 18 goals in a league-leading 1343:22 minutes in goal. The four-time ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week and two-time Goaltender of the Month made 390 saves for a league-best .956 save percentage.

Princeton’s Karlie Lund was named the league’s top rookie. She made an immediate impact in the league, becoming the first freshman to lead the league in scoring since Cornell’s Brianne Jenner topped all scorers in the 2010-11 season. She was recognized for her prolific performances throughout the season earning Rookie of the Month three times; Rookie of the Week five times; and Player of the Week on one occasion. She has tallied four game-winning goals, two game-tying goals and four power-play goals.

Teammate Kelsey Koelzer anchored both the teams’ power-play and penalty kill units. The gifted defender ranked first in scoring among her counterparts in league-play averaging 1.05 points per game on 23 points (11g & 12a), while amassing 30 points overall on 16 goals and 14 assists as the nation’s fourth-highest scoring defender. The Horsham, PA native was also second in the conference in game-winner goals, registering four. On the defensive end of the ice, Koelzer recorded 56 blocks, averaging 1.89 per game, ranking 5th in the league in blocks per game.

Coach of the Year honors went to Jeff Kampersal after guiding Princeton to 20 wins overall. This year marks the fourth time he has reached 20 wins, as the team is one win away from the program record for all-time wins. Last month, he recorded his 300th career victory and has Princeton at its highest ranking, No. 8, in the last decade.

Quinnipiac’s Kristen Tamberg earned the Mandi Schwartz Student-Athlete of the Year. The Biomedical Studies major carries a 3.92 grade point average in a demanding environment. The aspiring dentist has a true passion for life and displays an enthusiastic manner making her likable and sincere.

Below is a complete list of 2015-16 honors:

FIRST TEAM ALL-LEAGUE
Forward        Taylar Cianfarano, Quinnipiac
Forward        Karlie Lund, Princeton
Forward        Cayley Mercer, Clarkson
Defense        Kelsey Koelzer, Princeton
Defense        Erin Ambrose, Clarkson
Goaltender    Sydney Rossman, Quinnipiac

SECOND TEAM ALL-LEAGUE
Forward        Sydney Daniels, Harvard
Forward        Olivia Howe, Clarkson
Forward        Miye D'Oench, Harvard
Defense        Amanda Boulier, St. Lawrence
Defense        Kristen Tamberg, Quinnipiac
Goaltender    Emerance Maschmeyer, Harvard

THIRD TEAM ALL-LEAGUE
Forward        Nicole Kosta, Quinnipiac
Forward        Laura Stacey, Dartmouth
Forward        Emma Woods, Quinnipiac
Defense        Renata Fast, Clarkson
Defense        Michelle Picard, Harvard
Goaltender    Lovisa Selander, Rensselaer

ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
Forward        Loren Gabel, Clarkson
Forward        Karlie Lund, Princeton
Forward        Melissa Samoskevich, Quinnipiac
Defense        Micah Hart, Cornell
Defense        Stephanie Sucharda, Princeton
Goaltender    Lovisa Selander, Rensselaer

COACH OF THE YEAR
Winner is Jeff Kampersal, Princeton

BEST DEFENSEMAN
Winner is Kelsey Koelzer, Princeton

BEST FORWARD
Winner is Taylar Cianfarano, Quinnipiac

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Winner is Karlie Lund, Princeton

GOALTENDER OF THE YEAR
Winner is Sydney Rossman, Quinnipiac

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Winner is Taylar Cianfarano, Quinnipiac

MANDI SCHWARTZ STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Winner is Kristen Tamberg, Quinnipiac

SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
Winner is St. Lawrence