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 2017 ECAC Women's Hockey Championship weekend held at the CAMP Atrium on the campus of Clarkson University.

Cayley Mercer, Clarkson took home both the Best Forward and the League’s Player of the Year Award.

Mercer, a senior left wing from Exeter, Ontario, played a leading role in Clarkson winning the ECAC Hockey regular-season title this winter. The Knights, who are ranked third in the national polls, posted a 19-1-2 league record to claim the number one seed in the ECAC Hockey playoffs for the third time in the past four seasons.

An offensive threat every time she hits the ice, Mercer is a dynamic player who leads the nation in goals with 25 and is second in points with 55 through 36 games. She earned the ECAC Hockey scoring title with 42 points on 20 goals and 22 assists through 22 league games.

Mercer tallied at least one point in 29 games and posted 18 multiple-point outings. She was the league-leader in power-play points (12) and goals (6) and tied for third in conference assists (22). She tied for second in game-winning goals (5) and was third for in shorthanded tallies (2). Mercer has been named ECAC Hockey Player of the Week three times this season.

Clarkson's second all-time leading scorer, Mercer has amassed 77 goals and 94 assists for 171 career points through 155 games.  She is 10 points shy of tying 2014 Patty Kazmaier Award winner Jamie Lee Rattray as the Golden Knights' all-time leading scorer.

Rookie netminder Steph Neatby was named the league’s Goaltender of the Year. She currently sporting an 11-4-1 overall record and started Princeton on its 11-game unbeaten streak in late November.

She ranks second nationally in goals-against average (1.38) and save percentage at .953. Three of her four shutouts came in conference play this season. Logging nearly 700 minutes in league games, she only surrendered a total of 13 goals and showcased a league-best .958 save percentage.

She has made 30+ saves in seven games with a season-high and program record 60-save performance in a 3-2 triple overtime loss to Quinnipiac in postseason quarterfinal action on Feb. 24.

Her solid play was recognized throughout the season earning Goaltender of the Week honors on four occasions (Dec. 13, Jan. 3, Jan. 10 and Jan. 17); Rookie of the Week once (Dec. 13); back-to-back Goaltender of the Month honors (Dec., 2016 and Jan. 2017); and Rookie of the Month for Jan., 2017).

Cornell’s  head coach Doug Derraugh was voted the league’s Coach of the Year after guiding the Big Red to a 13-4-5 record, third-best in the conference. He has spent 12 seasons at his alma mater bring the Cornell program to its place among the nation’s elite.

Derraugh guided the Big Red to their 10th straight ECAC Hockey postseason appearance, seeking their fifth tournament title in program history this weekend. Possessing a balanced overall attack, the Big Red would win 19 overall games recording a 11-3-4 record in the 2017 calendar year, vaulting them into the national rankings for the last two months of the season. As a team, Cornell hit the 550 win-mark on Jan. 20 against Clarkson (221 of which have come under Derraugh).

Freshman forward Carly Bullock was selected ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year at leading all league rookies in goals with 18 and ranked second in conference games with 22 points. The Eden Prairie, Minn. native finished tops among all freshmen recording four power-play goals and five game-winning goals in 22 league games during the 2016-17 campaign. Bullock also recorded two hat tricks during conference play during the month of January. The Tigers are 10-3-0 in overall contests when Bullock scores a goal, as she currently boasts a plus/minus rating of +23. She also was tabbed with the league’s Rookie of the Week honors on five occasions this season (Nov. 22, Nov. 29, Jan. 10, Jan. 17, and Feb. 7)  and was named Player of the Week on Jan. 3 helping the Tigers to a mid-season 11-game unbeaten stretch (9-0-2).

The coaches voted Clarkson’s Savannah Harmon as the top defender. She was tied atop ECAC Hockey scoring defenders with 22 points (5 goals and 17 assists) in league action, and tied for first in Division I in overall points with 30 (8 goals, 22 assists) through 34 games. The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award nominee recorded the best plus/minus in league play among conference defenders (+26). She ranked tied for sixth in the conference with assists (17) and tied for third in league with power-play points (10). The junior co-captain led the Golden Knights to their second ECAC Hockey regular-season title in the last four season and anchored a solid defense which ranked third in the conference allowing only 1.45 goals per game. She recorded at least one point in 15 of 22 league games, including 5 multiple-point outings in conference action.

Cornell’s goaltender Paula Voorheis was named the Mandi Schwartz Student-Athlete of the Year Award winner. Boasting a 3.83 grade point average, Voorheis is majoring in Biology and Society with a minor in Nutrition and Health.

She played a major role for the Big Red exemplifying leadership on the ice, recording a 1.81 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage, while earning a record of 9-6-3 in conference action.

Not only an assist in the locker room, but also to the larger community, helping out with such projects as Do It for Daron and Bridges to the Community.

She recently interned at the Royal Victoria Health Center where she helps run the logistics for charitable activities of the foundation in Toronto. She has also been a part of a multi-year port doing research on focusing on various graphic warning labels on cigarette packages inflating beliefs and attitudes about the harms of smoking among youth and adult smokers. She has been spent identifying possible sites for recruitment and documenting this process.

Voorheis is also a member of Cornell’s 400 Club, who earned a 4.00 or higher in a given semester.

Below is a complete list of 2016-17 honors:
FIRST TEAM ALL-LEAGUE
Forward        Kennedy Marchment, St. Lawrence
Forward        Cayley Mercer, Clarkson
Forward        Brooke Webster, St. Lawrence
Defense        Savannah Harmon    Clarkson
Defense        Micah Hart, Cornell
Goaltender    Steph Neatby, Princeton

SECOND TEAM ALL-LEAGUE
Forward        Genevieve Bannon, Clarkson
Forward        Karlie Lund, Princeton
Forward        Hannah Miller, St. Lawrence
Defense        Kelsey Koelzer, Princeton
Defense        Kirsten Padalis, St. Lawrence
Goaltender    Grace Harrison, St. Lawrence

THIRD TEAM ALL-LEAGUE
Forward        Hanna Bunton, Cornell
Forward        Jessie Eldridge, Colgate
Forward        Phoebe Staenz, Yale
Defense        Taryn Baumgardt, Quinnipiac
Defense        Ella Shelton, Clarkson
Goaltender    Shea Tiley, Clarkson

ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
Forward        Carly Bullock, Princeton
Forward        Kristin O'Neill, Cornell
Forward        Michaela Pejzlova, Clarkson
Defense        Jaime Bourbonnais, Cornell     
Defense        Ella Shelton, Clarkson
Goaltender    Steph Neatby, Princeton

COACH OF YEAR
Winner is Doug Derraugh, Cornell

BEST DEFENSEMAN
Winner is Savannah Harmon, Clarkson

BEST FORWARD
Winner is Cayley Mercer, Clarkson

ROOKIE OF YEAR
Winner is Carly Bullock, Princeton

GOALTENDER OF YEAR
Winner is Steph Neatby, Princeton

PLAYER OF YEAR
Winner is Cayley Mercer, Clarkson

MANDI SCHWARTZ STUDENT-ATHLETE OF YEAR
Winner is Paula Voorheis, Cornell