ALBANY, N.Y. -- The votes have been tallied, and the 2018-19 women’s pre-season all-league team is now set, with three forwards, two defensemen, and one goaltender being honored. Defending national champion Clarkson leads the way with three selections, while Cornell follows them up with a pair, and RPI rounds out the six player team with one selection.
After winning their second consecutive national title in 2017-18, the Clarkson Golden Knights have placed three players on the pre-season All-League Team in Loren Gabel, Elizabeth Giguere, and Ella Shelton. Gabel finished last season with 42 points (22 goals, 20 assists), which tied her for second in the nation and earned her both ECAC Hockey Best Forward and Player of the Year honors. She was also one of three finalists for the Patty Kazmaier award, given to the top player in Division I women’s hockey. Giguere was not far behind her teammate, registering 40 points in route to being named Rookie of the Year for the league. Her most significant impact came during conference play, where she registered a point in 20 of 22 games for the Golden Knights. Shelton was named to the Second Team All-ECAC Hockey last season after ranking second out of all defenseman on her team in points (25). She was also named to the ECAC Hockey All-Tournament team after a strong post-season showing.
Cornell’s Kristin O’Neill and Jaime Bourbannais represent the Big Red on the All-League team after each being selected for post-season awards a year ago. O’Neill was placed on the ECAC Hockey First-Team after registering 27 points (12 goals, 15 assists), including a team-high five game winning goals. Bourbannais anchored the Cornell defense, proving herself a dynamic two-way player after registering 19 points (three goals, 16 assists), and being placed on the ECAC Hockey Second-Team.
Lovisa Selander has been named to the pre-season all-league team for the second time in her career after also being honored before her sophomore season. Last year, the 5-11 goaltender was placed on the ECAC Hockey Second-team, posting a .936 save percentage, and 2.06 goals-against-average.
The regular season will get underway on Friday, September 28th when five teams will be in action.
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