Eldridge and Connors Win WHCA National Awards

Eldridge and Connors Win WHCA National Awards

ALBANY, N.Y. - The Women’s Hockey Commissioners Association (WHCA) has released its national monthly award winners for February, and two ECAC Hockey student-athletes have been honored. Colgate’s Jessie Eldridge earns Player of the Month accolades, while Princeton’s Maggie Connors has been named Rookie of the Month.

Eldridge (Barrie, Ont.) receives this honor after pacing the nation in scoring during the month, recording 17 points on seven goals and 10 assists. She had at least one point in all eight of the teams games, helping the Raiders to a 7-0-1 mark in February. 

She’s +31 on the year, which was helped along by a +13 plus/minus rating in February. Her six multi-point games were highlighted by a four-point (2G, 2A) performance against Union on February 22. One of those goals came short-handed, where she ranks second in the nation with four short-handed goals this season.

The senior, who broke Colgate’s career points record earlier in the year, has recorded 54 points (30G, 24A) to this point in the season. 

Connors (St. John’s, N.L.) earns WHCA Rookie of the Month honors after averaging nearly two points per-game during February. 

The forward scored 10 goals this month, pacing the nations rookies and pushing her season total to 26, which also tops the country. She was especially dynamic on special teams, as five of her 10 goals came on the power-play.

Connors had five multi-point outings in the teams eight games, helping the Tigers go 4-1 in games in which she recorded a point. Her best game of the month came on February 8 at Brown, when she became the first Princeton player in over 12 years to record five points in a game, scoring four goals and dishing out an assist inn an 8-2 win.

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