ALBANY, N.Y. - ECAC Hockey announced today that Quinnipiac University senior Mackenzie Lancaster has been named the recipient of the 2019 Sarah Devens Award.
Lancaster is the second Bobcat player to receive this prestigious award, following goaltender Chelsea Laden who was honored in 2015. Since it’s inception in 1997, the Sarah Devens Award has been passed out to 23 players, 22 of whom have been from ECAC Hockey Institutions.
Presented annually to a player who "demonstrates leadership and commitment both on and off the ice," the Devens Award is given as a joint honor between ECAC Hockey and Hockey East and aids a deserving student-athlete with a post-graduate scholarship of $10,000. The award is named in honor of former Dartmouth Big Green ice hockey player, Sarah Devens, who died in 1995 prior to her senior year.
Lancaster has been a model student-athlete for Quinnipiac throughout her four year collegiate career, enhancing the program with both her play on the ice, and leadership in the classroom and the community. She tied for first on the team in scoring during her senior season, registering 22 points on four goals and 18 assists. Over her four year career, she played in 133 games for the Bobcats, scoring 22 goals and adding 44 assists for 66 career points.
In the classroom, the Waxhaw, N.C. native boasts a 3.91 GPA as a Psychology major and Sociology minor, including a 3.97 mark within her major course of study. She’s also taken on a leadership role within the community, serving as her team’s community service coordinator on a number of projects. She led the charge in the “Do it for Daron” campaign, raising $1,900 for at-risk high school students, and has volunteered in a local nursing home and soup kitchen.
The senior was also recognized as the Mandi Schwartz Student-Athlete of the Year this season; the highest honor given to ECAC Hockey student-athletes that honors the player that best demonstrates excellence on and off the ice.
Past recipients of the award include: 1997 -- Kathryn Waldo (F), Northeastern; 1998 -- Sarah Hood (F), Dartmouth; 1999 -- Jamie Totten (D), Northeastern; 2000 -- Carrie Jokiel (F), New Hampshire; 2001 -- Christina Sorbara (F), Brown; 2002 -- Dianna Bell (F), Cornell; 2003 -- Rachel Barrie (G), St. Lawrence; 2004 -- Lindsay Charlebois (F), St. Lawrence; 2005 -- Nicole Corriero (F), Harvard; 2006 -- Karen Thatcher (F), Providence; 2007 -- Lindsay Williams (F), Clarkson; 2008 -- Lizzie Keady (F), Princeton; 2009; -- Marianna Locke (F), St. Lawrence; 2010 -- Laura Gersten (F), Rensselaer; 2011 -- Jackee Snikeris (G), Yale; 2012 -- Aleca Hughes (F), Yale; 2013 -- Alyssa Zupon (F), Yale; 2014 — Vanessa Gagnon (F), Clarkson; 2015 — Chelsea Laden (G), Quinnipiac; 2016 — Alison Rolandelli (D), Brown; 2017 — Paula Voorheis (G), Cornell; 2018 — Taylor Willard (D), Vermont.