The following article was posted on www.thehockeynews.com on Wednesday, April 3 featuring former RPI goaltender Lovisa Selander.
By Jared Clinton.
One thousand, five hundred and sixty-two pounds.
At six ounces per puck, and 16 ounces per pound, that’s how much rubber Lovisa Selander kicked aside throughout her four-year stay at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her 4,167 saves set the all-time NCAA record for women’s hockey, eclipsing Nicole Hensley’s unofficial record of 4,094 saves and pushing Selander well clear of the 3,809 stops Brianne McLaughlin made to own the official mark. Measured against the entire field, men’s and women’s netminders, only Robbie Moore’s 4,434 saves exceed Selander’s total.
“It does sound like a lot,” Selander laughed. “Some weekends you look back and you feel a little tired on a Monday, and my teammates are like, ‘Yeah, you got a lot of shots against you.’”
Talk about an understatement. This past season, Selander faced an NCAA-high 1,308 shots and turned aside 1,232 throughout the campaign, the third-highest single-season total in league history. And despite her workload, Selander posted a career-best .942 save percentage. By no means was that a one-off performance, though. Her career .933 SP on nearly 4,500 shots puts some serious weight behind the assertion that her tenure has been one of the best in college hockey history.
What makes Selander, 23, a unique netminder is her combination of size, skill and smarts. At 5-foot-11, she is one of the rangier keepers in the college ranks. Add her skates and equipment to the equation and she covers a lot of net. Then comes the raw ability, the quickness and agility she showcases when stymying opposing shooters. And then there’s the mental aspects, such as her ability to read the play and her pure poise. Though, said RPI assistant Tara Connolly, a former goaltender and Selander’s goaltending coach, her cool-headedness wasn’t always a positive attribute.
“Everything is always a double-edged sword,” Connolly said. “Your greatest strength is sometimes your weakness, and we found that she was so poised that we had to get a little more battle into her on pucks around the crease and covering and things like that because she is so patient and a lot of the play comes to her.”
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