Dartmouth Announces Team Awards and 2009-10 Captains

Dartmouth Announces Team Awards and 2009-10 Captains

HANOVER, N.H. -- Senior captain Shannon Bowman (Leamington, Ont.) was voted the Big Green’s Most Valuable Player, while junior Jenna Cunningham (Medicine Hat, Alta.) and junior Sarah Parsons (Dover, Mass.) were both named captains for the upcoming season at the team’s banquet last week.

Bowman was the third member of the team this season to reach the 100-point milestone and was an important part of Dartmouth’s run to the ECAC Hockey Tournament title and an NCAA Tournament berth. She played in all of the Big Green’s 33 games this season and finished with 29 points, which was fifth on the team, on nine goals and 20 assists. Bowman was named to the ECAC Hockey All-Tournament Team as she earned six points on two goals and four assists, but it was her game-winner in the championship game that helped Dartmouth to the 9-1 win over Rensselaer.

Freshman Reagan Fischer (Irma, Alta.) was named the team’s Rookie of the Year after an explosive first season with 26 points on 15 goals and 11 assists. She was third on the team in power play goals with seven and helped Dartmouth in the ECAC Tournament with five points, including three points on two goals and an assist against Colgate in the deciding third-game win over the Raiders. Fischer posted eight multi-point games and recorded a season-high four points on two goals and two assists at Rensselaer on Jan. 30.

The Most Improved Player was given to sophomore Alyssa Boehm (Waterford, Conn.), who came on at the end of the season when the Big Green needed it. She joined the top line of Bowman and Parsons and might not have scored every night, but made an impact on the rest of the team. Boehm concluded the year with a career-high four goals and added an assist for five points. Her most important tally of the season came in the ECAC Hockey title game, which gave Dartmouth an early 1-0 lead.

Sophomore Amanda Trunzo (Andover, Minn.) earned Offensive Player of the Year honors after leading the Big Green with 42 points on 22 goals and 20 assists, which was fourth in ECAC Hockey. She was named honorable mention All-Ivy and All-ECAC Third Team. Trunzo also was a candidate for the Patty Kazmaier Award, given to the top player in women’s college hockey. Her 11 power play goals was tops in ECAC Hockey and fourth nationally and Trunzo the team with 17 power play points.

Senior captain Sarah Newnam (Clifton, Va.), who had her best season in a Big Green uniform, was selected as the team’s Defensive Player of the Year. She had a breakout season for the Big Green, playing in all games and setting career-highs in all offensive categories. Newnam finished with nine goals and 17 assists for 26 points and was named first team All-Ivy. She was tied for second on the team with eight goals on the man advantage and with 14 power play points. Newnam became an important piece during the run to the tournament title as she posted at least one point in seven of the final 10 games of the regular season.

The Big Green’s Unsung Hero Award was given to junior Sarah Kennedy (Jasper, Alta.), who didn’t see ice time this season due to an injury, but dressed for a majority of the games and is the definition of a team player for Dartmouth. Her role on the team has changed since arriving on campus and she has adjusted well. Kennedy is instrumental in team activities and being that spirited player on the bench during games.

The captains for next season were announced at the banquet as well and Cunningham and Parsons were selected by their teammates to represent the Big Green next year. Cunningham played in all of Dartmouth's contests and registered 13 goals and 22 assists for 35 points. She set a career-high in assists and was named first team All-Ivy and ECAC Hockey Second Team. Cunningham was third on the team with 15 points on the power play with three goals and 12 assists.

Parsons had a great season for the Big Green, especially down the stretch when the team needed it the most. She posted 12 points in the five ECAC Hockey Tournament games and earned Most Outstanding Player honors for the champions. Parsons became the second member of this year's squad to reach 100 points in a career with a goal against Union on Jan. 31. Eight of her 17 goals came on the power play, which puts her tied for second on the team in the category. She finished the season with a career-high 17 goals and posted 15 assists for 32 points.