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Koelzer Named Princeton's First First-Team All-America

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 03/17/2016
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DURHAM, N.H. (3/17/16) - The American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) named Princeton junior defender Kelsey Koelzer a first-team 2016 CCM Division I Women's Ice Hockey All-America.

DURHAM, NH — Nine players competing for an NCAA Women's National Collegiate Ice Hockey Championship at the University of New Hampshire this weekend have been honored as 2016 CCM DIVISION I WOMEN'S ICE HOCKEY ALLAMERICANS, it was announced today by the American Hockey Coaches Association. NCAA semifinalists Boston College, Minnesota and Wisconsin each have three selections, followed by one each from Connecticut, Northeastern and Princeton.

- See more at: http://ahcahockey.com/news/1516/0317w1aa.php#sthash.UzqoHKOG.dpuf

DURHAM, NH — Nine players competing for an NCAA Women's National Collegiate Ice Hockey Championship at the University of New Hampshire this weekend have been honored as 2016 CCM DIVISION I WOMEN'S ICE HOCKEY ALLAMERICANS, it was announced today by the American Hockey Coaches Association. NCAA semifinalists Boston College, Minnesota and Wisconsin each have three selections, followed by one each from Connecticut, Northeastern and Princeton.

- See more at: http://ahcahockey.com/news/1516/0317w1aa.php#sthash.UzqoHKOG.dpuf

Koelzer is the first first-team All-America in Princeton women's hockey history. She joins fellow defender Sasha Sherry '11, a 2009 second-team All-America, in the Princeton history books for the prestigious honor.

"We are so proud of Kelsey," Princeton head coach Jeff Kampersal said. "She is the first Tiger to be recognized as a first-team All-American. Kelsey worked hard every practice with coach Cara Morey to improve her overall game as a defender. She had a dominant year, scored numerous big goals, while playing solid defense. It was really fun to watch her play this year."

A Patty Kazmaier top-10 finalist, Koelzer was named the ECAC Best Defender of the Year, was a finalist for the league's Player of the Year and was named the Ivy League Player of the Year. She was named first-team all-ECAC and all-Ivy League. A two-time ECAC Player of the Week honoree this season, Koelzer sparked the Tigers at both ends of the ice and anchored both the power-play and penalty-killing units.

Koelzer ranks second in the nation in points per game by a defender, averaging 1.00 ppg and 31st amongst all players. Koelzer net four game-winning goals for the Tigers this season and finished with a +25 on-ice rating. She finished the season with 33 points on 17 goals and 13 assists and had 60 blocks.

Princeton won the Ivy League title this season and reached the NCAA quarterfinals as the No. 3 seed in the ECAC Hockey Tournament. The team set a program record for 22 wins in a season and set the program's longest win streak with 16 straight victories.

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