Women's Hockey Holds Year-End Banquet
PRINCETON, N.J. (4/20/16) - The Princeton women's hockey team held its annual team banquet Saturday night at the Nassau Inn in Princeton. The team handed out its five yearly awards and honored its senior class of Karen MacDonald, Jaimie McDonell, Cristin Shanahan, Maddie Peake and Kimberly Newell.
The Patty Kazmaier Award was presented to MacDonald. It is given annually to the senior member of the women's hockey team who has made the greatest contribution to the program during her career and best exemplifies the following characteristics: Loyalty and devotion to Princeton Women's Hockey and determination and perseverance under adverse conditions. MacDonald skated in 30 games this season and had three assists, including one in the NCAA quarterfinal game at Minnesota
Junior Kelsey Koelzer was the recipient of the Elizabeth English Trophy. The English Trophy is presented annually to the member of the women's hockey team, voted by her teammates to be the most valuable player. It is named in honor of Elizabeth English '75, whose efforts helped to establish women's ice hockey at Princeton. The program's first first-team All-America, Koelzer was a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award. She 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 and finished the season ranked second in the nation in points per game by a defender, averaging 1.00 ppg.She finished the season with 33 points on 17 goals, with four game winners, and 13 assists and had 60 blocks and a +25 on-ice rating.
The Rookie of the Year Award was given to Karlie Lund. Falck finished her freshman campaign with 15 points on 13 assist and two goals. Lund was named both ECAC and Ivy League Rookie of the Year and was also a finalist for the ECAC Best Forward of the Year award. A first-team and all-rookie selection for both leagues, Lund was a three-time ECAC Rookie of the Month selection and six-time Rookie of the Week honoree. She led the Tigers with 39 points and finished the year ranked third nationally in rookie scoring, averaing 1.00 points per game. She tallied five game-winning goals, two game-tying goals and four power-play goals. Earning a +18 on-ice rating, she has won 63.5 percent of her face-offs.
The Unsung Hero Award was presented to McDonell. The award is given annually to the member of the women's hockey team voted by her teammates to be the team's unsung hero during the season. After missing her freshman season with an injury, McDonell finished this year leading her class in scoring with 22 points. She scored seven goals, added 15 assists, blocked 31 shots, finsihed with a +10 on-ice rating and ron 54.6 percent of her faceoffs (372-309). She was named the ECAC Player of the Week on Dec. 15.
Captains for the 2016-17 season were also announced. Koelzer will wear the "C" while Molly Contini and Fiona McKenna will be assistant captains.