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2020 Award Nominees

DIVISION II

New Player of the Year

This is a player you would like to recognize who has never played hockey until THIS season (not all teams will have a new player and that’s OK)

 

School Name (Team)

Player Name

(First and Last)

Class Year

Position

Please describe your reason for this nomination. Why does this player deserve recognition?

 

University of Maryland

 

Abby Bollinger

 

Sophomore

 

N/A

Abby joined the team after never having played in her life. She attended practices diligently and always tried her best to learn and improve.

 

University of Pennsylvania

 

Lasya Sreepada

 

PHD candidate

 

Forward

 

Lasya came to us as a PHD candidate and was very dedicated to the team and sport from the beginning. She has worked very hard in all aspects of the game, from off ice and stick handling practice to her skating and positional play.  She has gone the extra mile by attending public skating and open hockey sessions in her free time and on weekends to work on and develop her skating. 

In addition to her dedication in hockey, she has been impressive in her dedication to her medical research on concussions, PTSD and Alzheimer's disease as well as continuing to help on the previous research she was doing on CTE at Harvard, along with her current research.

Montclair state University

Amber Astalos

Fresh

Goalie

Amber volunteered to play goalie for us when we had no to play that position. she picked up equipment and worked extremely hard week by week to get better. Our season would have been lost without her.

 

West Virginia University

 

Chloe Chipman

 

2023

 

Forward

Chloe had never skated before and immediately went into playing hockey for the first time this year and has had the best attitude about it. She absolutely fell head over heels with the sport and only wants to improve. She enjoys the team and sport so much that she has cried when she missed practices due to oversleeping. Not only that, she had bronchitis during the season and desperately wanted to go on the road with us but we had to almost restrain her from getting in the car with us. Chloe loves the sport almost as much as the players who have played their whole lives and she has been playing for less than a year.

 

Rookie of the Year

This is a player brand new to the league this season, who made a huge impact on their team

School Name (Team)

Player Name

(First and Last)

Class Year

Position

Please describe your reason for this nomination. Why does this player deserve recognition?

 

University of Maryland

 

Allie Vance

 

Freshman

 

Defense

 She is a bright light on the team, always smiling and laughing. Despite playing defense, she has been able to earn 8 points for her team this season, 7 of these being assists. She is always there for her team on the ice, backing up her offense and providing support when needed. While being one of the newer players, Allie has stepped up to the challenge, and our team would certainly not have done so well without her.

 

University of Pennsylvania

 

 

Lochlanh March

Freshman

 

CENTER

 

Lochlanh joined our team this season and was very quick to

Become a leader. She has been very willing to do what has been asked of her, including stepping in during practices on defense, and being very helpful to all players. She has mentored our new players. She took on the responsibility of having numerous wingers with her, in a positive and beneficial way for the team and her line.   In addition, she has been very positive in the room, and her teammates. It has been a pleasure for everyone to have her on the team.

West Virginia University

 

Alexa Rummel

 

2022

 

Goalie

Our starting goalie was injured and Alexa had never strapped on goalie pads and stepped up for the team when she had never put on skates. She honestly gave our team a fighting chance this season for defending us between the pipes when no one else wanted to do that job. Sure, we could have played with no goalie, but having Alexa in net was definitely a peace of mind.

 

West Chester University

 

Hanaa Belgrave

 

Sophmore

D/F

 

 This was Hanaa’s first year playing for West Chester. She had never played defense before coming here, and when our coach switched up her position because of our short numbers, she picked up the position quickly and effectively. She was eager to learn and improve her skills and positioning throughout the season and her improvement was phenomenal.

 

Rowan University

 

Alexa Renzo

 

Freshman

 

F/D

Alexa has moved back and forth from O & D before finding her permanent home on Defense. She has 37 points in the DVCHC and is a great ball of energy on and off the ice.

 

Sportswoman of the Year

This is a player who is a shining star of sportsmanship; someone who cheers for or even tutors another team’s goalie during a game; who leads by example; who is a good sport on and off the ice with both their own team and competitors

School Name (Team)

Player Name

(First and Last)

Class Year

Position

Please describe your reason for this nomination. Why does this player deserve recognition?

 

University of Maryland

 

Aya Gandolfo

Senior

 

Center

 

Aya served as the team captain and president. She helped new players and offered encouraging advice to more experienced players too. 

 

UPenn

 

Joanna Fisch

 

2024

 

Forward/Defense

 Joanna was injured for the first part of our season, but fully supported the team while she was. She was our scorekeeper, which helped us out tremendously, but also supported both teams as she came to every game. She was everyone’s #1 fan and continued to be when she was able to play again.

Montclair State University

Hope McGiveny

Junior

All

Hope is an outstanding individual who is always there to help her teammates. she is friendly to everyone and acts like an assistant coach at practices.Wether its helping the goalie with her pads or demonstrating drills to the new players. She is simply the best.

 

West Virginia University

 

Abby Lewis

 

2023

 

Forward

Abby is one of our quiet leaders on the team and that is understandable when you’re a freshman on the team. She is always offering newer players help during practices and offering guidance when players don’t understand the drill of their position. Abby has a fantastic moral compass and the maturity of a senior on the team. She is always making sure everyone is treated equally on and off the ice and will always have other players back, again, off and on the ice.

Rowan

Erin Campbell

Sophomore

Forward

Erin is a true star of sportsmanship. She leads by example on and off the ice. With her contagious, positive and fun attitude Erin is sure to make new friends wherever she goesand against whomever we play.

 

Student-Athlete of the Year

This is a player who juggles being a leader on the ice, in the classroom, and in their community; who challenges themselves and excels academically, while remaining a committed and involved member of their team and other activities they care about.

School Name (Team)

Player Name

(First and Last)

Class Year

Position

Please describe your reason for this nomination. Why does this player deserve recognition?

 

University of Maryland

 

Aya Gandolfo

 

Senior

 

Center

Aya is graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering with a job already lined up. She has no doubt worked extremely hard to earn a spot in such a competitive field. Despite her intense academic schedule, she is always doing work for the team, communicating with the league and getting all of the necessary items completed. 

 

UPenn

 

Rosie Murphy

 

2021

 

Forward/Defense

 Rosie was new the team this year, but immediately proved to be an asset. She was strong both as a forward and saved us on defense when we were low in numbers. Rosie is an electrical engineer and was taking some of the hardest courses at Penn this semester. She is someone, who despite not having time for hockey, made time because of her passion for the sport. She definitely excels academically and deserves this award for making time for the team and showing everyone how to balance both sports and academics.

 

West Virginia University

 

Jessica Leonard

 

2023

 

Forward

Jess is an aerospace engineering major and never lacked to miss practices or team events or games yet always puts her schoolwork first. We give Jess so much credit because none of us could be an engineering major and also be a part of a very involved club sport. Jess is so class involved that she even told our team captain that she may miss a couple of things due to school at the beginning of the semester, however she was at every hockey event and continued to excel with her studies.

West Chester University

 

 

Jada McBride

 

Senior

 

D/F

 As the treasurer and the captain, she was a great leader on and off the ice. She also coaches for her high school team and has two majors and three minors. She never missed a practice or team event and still maintains her grades.

 

Rowan

 

Amanda Pietz

 

Freshman

 

Forward

Amanda is a coach’s dream player. She finished her first college semester as a student athlete with a 4.0 GPA. She manages academics and athletics without a sweat. She shows up on time, gives 100% to every shift, and pushes everyone else around her to do the same.

 

Outstanding Defensewoman

This is a defensive player who deserves recognition for their contributions to their team

School Name (Team)

Player Name

(First and Last)

Class Year

Position

Please describe your reason for this nomination. Why does this player deserve recognition?

 

University of Maryland

 

Amy Morin

 

Graduate Student

 

Defense

 Amy might easily be the most talented player on the team, but she would never admit this herself. Her skills are unmatched, and she could easily dominate at offense. She is always setting up her teammates, earning 9 assists, while occasionally taking matters into her own hands and scoring 6 goals herself. Anyone who has seen Amy play should know how much she deserves this award. She is a leader both on and off of the ice and one of the most humble people.

 

University of Pennsylvania

 

 

Olivia Podos

Senior Economics

Defense

 

When Olivia is on the ice, everyone feels more relaxed. She is very responsible in our defensive end, and always thinks of ways to help had support her goalie.  She is always hard working and thinking of ways to improve and help the team. Olivia also uses her incredible skating, puck handling and shooting ability to be a constant offensive threat and has lead our team as our most effective player on power play scoring several important goals from the point, none bigger than the game winning goal on the power play in our comeback win against West Chester. Beside helping with scoring, using her abilities to move the puck, and excellent passing, Olivia does an amazing job of keeping the puck in the far end, and away from her own goal, giving her goaltenders time to catch their breathe.  Off the ice Olivia has served as a team officer and liaison to the Club Sports office at Penn, assisting with scheduling transportation, games and managing the team budget. She has served as a leader both on and off the ice since she joined the team four years ago and will be greatly missed by her teammates and coaches.

Montclair State University

Hope McGiveny

Junior

Mostly Def

Hope was a player that played defense for us most of the year. Sometimes she never got to take a break during games because of our short bench. Hope was one of the strongest players on defense in our league

West Virginia University

 

Kadyrose Newman

 

2021

 

Defense

At the start of the season we had to decide who would play defense as we only had so many veteran players. We ended up having only three defenders the entire season and Kady was one of them that stepped up. Kady is a true forward but made a sacrifice to play a position she is not comfortable with for the well being of the team. While defending our goalie she was also able to get the most assists of any of our defenders and the second most assists overall on the team. All of our defenders stood tall this season and blocked more shots than our actual goalie did, Kady would know with taking shots to every part of her body and the bruises to show for it. Kady is also one of our assistant captains this

season.

West Chester University

 

Cheyenne Carlo

 

Junior

 

D/F

 

Cheyenne served as an outstanding defenseman, although half the year she played forward. Her coach moved her out of her comfort zone to forward in order to generate more offensive chances, but she still made sure that defense came first by back checking, blocking shots, clearing the net.

 

Rowan

 

Gia Caruso

 

Freshman

 

Defense

Gia is one of the best defensive players in the ACHA as a true freshman. She runs the top of our power play and is top 5 in all points’ categories for defensemen in the ACHA.

Loyola Univ. Maryland

Catherine Wilk

Junior

D

Cat leads our program in assists and there is no question why – she is a strong defensive player that can break out the puck to her own team, and is always looking to set up her teammates for goals in the offensive zone. She has the most assists any player has ever earned in Loyola Maryland’s six seasons as a team, and looking at the ACHA stats for this season, she was only beat out by THREE other defensive players in the division for assists this season. She is a confident defensive player, and in turn, makes the rest of the team play stronger.

 

Most Valuable Player

This is a team’s most valuable player – the one a team couldn’t have survived without this season

 

School Name (Team)

Player Name

(First and Last)

Class Year

Position

Please describe your reason for this nomination. Why does this player deserve recognition?

UPenn

 

Aoi Wakabayahi

 

2022

 

Goalie/Forward

 

 Aoi is a relatively new player. She doesn’t hold the record for the most goals, and she isn’t an outstanding defense woman, but without her, the team would have struggled tremendously. Aoi has an extraordinary attitude and for the first half of the season, she stepped up and played goalie for us when we didn’t have one. Aoi was completely new to goalie but deserves this nomination for MVP more than anyone on the team. Without her, the team wouldn’t have known what to do.

Montclair State University

Paula Bush

Senior

Center

paula was another player that most games didn’t come of the ice. She was our leading scorer with 28 goals and 11 assists. Without her we wouldn’t have been remotely competitive this season.

West Virginia University

 

Samantha Miller

2022

 

Forward

Sam is our most skilled forward on the team. She led the team with goals and points and was third overall in points for the DVCHC as well. We could always count on Sam to put us up on the board even if we were down by five goals, Sam would find a way to put the puck in the back of the net.She wasn’t just a goal scorer, she was also a play maker. Sam worked really well at creating time and space especially when working with her captain on the ice. As a team, we would have had half the amount of goals scored without Sam on the team. Not only is Sam a great hockey player, she also juggles playing on the WVU club rugby team. Sam isn’t just a hockey player, she is a true athlete.

West Chester University

 

Jasmine Martinez

 

Sophomore

 

F

 

 Not only did she lead our team in goals, she also is 3rd in the ACHA in points. Jasmine helped keep a positive energy on the ice and in the locker room. She also was a major playmaker during games when she would rush the puck and create plays in front of the net.

 

Rowan

 

Cassie Gravelle

 

Junior

 

Forward

Cassandra has headed the Profs rise to the #1 ranked team in the ACHA Southeast Region and a perfect regular season that includs a DVCHC Championship. She leads the ACHA in all of goals (45), assists (37) and points (82). She pushes everyone around her to play to the best of their abilities and stay hype for the full 60 minutes.

Loyola Univ. Maryland

Jess Chicko

Junior

Forward

Jessica led the ACHA in goals as a freshman and missed time with an injury as a sophomore, but returned to be one of the league’s most impactful players in 2019. Her goal-scoring prowess and leadership on and off the ice combined to help Loyola to a school-record 12-win season, and she surged at the end of the season to become the team’s all-time leading scorer with a full year to spare. Jessica has been a major part of growing the Loyola team into what she is today because teams thrive when

their hardest-working players are also their best players. That’s what Jessica provides to Loyola.

 

DVCHC Founders Award

This award recognizes “dedicated service to team, league, sport”. We all have great leaders who work hard for the team, but this is something more. This award is for those who have furthered women’s hockey on campus and beyond. Started or saved a team. They’ve represented the game in the community, the league, or elsewhere. This player must be finishing their FINAL year of school.

School Name (Team)

Player Name

(First and Last)

Class Year

Position

Please describe your reason for this nomination. Why does this player deserve recognition?

 

University of Maryland

 

Megan Bentley

 

Senior

 

Goalie

Megan was the heart and soul of the team and really stepped up when we needed her. She was not expecting to be the starting goalie this season, but due to some emergency situations she assumed the role and did amazing.

University of Pennsylvania

Hannah Harootian

 

Senior Nursing

 

Wing/ Center

 

 Hannah was one of our captains this year, and it is an understatement to say she was the most dedicated to the team. As captain, she went above and beyond to ensure that the team was in shape, was bonding, and was ready for anything. We had a few rough spots this year, and without Hannah the team would have fallen apart. Hannah only started hockey 4 years ago and while she’s improved at the sport tremendously, she also became a leader. As an extremely caring person, Hannah took it upon herself to make sure that all of our players were happy on the ice and in school. She even offered to help tutor girls that were struggling to balance sports and academics. If anyone on the team deserves an award, its Hannah.

 

Hannah has taken the lead in numerous aspects this season.  She has stepped in to a situation where we had issues from a very late start to practice, due to the rink being rebuilt, needing to get most of our equipment professionally cleaned and then rebuilding a team that has had a large turn over with players graduating.

 

Hannah has helped to keep the team organized, while showing grace and determination.  She has helped to set the team on a strong footing, which will benefit the team for the future.

 

West Virginia University

 

Ashley Osborne

 

2020

 

Defense

Ashley is our founder, president and captain of the WVU team. She single handedly created the West Virginia Women’s club hockey team from the ground up. She cultivated a whole hockey program by herself within a couple months while also taking on 18 course credits. She had just transferred to the university and made the program just in her second semester at WVU. Ashley was able to find an advisor for the club, get the team ice time, communicate with the ACHA and DVCHC and find players through her determination to be able to play competitive hockey again. Her ultimate goal and mentality for the team is to have fun. Her reasoning for making the team and allowing anyone to play is that she wants women to fall in love with hockey just as she had, 16 years ago in her hometown just outside of Boston. She didn’t have the opportunity to play hockey on an all female hockey team till the age of 12, (on a club team) and to see that there are U8 programs now is, as Ashley would say “wicked awesome”. When asked “why do you play hockey?”, Ashley’s response is consistently, “I play for the younger generation of female hockey players”, and the team notices this in everything that she does, she truly embodies a role model for young athletes and her peers.

Ashley continues to be extremely humble about the huge accomplishment of creating the club team. When interviewed by countless WVU organizations and local newspapers, Ashley always says that it was a group effort and never takes sole credit for the success of the team. It still has not hit Ashley to this day that she has founded such a dynamic and unique program here at WVU. The work that Ashley puts into this program is continuously developing as players from all over the East Coast have expressed interest in coming to WVU just because of the start of the women’s club hockey team. Her wish is that the program continues its success at WVU and that women’s hockey gains more popularity across the US. Ashley created a legacy at WVU and her name will never be forgotten.

 

West Chester University

 

Danielle Latare

 

Senior

 

G

Danielle first joined our team in goal last season, and at the end of it, she announced that she could no longer play due to clinicals during her senior year. At the start of the spring semester, when our original goalie could no longer play, we asked her if she would play for us one last time. In 8 short games, she had 219 saves. With her help, we made the cut for playoffs and fought hard for the rest of the season.

 

 

Coach of the Year

This is another team’s coach who left a positive impression on your team, and who you think deserves recognition. You may not nominate your own coach.

School Name (Team)

Coach Name

(First and Last)

Please describe your reason for this nomination. Why does this coach deserve recognition?

 

UMD

 

Sara George

She was very friendly and was a good sport throughout the games that we played against them. During the playoffs when we played them, again it was a very pleasant experience.. She always had a solid game plan and we could tell that her players respected and trusted her as a coach.

 


DIVISION III

New Player of the Year

This is a player you would like to recognize who has never played hockey until THIS season (not all teams will have a new player and that’s OK)

School Name (Team)

Player Name

(First and Last)

Class Year

Position

Please describe your reason for this nomination. Why does this player deserve recognition?

University of Virginia

Leigh Hatfield

2022

Forward

 Leigh had never skated before or played before when she jumped in this season. She was a constant presence in our offense, playing center most games. Leigh even scored her first goal in our last game of the season, showing that all the work and effort she’s put in had paid off. Leigh always showed up to practices and games, ready to learn more about hockey and learn new skills.

George Mason University

 

 

Chloe Pignano

 

2021

 

Forward

Chloe’s dedication to learning ice hockey is evident in the strides of progress she made as a player this season. She attended every game, every practice, and took steps to better herself off-the-ice as well, taking time to practice stickhandling while roller blading and attending public skating sessions. She came into the season with no ice hockey experience but proved to be an asset for our team, scoring one goal and assisting five by the end of the season. Chloe is an excellent example of how anybody with dedication and a love for hockey can start playing in college.

Saint Joseph’s University

 

Leslie Quan

 

 

2022

 

F/D

 Leslie quickly became one of our most dependable, hardworking, and flexible players during  her first season playing hockey. She excelled in any position she was assigned, and was ferocious on the puck at all times. She gave her all every single shift and got her first goal in the last game of the regular season- a testament to how hard she worked all year for the team and her personal drive to be the best player she could be. She competed against girls twice her size that have been playing for years, and she did great.

Slippery Rock

Elizabeth Swisher

 

Freshman

 

Forward

 

 We nominate Elizabeth for New Player of the Year for her hard work and dedication to the game. She always came to practice and worked on skating on the weekends when we didn’t have games.

Lafayette College

Lauren Williams

2022

Forward

Lauren joined our team this semester after watching her brothers play her entire life but never having played herself. Although she faced challenges in the first few practices as she tried to keep up with the girls who have been on the ice for many years, she continuously tried to improve and contribute to the team however she could! She ended the season undoubtedly as our most improved player, due to her positive attitude and unwavering drive to improve her skating and stick skills.

 

Rookie of the Year

This is a player brand new to the league this season, who made a huge impact on their team

School Name (Team)

Player Name

(First and Last)

Class Year

Position

Please describe your reason for this nomination. Why does this player deserve recognition?

University of Virginia

Katherine Hennessey

2023

Forward/Defense

Katherine played in every single game this season, and was one of only three players to do so. Katherine showed dedication, never missing a single practice or game and was the only freshman player to do so. As someone relatively new to the sport (she never played formally in high school, only learning from pickup games), Katherine made a huge impact on our defense, when she had expected to play center most of the season. Every game, Katherine implemented something new that she had learned, from either us telling her or something that she had learned just by watching the game. Katherine is a true lover of hockey, always finding new ways to improve and always putting in the work to do so.

George Mason University

 

 

Lara Garrity

 

2021

 

Goalie

As a new program, several of our players could qualify here, but no team is complete without a goalie, and Lara is arguably the best in the D3 division this season. Lara made every save she should have, and many she shouldn't have. Lara is the backbone of this team, motivating our players both on and off the ice. Hockey is a team sport, but our team would not have made it as far without Lara’s skill, dedication, and positive attitude. Her save percentage of 90.6% speaks for itself, along with the fact that she played in every single game this season. Lara played for the U19 Princeton Tiger Lilies travel team in New Jersey before coming to Mason, and we are so lucky she joined us! Our inaugural season would not have been nearly the same without her.

Saint Joseph’s University

 

 

Catherine (Kate) Engel

 

2023

 

G

Kate was outstanding in net for the Hawks. She made saves that you would think only experienced goalies could make, yet she just started playing this year. This is a testament to her natural ability as a goalie but also her drive to serve the team. She led us to several wins and helped us gain a playoff spot. Her GAA and record in net were some of the highest for the league. Without Kate, SJU might not have had a team this year. It is easy to say she had the biggest impact on our team.

Slippery Rock

 

Maura Ruprecht

 

Freshman

 

Defense

 

 We nominate Maura for Rookie of the Year for her tremendous skill this season. Maura was a very important component to our defense. She also helped us on offense, scoring points although she was a defensive player.

Lafayette College

Gen McClean

2023

Forward

Genevieve McClean was not only our leading goal scorer (and game winner in the finals!) but she brought an inspiring attitude to our team. Her commitment to give 100% at every practice and during every shift on the ice drove her teammates to try to do the same. Her humility of her own talent and unwavering words of encouragement and ability

to play with other players of all skill levels reflects the core values of our team, and she naturally possessed and brought out these values in the rest of us.

 

Sportswoman of the Year

This is a player who is a shining star of sportsmanship; someone who cheers for or even tutors another team’s goalie during a game; who leads by example; who is a good sport on and off the ice with both their own team and competitors

School Name (Team)

Player Name

(First and Last)

Class Year

Position

Please describe your reason for this nomination. Why does this player deserve recognition?

University of Virginia

Katie Sabo

2021

Goalie

Katie Sabo is the best example of sportsmanship UVA women’s hockey has seen. As a player only in her second season, Katie is always taking everything in stride. Whether we are winning 1-0 or losing 9-0, Katie always has a smile on her face and is cracking jokes. She spends a lot of time reassuring new players that they are doing great, and is always willing to drive to get in any kind of practice.  Katie is constantly a positive presence and genuinely a great person to be around.

 

George Mason University

 

Rachel Quinn

 

Grad - 2022

 

Forward

 Rachel always keeps a positive attitude, which helps to motivate all our players to do the same. During pep-talks with the team, Rachel always makes sure to keep everyone optimistic about each and every game. After games, Rachel shoots down any negative talk and helps everyone focus on the positive. Even in the locker room after our championship loss, Rachel did not fail to remind us of how far we made it as a team this season. On the ice, she is respectful to other players and has never received a penalty.

Saint Joseph’s University

 

 

Lillian Schillinger

 

2021

 

D

 Lily enters and leaves each game with a good attitude. She plays cleanly and fairly. She helps direct girls where to go both on our team and pointing out to the other team where to line up for a faceoff. She is a girl that other teams must like to play against because of her composure, ability to play cleanly, and love for the game.

Slippery Rock

 

Paige Coon

 

Junior

 

Forward

 

 We nominate Paige for Sportswoman of the Year for her ability to show good communication to our team and other teams in the league. She is always respectful both on the ice during games and off the ice, when communication with our opponents is necessary. She represented SRU in a very positive manner all season long.

Lafayette College

Renna Thomas

 

 

Renna was a huge positive force on the team this year, encouraging other players to focus on their own game and on our team. She never gets caught up in drama on or off the ice and is constantly encouraging and congratulating

players of all levels.

 

Student-Athlete of the Year

This is a player who juggles being a leader on the ice, in the classroom, and in their community; who challenges themselves and excels academically, while remaining a committed and involved member of their team and other activities they care about.

School Name (Team)

Player Name

(First and Last)

Class Year

Position

Please describe your reason for this nomination. Why does this player deserve recognition?

University of Virginia

Hannah Hiscott

2021

Forward

In addition to being a part of at least 12 different clubs around the university, Hannah has also started working as a volunteer firefighter in the Charlottesville area. This has led to her coming to games and practices straight from being on call, and heading back to the station following the conclusion of our home games and after most of our practices. Additionally, Hannah is a double major in physics and environmental engineering at the UVA School of Engineering.

George Mason University

 

 

Caroline Morrow

 

2021

 

Forward

 Caroline just started playing ice hockey last year, which is incredible considering the achievements that she made on the ice this season. She excels in school and in the community, but remains extremely dedicated to this team, not missing a single practice or game all season. Caroline walked on the team this year a natural leader both on and off the ice. Prior to attending GMU, she served two years at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and currently has a 4.0 GPA. Caroline is also involved with the Catholic Campus Ministry, where she volunteers at food banks and shelters all around the DC area. This season, Caroline proved her dedication not only to the team, but to our school and the entire community.

Slippery Rock

 

Kathryn Irvine

 

Freshman

 

Forward

 

We nominate Kathryn Irvine for student-athletes of the year because of her hard work on academics and good time management skills. She has balanced having 2 majors and has consistently attended practice as well.

Lafayette College

Faith Price

 

 

Faith is a very talented student and player who demonstrates leadership in both aspects as well as in her other extracurricular activities. She is a teaching assistant, mentoring first year college students including ones on our team - their attitude towards her definitely reflects the compassionate and dedicated leadership role she has demonstrated in the classroom. She is also very involved in the service fraternity on campus, spreading her commitment to bettering the lives of others outside of the campus community. These qualities have also served her as a great leader for the team, in which she always had a positive attitude and commitment to bettering herself - very good qualities of a senior role model for the rest of the team.

 

Outstanding Defensewoman

This is a defensive player who deserves recognition for their contributions to their team

School Name (Team)

Player Name

(First and Last)

Class Year

Position

Please describe your reason for this nomination. Why does this player deserve recognition?

University of Virginia

Sarah Rigazio

2022

Defense

 

 Sarah is a force to be reckoned with on defense. In the few games she was able to attend this season, Sarah scored 14 goals and prevented countless ones from being scored on us. During the first game of the season, Sarah was able to help teach a new player how to play defense. Sarah was a key piece to our team’s only win of the season.

George Mason University

 

 

Emilia Grove

 

2022

 

Defense

 

Mimi is an ideal offensive defensive player. Her strategy on defense primarily consists of offensive possession, but she also has sound defensive positioning, causes turn-overs, and wins the majority of the puck battles that lead to possession. She led our team in goals this year, which is incredible considering her position. It is not surprising to know that she spent a year playing for Chatham before transferring to Mason. She started playing hockey in Rome, Italy at age 9 and has come so far since. She absolutely loves the game, which shines in every shift she takes on the ice. Her dedication to the sport and her team is inspiring for the entire team. 

Slippery Rock

 

Brenna Moore

 

Junior

 

Defense/

Forward

 We nominate Brenna for outstanding defensive woman for her ability to stop anyone who came her way. She was very good at getting the other team to give the puck up and send it the other way!

Lafayette College

Layla Ennis

 

 

Layla is our strongest defender, who knows when to step and how to take the puck away from the other team while maintaining control. She is calm and collected with good natural instincts and ability to see the ice. She skates hard on the offensive and defensive end, resulting in our school’s newspaper being confused on if she is a wing or defender as she is one of our leading goal scorers! It was a common occurrence to see her skating up the entire ice and getting a goal. Layla is very talented, who has significantly challenged and improved the rest of the defenders and those who play against her during our practice scrimmages due to her

talent, grace, and big heart.

 

Most Valuable Player

This is a team’s most valuable player – the one a team couldn’t have survived without this season

School Name (Team)

Player Name

(First and Last)

Class Year

Position

Please describe your reason for this nomination. Why does this player deserve recognition?

University of Virginia

Kelly Townsend

2021

Defense

 Kelly Townsend is the epitome of everything you could ask for from a teammate.  She comes to every practice and game full of energy and zeal for the sport.  She gives her all on and off the ice. We started the year with 10 new people on the team, most of whom had never even skated before.  Kelly worked tirelessly to get them gear and get them interested in the sport of ice hockey.  Kelly went above and beyond, offering help and support to anyone who needed it.  By the end of the season, we had a team full of hockey players who were in love with the sport and had fun anytime we could get on the ice. Without Kelly’s leadership, hard work, and dedication, this season would not have been possible.  In addition to all these things, she’s also an incredible player and provides an example for everyone on the team to look up to and strive to be.

George Mason University

 

 

Lara Garrity

 

2021

 

Goalie

 

Lara is arguably the best goalie in the D3 division this season. Lara made every save she should have, and many she shouldn't have. She is the backbone of this team, motivating our players both on and off the ice. Hockey is a team sport, but our team would not have made it as far without Lara’s skill, dedication, and positive attitude. Her save percentage of 90.6% speaks for itself, along with the fact that she played in every single game this season. Lara played for the U19 Princeton Tiger Lilies travel team in New Jersey before coming to Mason, and we are so lucky she joined us! Our inaugural season would not have been nearly the same without her.

 

Saint Joseph’s University

 

 

Clara Tomann

 

2022

 

C

 Clara was our most valuable player both on and off the ice. To start, she got enough gear from old friends and family to dress every new player (6 sets worth of gear). She helped teach the new girls during practice while also staying sharp herself. Clara put up 42 goals this season, the most in the league, and with no penalty minutes. SJU was never shut out because of her. Even if we were losing, Clara continued to work hard, set up her teammates, and end the game with a smile. She is well respected on and off the ice for her commitment to the team and to hockey, and we could not have survived without her.

Slippery Rock

 

Brooke Bossong

 

Senior

 

Forward

 

 We nominate Brooke Bossong for MVP for her leadership abilities on and off the ice. Brooke is able to keep the team focused and she works so hard every shift she gets. She scored some crucial goals for us this season as well.

 

Lafayette College

Maria Giambruno-Fuge

 

 

Described by our coach/the team as the most important player on the ice, Maria’s contributions as goalie have been essential to our success this year. She is a quiet but strong force and continuously plays the best that she can every single game. She has had an incredible amount of saves but remains incredibly humble nonetheless!

 

DVCHC Founders Award

This award recognizes “dedicated service to team, league, sport”. We all have great leaders who work hard for the team, but this is something more. This award is for those who have furthered women’s hockey on campus and beyond. Started or saved a team. They’ve represented the game in the community, the league, or elsewhere. This player must be finishing their FINAL year of school.

School Name (Team)

Player Name

(First and Last)

Class Year

Position

Please describe your reason for this nomination. Why does this player deserve recognition?

George Mason University

 

 

Ali Purvis

 

2020

 

Defense

 

This is Mason's first year with a women's hockey program and the inaugural team exists because of the dedication and hard work of Ali. Starting out at Mason, Ali was determined to start a women’s club hockey team and give female students an opportunity to play, regardless of their experience level. The first month of her freshman year, she met with advisors, attended meetings, and started recruiting players. Her sophomore year, Ali was able to get enough players together for a few practices and a scrimmage, along with an amazing head coach, Carson Evans. Her third and final year of school, she was determined to bring everything to fruition. Ali spearheaded joining the DVCHC, organizing ice times and schedules, and recruiting two more amazing coaches, Drew Kucinich and Abby Miller. She not only built the program but also laid the groundwork for the team to transition to new leadership so it can go on beyond her one year. Her efforts will leave a lasting legacy on George Mason and the DVCHC.

Slippery Rock

 

Taylor Bright

 

Senior

 

Forward/

Defense

 We nominate Taylor Bright for the DVCHC Founders Award for her outstanding service to the Slippery Rock women’s team over the past 5 years. Without Taylor, this team would not exist. Taylor has built this team from the bottom up, and she is the reason women’s ice hockey is growing on our campus. Taylor put her heart and soul into every practice, game and helping new players. Taylor made a positive environment in which all players, new or experienced, have grown in ways that would be impossible without her.

 

Coach of the Year

This is another team’s coach who left a positive impression on your team, and who you think deserves recognition. You may not nominate your own coach.

School Name (Team)

Coach Name

(First and Last)

Please describe your reason for this nomination. Why does this coach deserve recognition?

George Mason University

Carson Evans

 Coach Evans was very polite about making sure Mason didn’t run up the score when they easily could, as well as checking in with what we wanted to do in terms of ice cut. He was very respectful of our team in general, making sure his players didn’t go after our newer skaters to hard.

Lafayette

 

 

Liam Lansang

 The two games we played against Lafayette this year stand out as the most difficult and it was obvious the team was very well coached and had bought into their systems. You could tell the coaching staff had put a ton of effort into developing players strengths and putting them in a position for success. Players hustled, crashed the net, and knew how to take away time and space from the opponents. The team was coached to create havoc in front of the net and utilized several methods of getting pucks to the net through traffic, so it was fitting that the 2 goals in the championship game came in that fashion.

Lafayette

 

Liam Lansang

 

 This coach helped lead his team to the championship and coached them through an excruciating final game to win it all. He maintains composure and always had nice things to say in the handshake line. Very well- respected!

George Mason

Carson Evans

 We nominate George Mason’s coach for his first season as part of the DVCHC. It is very hard to coach a first-year team and he helped them have a very successful first season. He also showed good sportsmanship and taught his player to be good sports as well.

Layfayette Univ.           

 

Liam Lansang

          After an incredible regular season and 4 OT’s in the Championship game before coming out on top, watching Coach Liam interact with his team was fresh, positive and constructive. It was very motivating and calming to witness. I hope LU continues with their success and true character.

George Mason

Carson Evans

While we only played George Mason once during the season and then in the finals, their coach definitely stood out compared to the other coaches for his encouragement and positive attitude towards both teams. He was possibly the only opposing coach who we could not hear yelling at his players, but yelling to them ways to improve and succeed. We highly value this aspect of our own coach, and want to award him for his attitude and approach to coaching.