ECAC Season in Review: Farewell to the Class of 2015

As part of our Season in Review, AES will recognize the careers of several outstanding seniors from around each conference. Here’s a look at nine players from the ECAC who have contributed an exceptional amount to their programs and to women’s college hockey.

For a look at Hockey East’s Class of 2015, please click here. For a look at College Hockey America’s Class of 2015, please click here.

Sarah Edney, Defense, Harvard

25 goals, 63 assists, 88 points in 127 career games

Harvard’s history is storied and lengthy, so Edney’s offensive totals don’t rank so high for the program all-time, but a near-90 point career for a defenseman is more than respectable. She sits among the top-20 in Harvard history in career assists with 63, and was the mark of consistent throughout her career, posting upwards of 20 points in all four years. She was a member of the ECAC All-Rookie Team in 2011-12, and was named to the All-ECAC Third Team the following year. Edney enjoyed even more recognition as a junior in 2013-14, when she collected All-ECAC Second Team and All-Ivy League First Team honors. As a senior, she repeated as an All-Ivy First Team selection, and was named the ECAC’s Best Defenseman as well as the Most Outstanding Player of the ECAC Tournament.

Brianne Jenner, Forward, Cornell

93 goals, 136 assists, 229 points in 129 games

Jenner ends her Big Red career as the program’s second all-time leading scorer with 229 points, behind Cheryl Hines’ 280. Her 93 goals rank fifth in program history, while she is first in Cornell history with 136 assists. Her 70-point season in 2012-13 is the fifth-best campaign posted by a Big Red player all-time. She was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 2010-11, as well as to the ECAC All-Rookie Team. Jenner was tabbed as both the ECAC and Ivy League Player of the Year during her junior and senior seasons, and is a four-time All-ECAC First Team honoree. She was nominated for the Patty Kazmaier Award all four years at Cornell and was named a top-10 finalist for the award in 2012-13 and 2014-15.

Chelsea Laden, Goaltender, Quinnipiac

1.56 GAA, .923 save percentage, 51-22-12 record in 88 career games

Thanks to two stand-out seasons as a starter for the Bobcats, Laden ends her stint with the team third all-time in career saves with 1,570. Her goals-against average of 1.56, ┬ásave percentage of .923, and 55 wins are second only to Victoria Vigilanti’s numbers for the program. She also broke the career shutout record with 26, thanks largely to a Bobcats’ single-season best of 16 in 2014-15. Laden also set new single-season records for wins (25) and goals-against average (1.19) as a senior, when she garnered All-ECAC Second Team honors.

Jaimie Leonoff, Goaltender, Yale

2.96 GAA, .918 save percentage, 26-57-11 record in 99 career games

Leonoff established herself as one of the program’s best and, over the last couple of seasons, most successful goaltenders. Her 13 wins in 2014-15 are the second-most ever recorded in one season by a Yale goaltender. For her career, she ranks second all-time for the program in both save percentage at .918 and saves with 3,107. She’s also third in Bulldogs history with 26 career wins and fourth with a 2.96 goals-against average. Leonoff was named the team’s MVP each of the past three seasons, and was an All-Ivy League Second Team selection in 2012-13 and an honorable mention All-Ivy selection in 2014-15.

Shenae Lundberg, Goaltender, Union

2.98 goals-against average, .908 save percentage, 20-77-1 record in 110 career games

Through all of Union’s struggles this season, Lundberg’s play was certainly a bright spot, as it has been for the team throughout her career as a starter. She is the program’s all-time saves leader with 3,023 career stops, which ranks in the top 20 in NCAA Division I history as well. As a senior in 2014-15, she made a career-high 1,110 saves, which led the nation and ranks second for the Dutchwomen all-time. In backstopping Union to a 1-0 win against Northeastern on Dec. 2 2014, Lundberg made 59 saves, which is the most ever in a shutout bid in NCAA Division I history.

Carmen MacDonald, Goaltender, St. Lawrence

2.07 GAA, .928 save percentage, 65-43-15 record in 124 career games

The Saints have always been able to rely on all-star goaltending from MacDonald, which has helped them stay competitive throughout her tenure despite not always having the most elite talent or depth up front. She finishes as the program’s all-time leader in saves with 3,188. Perhaps her most remarkable efforts came as a freshman in 2011-12, when she garnered Most Outstanding Player honors in the ECAC Tournament to help St. Lawrence win the championship and earn a bid into the NCAA Tournament. She was named to the ECAC All-Rookie Team as well after a 21-win season, and was outstanding in the league’s postseason with a .958 save percentage.

Jillian Saulnier, Forward, Cornell

80 goals, 115 assists, 195 points in 125 career games

Much like Jenner, Saulnier brought a significant amount of dynamic offensive ability to the Big Red, and that showed all throughout her career. She is eighth all-time for the program with 80 goals, sixth with 115 assists, and sixth with 195 points. She collected ECAC and Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors in 2011-12, and earned a spot on the All-ECAC Second Team during her first two years. A two-time All-Ivy First Team selection and All-ECAC First Team honoree Saulnier had a breakout season in 2013-14, which earned her Co-Ivy League Player of the Year honors, a spot on the All-ECAC First Team, and recognition as a Patty Kazmaier Award Top-3 Finalist and All-American.

Erica Uden Johansson, Forward, Quinnipiac

42 goals, 54 assists, 96 points in 125 career games

Uden Johansson finishes her career as one of the Bobcats’ most productive players. She stands at third on the all-time scoring list with 96 career points, and third in goals and assists as well with 42 and 54. Uden Johansson has also had success on the international stage, representing Sweden twice at the Olympics, in Vancouver in 2010 and in Sochi in 2014. Uden Johansson was one of Quinnipiac’s most reliable offensive players in her four years in Hamden, putting up 25-point seasons three times to finish among the team’s top scorers.

Christine Valente, Forward, Union

20 goals, 36 assists, 56 points in 136 career games

Valente has been one of the Dutchwomen’s best players over the past four years, and has skated her way into the program record books because of that. She is fourth all-time in career points with 56, and tops among all Union players with 36 career assists. She is just the sixth player in program history to reach the 20-goal mark, and as a senior, captained the club to its first-ever finish above last place in the league, as Union ended the 2014-15 season at 11th in the ECAC standings.

CHA Season in Review: Farewell to the Class of 2015

As part of our Season in Review, AES will recognize the careers of several outstanding seniors from around each conference. Here’s a look at seven players from College Hockey America who have contributed an exceptional amount to their programs and to women’s college hockey.

For a look at Hockey East’s Class of 2015, please click here.

Ali Binnington, Goaltender, RIT

1.73 GAA, .937 save percentage, 49-30-9 record in 92 career games

No single player helped smooth over the Tigers’ transition to Division I more so than Binnington. She was a member of RIT’s Division III national championship squad in 2012, and continued to put up stellar numbers once the team made the jump the following season. She shattered the Tigers’ career saves record with 2,292, and also now owns the program shutout record with 19. She ranks third in save percentage for RIT all-time and second all-time in wins. Binnington backstopped the Tigers to consecutive CHA Tournament championships in 2014 and 2015, earning Most Valuable Player honors in both cases and helping the team capture its first NCAA Division I Tournament bid in 2015. As a freshman, Binnington was selected to the ECAC West All-Rookie Team and was also named the CHA’s Goaltender of the Year in 2013-14.

Molly Byrne, Defense, Mercyhurst

20 goals, 97 assists, 117 points in 143 career games

Byrne’s dynamic presence will be missed on the Mercyhurst blue line in the years to come. Her production provided the Lakers with an offensive boost throughout her career, beginning with her freshman season, when she scored at a point-per-game clip en route to winning the league’s Best Defenseman award. She earned a place on both the All-CHA Rookie Team and First Team in 2011-12 as well. Byrne was a four-time All-CHA honoree, collecting Second Team honors in 2012-13 before garnering Best Defenseman accolades once again the following seasons as a junior and senior. In all, she was a three-time All-CHA First Team selection, and finishes her career as one of the most decorated defensemen in program and league history.

Akane Hosoyamada, Defense, Syracuse

10 goals, 51 assists, 61 points in 151 career games

Hosoyamada closes out her career as one of the best defensemen to skate for the Orange. She holds the program record for most career points by a defenseman with 61, which is good enough for eighth all-time in program history. She also finishes as the Orange’s all-time leader in games played with 151, and second in Syracuse history with 51 career assists. Hosoyamada was named to the All-CHA Rookie Team in 2010-11, and after redshirting the following season due to injury, she picked up the league’s Best Defenseman award as a sophomore in 2012-13. She was tabbed to All-CHA Teams twice in her career, once as a First Team selection in 2012-13 and again as a Second Team pick in 2014-15.

Amanda Makela, Goaltender, Mercyhurst

1.72 GAA, .925 save percentage, 52-21-8 record in 84 career games

Makela’s 781 saves in the 2013-14 season are a single-season program record, while she ranks fourth on the Lakers’ all-time list of career saves with 1,683. She is sixth in program history in career goals-against average, and ranks first in career saves per game at 20.03. A three-year starter for Mercyhurst, Makela provided the club with dependable goaltending, and grew into one of the team’s most valuable players by the 2014-15 season, when she was named the CHA’s Goaltender of the Year.

Kolbee McCrea, Forward, RIT

68 goals, 36 assists, 104 points in 122 career games

McCrea spent two seasons at the Division III level and two at Division I with the Tigers, so she was also a part of their national championship team and both CHA Tournament championship squads. She ranks ninth on their career scoring list, and she’s also the ninth player in their history to break the 100-point barrier. McCrea finishes third in program history in goals with 68 and tied for second in power-play goals with 21, and owns the program record for penalty minutes with 230 in her career. She collected All-ECAC West Second Team honors as a sophomore in 2011-12 as she helped RIT capture the national title.

Rebecca Vint, Forward, Robert Morris

73 goals, 61 assists, 134 points in 127 career games

Vint ends her career atop the Colonials’ all-time points list with 134, and first in program history with 73 career goals. Although her production tailed off in her final season, she posted two 40-point seasons at Robert Morris and finishes her career as a point-per-game player. The Colonials have always counted on Vint to produce; she put together two different 12-game point streaks, the longest individual streaks all-time for the program. Her 18 career game-winners double Brianna Delaney’s output, ranking Vint first there as well. She was named the CHA’s Rookie of the Year in 2011-12, and is a four-time All-CHA Team honoree, making the First Team three times and the Second Team once.

Alyssa West, Forward, Lindenwood

26 goals, 42 assists, 68 points in 121 career games

West helped usher the Lions into the program’s Division I era, as her freshman season was their first year as a DI independent school. As part of the first DI graduating class, she was a key player for Lindenwood as it made its transition. She finishes atop the program in points with 68, assists with 42, and power-plays goals with 11. West is also second in career goals with 26 and third in scoring rate at 0.56 points per game. The Lions’ Division I history is short, but West helped write it all to this point, and ends her career as one of the most important players in their start at the NCAA level.

Hockey East Season in Review: Farewell to the Class of 2015

As part of our Season in Review, AES will recognize the careers of several outstanding seniors from around each conference. Here’s a look at six players from Hockey East who have contributed an exceptional amount to their programs and to women’s college hockey.

Chloe Desjardins, Goaltender, Northeastern

2.48 GAA, .919 save percentage, 55-38-8 record in 104 games played

Desjardins is Northeastern’s career leader in minutes played with 5,970, as well as games with 104. She surpassed Florence Schelling as the Huskies’ all-time leader in saves with 2,808. She also ranks 10th in program history in goals-against average and fifth in program history in save percentage. Her 55 career wins place her fifth on Northeastern’s all-time list, and she is eighth in career shutouts for the program with nine. Desjardins had a lot to live up to once Schelling graduated, and she filled those skates well, providing the Huskies with more than serviceable goaltending during her tenure.

Emily Field, Forward, Boston College

52 goals, 87 assists, 139 points in 148 career games

While Field’s offensive accomplishments have been overshadowed over the past couple of years by teammates Alex Carpenter and Haley Skarupa, her impact on the program should not be overlooked. Named to the Hockey East All-Rookie squad in 2011-12, Field followed that up with the second-best scoring season by a Boston College sophomore with 45 points in 2012-13. She ranks seventh all-time for BC in scoring with her 139 career points and third all-time in assists with 87. She is also tied for second in Eagles history with 19 career power-play goals. Field was an honorable mention Hockey East All-Star in 2012-13 and 2013-14.

Sarah MacDonnell, Forward, Connecticut

31 goals, 47 assists, 78 points in 141 career games

MacDonnell doesn’t have the same number of accolades as others on this list, but she nonetheless etched her name into her program’s record books over the course of her four years. She ends her career tied for fifth in all-time scoring for UConn with 78 points. She is also ranked fifth for the Huskies all-time in assists and seventh in career goals. She led the team in scoring both her junior and senior seasons, posting a career-high 30 points (11 goals, 19 assists) in 2014-15 while producing 27 points in 2013-14; both outputs rank among the top-10 single-season bests for UConn.

Amanda Pelkey, Forward, Vermont

49 goals, 56 assists, 105 points in 127 games

Over her four years at Vermont, Pelkey established herself as the best player that’s come through the program. She owns the school records in goals, assists, and points, and is the only player in program history to reach the triple-digit plateau in points in her career. Her most productive season was as a junior in 2013-14, when she set single-season Catamount records in goals with 21 and points with 40. Pelkey was selected the Hockey East All-Rookie Team in 2011-12, and was named a New England Division I All-Star and Hockey East Second Team All-Star in 2013-14.

Emily Pfalzer, Defense, Boston College

23 goals, 79 assists, 102 points in 147 career games

Pfalzer is tied for the best career plus/minus rating in Boston College history with a +123, and ranks sixth all-time for BC in assists. Her 34 assists in 2014-15 is the fifth-best single-season mark in program history as well, and first among defensemen. Her 102 career points lead all BC defensemen, as do her 79 career assists. Pfalzer’s 42 points scored this year are also the third-most ever put up by an Eagles’ senior. She garnered First Team All-America honors in 2014-15 and was also named Hockey East’s Best Defenseman for the second year in a row this season. Pfalzer earned a nod as a Hockey East First Team All-Star for three consecutive years as a sophomore, junior, and senior.

Marie-Philip Poulin, Forward, Boston University

81 goals, 100 assists, 181 points in 111 career games

Poulin leaves Boston University as the single best player to ever skate for the Terriers. Her 81 goals, 100 assists, and 181 points are all BU program records. She is a three-time Hockey East All-Star, and also garnered the league’s Rookie of the Year award in 2010-11 and Best Defensive Forward award in 2014-15. As a senior in 2014-15, Poulin became the first player in BU history to be named a top-three finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, and was named a First Team All-American. She was selected to the Hockey East All-Tournament Team three times, earned Tournament MVP in 2015, and set a record with 12 points (six goals, six assists) in the 2015 Tournament.