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.