New Hampshire women's hockey honored by ECAC

CAPE COD, Mass. - Six student-athletes on the University of New Hampshire women's hockey team - Allison Edgar (Brigden, Ont.), Carolyn Gordon (Petrolia, Ont.), Janine Goulet (Gloucester, Ont.), Brandi Kerns (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Kira Misikowetz (Mississauga, Ont.) and Nicole Stefanilo (Sanford, Maine) - were named to the ECAC Eastern Hockey League All-Academic Team, the ECAC announced March 14. A total of 33 skaters from the eight teams were named to this inaugural team.

Edgar, who incurred a season-ending injury against Providence College on Feb. 23, is second on the team in goals (15) and fourth in points (26). This sophomore defenseman is one of three Wildcats in double figures in both goals and assists (11). Edgar leads the team with six power-play goals and has a team-best +23 rating. Her season highlights include a five-game goal scoring streak and a four-goal game against Quinnipiac (Nov. 3).

Gordon, a sophmore forward, is second on the team in both assists (22) and points (30) and is fourth in goals (eight). Her season highlights included a career-best three assists in the season opener against Ohio State, an effort that she later duplicated against Quinipiac (Nov. 2). She has recorded a point in four of the last five games.

Goulet, a sophomore who was converted to center this season, has 12 points on six goals and six assists. She has taken the second-most number of faceoffs this season with 525 draws and has a 54.1 winning percentage (284-for-525). Goulet's highlights includes two game-winning goals, one of which came in the 1-0 overtime victory at UConn.

Kerns, a senior defenseman and captain, has compiled four points on one goal and three assists in 34 games. Her plus/minus rating of +17 is fourth-best on the team. Despite innumerable knee injuries and subsequent surgeries, Kerns has missed just one game in her career and has played in 142 games, which is more than anyone else in the 25-year history of the UNH program.

Misikowetz, a candidate for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award that is presented annually to the most outstanding women's college hockey player, enters Friday's semifinal game with team-high totals in both assists (25) and points (39). Her 14 goals ranks third on the team. Some of her highlights from the 2001-02 season include three game-winning goals and a five-assist performance against Quinnipiac University on Nov. 3. Misikowetz, a senior center, reached the personal milestone of 100 career points earlier this season and enters the weekend with 47-85-132 in 127 games.

Stefanilo, a junior defenseman, has recorded one goal and three assists for four points in 35 games. Her season highlights include a career-high two points with a goal and an assist vs. Yale (Dec. 9).

UNH's six representatives is second to Maine and Providence, both of whom had seven skaters on the All-Academic Team. Niagara also had six representatives while Boston College had four, Northeastern had two, UConn had one and Quinnipiac was not represented.

To be named to the All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have a cumulative grade-point-average of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) and competed in at least one-half of the team's contests (for goaltenders, the criteria is 33% of the team's minutes).


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