BOSTON  -- Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.), a senior defenseman and captain of the fifth-ranked University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team, was named a RBK All-America First Team selection by the American Hockey Coaches Association on Thursday.

Bellamy is the eighth UNH Wildcat to garner All-America recognition; two ‘Cats were multiple recipients to bring the total number of selections to 10. Since the 2006 expansion to First Team and Second Team, Bellamy is the program’s third First Team honoree.

Bellamy, named a Hockey East First Team All-Star earlier this month, ranks third in the nation in defensemen scoring with 28 points on six goals and 22 assists in 35 games. She recorded three goals and 14 assists for 17 points in 21 Hockey East league games as well as 4-10-14 in 17 games against nationally-ranked teams. Bellamy ranks second on the team in plus/minus as well as third in assists and fourth in points.

Bellamy scored the game’s first goal in both the semifinal and final of the Women’s Hockey East Championship tournament (March 7-8) to garner Tournament MVP and All-Tournament Team accolades. Her other season highlights included becoming the sixth UNH defensemen to reach the 100-point milestone and a career-high four assists vs. nationally-ranked Dartmouth College on Jan. 16.

Bellamy finished her career as the third-highest scoring UNH defenseman with 107 career points (27g, 80a) in 143 games. She was one point shy of tying the benchmark of 108 established by Cindy MacKay and matched by Kristen Thomas.

New Hampshire (24-6-5) won its sixth consecutive Hockey East regular-season title and fourth straight league tournament en route to hosting an NCAA quarterfinal game for the fourth consecutive year in 2009.


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