LONG AND LAVOIE RECEIVE WOMEN'S HOCKEY EAST AWARDS
-- Micaela Long (South Boston, Mass.) of the
fifth-ranked University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team
was crowned Hockey East's Humboldt Storage and Moving Scoring
Champion and teammate Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill,
Ontario) was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team, the league
Long recorded the highest Hockey East league point total of 34 (7 goals, 27 assists) to edge out teammate Kelly Paton (Woodstock, Ontario), who finished with 32 league points, for the title of Scoring Champion. The senior forward also led the league in assists, power-play points (14) and power-play goals (four).
Long is the fifth UNH player in the league's eight-year history to claim the Hockey East Scoring Champion award. Lindsay Hansen, Nicole Hekle and Sadie Wright-Ward won in consecutive years spanning the 2004-06 seasons and Jenn Wakefield received that distinction in 2008.
Lavoie was a unanimous selection to the All-Rookie Team. She tallied 14 goals and six assists for 20 points in 21 Hockey East games to lead league rookies in both goals and points. The freshman forward ranked first overall in the league in both goals and power-play goals (four), and was fifth in points.
In addition to the Humboldt Storage and Moving Scoring Champion and the All-Rookie Team, Hockey East also announced the Goaltending Champion and Best Defenseman awards on Wednesday. The remainder of the end-of-the-year awards will be presented at Friday's league banquet.
UNH (19-7-5) is the second seed of the 8th Annual Women's Hockey East Championship tournament and will face off against third-seeded Boston University (15-8-12) in a March 6 semifinal game at Providence College's Schneider Arena. Game time is 3 p.m. The winner advances to the March 7 (12:30 p.m.) title game.