FIVE WILDCATS NAMED TO WOMEN'S HOCKEY EAST ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM; BROCK NAMED TOP SCHOLAR-ATHLETE
WAKEFIELD, Mass. – Hockey East announced Monday that five student-athletes on the University of New Hampshire women's ice hockey team have been named to the 2009-10 WHEA All-Academic Team and that one of those Wildcats – freshman defenseman Katie Brock (Marblehead, Mass.) – was named a Top Scholar-Athlete.
A student-athlete has to record a minimum 3.0 grade-point-average in both the fall and spring semesters to qualify for the All-Academic Team. From that pool of 68 student-athletes, seven were named to the HEA Academic All-Star Team for having the top GPA by position. And four, including Brock, were named the Top Scholar-Athlete for recording the highest GPA in the 2009-10 academic year.
Junior goaltender Kayley Herman (Weyburn, Saskatchewan) was named to the All-Academic Team for the third time in as many years. Senior forwards Micaela Long (South Boston, Mass.), Kelly Paton (Woodstock, Ontario) and Shannon Sisk (Pipersville, Pa.) were all feted for the second time. Long and Paton were also honored last season, whereas Sisk made the 2008 team.
Brock recorded a perfect 4.0 GPA in both the fall and spring semesters to earn the three honors – All-Academic Team, Academic All-Star Team and Top Scholar-Athlete.
Herman ranked 13th in the nation in goals-against-average (1.88). In 16 games, Herman went 8-4-3 with three shutouts and a .913 save percentage.
Long ranked second in the nation in assists per game (1.15) as well as sixth in points per game (1.55) and 19th in power-play goals (six). She finished the season with 13 goals and 38 assists for 51 points in 33 games played. Long led the team in assists and tied for the lead in points; she also ranked second in plus/minus (+15) and power-play goals (six).
Long's 2010 Hockey East accolades included First Team All-Star, Humboldt Storage and Moving Scoring Champion and two-time Player of the Week; she was also selected to the New England All-Star Team.
Paton ranked sixth in the nation in points per game (1.55) as well as fourth in assists per game (0.97) and 20th in goals per game (0.58); in other statistics, she was 16th in game-winning goals (four) and 19th in power-play goals (six).
The captain led the team in points (51), goals (19) and plus/minus (+16) and tied for the lead in game-winning goals with four. Paton was also second in assists (32) and tied for second in power-play goals (6). Furthermore, she ranked second in shots (128) and fourth in shooting percentage (.148).
Paton's 2010 accolades included RBK/AHCA All-America First Team, Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top 3 Finalist, New England Player of the Year as well as Hockey East co-Player of the Year, First Team All-Star (unanimous selection), Three Stars Award, three-time Player of the Month and three-time Player of the Week.
Sisk, the team's assistant captain, recorded two goals and two assists for four points in 33 games.
Brock played in 25 of 33 games and logged innumerable minutes on the blue line by playing on both special teams units in addition to even strength situations. She recorded four points, all on assists, and finished with a +5 plus/minus rating that ranked fifth on the team and second among defensemen.
UNH advanced to the NCAA tournament for the fifth consecutive year and finished with an overall record of 19-9-5. The Wildcats were ranked in the top five in the nation 20 of 23 weeks.