Five Women’s Hockey Players Honored by ECAC; Armstrong Named Best Defensive Forward

Armstrong will anchor the Crimson's defense again this weekend at the ECAC tournament in Ithaca, N.Y. (photo Gil Talbot).

ITHACA, N.Y. – Five Harvard women's hockey players were announced as honorees at the ECAC Hockey banquet Friday night, including Kalley Armstrong, who was given the conference's best defensive forward award. Three Crimson skaters were on the all-league teams, while freshman goalie Emerance Maschmeyer appeared on the all-rookie squad.

Armstrong has been an integral part to one of the nation's best defenses this season. The junior first-liner has propelled Harvard to the No. 2 ranking in scoring defense at 1.10 goals allowed per game and has also been a key component to the Crimson's top-ranked penalty kill. Harvard has nixed 93.5 percent of opponents' power plays, the best figure in the country, including a streak of 35 straight kills over 10+ games from Nov. 27-Jan. 25 behind strong play from Armstrong.

Harvard's three all-league selections include Jillian Dempsey on the first team and Lyndsey Fry and Sarah Edney on the third team. Dempsey, a finalist for the ECAC Player of the Year award and a top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, ranked third in the conference with 32 points (15 goals, 17 assists) during ECAC play to become a unanimous choice for the first team. Fry, who plays opposite of Dempsey on Harvard's first line, was fifth in the league with 26 points (13 goals, 13 assists). It is Dempsey's third all-league selection and Fry's second, while Sarah Edney picked up her first honor. Edney, who was also a finalist for the ECAC's best defensive defenseman award, leads Harvard in blocked shots with 56 and has been another reason why the Crimson ranks second in the NCAA in goals allowed per game.

Maschmeyer was named the conference's best freshman goalie by her ECAC All-Rookie Team status. She went 7-3-1 in league games, while saving 92.0 percent of shots and allowing 1.54 goals per game to take home the accolade. Nationally, she ranks third with a 1.27 GAA and fifth with a .939 save percentage. Maschmeyer becomes the first Harvard freshman goalie to be named all-rookie since Christina Kessler '10 in 2006-07.

Kelsey Romatoski, a neurobiology concentrator out of Woodbury, Minn., was also announced as one of three finalists for the Mandi Schwartz Student-Athlete of the Year award. 

Harvard plays in the ECAC semifinals tomorrow at 4 p.m. against Clarkson at Cornell's Lynah Rink in Ithaca, N.Y. The game, and the rest of the ECAC tournament, will be broadcast live on ESPN3. Cornell plays St. Lawrence at 1 p.m. Saturday in the first semifinal game and the championship is slated for a 1 p.m. start on Sunday.