CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sophomore goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer has been named a finalist for the prestigious Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, the USA Hockey Foundation announced Thursday. Maschmeyer is the lone netminder on the list of 10 student-athletes holding hopes of being touted as the nation's best player.
Maschmeyer has backstopped No. 5/5 Harvard to a 21-4-4 record, an Ivy League championship and the No. 2 seed in the ECAC Tournament. Thanks in part to Maschmeyer's efforts in the crease, the Crimson owns the fifth-best scoring defense in the land (1.41 GAA). Harvard has killed off a nation-best 93.8-percent of its opponents power plays.
For her part, the Bruderheim, Alberta, native is fourth in the NCAA, and tops in the ECAC, in save percentage (.948) and ninth in goals against average (1.59). She is a three-time ECAC Goaltender of the Week and was named the conference's Goaltender of the Month for December.
Harvard has been closely linked to the Patty Kazmaier Award as six Crimson have been honored with the distinction – the most by any program in the country – since its inception in 1998. Jillian Dempsey '12-13, a senior co-captain a year ago was a finalist last season, but the last Harvard skater to bring home the honor was Sarah Vaillancourt '08-09 in 2008.
The top-10 will be whittled down to three finalists by a panel of 13 members of the selection committee on March 6.