CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Announcing its team awards and new captains at its annual banquet, Harvard women's hockey honored its 2016-17 team over the weekend while bestowing awards to a trio of student-athletes.
Junior Lexie Laing was named the team's most valuable player, capping a season in which she led the team in points and assists. Laing was a consistent threat at center, tallying three multi-point games, including a season-best three in the Beanpot consolation against Boston University. She is on-pace to vault high into the Crimson record books as a senior.
The Dooley Award, presented to the player who best combines the qualities of sportsmanship, enthusiasm, and devotion to her team and to the game of ice hockey, was awarded to senior captain Briana Mastel. Mastel also led the team in assists, recording a career-best 15 points with two goals. Her versatility was on full display, finishing the season at both center and defense.
The Bertagna Award for the most improved player went to sophomore forward Kate Hallett. Hallett, in her first full season on offense, posted a career-best five points on three goals and two assists, while holding one of the best plus/minuses on the team. Hallett closed the season with four points in her last seven games.
The Crimson also unveiled a new award, which was presented to, and named after, Johanna Boynton '88. The new 'Johanna "JoJo" Boynton Award' is given to the person who, without garnering recognition or praise, has positively influenced the women's Harvard hockey program with a tremendous attitude, passion for the sport and a willingness to help in any capacity, while sharing in HH's commitment to excellence. Boynton was a four-year letterwinner as a player for Harvard, where she helped the team to a pair of Ivy League championships.
Capping the afternoon's presentations, Laing, Hallett and Haley Mullins were named the team's captains for the 2017-18 campaign.