Congratulations to Sydney Aveson and Kevin Houle for being named ECAC West Player of the Year and Coach of the Year!!!
Sydney Aveson, Shannon Stewart and Allison Era were all named to the All-Conference First Team. Ali Vakos and Alyssa Parke were named to the Second Team with Bridget Balisy receiving an honorable mention.
Julie Duquette was named to the All-Rookie Team.
CENTERVILLE, Mass. – The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced its 2013-2014 ECAC Women’s West Hockey All-Conference teams today. Plattsburgh State senior goaltender Sydney Aveson (West Covina, Calif.) was named the ECAC Women’s West Player of the Year, and Cardinals’ Head Coach Kevin Houle was voted by his peers as the ECAC Women’s West Coach of the Year for the sixth time. Elmira College junior defensemen Brooke Wilgosh (Regina, Saskatchewan) was selected Defensive Player of the Year and Potsdam State freshman forward Jordan Ott (Hilton, N.Y.) was voted Rookie of the Year. The voting for the ECAC Women’s West All-Conference Teams and major award winners was completed by the head coaches within the ECAC Women’s West.
Aveson posted a 17-1-1 record in goal for the Cardinals this season, leading the country in goals against average (0.37) after surrendering just seven goals in Plattsburgh’s first 25 games. In 1146:40 minutes of action, she recorded the nation’s best save percentage (.980) and has the most shutouts in the country with 13. She was named the ECAC Women’s West Goaltender of the Week seven times, her most recent coming after back-to-back shutouts in a sweep over Oswego State.
Wilgosh anchored the Soaring Eagle defense, which was the second-best scoring defense in the conference and was among the top-five in the country. Offensively, Wilgosh leads the conference in defenseman scoring, netting seven goals and handing out 19 assists for 26 points during the regular season. She was named the ECAC Women’s West Player of the Week on Nov. 20, after collecting five points in a weekend sweep of SUNY Potsdam.
Ott led the Potsdam Bears to a 12-9-4 overall record and 7-5-4 conference mark to secure the No. 5 seed in the ECAC Women’s West Tournament. She is the top-scoring freshman in the conference, notching 22 goals and recording 14 assists for 36 points. She is second in the nation in goals per game and is among the top-10 in points per game. Ott was named ECAC Women’s West Rookie of the Week eight times this season.
Houle earned his sixth Coach of the Year honor after guiding the Cardinals to a share of the ECAC Women’s West regular season crown with a 15-1 conference record and a 23-1-1 overall record. In his eleven seasons behind the bench, Houle has compiled a 256-42-20 record and owns an .836 winning percentage, which ranks first among all active women’s coaches. During his tenure, Plattsburgh has qualified for the NCAA Tournament nine times, while winning eight conference regular-season titles and three ECAC Women’s West Tournament Championships.
The 2014 ECAC Women’s West Hockey Tournament begins on Saturday March 1 and concludes Sunday, March 9. The semifinals and finals will take place on Saturday, March 8 and Sunday March 9 at Plattsburgh’s Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena. For more information regarding the 2014 ECAC Women’s West Hockey Tournament, including scores, game times and locations, visit www.ecacdiiihockey.com.
2013-2014 ECAC Women’s West Hockey Major Award Winners
Player of the Year
Sydney Aveson, G, Sr., Plattsburgh State
Defensive Player of the Year
Brooke Wilgosh, D, Jr., Elmira College
Rookie of the Year
Jordan Ott, F, Fr., Potsdam State
Coach of the Year
Kevin Houle, Plattsburgh State
2013-2014 ECAC Women’s West Hockey First Team All-Conference
Ashley Ryan, Jr., Elmira College
Tanis Lamoureux, Sr., Elmira College
Shannon Stewart, Jr., Plattsburgh State
Brooke Wilgosh, Jr., Elmira College
Allison Era, Sr., Plattsburgh State
Sydney Aveson, Sr., Plattsburgh State
2013-2014 ECAC Women’s West Hockey Second Team All-Conference
Megan Myers, Sr., Utica College
Jordan Ott, Fr., Potsdam State
Ali Vakos, Sr., Plattsburgh State
Jocelyn St. Clair, Sr., Oswego State
Alyssa Parke, Jr., Plattsburgh State
Lisa Marshall, Sr., Elmira College
2013-2014 ECAC Women’s West Hockey Honorable Mention
Bridget Balisy, So., Plattsburgh State
Kara Goodwin, Jr., Buffalo State
Melissa Seamont, Sr., Oswego State
Brittany Lucky, Sr., Potsdam State
2013-2014 ECAC Women’s West Hockey All-Rookie Team
Jordan Ott, Fr., Potsdam State
Gabrielle Schnepp, Fr., Utica College
Meghan Power, Fr., Neumann University
Julia Duquette, Fr., Plattsburgh State
Allison Ullrich, Fr., Oswego State
Keira Goin, Fr., Utica College
Abby Tardelli, Fr., Potsdam State