Athletics

2008-09 Milestones

TEAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Defeated two-time national champion Elmira College in overtime of NCAA Championship Finals, 4-3, to mark program’s first national title
  • Defeated three-time national champion Middlebury in national semifinals, 3-2
  • Defeated two-time defending national champion Plattsburgh State in national quarterfinals, 4-1, marking the first win over the Cardinals in program history
  • Became fifth program in Amherst history to win a national title
  • Went undefeated in NESCAC play (16-0-0) to earn the NESCAC Championship’s top seed for the first time in program history
  • Defeated No. 8 Hamilton (7-1) and No. 6 Connecticut College (6-1) to earn a third consecutive trip to the NESCAC Championship finals
  • Ended a 50-game unbeaten streak against NESCAC opponents (43-0-7)
  • Tied a conference record for goals scored in a NESCAC Championship (16)
  • Ranked #1 in USCHO.com National Poll on Dec. 8
  • Ranked #6 in final USCHO.com National Poll
  • Finished at 24-5-0 to set new program record for wins in a season, marking the third highest winning percentage in Division III (.828)
  • Hosted an NCAA Tournament game for the second consecutive year
  • Led the NESCAC in scoring defense (1.48 goals/game)
  • Finished second in the NESCAC in scoring offense (3.76 g/gm) and in power play percentage (21.6), and third in penalty kill percentage (86.3)
  • Featured 13 players with at least 10 points

INDIVIDUAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Head Coach Jim Plumer

  • Named American Hockey Coaches Association Division III Women’s Hockey Coach of the Year
  • Named NESCAC Coach of the Year
  • Led Amherst to third consecutive 20-win season

Senior Defenseman Julie Radziewicz (Captain)

  • Named to NESCAC All-Academic Team
  • Named to NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team
  • Part of the program’s winningest senior class (74-31-7)
  • Finished career with four goals and 18 assists for 22 points

Senior Forward Lindsey Harrington (Captain)

  • Named NESCAC Player of the Week on Jan. 26
  • Named to All-NESCAC Second Team
  • Named to NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team
  • Part of the program’s winningest senior class (74-31-7)
  • Finished tied for seventh in the NESCAC in assists (15), tied for 10th in points (24) and tied for 20th in goals (9)
  • Finished career with 47 goals and 52 assists for 99 points

Senior Forward Anna MacLean

  • Named to NESCAC All-Academic Team
  • Part of the program’s winningest senior class (74-31-7)
  • Finished career with 34 goals and 32 assists for 66 points

Senior Forward Tarasai Karega

  • Part of the program’s winningest senior class (74-31-7)
  • Finished tied for fourth in the NESCAC in assists (16), seventh in points (26), tied for eighth in power play goals (4), tied for 10th in power play points (9) and tied for 16th in goals (10)
  • Finished career with 61 goals and 51 assists for 112 points

Junior Defenseman Kirsten Dier (Captain)

  • Named to NESCAC All-Academic Team
  • Named to NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team
  • Finished tied for eighth in the NESCAC in defenseman scoring (5-9-14)

Junior Goaltender Krystyn Elek

  • Named NESCAC Player of the Week on Dec. 1
  • Named NESCAC Co-Player of the Year
  • Named to All-NESCAC First Team
  • Named to RBK Hockey All-America East Second Team
  • Named to NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team
  • Led the NESCAC in goals-against average (1.38) and save percentage (.943)
  • Posted a 16-3-0 record for the NESCAC’s second highest winning percentage (.842)

Junior Forward Kate Dennett

  • Named to NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team
  • Scored two goals in national championship game, including the game-winner
  • Finished tied for fifth in the NESCAC in power play points (11), tied for eighth in points (25) and power play goals (4), tied for 11th in goals (11) and tied for 12th in assists (14)
  • Scored team-high four game-winning goals

Junior Forward Michelle McGann

  • Finished tied for eighth in the NESCAC in power play goals (4)

Sophomore Forward Courtney Hanlon

  • Named to All-NESCAC First Team
  • Scored Amherst’s first goal in national championship game
  • Tied a conference record for points scored in a NESCAC Championship (6)
  • Finished second in the NESCAC in points (33), third in goals (19), tied for fifth in power play points (11) and tied for 12th in assists (14)
  • Scored team-high four game-winning goals

Sophomore Defenseman Randi Zukas

  • Named to All-NESCAC Second Team
  • Finished tied for third in the NESCAC in defenseman scoring (6-10-16)

Sophomore Defenseman Julia Koch

  • Finished tied for third in the NESCAC in defenseman scoring (3-13-16) and tied for 17th in assists (13)

First-year Forward Emily Vitale

  • Scored Amherst’s third goal in national championship game
  • Finished second in the NESCAC in first-year scoring (7-15-22), tied for seventh in assists (15) and tied for 14th in points (22)

First-year Defenseman Stephanie Clegg

  • Finished tied for fifth in the NESCAC in first-year scoring and tied for eighth in defenseman scoring (3-11-14)

First-year Forward Josie Fisher

  • Finished tied for 12th in the NESCAC in first-year scoring (4-6-10)