Men's and Women's Hockey Programs Add to Postseason Honors

Contact: Ben Badua

Senior Trip Wray
Senior Randi Zukas
Senior Courtney Hanlon
Sophomore Geneva Lloyd

AMHERST, MA – Four Amherst College student-athletes were recently honored at the 2010-11 New England Hockey Writers Association Awards Dinner, adding to a growing list of postseason accolades for the Lord Jeffs’ men’s and women’s programs.

Seniors Courtney Hanlon (Fullerton, CA) and Randi Zukas (Glen Head, NY) and sophomore Geneva Lloyd (Calgary, Alberta)were each named to the New England Women’s Division II/III All-Star team at the organization’s annual gala held on Wednesday, Apr. 13 at the Prince Restaurant in Saugus, MA, while senior Trip Wray (Walpole, MA) garnered praise on the men’s side as this year’s Thomas Lawler Award winner.

Named after former Merrimack College head coach Thomas Lawler, the award annually recognizes a player from NCAA Division II or III who best combines heart, ability and sportsmanship, while making their team better with their commitment, hustle, leadership and teamwork. A solid contributor in his four years in Purple and White, Wray made 21 appearances this season, equaling a career-high with 11 points on three goals and eight assists. The first Amherst player to win the award since Erik DiNardo ’03 in 2003, the senior forward wrapped up his career with 15 goals and 17 assists.

Having already earned AHCA second-team All-America and first-team All-NESCAC recognition earlier this season, Zukas and Lloyd added to their already impressive list of postseason laurels with their second-straight appearance on the New England Women’s Division II/III All-Star team.

A staple in the Amherst line-up, Zukas continued to live up to her reputation as one of the program’s most decorated defensemen, finishing the season second amongst NCAA Division III blue-liners in points per game (1.07). The Calgary native ranked fourth overall in the NESCAC in points with 29 (4-25-29) – the second-highest total for a defenseman in the league. Over the course of her career, Zukas has compiled 90 points on 17 goals and 73 assists, with Amherst amassing an 87-17-10 overall mark during that span.

Lloyd followed up a breakout rookie campaign with an equally impressive sophomore season, leading the team in scoring (12-20-32), after putting up 31 points on nine goals and 22 assists a year ago. The Glen Head native led all conference defenders in scoring and power-play points (23), while ranking first nationally amongst all blue-liners in points per game (1.19).

One of just six Amherst players to crack to 100-point plateau, Hanlon earned her third first-team All-NESCAC accolade this season in addition to being named to the New England Division II/III All-Star squad. The senior forward finished tied for sixth in the league in scoring (15-13-28) this season, tallying the fourth most goals in the conference. With 65 goals and 61 assists to her credit, Hanlon wrapped up her career ranked fourth on the Lord Jeffs’ scoring charts.

2010-11 New England Women’s Division II/III All-Stars

Alexi Bloom, Sr., (Middlebury College)
Teraysa White, Jr., (New England College)

Geneva Lloyd, So., (Amherst College)
Randi Zukas, Sr., (Amherst College)

Amanda Wilks, Jr., (Norwich College)
Sarianne Lynn, Jr., (Norwich College)

Sophie Leclerc, Sr., (Norwich College)
Kim Weiss, Sr., (Trinity College)
Stacy Hochkins, Jr., (College of the Holy Cross)
Rose Marie Giarrusso, So., (Saint Anselm College)
Courtney Hanlon, Sr., (Amherst College)
Kayte Holtz, So., (Bowdoin College)