Jonathan La Rose Named NESCAC Player of the Week

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AMHERST, MA – The New England Small College Athletic Conferenc named Amherst College sophomore goaltender Jonathan La Rose (Boyle, Alberta) the Men’s Ice Hockey Player of the Week this afternoon for his hand in the Lord Jeffs winning their first-ever NESCAC Championship over the weekend. La Rose picked up a shutout win over Trinity College in the semifinal round.

Over the weekend, La Rose and the top-seeded Amherst team served as the hosts for the semifinals and final of the 2009 NESCAC Championship. La Rose got the start in net on Friday evening, as Amherst took on No. 4 Trinity College.

The second-year netminder was superb between the pipes, stopping all 44 shots he faced from the Bantams in a 3-0 win. The shutout victory was La Rose’s third of the 2008-09 season. Classmate Cole Anderson (Sylvan Lake, Alberta) played for Amherst the championship game, as Amherst skated past Middlebury College 5-2 for the program’s first conference title.

La Rose and Anderson have been stellar all year, as La Rose is the national leader in goals-against-average at 1.42, with Anderson close behind at 1.49. The two flip-flop in the national rankings for save percentage, with Anderson’s .954 barely edging La Rose’s .953 for tops nationally.

The pair of strong goaltending performances came just days after Anderson and La Rose were named to the NESCAC's All-Conference First and Second Teams, respectively. After taking home the conference crown, Amherst earned an automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

The Lord Jeffs will host Babson College in the NCAA Tournament’s First Round on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. The Beavers enter the Tournament with a 13-13-1 record after an improbable run to the ECAC-East title. Read an in-depth tournament preview and find the full NCAA Tournament bracket by clicking here.