Athletics

La Rose Named USCHO Player of the Year

Contact: Ben Badua

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Jonathan La Rose '12 led the nation in save percentage (.943), winning percentage (.886) and shutouts (5).

AMHERST, Mass. – Senior goaltender Jonathan La Rose (Boyle, Alberta) added to his list of postseason honors after being named the USCHO Division III Player of the Year.

Helping the Jeffs to a second NESCAC title in four years, a third NCAA Tournament appearance and the program’s first ever berth into the national semifinals, La Rose led the nation in save percentage (.943), shutouts (5) and winning percentage (.886), while ranking third in goals-against average (1.55).

Having already been named the NESCAC and AHCA Player of the Year, he posted a 19-2-1 overall record in 2011-12, which included a 13-game win streak during the second half of the season. After suffering a 7-4 loss to Bowdoin on Jan. 6, La Rose was nearly unbeatable, stopping 347 of the next 358 shots he faced (.969). He made a season-high 42 stops against Williams on Feb. 18 before making 30 stops the following afternoon in a 2-1 victory over Middlebury in the team’s regular season finale.

La Rose was equally impressive during Amherst’s postseason run, stopping 46-of-47 shots in the first two rounds of the NESCAC Tournament before recovering from a slow start in the conference final against Middlebury, saving 21-of-22 shots in the final two periods.

Continuing to shine in the NCAA Championship, he stopped 27-of-28 shots in a national quarterfinal win against Plattsburgh before making 25 saves against Oswego in the Frozen Four.

The program’s most decorated netminder, La Rose wrapped up his career with a 42-5-3 overall mark with a 1.67 goals-against average and .943 save percentage. Already the NCAA’s single-season record holder in save percentage after stopping 391-of-409 shots faced in 2008-09, he also wraps up his time at Amherst as the career save percentage leader (.943).