Amherst's Hanlon Named NESCAC Co-Player of the Week
Today's honor is Hanlon's second NESCAC Player of the Week award this season, following her win on January 25, 2010. Hanlon was named to the All-NESCAC Second Team last week, after earning First Team honors during both her rookie and sophomore seasons.
In Saturday’s semifinal game against Bowdoin, Amherst found itself trailing 2-0 in the third period after surrendering a short-handed goal in the second minute of the frame. Hanlon assisted Randi Zukas (Glen Head, NY) on a power play goal just 72 seconds later, cutting the deficit to 2-1. Just over six minutes later, Hanlon tied the game at 2-2 with a goal of her own, forcing an eventual overtime. The Lord Jeffs scored the game-winner just past the halfway point of the first overtime, earning a spot in the NESCAC Championship game for the fourth straight season.
In yesterday’s championship game, after Amherst and Trinity went to overtime in a 1-1 deadlock, Hanlon gave the Lord Jeff’s their third NESCAC Championship with the game-winner 5:57 into the extra-session. The score is was Hanlon’s team-leading 16th goal of the season, and her fourth game-winner of the year. Hanlon beat Trinity goaltender Isabel Iwachiw for the championship-clinching score, and now shares the final NESCAC Player of the Week honors with her. Iwachiw made 127 saves in the conference tournament’s three games, setting a new record for saves in a single campaign.
After winning Sunday’s title, Amherst moved up to the top spot in today’s USCHO.com poll, leap-frogging Plattsburgh State. The win also lifted Amherst to the top overall spot in the seven-team NCAA Division III Tournament. With the No. 1 seed, Amherst received the tournament’s only bye, and will await the winner of this weekend’s national quarterfinal between UW-River Falls and Gustavus Adolphus in the national semifinals. A site for the “Frozen Four” will not be determined until this weekend’s games are completed.