Amherst Earns Three All-NESCAC First Team Selections

AMHERST, MA – Amherst College’s Courtney Hanlon ’11 (Fullerton, CA), Randi Zukas ’11 (Glen Head, NY) and Geneva Lloyd ’13 (Calgary, Alberta) were recognized when the NESCAC announced its 2011 Women’s Ice Hockey All-Conference Team today.

This is the fifth consecutive year in which Amherst has placed at least two players on the All-NESCAC First Team. The Lord Jeffs earned only one All-Conference selection from 2002-06, but they have earned 19 (12 First Team) in the past five seasons.

Courtney Hanlon '11
Randi Zukas '11
Geneva Lloyd '13

Hanlon earned a 2010 All-NESCAC Second Team selection after recording 30 points as a junior, but she is back on the First Team for the third time in her career. Hanlon led Amherst in goals as a first-year (15-20-35), sophomore (19-14-33) and junior (16-14-30), and she is on pace to make it 4-for-4 this season. With 14 goals and nine assists thus far, Hanlon has brought her career point total to 121, which ranks fourth on the program’s all-time list. Five of her 14 goals have come on the power play—the nation’s best man-advantage unit at the moment—while three have served as the game winner.

Often the most talented player on the ice, Hanlon was held to 12 points on eight goals and four assists through the first 18 games of the season despite constantly putting herself in a position to score. The floodgates were bound to open eventually, as Hanlon has been unstoppable as of late and will bring a seven-game point streak (6-5-11) into this weekend’s NESCAC Championship action. She has picked up at least one point in nine of her 10 career conference tournament games, totaling 10 goals and seven assists in those outings.

Zukas, a two-time Second Team selection in her first two seasons before being promoted to the First Team in 2010, is second among league blue-liners and tied for fourth overall in points with 28, half of which have come during her current eight-game scoring streak (1-13-14). She ranks second among Division III defensemen in scoring (1.12 ppg) and is third in assists per game (0.96), while 16 of her team- and conference-leading 24 assists have occurred on the power play.

Zukas has increased her point total from one season to the next, recording 15 (1-14) as a first-year, 16 (6-10) as a sophomore and 30 (6-24) as a junior, and she is only three points shy of continuing that trend. The only All-America First Team selection in program history, Zukas joins Hanlon and Trinity senior forward Kim Weiss as the three players on this year’s seven-member First Team to have earned All-Conference in some form every single year they have been in the NESCAC.

A dynamic two-way player, Lloyd currently leads her squad in scoring for the second-straight winter, amassing 10 goals and 19 assists for 29 points, just two shy of the 31 she recorded as a rookie. Lloyd ranks first among Division III defensemen in scoring (1.16 ppg) and leads the conference in power-play points with 20 (6-14-20), as she finished the 16-game NESCAC schedule ranked first in points over conference games with nine goals and 13 assists.

Lloyd has challenged Zukas for the team lead in points throughout the season, but the sophomore holds a slim advantage after recording three goals and eight assists in her past five games. She ranks second in the NESCAC in assists with 19, five of which have come in the past two games. Lloyd and Zukas spearhead a defensive unit that has held its opponent to one goal or fewer on 11 occasions.

Bill Mandigo was named NESCAC Coach of the Year for leading the Panthers to the conference’s No. 1 seed, while Trinity forward Kim Weiss ’11 and Connecticut College forward Courtney Dumont ’14 were named Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year, respectively. Amherst, Middlebury and Trinity each placed three players on the All-Conference Team.

All-NESCAC First Team
F - Kayte Holtz ’13 (Bowdoin)
F - Courtney Hanlon '11 (Amherst)
F - Kim Weiss ’11 (Trinity)
D - Geneva Lloyd ’13 (Amherst)
D - Madison Styrbicki ’13 (Middlebury)
D - Randi Zukas ’11 (Amherst)
G - Alexi Bloom ’11 (Middlebury)

All-NESCAC Second Team
F - Courtney Dumont ’14 (Connecticut College)
F - Julia Ireland ’11 (Middlebury)
F - Stephanie Scarpato ’11 (Colby)
D - Laura Komarek ’11 (Trinity)
D - Brigid O'Gorman ’11 (Connecticut College)
G - Alexa Pujol ’14 (Trinity)

NESCAC Player of the Year
F - Kim Weiss '11 (Trinity)

NESCAC Rookie of the Year
F - Courtney Dumont ’14 (Connecticut College)

NESCAC Coach of the Year
Bill Mandigo (Middlebury)