Caroline Hu '11 Named NESCAC Co-Player of the Week
Caroline Hu '11 was named MVP of the Cardinal-Panther Classic. (Photo by Stephanie Dutton, SUNY Plattsburgh Athletics)
AMHERST, MA – Amherst College goaltender Caroline Hu ’11 (Cerritos, CA) has been named the NESCAC Women’s Ice Hockey Co-Player of the Week for leading the Lord Jeffs to the Cardinal-Panther Classic title, the conference announced today.
In two games against nationally-ranked teams, Hu stopped 42 of 43 shots faced for an impressive save percentage of .977. Despite facing two of Division III’s best offenses, she allowed only one goal in 125 minutes between the pipes (0.48 GAA) en route to the tournament’s Most Valuable Player award.
Plattsburgh State is averaging 5.0 goals per game this season, but Hu kept the third-ranked Cardinals scoreless through two periods thanks to 16 saves. Plattsburgh finally got on the board in the third period, but the Jeffs would send the game into overtime with a late goal. After neither team scored in the extra session and the game officially ended in a 1-1 tie, a shootout was used to determine which team would advance. Hu stepped up to the challenge and stopped both Cardinal attempts, while the Jeffs converted both of theirs.
In the championship game against sixth-ranked Elmira, Hu stopped all 20 shots she faced—including 10 in the second period and eight in the third—to lead the Jeffs in a 1-0 win. For the season Hu boasts a 3-2-1 record with a 1.67 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage. She is now 32-5-3 (.838) during her time at Amherst.
Winning the Cardinal-Panther Classic marked the end of a grueling stretch that featured seven consecutive road games against nationally-ranked teams, by far the most difficult span of the season. The Jeffs (4-3-2, 3-0-1 NESCAC) will conclude their nine-game road trip this weekend when they head to Connecticut College for a pair of conference games with the Camels (4-5-0, 3-3-0 NESCAC). Nine of Amherst’s final 13 regular-season contests will be played at home, where the Jeffs are riding a 17-game unbeaten streak (14-0-3).
Sharing the Co-Player of the Week honor with Hu is Colby’s Stephanie Scarpato ’11, who was named Most Valuable Player of the Saint Michael’s Holiday Classic. Scarpato led the Mules to the tournament title by scoring three goals and assisting on three others.