Krystyn Elek Named NESCAC Player of the Week
Sophomore Krystyn Elek has allowed a combined three goals in three postseason games this year.
AMHERST, MA – Amherst College sophomore goaltender Krystyn Elek (Summerville, SC) has been named the Women’s Ice Hockey Player of the Week for leading the Lord Jeffs to their second-straight conference championship. Elek led the second-seeded Jeffs to a 2-1 win over third-seeded Trinity on Saturday and a 7-1 victory over fourth-seeded Colby Sunday in the title game. This marks the third time in the past two years Elek has been named the NESCAC Player of the Week.
Elek made a combined 44 saves while allowing just two goals for a save percentage of .957 during the final two rounds of the championship. She recorded 23 saves while allowing just one goal in Saturday’s semifinal game against Trinity and followed up by stopping 21 shots in Amherst’s win over Colby in the finals.
Performing well in the postseason is nothing new for Elek, who last year set NESCAC Championship records for saves in a game (65) and saves in a tournament (127), as she carried the Jeffs on her back en route to the program's first-ever conference title.
Elek was one of the top goaltenders in the NESCAC this season. She finished fourth in the conference (seventh in the nation) in goals against average (1.25) and had one of the best save percentages at .944, which is good for third in the NESCAC and sixth in the nation. Her superb goaltending led the Lord Jeffs to a 20-3-4 overall record and 12-0-4 mark in the conference.
Amherst’s conference title once again earned the Jeffs one of seven berths into the NCAA Tournament, as they return to action Saturday when they host Elmira (21-5-1) in the first round at 3 p.m.
Krystyn Elek’s NESCAC Honors
2007 NESCAC Rookie of the Year
2007 NESCAC All-Conference First Team
2008 NESCAC All-Conference Second Team
NESCAC Player of the Week for period ending Jan. 18, 2007
NESCAC Player of the Week for period ending Mar. 5, 2007
NESCAC Player of the Week for period ending Mar. 9, 2008