Athletics

Elek Earns NESCAC Co-Player of the Year Honors to Lead Four Jeffs on All-Conference Teams

Elmira 1Krystyn Elek was named the NESCAC Co-Player of the Year.

From a NESCAC Release

HADLEY, MA - Amherst junior goaltender Krystyn Elek (Summerville, S.C.) was chosen as the 2009 NESCAC Co-Players of the Year, as determined by the conference coaches. She shares the award with Hamilton sophomore forward Stephanie Miguel (Maple, Ontario).  Miguel led the NESCAC in overall scoring this season, while Elek backstopped the two-time defending NESCAC Women’s Ice Hockey Champion Jeffs to a sterling 16-0-0 league record, the second time in conference history that a team has won all 16 games. They are the first individuals from their respective institutions to garner Player of the Year.

Elek garnered All-NESCAC honors for the third consecutive year, as she was selected to the First Team in 2006 before being recognized on the Second Team in 2007. Leading the league and among the top netminders in the nation statistically, the 2006 NESCAC Rookie of the Year owns a 12-3-0 record with four shutouts along with a 1.30 goals against average and a .945 save percentage heading into this weekend’s NESCAC championship. Elek’s figures were even more impressive against conference opponents, as her .971 save percentage this season was the highest ever in league play while her 0.63 goals against average was second-lowest all-time. Through three seasons, Elek is 40-13-6 with a 1.45 goals against average, a .941 save percentage, and 14 shutouts.

Amherst sophomore forward Courtney Hanlon (Fullerton, Calif.) was the only holdover from last year’s First Team this winter. Hanlon currently paces the Jeffs in scoring for the second-straight season, scoring 14 goals - four serving as game-winners - and 13 assists for 27 points to rank fifth in the conference in overall scoring and tied for fourth in goals. She heads into the weekend having recorded a point in eight of Amherst’s last 10 games (8-5-13).

Amherst bench boss Jim Plumer was selected as Coach of the Year for the second time in the past three seasons. Plumer, now in his sixth tour at the helm of the two-time defending conference champion Jeffs, has guided his team to its third consecutive 20-win season, needing just one more win to set the program mark for victories in a year. Amherst also earned the top seed in this winter’s NESCAC Women’s Ice Hockey Championship for the first time in tournament history thanks to their unbeaten record in league play.

Amherst senior tri-captain Lindsey Harrington (Westford, MA) and sophomore defensemen Randi Zukas (Glen Head, NY) grabbed spots on the Second Team as well. Harrington was named NESCAC Player of the Week on January 26, for her five points during wins over Bowdoin and Colby. The forward enters the weekend with nine goals and 10 assists for 19 points on the season, with 94 career points on 47 goals and 47 assists. Zukas has been a solid all season in Amherst’s defensive unit, and has chipped in nicely with six goals and eight helpers on the offensive end.

Amherst will face Conn College at noon on Saturday in the NESCAC semifinal. It is the third time in the last four games that Amherst will face the Camels, with the Jeffs picking up back-to-back wins two weeks ago.

2008-09 NESCAC WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY ALL-CONFERENCE

First Team
F     Courtney Hanlon *   Amherst       So.    Fullerton, Calif.
F     Stephanie Miguel    Hamilton      So.    Maple, Ontario
F     Molly Vitt          Middlebury    Sr.    Kenilworth, Ill.
F     Kim Weiss ^         Trinity       So.    Potomac, Md.
D     Randi Dumont        Middlebury    Sr.    Greene, Maine
D     Kate Marek          Hamilton      Sr.    Alexandria, Va.
G     Krystyn Elek ^      Amherst       Jr.    Summerville, S.C.

Co-Players of the Year:
  Stephanie Miguel, Hamilton; Krystyn Elek, Amherst
Rookie of the Year:  Dominique Lozzi, Bowdoin
Coach of the Year:  Jim Plumer, Amherst

Second Team
F     Annmarie Cellino    Middlebury    Sr.     West Seneca, N.Y.
F     Lindsey Harrington  Amherst       Sr.     Westford, Mass.
F     Becky Julian ^      Colby         Sr.     South Windsor, Conn.
D     Joey Lye            Williams      Sr.     Toronto, Ontario
D     Randi Zukas ^       Amherst       So.     Glen Head, N.Y.
G     Sara Plunkett       Williams      Jr.     Barrington, R.I.
G     Rachel Stemerman    Wesleyan      Sr.     Williamsville, N.Y.

* - 2007-08 All-Conference First Team; ^ - 2007-08 All-Conference Second Team