NEHC Announces Women's Major Awards And All-Conference Teams


Weekly Honors



MARSHFIELD, Mass. - The New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) women's division announced the recipients of the league's major award winners, All-Conference and All-Rookie Teams as selected by the league's nine head coaches.

Amanda Conway (Methuen, Mass.) of Norwich University earned her third-straight Player of the Year honor after leading the NEHC in scoring with 36 points on 22 goals and 14 assists. Her 46 overall points (25-21) lead the country in scoring as she is averaging 1.84 points per game. Conway's win marks the first time in league history that a student-athlete has been honored as the league's Player of the Year three times. Conway also earned the league's Rookie of the Year award in 2017.

Conway's teammate Ann-Frederique Guay (St-Lambert-de-Lauzon, Que.) was named Rookie of the Year after leading the NEHC in freshman scoring with 20 points on 12 goals and eight assists. Overall, she has notched 24 points on 14 goals and ten assists on the year.

University of Massachusetts Boston's Caty Flagg (Methuen, Mass.) earned Goaltender of the Year accolades after an incredible senior campaign. The senior netminder led the NEHC in minutes played (944:37), goals against average (1.78) and save percentage (.940). Her five overall shutouts this season are tied for fourth-most nationally.

Mike Venezia of Castleton University was named Coach of the Year by his peers after guiding the Spartans to a 10-4-2 conference record and the number two seed in the NEHC postseason.

Joining Conway on first team are fellow Cadet teammates Sophie McGovern (Hermantown, Minn.) and Samantha Benoit (Bow, N.H.) McGovern ranked second in the NEHC in scoring with 31 points on 11 goals and 20 assists. Benoit was an offensive threat from the blue line for Norwich as her 23 points (2-21) led all defender scoring in the conference. Her 21 assists were also tops in the league.

Flagg's teammates Katie Leffler (Key Largo, Fla.) and Adelaide Budington (Winnetka, Ill.) were also recognized as First-Team selections. Leffler recorded 14 points in conference play on eight goals and six assists while Budington helped lock down the blue line for the Beacons. UMB was second in scoring defense, allowing a mere 1.88 goals per game to their NEHC opponents. Budington also tacked on five assists during league play.

Norwich led the league with nine honorees to the All-Conference and All-Rookie teams followed by UMass Boston with four selections.

Below is a complete list of the 2019-2020 NEHC All-Conference and All-Rookie Teams.

FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
Forward: Katie Leffler, University of Massachusetts Boston
Forward: Amanda Conway, Norwich University
Forward: Sophie McGovern, Norwich University
Defense: Adelaide Budington, University of Massachusetts Boston
Defense: Samantha Benoit, Norwich University
Goaltender: Caty Flagg, University of Massachusetts Boston

SECOND TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
Forward: Courtney Gauthier, Castleton University
Forward: Hannah Tracy, Johnson & Wales University
Forward: Maddy Burton, Suffolk University
Defense: Morgan Tefft, Norwich University
Defense: Sydney Linnick, Plymouth State University
Goaltender: Alexis Kalm, Castleton University

THIRD TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
Forward: Alexis Fagan, Plymouth State University
Forward: Caitlin Connor, Plymouth State University
Forward: Shana Cote, Suffolk University
Defense: Casey Traill, Castleton University
Defense: Kayla Goleniak, Norwich University
Goaltender: Alexa Berg, Norwich University

ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
Forward: Koryn Russell, Johnson & Wales University
Forward: Ann-Frederique Guay, Norwich University
Forward: Ingrid Holstad-Berge, Norwich University
Defense: Adelaide Budington, University of Massachusetts Boston
Defense: Molly Flanagan, Norwich University
Goaltender: Julia McLellan, Suffolk University