Marshfield, MASS. - The American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) has released the 2019-20 CCM/AHCA Women's Division III All-Americans and three New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) standouts in Amanda Conway (Methuen, Mass.), Samantha Benoit (Bow, N.H.) and Sophie McGovern (Hermantown, Minn.) of Norwich University garnered the recognition. Further, Conway was named the 2020 Laura Hurd Winner as the Division III Women's Player of the Year.
Conway, a three-time First Team All-American as a forward, led the nation in scoring with 32 goals and 27 assists for 59 points in 29 games played en route to winning the 2020 Laura Hurd award. She led all of Division III in goals, points and points per game at 2.03.
She also set Norwich's record for career goals scored with 116. Conway has 116 goals and 72 assists for 188 points in 111 career games. Her 116 goals rank third all-time in NCAA Division III history and her point total ties for 4th all-time. She becomes the second player in Norwich women's hockey history to earn the honor and first since 2012 when former Cadet Julie Fortier earned the recognition.
Said Norwich head coach Sophie Leclerc about Conway, "Her resume shows and fortifies her standing as one of the greatest players in Division III Women's Hockey history. These numbers do not justify who and what Amanda is. 'Conway,' as she is called by teammates, has never lost the essence of who she is despite of all the individual notoriety she has gained. Amanda remains one of the hardest workers day in and day out, both on and off the ice. She has devoted herself to her craft. She has an incomprehensible intrinsic motivation: she wants to be the best she can be for her team, coaches, family, and school."
Two of Conway's teammates in Benoit and McGovern join her on this year's list of All-Americans as Benoit earned her second straight First Team nod as a defender while McGovern earned a spot on the second team as a forward.
Both Benoit and McGovern earned First Team NEHC All-Conference accolades after impressive seasons with the Cadets. Benoit led the nation in assists per game as she racked up 29 over 28 games for 1.04 per game average. She finished the season second in defenseman scoring as her 35 points (6-29) averaged 1.25 points per game. McGovern finished the year ranked seventh in points per game (1.52) while her 44 points were tied for second-most in the country.
The Laura Hurd Award and CCM Hockey/AHCA All-American Hockey teams are voted on nationally by the head coaches of NCAA Division III women's hockey programs.
For the full 2019-20 All-American Teams click here.
For the full Laura Hurd Award release click here.