PRINCETON, N.J. -- After a year in which Cornell claimed its second consecutive Ivy League and ECAC titles, earned the top seed in the ECAC playoffs, posted a program-best 22 wins (and counting) and earned the top-overall ranking in the nation for several weeks, it's no surprise that the 2011 Ivy League Women's Hockey Player and Rookie of the Year award winners hail from the Big Red roster.
Sophomore defenseman Laura Fortino (Hamilton, Ontario) was voted the Player of the Year by the Ivy head coaches, while freshman forward Brianne Jenner (Oakville, Ontario) was a unanimous selection as the League's Rookie of the Year.
Fortino notched eight goals and added 26 points for 34 points in 27 games played. She averaged 1.26 points per game while anchoring a stingy Cornell defense that yielded only 28 goals against in 29 games played. Her 26 assists lead the team entering postseason play, and her 34 points are good for fifth. Her 1.26 points per game is the best mark in the nation amongst defenseman. Fortino is the first defenseman to earn Ivy League Player of the Year honors since Harvard's Angela Ruggiero in 2004.
A first team All-Ivy, All-ECAC and All-America selection as a freshman, Fortino also earned All-Ivy first team honors in 2011. In eight Ivy League games played during the 2010-11 season, Fortino notched two goals and added six assists.
Jenner was an offensive force throughout the 2010-11 season for Cornell and helped lead the Big Red to its first back-to-back Ivy League titles since the 1980 and '81 seasons. She led the team in goals with 22 and added 20 assists for a team-high 42 points.
Five of Jenner's goals were game-winning tallies and, in Ivy play, she led the League with eight goals and seven assists for 15 points in eight games played, good for a 1.88 points per Ivy game clip. Her 1.56 points per game ranks second in the nation amongst rookies.
Also from Cornell, junior forwards Rebecca Johnston (Sudbury, Ontario) and Chelsea Karpenko (Winnipeg, Manitoba) join Fortino and Jenner on the All-Ivy first team. The duo helped Cornell post a 26-2-1 overall record (20-1-1 ECAC, 9-1-0 Ivy) heading into postseason play.
Johnston, who won a gold medal with Team Canada at the Vancouver Olympics, netted 21 goals, including five game winners, and added 20 assists to finish second in regular-season scoring for the Big Red with 41 points. She netted eight goals and added five assists for 13 points in eight Ivy games played, which tied for third in Ivy League scoring. She was the 14th player in Cornell history to join the 100 career-point club when she recorded a hat trick versus Yale on Jan. 7, and is the program's all-time goal scoring leader, currently at 62.
Karpenko, a second team All-Ivy selection last season, recorded 16 goals and 23 assists for 39 points, which ranks third on the team heading into ECAC Hockey playoff action. Karpenko finished seventh in the Ivy scoring race with four goals and seven assists for 11 points in eight Ivy games played. She is the third leading scorer in Big Red history with 91 career points.
Dartmouth's Kelly Foley (Boston, Mass.) was also voted an All-Ivy first team selection. It marked the junior's first All-Ivy honor of her career. After being forced to miss the final 13 games of her sophomore season with a leg injury, Foley put together her own comeback story by netting 17 goals and adding 12 assists for 29 points this year. She leads the Big Green into the ECAC Hockey playoffs as the team's leading goal scorer and second-leading point scorer. In 10 Ivy games played, she netted six goals and three assists for nine points.
Teaming up with Fortino on the All-Ivy first team blueline is Harvard sophomore Josephine Pucci (Pearl River, N.Y.). In nine Ivy games played, Pucci scored three goals and added four assists for seven points en route to collecting her first career All-Ivy honor. She helped Harvard post 15-10-4 mark in the regular season (14-5-3 ECAC, 5-3-2 Ivy) and advance to the ECAC playoffs as the No. 2 seed. It marks her first career All-Ivy honor.
In net for the All-Ivy first team is Yale senior Jackee Snikeris (Downingtown, Pa.). Snikeris, posted seven wins for the Bulldogs in the 2010-11 season to go along with a stingy 1.98 goals against average and .941 save percentage – the seventh best save percentage in the nation. She had three shutouts on the year as well. Snikeris was an All-Ivy first team selection in 2010 and an honorable mention selection as a freshman.
All-Ivy Notes: A player from Cornell has earned Player of the Year for the second consecutive season (Catherine White in 2010) … A Big Red player has earned Rookie of the Year honors for the fourth consecutive season (Lauriane Rougeau in 2010, Catherine White in 2009 and Rebecca Johnston in 2008) … Laura Fortino earned first team honors for the second consecutive season … Johnston has earned three first team All-Ivy nods in three seasons of play with the Big Red … Catherine White has earned three All-Ivy honors in three seasons.
Player of the Year
Laura Fortino, Cornell (So., D, Hamilton, Ontario)
Rookie of the Year
*Brianne Jenner, Cornell (Fr., F, Oakville, Ontario)
First Team All-Ivy (7)^
*F – Brianne Jenner, Cornell (Fr., Oakville, Ontario)
F – Rebecca Johnston, Cornell (Jr., Sudbury, Ontario)
F – Chelsea Karpenko, Cornell (Jr., Winnipeg, Manitoba)
F – Kelly Foley, Dartmouth (Jr., Boston, Mass.)
D – Laura Fortino, Cornell (So., Hamilton, Ontario)
D – Josephine Pucci, Harvard (So., Pearl River, N.Y.)
G – Jackee Snikeris, Yale (Sr., Downingtown, Pa.)
Second Team All-Ivy (7)^
F – Catherine White, Cornell (Jr., Brampton, Ontario)
F – Amanda Trunzo, Dartmouth (Sr., Andover, Minn.)
F – Liza Ryabkina, Harvard (Sr., Kharkiv, Ukraine)
F – Jillian Dempsey, Harvard (So., Winthrop, Mass.)
D – Lauriane Rougeau, Cornell (So., Beaconsfield, Quebec)
D – Sasha Sherry, Princeton (Sr., Lehighton, Pa.)
G – Rachel Weber, Princeton (Jr., Hudson, Wis.)
Honorable Mention (3)
D – Leanna Coskren, Harvard (Sr., Walpole, Mass.)
D – Sasha Nanji, Dartmouth (So., Markham, Ont.)
G – Lindsay Holdcroft, Dartmouth (Fr., Pittsburgh, Pa.)
* - unanimous selection
^ - due to ties in the voting, each team includes 7 players