Portions Courtesy of Cornell Athletic Communications and
Harvard Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- After a regular-season in which Cornell claimed its third-consecutive Ivy League and ECAC Hockey regular-season titles, the Big Red also swept the Ivy League women's hockey awards as senior Rebecca Johnston (Sudbury, Ontario) was named the League's Player of the Year and freshman forward Jillian Saulnier (Halifax, Nova Scotia) earned Rookie of the Year honors as voted on by the League's six head coaches.
It marks the third-consecutive season in which Cornell has swept the Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Year awards (Catherine White in 2010 and Laura Fortino in 2011). A Big Red freshman has claimed Rookie of the year honors for five-straight seasons, a stretch that started when Johnston was named the Rookie of the Year in 2008 followed by White in 2009, Lauriane Rougeau in 2010 and Brianne Jenner in 2011.
Johnston, who is in her senior campaign now because she took the 2010 year off from college hockey to play for Team Canada in the Vancouver Olympics where she won a gold medal, is Cornell's leading scorer with 49 points on 23 goals and 26 assists. In eight Ivy League games this season, she notched nine goals and five assists for 14 points, tied for second in scoring. Her 1.75 points-per Ivy game is also second in League games. Johnston leads all scorers in ECAC Hockey and has netted five game-winning goals for the Big Red this year. Her 1.81 points per game puts her eighth in the country in that category and her 0.85 goals per game is the ninth-best mark in the country.
Saulnier, playing on the top line as a left wing for most of the season, is second in the country in points per game among rookies (1.56) and is tied for 17th in points per game nationally among all players. She scored 20 goals and tallied 22 assists this year, most recently scoring the overtime game-winning goal against Clarkson on last Friday night (her second game-winning goal of the season). In terms of league statistics, Saulnier is tied for fifth in Ivy League scoring with eight goals and five assists for 13 points in 10 Ivy games played. She ranks tied for third among all ECAC Hockey players in points and goals and tied for sixth in assists.
Jenner (Oakville, Ontario), now a sophomore, joined Johnston as a unanimous All-Ivy first team selection at forward. She earned her second-straight unanimous selection to the All-Ivy first team. In Ivy games, she led the League with 15 points on the strength of four goals and 11 assists. Overall she has totaled 48 points this season on 16 goals and 32 assists and trails only Johnston in points scored amongst ECAC Hockey payers. Her 31 assists lead ECAC Hockey.
Rounding out the forwards, Harvard junior Jillian Dempsey (Winthrop, Mass.) was also a unanimous choice by the coaches. Dempsey was Harvard’s top scorer in the regular-season with 42 points on 23 goals and 19 assists, and also led the team with a +30 rating. She ranks 17th in the nation in points per game (1.56), tied for ninth in the nation in goals per game (0.85) and is tied for tenth in the nation with eight power-play goals in just 27 games played. Her crowning moment came Feb. 4 against Princeton, as she netted her first career hat trick and finished the game with five goals, just one shy of the NCAA record. Dempsey was second team All-Ivy selection as a freshman and sophomore.
The Big Red blue line duo of juniors Rogeau (Beaconsfield, Quebec) and Fortino (Hamilton, Ontario) were also unanimous selections to the All-Ivy first team. Rogeau, a second-team selection as a sophomore and first-team and Rookie of the Year honoree as a freshman, has tallied five goals this season and racked up 17 assists. Fortino, who was the Ivy League Player of the Year in 2011 and earned first-team honors as a freshman and sophomore, has 32 points on five goals and 27 assists this year and is the country's best scoring defenseman with 1.19 points per game. Her 27 assists leads all defensemen in ECAC Hockey by eight, and her +38 plus/minus rating is only equaled by Rougeau. In Ivy games played, Rougeau has three goals and five assists for eight poits, while Fortino has eight points on a goal and seven assists.
In net, Brown sophomore Aubree Moore (Bowie, Md.) and Princeton senior Rachel Weber (Hudson, Wis.) were both named to the first team due to a tie in the voting. It marks Moore's first career All-Ivy honor and she becomes Brown's first first-team honoree since forward Hayley Moore did so following the 2007-08 season. Aubree Moore posted a 1.98 GAA overall on the year and a 2.23 mark in Ivy play. She also has a .934 save percentage in Ivy play and an overall mark of .938 – the top mark amongst Ivy goalies in all games played this season.
Weber caps her career with her second career All-Ivy award after being named to the second team last season. This season, Weber posted a 12-13-14 regular-season mark, to go along with a 2.02 GAA and a .931 save percentage as she started each of Princeton's 29 games. In Ivy games, Weber had a 1.55 GAA and a .949 save percentage. She is the first Tiger to earn All-Ivy first-team honors since 2009 (defenseman Katherine Dineen).
Player of the Year
Rebecca Johnston, Cornell (Sr., Sudbury, Ontario)*
Rookie of the Year
Jillian Saulnier, Cornell (Fr., Halifax, Nova Scotia)*
Jillian Dempsey, Harvard (Jr., Winthrop, Mass.)*
Rebecca Johnston, Cornell (Sr., Sudbury, Ontario)*
Brianne Jennner, Cornell (So., Oakville, Ontario)*
Lauriane Rougeau, Cornell (Jr., Beaconsfield, Quebec)*
Laura Fortino, Cornell (Jr.; Hamilton, Ontario)*
Aubree Moore, Brown (So., Bowie, Md.)
Rachel Weber, Princeton (Sr., Hudson, Wis.)
Reagan Fischer, Dartmouth (Sr., Irma, Alberta)
Kelly Foley, Dartmouth (Sr., South Boston, Mass.)
Lyndsey Fry, Harvard (So., Chandler, Ariz.)
Sarah Edney, Harvard; (Fr., Mississauga, Ontario)
Sasha Nanji, Dartmouth (Jr., Markham, Ontario)
Lindsay Holdcroft, Dartmouth (So., Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Amanda Mazzotta, Cornell (Sr., London, Ontario)
Honorable Mention All-Ivy
Jillian Saulnier, Cornell (Fr., Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Catherine White, Cornell (Sr., Brampton, Ontario)
Chelsea Karpenko, Cornell (Sr., Winnipeg, Manitoba)
Alyssa Gagliardi, Cornell (So., Raleigh, N.C.)
Laura Bellamy, Harvard (Jr., Duluth, Minn.)
* Unanimous selection
^ Expanded to two goalies due to ties in voting
- A player from Cornell has earned Player of the Year for three consecutive seasons (Catherine White in 2010 & Laura Fortino in 2011).
- A Big Red player has earned Rookie of the Year honors for the fifth-consecutive season (Brianne Jenner in 2011, Lauriane Rougeau in 2010, Catherine White in 2009 and Rebecca Johnston in 2008).
- Cornell’s Laura Fortino earned first team honors for the third consecutive season.
- Johnston has earned four first team All-Ivy nods in her Big Red career.
- Catherine White has earned three All-Ivy honors in three seasons.
- Rachel Weber is the first Tiger to earn All-Ivy first-team honors since 2009 (Katherine Dineen).
- Aubree Moore is the first Brown player to earn All-Ivy first team honors since 2008 (Hayley Moore).