College Hockey:
Minnesota, Clarkson lead All-USCHO teams

As is often the case, the depth of talent was such that we could have added a line or two and not run out of worthy performers. Some great players were left off, and that was a problem with each of our drafts of a line chart. Forwards, defensemen, goaltenders — there weren’t enough slots at any position. Goalie in particular is an impossible position to rank, because “success” has different thresholds on some teams than it does on others.

We tried to avoid borrowing from Peter to pay Paul, but we did short the All-Rookie team by one defenseman, in part because we felt all of the league rookies of the year and the country’s top freshman scorer were all deserving.

The resulting 24 players represent 15 different squads. Minnesota leads with five honors, while NCAA Champion Clarkson has three. Eight players are seniors, while six are juniors. Three of the four sophomores named made the first team.

First Team
F: Jamie Lee Rattray, Clarkson, Sr.
F: Hannah Brandt, Minnesota, So.
F: Sarah Lefort, Boston University, So.
D: Erin Ambrose, Clarkson, So.
D: Rachel Ramsey, Minnesota, Jr.
G: Alex Rigsby, Wisconsin, Sr.

Second Team
F: Jillian Saulnier, Cornell, Jr.
F: Kelly Babstock, Quinnipiac, Sr.
F: Kelly Terry, Minnesota, Sr.
D: Alyssa Gagliardi, Cornell, Sr.
D: Mel Desrochers, St. Lawrence, Sr.
G: Erica Howe, Clarkson, Sr.

Third Team
F: Christine Bestland, Mercyhurst, Sr.
F: Haley Skarupa, Boston College, So.
F: Rachael Bona, Minnesota, Jr.
D: Sara Schmitt, Ohio State, Jr.
D: Sara Edney, Harvard, Jr.
G: Ali Binnington, RIT, Jr.

All-Rookie Team
F: Phoebe Staenz, Yale
F: Brittany Howard, Robert Morris
F: Dani Cameranesi, Minnesota
F: Andie Anastos, Boston College
D: Lara Stalder, Minnesota-Duluth
G: Jessica Dodds, Robert Morris

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  • Brian

    How is Amanda Leveille not the goalie for the third team? Tied for the top in save percentage and 2nd in GAA in the nation.

    • Arlan Marttila

      After tying former teammate Noora R├Ąty for most wins in a season by a goaltender, she could have had made the first team. In my opinion, goaltender is the hardest position to select, because there are so many terrific seasons from which to pick. It’s impossible to do everyone justice.

  • kenny smith

    Jillian Saulnier was a top three finalist for the Patty Kazmaier award AND led her team to a win over National Champion Clarkson just a couple of weeks before! How does she not deserve a first team placement?

    • Arlan Marttila

      Our hope would be that it would be an honor to be included with the other eight forwards named, because each is a great player. I have deeper regret over the deserving players not mentioned, such as Saulnier’s teammate Emily Fulton, Louise Warren of BU, Michelle Karvinen of North Dakota, Sarah Davis from Minnesota — the list goes on. The simple truth is that there are not enough spots no matter how many teams listed, but one has to draw the line somewhere. Different selectors will have different teams, because like any award, it is a very subjective process. Thank you for your comment.

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