Ashley Ryan named player of year


 (Elmira College Athletics)
Ashley Ryan of Elmira is USCHo’s player of the year. (Elmira College Athletics)

Ashley Ryan has been named USCHO’s D-III Women’s Player of the Year.

Ryan’s 42 assists were tops in the nation, and in face on assists alone, she was seventh in country in scoring. Add in 19 goals for a torrid 2.03 points-per-game average (61 points), and Ryan blew past her closest pursuers in the scoring rage. She finished 11 points ahead of the second-place scorer, her teammate Ashton Hogan.

In her 30 games this season, Ryan had at least a point in 25 of them. She also had 18 multi-point games, with a high of six assists against Cortland on Nov. 15, 2014. She also had five assists against Potsdam on Dec. 7, 2014, and had three games where she scored four points.

In the Frozen Four, Ryan had an assist on the first goal against Wis.-River Falls, which helped spark Elmira’s rally from a two-goal deficit in the Soaring Eagles’ 3-2 win, and she scored a goal against Plattsburgh to tie it at one in the championship game, which Elmira lost, 3-2.

Ryan beat out her teammate, Hogan, as well as Chloe Kinsel of Wisconsin-River Falls and Kayla Meneghin of Plattsburgh. The USCHO awards are voted on by the women’s editor and writers.