College Hockey America awards led by Syracuse, Mercyhurst

Lindenwood goaltender Nicole Hensley was named First Team All-CHA as a senior in 2015-16 (photo: Lindenwood Athletics).

College Hockey America announced its 2015-16 regular-season awards Thursday night, in addition to a pair of All-Conference Teams and an All-Rookie Team.

Player of the Year honors went to Syracuse senior forward Melissa Piacentini, who tallied 18 points in conference play and a school-record 112 points entering the CHA tournament.

Mercyhurst forward Rachael Smith is the Rookie of the Year after 16 points in CHA games that led all league freshmen and also was tops on the Lakers.

Mike Sisti picked up Coach of the Year honors with Mercyhurst in leading the Lakers to their 14th regular-season title.

Syracuse senior Nicole Renault bagged the Top Defenseman award. She was tied for second in league defensemen scoring and was top five in assists.

The Best Defensive Forward award was shared between Syracuse’s Jessica Sibley and Penn State’s Micayla Catanzariti.

Other awards handed out Thursday included the Regular Season Trophy to Mercyhurst, Scoring Trophy to Sibley and Syracuse teammate Stephanie Grossi, Goaltender Trophy to Mercyhurst freshman Sarah McDonnell, Team Sportsmanship to Penn State and Individual Sportsmanship Award to PSU senior forward Jill Holdcroft.

2015-16 First Team All-CHA

Player's NamePositionClassSchool
Shara JasperFSr.Lindenwood
Stephanie GrossiFSo.Syracuse
Brittany HowardFR-So.Robert Morris
Nicole RenaultDSr.Syracuse
Mikaela LowaterDJr.Robert Morris
Nicole HensleyGSr.Lindenwood

2015-16 Second Team All-CHA

Player's NamePositionClassSchool
Melissa PiacentiniFSr.Syracuse
Jessica SibleyFJr.Syracuse
Amy PetersenFJr.Penn State
J'Nai MahadeoDSr.Mercyhurst
Megan QuinnDSo.Syracuse
Celine WhitlingerGSr.Penn State

2015-16 CHA All-Rookie Team

Player's NamePositionSchool
Rachael SmithFMercyhurst
Shannon Morris-ReadeFLindenwood
Sarah QuarantaFRobert Morris
Maggie LaGueDRobert Morris
Reagan RustDRIT
Molly BlasenDMercyhurst
Sarah McDonnellGMercyhurst