Quinnipiac’s Cianfarano selected ECAC Hockey women’s Player of the Year

Sydney Rossman posted 16 league wins and 11 shutouts in 2015-16 for Quinnipiac (photo: Shelley M. Szwast).

ECAC Hockey announced the recipients of the league’s annual postseason awards at its banquet Friday night as part of the 2016 ECAC Women’s Hockey Championship weekend held at Quinnipiac.

The conference also released its three All-League Teams and All-Rookie Team.

Quinnipiac’s Taylar Cianfarano earned both the league’s Best Forward and Player of the Year Awards. She led ECAC Hockey in goals (17), goals per game (0.81) and plus-minus (+45). The three-time ECAC Hockey Player of the Week and one-time Player of the Month finished second in the league averaging 1.29 points per game in 21 league games. Her most memorable game came on Feb. 19 as she tallied four goals and added one assist for five points in the 9-0 win over Union to help the Bobcats clinch the league’s regular-season title.

Sydney Rossman took home Goaltender of the Year honors. Rossman was a vital cog in helping the Bobcats claim their first-ever league regular-season title. She led all netminders in nearly every statistical category posting 16 league wins and 11 shutouts. Rossman also registered an 0.80 GAA, only allowing 18 goals in a league-leading 1343:22 minutes in goal. The four-time ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week and two-time Goaltender of the Month registered a league-best .956 save percentage.

Princeton’s Karlie Lund was named the league’s top rookie, becoming the first freshman to lead the league in scoring since Cornell’s Brianne Jenner topped all scorers in the 2010-11 season. She earned Rookie of the Month three times, Rookie of the Week five times and Player of the Week on one occasion. She has tallied four game-winning goals, two game-tying goals and four power-play goals among her 14 goals and 29 points in conference contests.

Kelsey Koelzer anchored both the Princeton power-play and penalty kill units. The defender ranked first in scoring among her counterparts in league-play averaging 1.05 points per game on 23 points (11 goals, 12 assists), while amassing 30 points overall on 16 goals and 14 assists as the nation’s fourth-highest scoring defender. On the defensive end of the ice, Koelzer recorded 56 blocks, averaging 1.89 per game, ranking fifth in the league.

Coach of the Year honors went to Jeff Kampersal after guiding Princeton to 20 wins overall. This year marks the fourth time he has reached 20 wins with the team one win away from the program record for all-time wins. Last month, he recorded his 300th career victory and has Princeton at its highest ranking (No. 8) in the last decade.

Quinnipiac’s Kristen Tamberg earned the Mandi Schwartz Student-Athlete of the Year. The Biomedical Studies major carries a 3.92 GPA in a demanding environment. The aspiring dentist has a true passion for life and displays an enthusiastic manner making her likable and sincere.

St. Lawrence was awarded the Sportsmanship Award.

2015-16 First Team All-ECAC Hockey

Player's NamePositionClassSchool
Taylar CianfaranoFSo.Quinnipiac
Karlie LundFFr.Princeton
Cayley MercerFJr.Clarkson
Kelsey KoelzerDJr.Princeton
Erin AmbroseDSr.Clarkson
Sydney RossmanGJr.Quinnipiac

2015-16 Second Team All-ECAC Hockey

Player's NamePositionClassSchool
Sydney DanielsFJr.Harvard
Olivia HoweFSr.Clarkson
Miye D'OenchFSr.Harvard
Amanda BoulierDSr.St. Lawrence
Kristen TambergDSr.Quinnipiac
Emerance MaschmeyerGSr.Harvard

2015-16 Third Team All-ECAC Hockey

Player's NamePositionClassSchool
Nicole KostaFSr.Quinnipiac
Laura StaceyFSr.Dartmouth
Emma WoodsFJr.Quinnipiac
Renata FastDSr.Clarkson
Michelle PicardDSr.Harvard
Lovisa SelanderGFr.Rensselaer

2015-16 ECAC Hockey All-Rookie Team

Player's NamePositionSchool
Loren GabelFClarkson
Karlie LundFPrinceton
Melissa SamoskevichFQuinnipiac
Micah HartDCornell
Stephanie SuchardaDPrinceton
Lovisa SelanderGRensselaer

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