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Women's Hockey Announces Award Winners at Annual Banquet

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 04/25/2012
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The Princeton women's hockey team held its annual team banquet last Saturday night at the Hyatt in Princeton. The team handed out its five yearly awards, announced its 2012-13 captains and honored its senior class.

For the second straight season, senior goalie Rachel Weber was awarded the Elizabeth English Trophy. The English Trophy is presented annually to the member of the women's hockey team, voted by her teammates to be the most valuable player. It is named in honor of Elizabeth English '75, whose efforts helped to establish women's ice hockey at Princeton. A second-team all-ECAC Hockey and first-team all-Ivy League selection, Weber finished the season with a .926 save percentage and a 2.13 goals against average. She caps her career with a winning record 34-33-6, 13 shutouts, 1,798 saves, a .924 save percentage and a 1.98 GAA.

Junior Kelly Cooke was awarded the team's Most Improved Player Trophy. Awarded annually to the member of the women's hockey team that has improved the most and is voted on by her teammates. Cooke played in all 31 games and had four goals, one short-handed, and five assists for nine points. Five of her nine points came in conference play.

Senior Paula Romanchuk received the Patty Kazmaier Award, which is given annually to the senior member of the women's hockey team who has made the greatest contribution to the program during her career and best exemplifies the following characteristics: Loyalty and devotion to Princeton Women's Hockey and determination and perseverance under adverse conditions. Co-captain Romanchuk was the team's assist leader this season with 12 helpers. She was fourth on the team in points with 13, tallying 11 in league play. Romanchuk finishes her Princeton career with 27 goals and 45 assists for 72 points. She did not miss a game in her entire career playing in 124 games.

The Unsung Hero Award was presented to senior Julie Johnson. The award is given annually to the member of the women's hockey team voted by her teammates to be the team's unsung hero during the season. Johnson stepped up when called upon to be a multi-positional player, playing both forward and defense this year. She skated in all 31 games and had four assists. Johnson played in every single game in her career, a total of 124 games, and scored 13 goals and added 25 assists.

The Rookie of the Year Award was presented to freshman Ali Pankowski. Pankowski was the team's top scoring defender and top freshman scorer. She was third on the team in scoring with three goals and 10 assists in 31 games. She scored two power-play goals and the game winner against Robert Morris.

The Preseason Athlete Award was shared by senior Danielle DiCesare, senior Charissa Stadnyk and sophomore Denna Laing. The award is given to the player(s) who is committed to off-season preparation and conditioning. Laing was the team's second-leading scorer with 11 goals and 11 assists. Stadnyk had 10 points this season and during her career had 38 points while playing in every game. DiCesare had eight points and totaled 56 in her career, missing just one game.

Princeton also announced its 2012-13 team captains. Laing will captain the squad with Cooke and sophomore Gabie Figueroa serving as assistant captains.

The night concluded with recognition of Princeton's three members of the Class of 2012: Ann-Marie Elvin, Heather Landry, Johnson, Romanchuk, Stadnyk and Weber.

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