Women's Hockey Hands Out Year-End Awards and Honors Seniors
PRINCETON, N.J. (4/28/13) - The Princeton women's hockey team held its annual team banquet Saturday night at the Nassau Inn in Princeton. The team handed out its five yearly awards and honored its senior class of Kelly Cooke, Alex Kinney and Corey Stearns.
Cooke was named the recipient of 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. An assistant captain, Cooke appeared in all 29 games and led the team in goals scored with 15 while adding 12 assists for 27 points. Cooke recorded two four-point games this past season. Cooke played in every single game during her career, a total of 1222, and finished with 49 points on 26 goals and 23 assists
Stearns 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. Stearns led the Tigers in scoring with 31 points on a team-high 26 assists and five goals in 29 games. She tallied two empty-net goals, one game winner and one short-handed goal and had a four-point game at Robert Morris on Oct. 20 with one goal and three assists. Stearns caps off her career with 19 goals and 46 assists in 91 games.
The Unsung Hero Award was presented to junior Katie Jones. 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. Jones was injured this season and did could not compete but did not miss a game or a practice. She helped the program in a number of aspects including video coordination, helping with team travel and organizing meals.
The Rookie of the Year Award was presented to Kimberly Newell. Newell jumped right into a starting role and played in goal in 26 games, finishing with a 10-14-2 record. She recorded a .915 save percentage and a 2.90 goals against average making 768 total saves on 839 shots. Newell earned her first career win at RIT on Oct. 19 and made a career-high 47 saves against Ohio State on Nov. 23. She was named the ECAC Hockey Player of the Week on Feb. 5 after a sweep of Yale and Brown.
The Preseason Athlete Award was shared by juniors Gabie Figueroa and Rose Alleva. The award is given to the player(s) who is committed to off-season preparation and conditioning. An assistant captain, Figueroa played in all 29 games and had eight points. Alleva skated in all 29 games as well and finished the season with 11 points on one goal and 10 helpers.