New England All-Stars

2008-09 New England Women's Div. I and Men's Div. II & III All-Stars & Awards

March 31, 2009
Media Contact: Jon Litchfield (617) 373-3643

The New England Hockey Writers All-Star teams and awards for Women’s Division I as well as Men’s Div. II and Div. III have been released. The annual awards banquet will be held on Monday, April 13 at the Prince Restaurant in Saugus, Mass. The All-Star teams and special award winners will be presented. Coaches, student-athletes, family members and friends should plan on attending this function. Contact John Gruppo at (617) 373-7409 for information on attending this event. Cost is $30 per person.

For the New England Women’s Div. I teams and awards, Most Valuable Player Sarah Vaillancourt of Harvard and Coach of the Year Brian McCloskey of New Hampshire garnered top honors. Vaillancourt led all New England scorers with 25 goals and 27 assists for 52 points. Her 1.93 points per game ranked fourth in the nation. McCloskey led the Wildcats to the Hockey East title and the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals despite a roster depleted with injuries. UNH went 24-6-5 overall and 15-2-4 in Hockey East.

In ECAC East/NESCAC, Amherst swept the top awards as defenseman Jeff Landers was named ECAC East/NESCAC MVP and Jack Arena was named Coach of the Year. Landers, a senior, posted a 9-33-42 scoring line in 28 games. The Lord Jeffs went 22-5-1 overall and 16-2-1 in conference games. They advanced to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals.

In ECAC Northeast, Jeffrey Hazelwood of Curry was named MVP and Lou Izzi of Nichols was named Coach of the Year for the second season in a row. Hazelwood posted 48 points on 25 goals and 23 assists in 27 games. His 25 goals ranked third in the country. Izzi led Nichols to a 25-4-0 overall record, including a 16-1-0 conference mark. The Bison won the ECAC Northeast title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

2008-09 Women's Div. I New England All-Stars
Goalies Christina Kessler, Harvard
Molly Schaus, Boston College
Defense Cristin Allen, Connecticut
Kacey Bellamy, New Hampshire
Maggie Taverna, Boston College
Tara Watchorn, Boston University
Forwards Jenna Cunningham, Dartmouth
Sam Faber, New Hampshire
Kelly Paton, New Hampshire
Kelli Stack, Boston College
Sarah Vaillancourt, Harvard
Jenn Wakefield, New Hampshire

New England Women's MVP
Sarah Vaillancourt, Harvard

New England Women's Coach of the Year
Brian McCloskey, New Hampshire

2008-09 New England ECAC East/NESCAC All-Stars
Goalies Cole Anderson, Amherst
Jonathan LaRose, Amherst
Defense Alex DiPietro, Babson
Jeff Landers, Amherst
Kyle Shearer-Hardy, Bowdoin
Eric Tallent, Norwich
Forwards Tom Derosa, Tufts
Martin Drolet, Middlebury
Justin Fox, Salem State
Dan Gordon, Southern Maine
Nikita Kashirsky, Norwich
Jamie McKenna, Middlebury

Jack Arena, Amherst

ECAC East/NESCAC Coach of the Year
Jeff Landers, Amherst

2008-09 New England ECAC Northeast All-Stars
Goalies Jon Dryjowicz-Burek, UMass Dartmouth
Robert Vorse, Fitchburg State
Defense Alan Dionne, Wentworth
James Florentino, Stonehill
Cole Ruwe, Nichols
Mitch Sabo, Suffolk
Forwards Ryan Gervais, Nichols
Jeffrey Hazelwood, Curry
Skylur Jameson, Wentworth
Jeff Olitch, Wentworth
Joey Sides, Wentworth
Dennis Zak, Westfield State

ECAC Northeast MVP
Lou Izzi, Nichols

ECAC Northeast Coach of the Year
Jeffrey Hazelwood, Curry


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