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HADLEY, Mass. - Geneva Lloyd '13 (Calgary, Alberta) has been tabbed the NESCAC women's hockey Player of the Year, while Ashley Salerno '14 (Brunswick, Maine) and Josie Fisher '12 (Norwich, Vt.) were named to the All-NESCAC second team.
Garnering her third-straight first team selection, Lloyd has enjoyed another stellar statistical season, ranking seventh nationally amongst defensemen in scoring with 23 points on nine goals and 14 assists.
Especially effective on the power play, Lloyd is currently tied for fourth in the league in power play points (12), having recorded the second most goals on the man-up advantage in the NESCAC with seven. Factoring into the scoring in her first five games, she netted a pair of goals in the Jeffs' opener against Hamilton before dishing out two assists in a win over Wesleyan on Dec. 2.
Handing out a season-best three helpers against Oswego on Dec. 10, Lloyd excelled during a weekend set with the NESCAC Tournament's top seed Middlebury earlier this year, racking up three goals and an assist. Registering a point in 15 games in 2011-12, she has notched seven multi-point outings, while becoming just the second player in program history to earn Player of the Year laurels.
Earning her first all-conference nod, Salerno joins Lloyd on an Amherst blue line that ranks third nationally on the penalty kill (90.3) and scoring defense (1.20). Helping the Jeffs record seven shutouts this season, the duo have played an integral role in holding opponents to a one goal or less in 16 games.
Also providing the Lord Jeffs with added punch offensively, Salerno sits third among NESCAC defensemen in scoring with 16 points. Notching a goal or an assist in five of her first seven outings, Salerno has recorded a point in 11 games, while ranking tied for second on the team in assists (14).
An important component of the NESCAC's second-highest scoring offense, Fisher sits tied for second on the team in points (23), while currently ranking tied for sixth in the conference in assists with 15.
Factoring into the scoring in 14 games with six multi-point outings to her credit, Fisher caught fire at the end of the regular season, tallying two goals and two assists in the Jeffs' final three games. Throughout the year, the senior forward rose to the level of her competition, amassing two goals and four assists against this coming weekend's NESCAC Tournament semifinalists, Trinity, Bowdoin and Middlebury.
Amherst resumes its quest for a fourth league title on Saturday, Mar. 3 with a semifinal game against Bowdoin.