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BOSTON – Amherst College defenseman Geneva Lloyd '13 added another feather to her much-decorated cap on Tuesday as the senior co-captain was named the Division II/III New England Women's Hockey Player of the Year by the New England Hockey Writers. Forward Tori Salmon '15 also garnered recognition, joining Lloyd as one of seven NESCAC student-athletes named to the regional All-Star team.
The NESCAC Player of the Year and runner-up for the AHCA's national Division III MVP Award, Lloyd adds the New England honor to a resume that also includes three All-America awards and the distinction of becoming the first women's hockey player in conference history to earn first-team All-NESCAC in each of her four years.
Lloyd cemented herself as one of the all-time greats in program and conference history this winter, leading all Division III blue-liners in points per game (1.12) while tying for second in overall defenseman scoring with 28 points on 14 goals and 14 assists over 25 games.
A native of Calgary, Alberta and also a two-time NESCAC All-Academic pick, Lloyd became the seventh member of Amherst's 100-point club with a career night at Colby on Jan. 4 as she tallied two goals and four assists in the Jeffs' 10-1 win. She finished the season ranked fifth all-time on the program's scoring list with 115 points on 44 goals and 71 assists.
As a second-year captain in 2012-13, Lloyd led Amherst to its seventh consecutive trip to the conference semifinals. She was especially strong down the stretch in conference play, tallying nine points on three goals and six assists during the team's key five-game NESCAC win streak from Jan. 27-Feb. 12.
Meanwhile, Salmon joins Lloyd on the New England DII/III All-Star team after a standout sophomore season in which she ranked second in the NESCAC with 18 assists. After 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) during a solid rookie season, the Batavia, N.Y. native added seven goals to her impressive assist total this year to place seventh in overall scoring at 25 points.
Matching Lloyd with six multi-point efforts, Salmon scored perhaps the season's biggest goal for Amherst as she broke a 2-2 tie with a breakaway finish in overtime on Jan. 27, lifting the Jeffs over Connecticut College to begin the win streak which ensured Amherst of the third seed in the conference playoffs. In her next contest, Salmon notched a goal and three assists to lead Amherst past Williams before scoring twice on Feb. 10 at Trinity in the first of two key wins over the fourth-place Bantams.
Lloyd is one of four regional defensemen on the All-Star team along with Middlebury's Madison Styrbicki '13 while Bowdoin forwards Kayte Holtz '13 and Rachel Kennedy '16 join Salmon in a six-person group of attackers. Goalies Alexa Pujol '14 of Trinity and Kayla Lessard '13 of Bowdoin round out the list of NESCAC honorees, while Polar Bear head coach and former Amherst assistant Marissa O'Neil won the New England Coach of the Year award.