Hadley, Mass. – Three Amherst College women's ice hockey student-athletes garnered All-NESCAC honors as announced by the league office Tuesday afternoon. Caitlyn Ryan '17 and Alex Toupal '18 each earned a first team nod, while senior captain Erin Martin was named to the second team for the third consecutive season.
Her first all-conference selection, Toupal garnered a first team laurel after a breakout sophomore season in which she tallied a league-leading 14 goals in 16 NESCAC games. Notching a conference-high five game-winning tallies in league play (seven overall), Toupal also ranks second in the league in points with 22 after dishing out eight assists in NESCAC action. She currently ranks sixth in the country in goals (21) and 12th in the nation in points per game with 1.54. A key component on Amherst's penalty-kill unit, Toupal has registered three short-handed goals this season, good for first in the conference and tied for second in the country.
After garnering a second-team selection a year ago, Ryan elevated her play on both sides of the ice to earn a first team accolade this season. The junior defender paced all NESCAC defensemen in points and assists with ten and nine, respectively, during conference competition and has helped anchor a Purple & White backline that has allowed just 17 goals in 16 league games. Amherst's defensive unit currently ranks third in the country in team defense, allowing 1.20 goals per game.
Martin will wrap up her collegiate career as a three-time second team All-NESCAC honoree. Martin notched an impressive three hat tricks this season en route to racking up 22 goals and 13 assists, including 11 goals and four helpers in 16 conference matchups. Her 11 intra-league goals are good for second in the NESCAC, while her 15 points in conference matchups ranks fifth in the NESCAC. Martin currently ranks fourth in the country in goals (22) and 13th in the nation in points per game (1.40).
Amherst secured the second seed in the NESCAC postseason tournament after registering a 13-1-2 league record. The Purple & White advanced to semifinals of the 2016 NESCAC Championship following a 2-1 overtime victory against seventh seeded Bowdoin, and will travel to Middlebury College on Saturday, March 5 to take on third-seeded Connecticut College.