MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Continuing to rake in the post-season accolades after an impressive winter season, three Amherst College women's hockey players have been named to the D3hockey.com All-Region East team as recently announced by the organization. Caitlyn Ryan '17 and Alex Toupal '18 each earned a Second Team nod, while Erin Martin '16 was named to the Third Team.
Selected by the d3hockey.com editorial staff with input from Sports Information Directors from around the country, 36 total student-athletes were named to the All-Region Teams, with 18 players named to East teams and 18 players named to the West teams.
Martin adds Third Team All-Region East to her decorated career after she was named a Second Team All-NESCAC selection for the third consecutive season and a NCAA Division II/III NEHWA All-Star. Finishing the season with three hat tricks, the Canton, Mass. native tallied a total of 22 goals (seventh in nation) and 15 assists for 37 points during her senior season. Recording 1.32 points per game in 2015-16, Martin found herself among the nation's best, ranking 15th overall in all of Division III. In 104 career games, Martin has posted 94 points for the Purple & White on 45 goals and 49 assists.
Ryan adds a Second Team All-Region East honor to her impressive resume after being named First Team All-NESCAC, Second Team East All-America, Second Team All-USCHO, and a NEHWA All-Star. A force on both sides of the ice, Ryan notched four goals and 14 assists while leading an Amherst defense that ranked eighth nationally in goals against average (1.43). The Burlington, Mass. native's 10 points and nine assists in league play placed her first among all NESCAC defenders.
A NEHWA All-Star, Toupal, who has also earned First Team All-NESCAC and Second Team East All-America honors, adds this accolade to her growing repertoire after leading the Purple & White in all major offensive statistical categories. Scoring 23 goals (fifth in nation), including seven game-winning and three short-handed tallies, and dishing out 16 helpers for 39 points, Toupal established herself as one of the nation's premier players, with her 1.44 goals per game average ranking 14th in the country. Midway through her collegiate career, the New Brighton, Minn. native has registered a total of 31 goals and 26 assists for 57 points.
In 2015-16 Martin, Ryan, and Toupal helped propel Amherst to a 22-3-3 overall mark, and a 13-1-2 NESCAC record, and earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Championship for the first time since 2011-12.
Three-time defending National Champion Plattsburgh State lead the way with six All-Region East selections, followed by Amherst with three and Connecticut College and Utica with two. Middlebury was the only other NESCAC team to have student-athlete named All-Region, with NESCAC Player of the Year Maddie Winslow receiving a First Team nod.