BOSTON, Mass. – Senior defender Caitlyn Ryan and junior forward Alex Toupal of the Amherst College women's ice hockey team have been named New England Hockey Writers (NEHWA) Division II-III All-Stars for the second consecutive season, as announced recently by the organization.
Voted on by Division II/III coaches and respective media outlets throughout New England, Toupal and Ryan are two of 13 student-athletes to be named All-New England and are joined by four other NESCAC honorees. The women's New England All-Star team is composed of three goalies, four defenders and six forwards.
Continuing to rake in the postseason accolades, Toupal adds NEHWA All-Star to a list that includes First Team All-NESCAC and Second Team East AHCA All-America. Netting 19 goals and logging 11 assists in 27 games to register 30 total points, Toupal wrapped up the 2016-17 season with an 0.70 goals per game average (11th in country) and a 1.11 points per game average (33rd in nation). A clutch offensive force, Toupal notched two game-winning tallies and found the back of the goal five times on the power play in addition to potting two shorthanded scores to tie for fourth in the stat in Division III.
Repeating as an NEHWA All-Star after garnering NESCAC First Team honors, Ryan earns the All-New England accolade following a senior season that saw the Burlington, Mass. native lead the team in assists. Dishing out 13 helpers and tallying a score on the year, Ryan recorded 14 total points while acting as a mainstay on an Amherst defense that logged an impressive 1.42 goals against average. Ryan finishes her career with 63 points in 106 games behind 11 goals and 52 assists.
The duo, along with their fellow award recipients, will be formally honored at the annual New England Hockey Writers Banquet on Tuesday, April 11 at the Prince Restaurant in Saugus, Mass.