GLOUCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore goalkeeper Caitlin Walker of the Amherst College women's ice hockey team capped off her distinguished sophomore season as one of the top netminders in Division III, with the Columbus, Ohio native being named a First Team East All-American by CCM Hockey and the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA).
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The 12th Mammoth and second netminder (Krystyn Elek '10 x3) in program history to earn All-America distinction since its establishment in 2001-2002, Walker joins just Randi Zukas'11 and Geneva Lloyd '13 (2) as Mammoths capturing First Team honors and is the first-ever sophomore or non-defender to nab the accolade.
Sponsored by CCM Hockey and voted on by the head coaches of the American Hockey Coaches Association, 25 student-athletes were named All-Americans - 12 players to the First Team and 13 to the Second Team - with 14 seniors, seven juniors and four sophomores hailing from 13 total institutions. Walker is one of two goaltenders from the East and four overall keepers in the nation to earn the prestigious All-America honor for their efforts this winter.
Caitlin Walker | Sophomore | Goalkeeper | First Team All-America
A 2020 First Team All-NESCAC honoree, Walker saw action in 27 of the Mammoths' 28 contests - racking up a 16-6-5 record in frame in 26 starts, including six shut outs. Totaling 704 saves in over 1600 minutes, Walker closed out 2019-2020 ranking inside the top-11 in Division III in three statistical categories, including fourth in save percentage (.957), 11th in goals against average (1.19) and seventh in shut outs (6).
Registering her first career point with an assist on the game-winning score in a 3-0 win over Connecticut College on Jan. 10, Walker posted nine 30-plus save performances - including a career-high 43 save outing against archrival Williams on Jan. 17 - en route to anchoring an Amherst defense that wrapped up the season ranked seventh in the nation in penalty kill percentage and 18th in the country in scoring margin.
In her two seasons donning the Purple & White, Walker has played 2800 minutes in 49 contests - amassing 1224 saves, a .944 save percentage, and a 1.54 career goals against average.
Concluding the 2019-2020 season with a 17-6-5 overall ledger and an 8-4-4 mark in conference action, Amherst returned to the NESCAC Championship Finals for the fourth time in five seasons en route to capturing the league title for the fourth time in program history, and first since 2009-2010.