Amherst Hockey Teams Place Five in All-NESCAC Ranks

AMHERST, MA – Amherst College placed five student-athletes on the 2010 Men's and Women's Ice Hockey All-NESCAC Teams, the conference announced today. The Lord Jeff women earned a conference-leading four spots in the All-NESCAC ranks, while first-year Jamie Hawkrigg (Waterdown, Ontario) earned Second Team honors as the lone representative from the men's team.

After landing on the All-Conference Second Team in each of her first two seasons,  junior defenseman Randi Zukas (Glen Head, NY) earned a spot on this year's First Team. Zukas ranks third in the NESCAC in defenseman scoring with five goals and 20 assists for 25 points (1.09 ppg).  Zukas helped carry the Lord Jeffs during a pair of wins over Williams to secure the number one seed in the conference tournament. During the two games on the Ephs' home ice, Zukas had a hand in six goals with one score and five assists en route to a NESCAC Co-Player of the Week selection. The six-point weekend came just one week after Zukas handed out three assists in a win against Bowdoin.

Joining Zukas on the First Team is first-year sensation Geneva Lloyd (Calgary, Alberta), who had her breakout performance in the first week of February when she earned NESCAC Player of the Week honors. During a 1-0 mid-week win over Saint Anselm, Lloyd scored the game's only goal early in the third period. A few days later, Lloyd helped Amherst rally from a two-goal deficit to earn a 3-2 win against Bowdoin, scoring an unassisted game-tying goal in the second frame. The following day, Lloyd scored the eventual game winner before dishing out an assist in a 5-0 win against the Polar Bears. Lloyd moved from the blue line to forward late in the season, and since then has scored 12 of her team-leading 27 points in just seven games.

Amherst also placed a pair of tri-captains on the Second Team in senior defenseman Kirsten Dier (Appleton, WI) and junior forward Courtney Hanlon (Fulleton, CA). A First Team selection as a first-year and sophomore, Hanlon earned NESCAC Player of the Week honors Jan. 25 for recording five points during a 2-0-1 week for Amherst. Against then-2nd-ranked Elmira, Hanlon tied the game at 1-1 in the second period before adding an empty-netter to ice the 3-1 win. In a pair of games against Hamilton, Hanlon combined for two goals, including one game-winner, to go with an assist. Hanlon has recorded 10 assists to go along with her team-leading 14 goals, ranking her fourth in the NESCAC in goal scoring and 14th in points.

Also landing on the Second Team after earning First Team honors as a rookie and sophomore is Dier, who has been one of Amherst's most consistent defensemen over the past four seasons. The Lord Jeffs have piled up an astonishing 83-18-11 record (.790) during Dier's time, including 50-4-10 (.859) in conference play and 40-7-8 (.800) at home. A member of the 2009 NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team, Dier's five goals and 13 assists this season give her 69 points for her outstanding career.  Dier was recently named one of seven finalists for the 2010 BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award, which annually goes to college hockey's finest citizen.

Earning Amherst's only All-NESCAC honor for the Lord Jeff men's team is rookie defenseman Hawkrigg. As a first-year, Hawkrigg immediately made an impact in the Amherst lineup, moving to the top of the team's ranks in defenseman scoring. Hawkrigg missed three games late in the season with an injury, but still managed four goals and 10 assists for 14 total points in 22 games. Hawkrigg joined Amherst's top power play unit this season and helped the group flourish in extra-man situations. Hawkrigg scored three power-play goals this season, while also dishing out six assists with the extra skater.

The complete 2009-10 All-NESCAC Teams can be found on the conference's website.