AMHERST, MA – Junior defenseman Randi Zukas (Glen Head, NY) has become the first Amherst College women's hockey player named to an All-America First Team, as the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) announced its 2010 RBK Hockey All-America recipients yesterday.
Zukas is only the third Amherst player named to an All-America team, joining three-time RBK Second Team selection Krystyn Elek '10 and 1998 Women's Hockey News Second Team honoree Jess Frisch '98.
A three-time All-NESCAC selection, Zukas ranks third on Amherst this season in scoring with six goals and 20 assists for 26 points. Zukas ranks fourth in Division III in defenseman scoring (1.04 ppg) and has helped the Lord Jeffs rank in the top five nationally in several statistical categories, including scoring defense (4th, 1.19 gpg), power play conversion rate (3rd, 25.4) and penalty kill percentage (5th, 89.7).
Zukas has demonstrated the ability to pick up points when it matters most. This season, she was named NESCAC Co-Player of the Week Feb. 15 for recording six points during a 2-0 weekend that helped the Jeffs secure the top seed in the NESCAC Championship. In last year's national title game, Zukas had an assist on the tying goal with 2:18 remaining in regulation, which led to the program's first-ever NCAA crown.
Head coach Jim Plumer describes Zukas as a prototypical Amherst offensive/defensive hybrid who has been a vital member of the top defensive corps in the NESCAC. In the three years since Zukas arrived on campus, the Jeffs are 65-11-8 and have consistently featured one of the top defenses in the country.
Zukas and the Jeffs will continue their quest for a second consecutive national title Friday night, when they take on tournament host Gustavus Adolphus College at 8 p.m. (ET). A live webcast and live statistics are available.
A complete list of the 2010 All-America honorees can be found on the AHCA website.