Amherst's Hanlon Named NESCAC Co-Player of the Week

AMHERST, MA – The New England Small College Athletic Conference named Amherst College junior tri-captain Courtney Hanlon (Fullerton, CA) the Women's Ice Hockey Co-Player of the Week this afternoon for her play during the final weekend of the 2010 NESCAC Championship. Hanlon scored three points as Amherst defeated Bowdoin and Trinity en route to the 2010 conference title.

Today's honor is Hanlon's second NESCAC Player of the Week award this season, following her win on January 25, 2010. Hanlon was named to the All-NESCAC Second Team last week, after earning First Team honors during both her rookie and sophomore seasons.

In Saturday's semifinal game against Bowdoin, Amherst found itself trailing 2-0 in the third period after surrendering a short-handed goal in the second minute of the frame. Hanlon assisted Randi Zukas (Glen Head, NY) on a power play goal just 72 seconds later, cutting the deficit to 2-1. Just over six minutes later, Hanlon tied the game at 2-2 with a goal of her own, forcing an eventual overtime. The Lord Jeffs scored the game-winner just past the halfway point of the first overtime, earning a spot in the NESCAC Championship game for the fourth straight season.

In yesterday's championship game, after Amherst and Trinity went to overtime in a 1-1 deadlock, Hanlon gave the Lord Jeff's their third NESCAC Championship with the game-winner 5:57 into the extra-session. The score is was Hanlon's team-leading 16th goal of the season, and her fourth game-winner of the year.  Hanlon beat Trinity goaltender Isabel Iwachiw for the championship-clinching score, and now shares the final NESCAC Player of the Week honors with her. Iwachiw made 127 saves in the conference tournament's three games, setting a new record for saves in a single campaign.

After winning Sunday's title, Amherst moved up to the top spot in today's poll, leap-frogging Plattsburgh State. The win also lifted Amherst to the top overall spot in the seven-team NCAA Division III Tournament. With the No. 1 seed, Amherst received the tournament's only bye, and will await the winner of this weekend's national quarterfinal between UW-River Falls and Gustavus Adolphus in the national semifinals. A site for the "Frozen Four" will not be determined until this weekend's games are completed.