Contact: Matthew Hart
AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College defender Geneva Lloyd '13 added another tremendous line to her long list of career accomplishments as the senior standout was named runner-up for the Laura Hurd Award and collected All-America First Team honors when the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) announced its annual Division III awards in conjunction with the NCAA Championship last weekend.
The Hurd Award, given to the NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Player of the Year, went to senior forward Teal Gove of Plattsburgh State, who led the nation in scoring with 50 points (29 goals, 21 assists) while captaining the Cardinals to an appearance in the national semifinals. The award is named in honor of former Elmira College star Laura Hurd, who died in a car accident shortly after graduation. Hurd was a four-time All-American who led Elmira to victory in the first NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Championship.
Lloyd's spot on the CCM Division III All-America East First Team marks her second consecutive placement on the nation's top squad and her third All-American honor after earning second-team distinction as a sophomore in 2011. Joining her on the eastern first team is Bowdoin's Kayte Holtz '13 while Trinity goalie Alexa Pujol '14 and Middlebury defender Madison Styrbicki '13 round out the NESCAC honorees with second-team recognition.
The two-time NESCAC Player of the Year, Lloyd cemented herself as one of the all-time greats in program and conference history this winter, leading all Division III blue-liners in points per game (1.12) while tying for second in overall defenseman scoring with 28 points on 14 goals and 14 assists over 25 games. Her league honor made her the first student-athlete in NESCAC women's hockey history to earn four consecutive first-team nods since the award began in 2002.
A native of Calgary, Alberta and also a two-time NESCAC All-Academic pick, Lloyd became the seventh member of Amherst's 100-point club with a career night at Colby on Jan. 4 as she tallied two goals and four assists in the Jeffs' 10-1 win. She finished the season ranked fifth all-time on the program's scoring list with 115 points on 44 goals and 71 assists.
As a second-year captain in 2012-13, Lloyd led Amherst to its seventh consecutive trip to the conference semifinals. She was especially strong down the stretch in conference play, tallying nine points on three goals and six assists during the team's key five-game NESCAC win streak from Jan. 27-Feb. 12.