Women’s Hockey: Fortier, Anderson earn major awards as Norwich dominates ECAC East season awards for second straight year

Women’s Hockey: Fortier, Anderson earn major awards as Norwich dominates ECAC East season awards for second straight year

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – After finishing unbeaten in ECAC East regular season play for the second straight season, the Norwich women's ice hockey team once again dominated the league's season awards that were announced on Thursday night.

Senior forward Julie Fortier (Saint-Malachie, Quebec) and freshman forward Kaycie Anderson (Maple Plain, Minn.) headlined the Cadet honorees with Fortier taking home Player of the Year honors and Anderson winning the Rookie of the Year.

This marks the second straight season NU has swept the Player and Rookie of the Year awards after Sophie Leclerc and Renee Lortie accomplished the feat last year.

Fortier conducted Norwich to the nation's top offense all year long with a Division III-leading 26 goals and 21 assists for 47 points. She also had 24 goals and 16 assists for 40 points in conference play.

Fortier became the new program all-time scoring leader last weekend, surpassing Leclerc's previous mark of 163. Fortier now sits with 88 goals and 79 assists for 167 points in her illustrious four-year career in the Maroon & Gold.

Anderson quickly established herself as one of the conference's premier forwards this season by tallying 10 goals through the Cadets' first seven games of the year. She finished the regular season by leading all conference rookies with 14 goals and 19 assists for 33 points. Anderson also paces all first-year players in the nation with 18 goals and 20 assists for 38 points overall.

Joining Fortier on the ECAC East All-Conference First Team were teammates Jillayne DeBus (Howell, Mich.) and Amanda Wilks (Winnipeg, Manitoba).

DeBus had a breakout season this year as the junior forward tied for second in the conference with 11 goals and 22 assists for 33 points. She has 16 goals to go along with 25 assists for 41 overall points and currently sits just one point away from 100 in her collegiate career.

Wilks becomes the first player in program history to achieve ECAC East First Team honors in all four years after the senior compiled nine goals and 17 assists for 26 points to lead all conference defensemen. Earlier this season she became the fourth member and the first defenseman of the Norwich 100-career-point club.

Senior forward Melissa Rundlett (Saco, Maine) and senior defenseman Sarianne Lynn (Wethersfield, Conn.) each earned All-Conference Second Team honors.

Rundlett tallied 10 goals and added 18 assists for 28 points in league play, while Lynn registered five goals and 20 assists for 25 points to earn ECAC East All-Conference recognition for the second straight season. Rundlett became the third member of the 100-point club against St. Michael's earlier this season.

Anderson, who also earned Honorable Mention team status was joined on the All-Rookie Team by forward Tyne Gove (Berwick, Ontario.).

Together the dynamic freshmen duo finished first and second in the league in rookie scoring. Gove had an even 12 goals and 12 assists for 24 points to easily outdistance the next closest rookie player by nine points.

Saint Anselm senior goalie Amy Zappen and Castleton State head coach Bill Bowes picked up the other ECAC East major awards winning Goalie of the Year and Coach of the Year honors respectively.

All eight of the Norwich players that received honors ranked in the top 11 in the conference in scoring as the Cadets averaged a remarkable 7.17 goals per game, nearly doubling second place Holy Cross' 3.89 goals per game.

ECAC Women's East Player of the Year
Julie Fortier, Norwich

ECAC Women's East Goalie of the Year
Amy Zappen, Saint Anselm

ECAC Women's East Rookie of the Year
Kaycie Anderson, Norwich

ECAC Women's East Coach of the Year
Bill Bowes, Castleton

First Team All-ECAC East
Forward - Julie Fortier, Norwich, Senior

Forward - Stacey Hochkins, Holy Cross, Senior
Forward - Jillayne DeBus, Norwich, Junior
Defense - Amanda Wilks, Norwich, Senior
Defense - Rachel Porter, Salve Regina, Junior
Goalie - Amy Zappen, Saint Anselm, Senior

Second Team All-ECAC East
Forward - Courtney Winters, Saint Anselm, Sophomore
Forward - Melissa Rundlett, Norwich, Senior
Forward - Katie Little, Manhattanville, Junior
Defense - Sarianne Lynn, Norwich, Senior
Defense - Molly Corl, Saint Anselm, Senior
Goalie - Emy Cote, Manhattanville, Junior

Honorable Mention
Forward - Kaycie Anderson, Norwich, Freshman

Forward - Rosemarie Giarrusso, Saint Anselm, Junior
Forward - Medelena Santore, Saint Michael's, Senior
Defense - Danielle Roberts, Castleton, Junior
Defense - Angela Zevnik, Saint Anselm, Senior
Goalie - Rebecca Simmons, Salve Regina, Senior

All-Rookie Team
Forward - Kaycie Anderson, Norwich

Forward - Tiffany Herron, Saint Anselm
Forward - Tyne Gove, Norwich
Defense - Francesca Panarelli, Holy Cross
Defense - Julia Pearl, Southern Maine
Goalie - Elizabeth Bergstrom, Southern Maine

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