Women's Hockey: Menges becomes first Elite 90 Award winner

Carly Menges wins Elite 90 award at NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey banquet.

ADRIAN, Mich. --- Carly Menges, a sophomore at Norwich University, is the recipient of the Elite 90 award for the 2017 NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Championship.

Menges, majoring in Health Science, currently carries a 3.90 GPA. She was presented with the award during the NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Championship banquet on March 16 in (Adrian, Mich.).

Menges (Novelty, Ohio) is the first player in NU women's ice hockey history to earn the award in the program's 10 years of existence. She has two goals and 13 assists for 15 points in 28 games played. She was named to the NEHC All-Conference Third Team earlier this season as well.

Norwich (23-5-1) is in D-III women's hockey's ultimate weekend for the sixth time in program history and will look to win its second national championship. The Cadets face No. 1-ranked and three-time defending champion Plattsburgh State on Friday at 3 p.m.

The Elite 90, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 90 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships.

Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.

For more information on the Elite 90 award winners, log on to NCAA.com/elite-90.