MARSHFIELD, Mass. – The Norwich University women's ice hockey team swept the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) weekly awards for Week 3 on Monday afternoon.
Sophomore Sophie McGovern (Hermantown, Minn.) was named the co-Player of the Week, while senior goalie Laurie King (Waddington, N.Y.) and freshman defenseman Samantha Benoit (Bow, N.H.) earned Goalie and Rookie of the week honors.
McGovern scored two goals and tallied an assist and was named the No. 1 star in Norwich's 4-3 upset win over No. 1-ranked and four-time defending national champion Plattsburgh State on Wednesday. McGovern scored the go-ahead goal and assisted on the game-winning goal to help lead Norwich beat Plattsburgh for the first time since Feb. 8, 2012 and break a 13-game winless skid vs. the Cardinals.
McGovern has four goals and three assist for seven points on the year to rank second of the team. This marks the second time in three weeks that Norwich has had a NEHC Player of the Week after Amanda Conway (Methuen, Mass.) won in Week 1.
King earned her first league Goalie of the Week selection and the sixth in her career by stopping 50 shots on 53 attempts to lead the Cadets to a 2-0-0 week. King made 35 saves vs. No. 1-ranked Plattsburgh State to backstop the Cadets to the victory and then followed up with a 15-save shutout vs. Plymouth State.
The shutout vs. the Panthers was her second of the season and her 16th of her career, leaving her just one shutout shy of tying the program all-time record, currently held by Celeste Robert.Benoit continued the impressive start to her collegiate career recording an assist in both victories on the week. The lengthy defenseman was on the ice for all four Norwich goals vs. Plattsburgh State and she also assisted on the Cadets' second goal of the game to tie it back up at 2-2.
Benoit added another assist in a 6-0 win over Plymouth State on Friday night. She has a goal and four assists on the season and is tied for the team-lead with a +7 plus-minus rating.
Norwich (5-0-1, 3-0-0 NEHC) is off to their third-best start in program history with a six-game unbeaten streak to open the year. The Cadets also ascended to the No. 1 spot in the d3hockey.com national ranking for the first time since Oct. 18, 2012 on Monday.