MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. – The Norwich University women's ice hockey team had two players earn American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) First Team East Region All-American honors on Thursday night at the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Championship Banquet, hosted by University of St. Thomas.
Junior Amanda Conway (Methuen, Mass.) became the fifth repeat All-American in program history, following up first team honors from last season, while sophomore defenseman Samantha Benoit (Bow, N.H.) earned the honor of the first time in her career.
Conway continued her torrid goal-scoring pace for the second straight season, leading the country in goals per game with 1.07 (30 goals) in 29 games this season. She earned New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) Player of the Year honors for the second year in a row and became the seventh NU player to earn the league's top player award in 12 seasons.
Conway led the Cadets with 42 points this season and has 129 in her career. She became just the eight player in program history to reach the 100-career-points milestone earlier this season. Her 84 goals in 82 games played already rank her second all-time in program history, trailing only Julie Fortier '12. Her 129 points rank third all-time in program history behind Fortier and Sophie Leclerc '10.
She led the Cadets with six game-winning goals and five power play goals. She also led Norwich with 165 shots on goal and ranked fourth with a +27 plus-minus rating. Conway was named a finalist for the Laura Hurd Award for the second straight year, which is given annually to the top player in Division III women's hockey. Hamline's Bre Simon won the award.
Benoit had another impressive year patrolling the blue line for the Cadets. She scored five goals and had 22 assists for 27 points on the season to rank four in NCAA Division III in points by a defenseman.
She earned NEHC Tournament MVP honors after tallying five points in the three tournaments games, including four assists in the final. She also earned NEHC First Team honors as well.
Benoit led Norwich with a +36 plus-minus rating and ranked third on the team in shots on goal. Benoit has tallied eight goals and 48 assists for 56 goals in 60 career games.
Norwich has now had 20 AHCA All-Americans in program history. The Cadets finished the 2018-19 season with a 21-6-2 record and won their ninth NEHC Tournament title. NU made its 10th NCAA Tournament appearance, bailing out with a 3-1 loss to Williams in the NCAA First Round on March 6.