Women’s Hockey: Conway repeats as New England Player of the Year, three others earn NEHWA All-New England honors

New England Hockey Writers Association 2019 All-New England selections

2019 New England Hockey Writers Association (NEWHA) Awards

BOSTON – The Norwich University women's ice hockey team had four players earn New England Hockey Writers Association (NEHWA) All-New England honors, headlined by junior forward Amanda Conway (Methuen, Mass.) being named the Division III New England Player of the Year for the second year in a row. 

Conway was joined by sophomores Emily Lambert (Riverview, Mich.) and Samantha Benoit (Bow, N.H.), as well as junior Sophie McGovern (Hermantown, Minn.) as All-New England selections. 

Conway repeated as the NEHWA New England Player of the Year, becoming the first player in program history to repeat as the region's top player. Sophie Leclerc '10 and Julie Fortier '12 won back-to-back in 2011 and 2012, while Kim Tiberi '18 earned the honor in 2017. Norwich has now had the last three New England Player of the Year award winners. 

Two weeks ago, Conway became the fifth repeat All-American in program history, following up first team honors from last season. 

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 eighth 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. 

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. 

Lambert had a breakout season assuming the role as Norwich's No. 1 goalie to the tune of a 14-5-1 record with a 1.39 goals against average and a .934 save percentage. She became the first player in program history to earn NEHC Goalie of the Year honors and was also selected to the NEHC First Team. 

Lambert had six shutouts and ranked in the top 25 nationally in winning percentage, goals against average and save percentage. Her six shutouts tied for eighth nationally. 

McGovern became the 11th player in program history to reach the 100-career-point milestone. She posted another impressive season, ranking second on the team with 13 goals and also tallying 17 assists for 30 points. Her assist total also ranked second on the team. 

McGovern was named to the NEHC All-Conference First Team as well for the first time in her career this season.   

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. 

Norwich has now had 29 NEHWA All-New England selections in 12 years of existence. 

The Cadet award winners will be formally recognized at the annual NEHWA Banquet at Prince's Restaurant in Saugus, Mass on Wednesday, April 17.