March 3, 2010
~League also announces other three award winners~


Jill Cardella, Brittany Esposito and Kristina Lavoie
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WAKEFIELD, Mass. -- The Women’s Hockey East Association announced on Wednesday its All-Rookie Team for the 2009-10 season, as voted on by the league’s eight head coaches, which will be presented at the eighth annual WHEA Awards Banquet on Friday night in Providence, R.I. to kickoff the league’s Championship weekend hosted by Providence College at Schneider Arena.

Goaltender Brittany Ott (St. Clair Shores, Mich.) represented the University of Maine on the first-year squad, while defenseman Blake Bolden (Euclid, Ohio) and forward Ashley Motherwell (St. Charles, Ill.) were named from the Boston College Eagles squad. BU’s Jill Cardella (Rochester, N.Y.), Northeastern’s Brittany Esposito (Edmonton, Alb.) and New Hampshire’s Kristina Lavoie (Fonthill, Ont.) were all unanimous selections at the forward position.

Ott posted a 2.33 GAA and a .932 save percentage in her freshman year with the Black Bears, along with 452 saves in conference play, which ranked second among WHEA netminders. Bolden recorded 10 points in 18 games for the Eagles in her first season at the Heights, as the top rookie defensive scorer in the league this season. Motherwell finished third among league rookies in scoring with 14 points (4g,10a) in 21 games for the Eagles.

Lavoie was the top rookie scorer in the league this season with 20 points (14g,6a) in 21 games for the Wildcats and her 14 goals were first among all conference skaters. Cardella ranked second in the rookie scoring race with 16 points (7g,9a) for the Terriers, helping the team to a team best second place finish in the league standings. Esposito was tied for fifth in the rookie scoring column with 12 points (5g,7a), as she also skated in all 21 games for the Huskies to help them to a school best second place finish as well.

Connecticut senior Cristin Allen (Pickering, Ont.) was also named the league’s first recipient of the Best Defenseman Award. Allen ranked 10th in league play and first among defensemen with 16 points in her final season in Storrs, as she played in all 21 league games for the Huskies to go along with a +6 plus/minus rating.

Sophomore goaltender Florence Schelling (Oberengstringen, Switzerland) from Northeastern University was crowned the league’s Bauer Goaltending Champion with a 1.50 GAA and a .946 save percentage (15 starts) in league play this season. UNH senior forward Micaela Long (South Boston, Mass.) earned the Scoring Champion distinction with 34 points (7g,27a) in conference play this season, just edging out linemate Kelly Paton (32 pts.).

The Women’s Hockey East Association is an eight-team, Division-I college hockey conference which began play in 2002-2003, with offices based in Wakefield, Mass. The league also sponsors an 10 team men’s league which began play in 1984-1985.

2010 WHEA All-Rookie Team
G: Brittany Ott, Maine (St. Clair Shores, Mich.)
D: Blake Bolden, Boston College (Euclid, Ohio)
F: Brittany Esposito, Northeastern * (Edmonton, Alb.)
F: Jill Cardella, Boston University * (Rochester, N.Y.)
F: Kristina Lavoie, New Hampshire * (Fonthill, Ont.)
F: Ashley Motherwell, Boston College (St. Charles, Ill.)
* unanimous selections

Best Defenseman Award
Cristin Allen, UConn (Sr., Pickering, Ont.)
Runner-Up: Amber Yung, PC (Jr., Rockville, Va.)

Bauer Goaltending Champion
Florence Schelling, NU (So., Oberengstringen, Switz.)
(1.50 GAA, .946 save percentage)
Runner-Up: Alexandra Garcia, UConn (So., Pointe-Claire, Que.)
(1.42 GAA, .935 save percentage)

Scoring Champion
Micaela Long, UNH (Sr., South Boston, Mass.)
(34 pts.; 7g,27a)
Runner-Up: Kelly Paton, UNH (Woodstock, Ont.)
(32 pts.; 12g,20a)

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