PLATTSBURGH — A remarkable season between the pipes by Sydney Aveson continues to be rewarded as the recent graduate was named to the Capital One Academic All-America First Team for the Division III Women’s At-Large Program. Aveson was also selected as one of 58 winter student-athletes to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
A West Covina, Calif. native, Aveson is the lone ice hockey representative on the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Division III Women’s At-Large First Team and is one of three women’s ice hockey players to be recognized on this year’s Division III At-Large Team. Aveson graduated in May with a bachelor’s of science in expeditionary studies and will be continuing her studies in the fall at Plattsburgh State.
In addition to achieving Capital One Academic All-America status, Aveson was the only ice hockey player to earn an NCAA Winter Postgraduate Scholarship this year. Each winter, 29 male and 29 female winter sports student-athletes from across all divisions are honored with an award for $7,500. Similar awards are given each season to fall and spring student-athletes, totaling 174 individual winners each academic year.
These final two awards mark the end of one of the finest seasons put together by a Division III goaltender. Aveson helped lead the Cardinals to their third national championship, posting a 22-1-1 record and a Division III-best 0.57 goals-against average. She became Plattsburgh State’s third recipient of the Laura Hurd Award, which recognizes Division III women’s ice hockey player of the year. As only the second goaltender to ever win the Laura Hurd Award, Aveson was also named a First Team All-American as well as ECAC Women’s West Player of the Year. She set NCAA single-season records with a .971 save percentage and 14 shutouts while anchoring a Plattsburgh State defense that allowed just 19 goals on the season — an average of 0.63 goals per game.