May 15, 2013

Women's hockey recognizes five players at team banquet

PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh State women’s hockey head coach Kevin Houle and assistant coach Nicole Williams announced the recipients of the 2012-13 team awards at the team’s end-of-the-year banquet held at the Valcour Boathouse over the weekend.

The Cardinals also announced the team captains for the 2013-14 season.

Sophomore Morgan MacInnis was the recipient of the Scholar-Athlete Award after receiving Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) West All-Academic honors earlier this year.

A biochemistry major from Cornwall, Ont., MacInnis appeared in all 30 games for the Cardinals and tallied six goals and 10 assists for 16 points.

The Unsung Hero Award was given to sophomore defender Mia Favretto.

Favretto appeared in all 30 games and helped guide a young defense that allowed just 33 goals all year. The Oakville, Ont., native also contributed seven points, which included her first collegiate goal in a 4-2 win over Norwich Jan. 6.

Bridget Balisy was named the team’s Rookie of the Year after a seamless transition in her first year on the blueline.

Balisy, who hails from Brampton, Ont., appeared in all 30 games and joined a Plattsburgh defense that held its opponents to a minuscule 1.10 goals per game. Balisy also recorded three goals and eight assists for 11 points.

Another rookie defender was selected as the team’s Most Improved Player as Sara Lanni earned this year’s honor.

A freshman out of Maple, Ont., Lanni appeared in 28 games and notched two assists on the season.

After receiving every major honor possible this season, Teal Gove was chosen as the team’s Most Valuable Player.

Coming from Berwick, Ont., Gove saved her best year for her last, scoring a career-high 29 goals and 21 assists for 50 points.

She was the top offensive player in the nation, averaging 1.67 points per game and she finished the season tied with a Division-III best nine power play goals.

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