Boulier, Sabatine and McRae Earn ECAC Hockey Honors
Mar. 8: ECAC Hockey announced its 2013 award winners and all-conference teams on Friday night at the annual awards banquet in conjunction with championship weekend in Ithaca, NY. Three St. Lawrence University women's hockey players earned recognition from the league, including Amanda Boulier, captain Kelly Sabatine and rookie Abbey McRae.
Boulier was named First Team defense after leading ECAC Hockey blueliners in scoring as a sophomore. The Watertown, CT native enters the postseason with 32 points on eight goals and 24 assists, all of which are career-highs. Boulier was outstanding at the point in the quarterfinal series against Quinnipiac, as she helped shutout Bobcat star Kelly Babstock over the three games.
Sabatine earned her way on the Second Team as a forward thanks to another solid campaign. The Hamilton, ON native, who has tallied a point in 13 of the last 14 games, leads the Scarlet and Brown in both points (38) and goals (18). Sabatine, now a two-time All-Conference honoree, has three game-winning goals and three game-tying goals this season.
Meanwhile, McRae was selected to ECAC Hockey's All-Rookie Team after a 20-point regular season. The London, ON native is third on the roster with 12 goals, three of which have come on the power play.
"Our league has so much talent amongst the 12 schools, it's a true testament to ‘Boo', ‘Sab' and Abbey on their success in the regular season," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells. "We'll certainly need all three to play at a high level tomorrow against Cornell."
St. Lawrence will take on nationally-ranked No. 3 Cornell in the ECAC Hockey Semifinals tomorrow at 1:00pm in Ithaca, NY. ESPN3 will offer an HD broadcast of both semifinal games as well as Sunday's championship game. The Saints defeated Cornell 3-1 in the 2012 championship game, earning the program's first conference title. However, the Big Red swept St. Lawrence in the regular season (3-0), outscoring the Saints by a 15-3 margin.
The complete list of all-conference teams follows.
Forwards - Kelly Babstock (Quinnipiac), Jillian Dempsety (Harvard), Brianne Jenner (Cornell)
Defense - Amanda Boulier (St. Lawrence), Lauriane Rougeau (Cornell)
Goalie - Erica Howe (Clarkson)
Forwards - Kelly Sabatine (St. Lawrence), Jamie Lee Rattray (Clarkson), Jillian Saulnier (Cornell)
Defense - Erin Ambrose (Clarkson), Regan Boulton (Quinnipiac)
Goalie - Victoria Vigilanti
Forwards - Lyndsey Fry (Harvard), Nicole Kosta (Quinnipiac), Carly Mercer (Clarkson)
Defense - Sarah Edney (Harvard), Laura Fortino (Cornell)
Goalie - Lauren Slebodnick (Cornell)
Forwards - Alexa Gruschow (RPI), Abbey McRae (St. Lawrence), Laura Stacey (Dartmouth)
Defense - Erin Ambrose (Clarkson), Cassandra Poudrier (Cornell)
Goalie - Emerance Maschmeyer (Harvard)