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Five Women's Hockey Players Named to All-ECAC Squads

Josephine Pucci received All-ECAC second-team accolades (Kevin Burns).

After locking up second place in the 2010-11 league standings, the Harvard women’s hockey team has five players named to the ECAC Hockey All-League teams, the organization announced Tuesday. Sophomores Jillian Dempsey and Josephine Pucci received second-team accolades, seniors Liza Ryabkina and Leanna Coskren received third-team nods and freshman Marissa Gedman was named to the All-Rookie team.

Dempsey was one of the most explosive forwards in league play this season, recording 22 points on 10 goals and 12 assists, good for ninth among ECAC skaters. She notched a power-play goal, a shorthanded goal and three game-tying scores in league action and was tied for first in the league with two shorthanded points (1g, 1a). The award is Dempsey’s second from the league in her two-year career as she garnered All-Rookie honors last season.

Pucci was a staple on the Harvard blueline that allowed the fourth-lowest opponent goal total in league action this season. Pucci was tied for 28th in league scoring and her 15 points on eight goals and seven assists ranked sixth among league defenders. She also registered a goal and an assist in shorthanded situations, tying her for first with Dempsey and senior Kate Buesser. This marks Pucci’s first league award in her two years in Cambridge.  

Ryabkina had a strong senior season in ECAC play, earning third-team honors for her first year-end league award. She was the lone Harvard skater to earn ECAC Hockey MLX Skates Player of the Week honors in 2010-11 after netting a trio of goals in the season-opening weekend. She ranked 16th in league scoring, totaling 19 points on nine goals and 10 assists, and was tied for 11th with eight power-play points (5g, 3a) in 22 league games. Her five power-play goals in conference play was tied for the second-highest total in the league.

Coskren capped her ECAC Hockey career with a third-team nod, her second league award in as many seasons. Coskren was an integral part of a Harvard defense that limited league opponents to 43 goals in 22 games. She ranked 14th in the league in power-play points with seven on three goals and four assists and stood tied for 13th with three power-play goals. Her 13 points on four goals and nine helpers, ranked eighth among ECAC defenders.

Gedman held down a spot on the Harvard blueline in all 22 conference games in her rookie season. She totaled nine points on three goals and nine assists which ranked 14th among league rookies. She also ended the regular season with a +9 rating in league games and had a power-play tally to her credit.

The Crimson continues its quest for the 2011 ECAC Hockey tournament title Thursday, as it takes on Dartmouth at Bright Hockey Center at 7 p.m.