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Six Harvard Alumnae Named to ECAC Hockey All-Decade Team

Pictured: Angela Ruggiero was the winner of the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award in 2004 (Harvard Athletic Communications)

Complete ECAC Hockey Release

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Six former Harvard All-Americans have been tabbed to the ECAC Hockey women’s All-Decade Team, the conference office announced Tuesday afternoon.  Harvard had the most former players on the team, followed by St. Lawrence (three) on the 12 player list.

A committee made up of coaches and league administrators selected the group, recognizing distinguished play of student-athletes in the league from the 1999-2000 season through the 2008-09 campaign.

Jennifer Botterill ’02-03, the only two-time recipient of the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented annually to the nation’s top player, led a quartet of former Crimson players on the first team.  A four-time Olympian and three-time gold medalist, she was a four-time All-America selection during her career in Cambridge.  Botterill helped Harvard reach the Frozen Four on three occasions, winning the 1999 AWCHA national championship. Botterill was named the ECAC Hockey Player of the Year three times (2000, 2001 and 2003) and was also tabbed the conference Rookie of the Year in 1999.  A four-time All-ECAC Hockey choice, Botterill owns the Harvard career scoring record with 340 points and 157 goals, while ranking second in school history with 183 assists. 
 
Julie Chu ’06-07, the winner of the Patty Kazmaier Award in 2007, joins Botterill as a forward on the first team.  A three-time Olympic medalist, Chu was a three-time All-American honoree and guided the Crimson to the NCAA championship game in 2003, 2004 and 2005.  The ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year in 2003, Chu was a four-time All-ECAC Hockey choice.  Chu is the NCAA record holder with 284 points and 196 assists.
 
Sarah Vaillancourt ’08-09 completes Harvard’s sweep of the first-team forwards, as the 2008 Patty Kazmaier Award winner also grabs a spot on the ECAC Hockey All-Decade Team.  A two-time Olympic gold medalist, Vaillancourt was the ECAC Hockey Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009.  A three-time All-American, she was the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year in 2005 and garnered four nods to the all-conference team.  She stands seventh in Harvard history with 237 points on 106 goals and 131 assists.
 
At the blue line, Angela Ruggiero ’02-04, a four-time finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award and winner in 2004 joins the first-team honorees.  A four-time Olympic medalist, Ruggierio, who was recently named to the International Olympic Committee Athletes’ Commission, was a four-time All-ECAC Hockey choice and was the conference’s Player of the Year in 2004.  She helped the Crimson reach the NCAA championship game in 2003 and 2004 and ranks sixth in program history with 253 points on 96 goals and 157 assists.
 
Nicole Corriero ’05 grabbed a spot on the ECAC Hockey All-Decade second team as a forward.  A three-time All-American, Corriero holds the NCAA record with 59 goals in a season, which she accomplished in 2004-05.  She helped Harvard reach the NCAA championship game in 2003, 2004 and 2005 and stands fourth in Harvard history with 265 points on 150 goals and 115 assists.  Corriero, a three-time All-ECAC Hockey selection, was the conference Rookie of the Year in 2002 and was tabbed Player of the Year in 2005.
 
Caitlin Cahow ’07-08, a two-time Olympic medalist as a defenseman, was an All-America honoree during the 2007-08 season and joins Corriero on the second team.  A two-time All-ECAC Hockey Player, Cahow  stands 15th in program history with 113 points (31-82-113) and was a co-captain of the Crimson during the 2007-08 season when Harvard won an NCAA record 21 straight games.
  
1999-00 thru 2008-09 ECAC HOCKEY ALL-DECADE SELECTIONS

FIRST-TEAM ALL-DECADE
Forward  Jennifer Botterill, Harvard (1998-2003)
Forward  Julie Chu, Harvard (2002-2005)
Forward  Sarah Vaillancourt, Harvard (2005-2009)

Defense  Tara Mounsey, Brown (1999-2004)
Defense  Angela Ruggiero, Harvard (1999-2004)
Goaltender Ali Brewer, Brown (1997-2000)

SECOND-TEAM ALL-DECADE
Forward  Gillian Apps, Dartmouth (2002-2007)
Forward  Nicole Corriero, Harvard (2002-2005)
Forward  Sabrina Harbec, St. Lawrence (2005-2008)
Defense  Annie Guay, St. Lawrence (2005-2008)
Defense  Catlin Cahow, Harvard (2004-2008)
Goaltender Rachel Barrie, St. Lawrence (2000-2004)