Dempsey, Pucci Named Finalists for ECAC Annual Awards

Josephine Pucci is one of three finalists for the Best Defensive Defenseman Award (Gil Talbot).

Juniors Jillian Dempsey and Josephine Pucci of the Harvard women's hockey team have been named finalists for two annual ECAC Hockey awards, the league announced. Dempsey is one of three candidates for the Player of the Year Award, while Pucci is one of three finalists for the Best Defensive Defenseman Award.

Dempsey has enjoyed a stellar junior campaign at Harvard. The Winthrop, Mass., native ranked fourth in the league in scoring and third in points per game at 1.50. She tied for league lead in goals with 16; tied for eighth in the league with 14 assists; and was also tied for first in the league with five power-play goals. A two-way player, Dempsey tied for first in short-handed points (1-1-2) as well. She was a two-time ECAC Hockey Player of the Week in 2011-12. One of the highlights of her season came when she scored five goals against Princeton, one short of the NCAA record. Clarkson's Erica Howe and Cornell's Rebecca Johnston are the other finalists. 

Pucci is one of Harvard's most reliable defensemen, serving as an assistant captain on the 2011-12 squad. She ranks second on the team in blocks with 19 and second among team defensemen with +14 rating. Pucci led the team to seven conference shutouts this season. She anchored the point on power-play and led team in power-play scoring. Pucci also helped the Crimson penalty kill unit kill 91.3 percent of opponent power plays. Danielle Boudreau of Clarkson and Lauriane Rougeau of Cornell are the other finalists.

Award winners will be announced at the ECAC tournament banquet Thursday.