Four Women's Hockey Skaters Honored by ECAC; Edney Named Best Defenseman

Four Women's Hockey Skaters Honored by ECAC; Edney Named Best Defenseman

Four Crimson were honored including Edney's league nod as the best defenseman. (Harvard Athletics/Photos: Elan Kawesch)

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POTSDAM, N.Y. – Four Harvard women's hockey players were honored by the ECAC on Friday at the conference's annual banquet, Sarah Edney, who was tabbed as the league's best defenseman. Edney, who also earned First Team All-ECAC accolades, was joined by three other skaters on all-conference teams, including Mary Parker, Emerance Maschmeyer and Lexie Laing.

Edney, who also was named a finalist for the ECAC Player of the Year and a unanimous All-Ivy League First Team honoree, helped the steer a Crimson defense that sits among the best in the nation. The Mississauga, Ontario, native was tops among Harvard defensemen with 16 points, coming on four goals and 12 assists, and was among the nation's stingiest with 38 blocks to her name. The ever-present blue-liner is a consistent force on special teams as well, both on the power play and penalty kill, earning hard minutes night in and night out.

Parker was a workhorse in the offensive zone for the Crimson, piling on a team-best 32 points on 14 goals and 18 assists. The Milton, Massachusetts, native earned Second Team accolades for the first time in her career, and was a finalist for the conference's Best Forward. Parker has found the back of the net in a variety of ways all season; she has one of the Crimson's three hat tricks, owns three game winning goals, two unassisted tallies and the only shorthanded score of the year for Harvard. A versatile forward, Parker also is crucial in getting back on defense with 14 blocks, and owns a team-best 57.3-percent success rate on the faceoff dot.

Maschmeyer earns her third consecutive All-ECAC nod, being named to the league's Third Team as a goaltender. After a slow start to the year, the junior netminder went on a tear between the pipes, reeling off a 14-2-1 record over her last 17 starts. Maschmeyer sits in the top-10 nationally in three categories; goals against average (1.45), save percentage (.941) and win percentage (.738).

As one of the conference's best rookies this season, Laing picked up well-deserved All-Rookie honors and was a finalist for the conference's Rookie of the Year. The highest-producing freshman on a deep Harvard roster, Laing has 22 points to her name, including nine goals and 13 assists. Aside from a +17 on-ice rating, Laing has two power play scores and three game winning goals to her credit, making a crucial impact all season long for the Crimson in her debut.

The Crimson (23-5-3, 16-4-2 ECAC) returns to the ice in the ECAC Semifinals on Saturday as Harvard is set to faceoff with conference rival Quinnipiac for a spot in the conference championship game on Sunday. The Crimson and Bobcats will skate at 4 p.m. in Clarkson's Cheel Arena, a showdown that will be featured online nationwide on ESPN3.