Women’s Ice Hockey Announces Team Awards

Nicola Garat

WORCESTER, Mass. Holy Cross head women's ice hockey coach Peter Van Buskirk has announced the 2009-2010 team awards. The Crusaders held a year-end banquet on Sunday, April 11 and awards were voted on by members of the 2009-2010 team and coaching staff. Sophomore forward Stacey Hochkins (New Boston, Mich.), sophomore forward Nicola Garat (Princeton, N.J.) and senior captain Lisa Wilson (Corunna, Ontario) were honored for their performances on and off the ice.

Hochkins was named Most Valuable Player for the 2009-2010 season. Hochkins was named MVP for the second consecutive year as she led Crusaders and the ECAC East with 44 points. Hochkins was named to the 2009-2010 New England Women's Division II/III All-Star team, earned All-American honors, was named the ECAC East Player of the year and selected as the Most Outstanding Player at the ECAC Open where she led the Crusaders to their second consecutive Open title. Hochkins finished the season with 26 goals, tying the Holy Cross single-season mark set by Kolt Bloxson in the 2002-2003 season.

Garat was named the recipient of the Seventh Player award. Garat skated in every game for the Crusaders, recording 16 goals and four assists for 20 points. Garat's 16 goals were third on the team and her 20 points ranked fifth. Garat's 0.62 goals per game ranked sixth in the ECAC East.

Wilson was honored with the Reverend Francis Hart award for commitment, leadership and performance. Wilson, a two-year captain for the Crusaders, wraps up her career with 82 points, ninth all-time at Holy Cross. She ranks fourth with 14 power play goals and her 49 assists rank eighth. Wilson finished the season leading ECAC defensemen with 1.04 points per game as she was third at Holy Cross with 27 points. Wilson finished her senior campaign with a team leading 20 assists.

Holy Cross (20-4-2, 15-2-2 ECAC) won the ECAC Open Tournament title on Sunday, Feb. 28 to conclude the 2009-2010 season. The Crusaders' victory over St. Anselm in the championship game was its 20th win of the season as Holy Cross hit the 20 win mark for the second time in school history.