May 24, 2012

Women's Ice Hockey Announces Team Awards & Captains

WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross women's ice hockey head coach Peter Van Buskirk has announced the 2011-2012 team awards and captains for the 2012-2013 season. Junior forward Caroline English (Dorchester, Mass.) received a team award and was named captain. Senior forward Stacey Hochkins (New Boston, Mich.) also received a team award while junior forward Rebecca O'Quinn (Arlington, Mass.), sophomore defenseman Amanda Gallagher (Park Ridge, Ill.) and junior forward Alyssa Ruhland (Minneapolis, Minn.) were named assistant captains.

Hochkins was named the Most Valuable Player for the 2011-2012 season. Hochkins earned second team All-America honors for the third consecutive year this season, in addition to earning first team All-ECAC East honors for the fourth year in a row. She was also named to the New England All-Star team for the third straight season, and received All-ECAC Open Tournament honors for the third time. During the 2011-2012 campaign, Hochkins led the team with a school-record 28 goals and 18 assists for 46 points. Hochkins ended her collegiate career having set all-time Holy Cross records in all six major offensive categories, totaling 103 goals, 86 assists, 189 points, 18 game-winning goals, 22 power play goals and 15 shorthanded goals in only 105 games. A two-year team captain, she led the Crusaders to an overall record of 80-19-7 during her four years on the team.

English received the Seventh Player Award that is awarded for playing above expectations, and will serve as captain of the Crusaders for the 2012-2013 season. English was also named to the 2012 ECAC Women's Open All-Tournament team after finishing second on the team in assists with 16, points with 28 and plus/minus with +25. For her career as a Crusader English has recorded 29 goals and 52 assists for 81 points in 75 games played.

O'Quinn, Gallagher and Ruhland will serve as assistant captains next season. O'Quinn played in 26 games last season and tallied six goals and 10 assists. Gallagher also skated in 26 games and recorded 10 assists from the blue line. Ruhland played in 16 games and wrapped up her junior campaign with two goals for the Crusaders.