Hochkins & Van Buskirk Receive Major ECAC East Awards

Stacey Hochkins

March 5, 2009

CAPE COD, Mass. - Holy Cross women's ice hockey freshman forward Stacey Hochkins (New Boston, Mich) has been named the ECAC Women's East Rookie of the Year, announced today by the ECAC league office. Hochkins was also named to the first team All-ECAC East and the All-Rookie Team. Joining Hochkins on the first team All-ECAC East is sophomore Jocelyn Kratchmer (Watrous, Saskatchewan), while head coach Peter Van Buskirk was named the ECAC Women's East Coach of the Year. Junior defensemen Lisa Wilson (Corunna, Ontario) was named to the second team All-ECAC East.

Hochkins completed the 2008-2009 season with a school-record 53 points, as her 25 goals are second all-time and her 28 assists rank her first at Holy Cross. Hochkins led the ECAC East in point scoring, goal scoring, assists, short-handed points, short-handed goals and freshman scoring.

Kratchmer finished the season with 23 goals and 23 assists for 46 points. She is second in the ECAC East in point scoring, second in goal scoring, fourth in assists, third in power play points, first in power play goals, second in short-handed points and goals, and first in game-winning goals.

Van Buskirk, who just completed his ninth season on the Holy Cross bench, led the Crusaders to an ECAC East regular season title, ECAC Open Championship and a school record 24 wins (24-2-1). Holy Cross' 117 single-season goals scored ranks number one all-time at Holy Cross, its 37 single-season goals allowed is fewest all-time and its seven shutouts are second all-time.

Wilson wraps up the season with four goals and 11 assists for 15 points. Wilson is fifth in the ECAC East in defensemen scoring and she led a defensive front that led the ECAC in scoring defense, only allowing 37 goals in 27 games. This is the second All-ECAC East honor for Wilson, as she was named to the first team in 2007-2008.

2008-2009 ECAC Women's East All-Conference Teams

ECAC Women's East Player of the Year
Holly Nonis, Manhattanville College

ECAC Women's East Goalie of the Year
Karine Turmel, Manhattanville College

ECAC Women's East Rookie of the Year
Stacey Hochkins, College of the Holy Cross

ECAC Women's East Coach of the Year
Peter Van Buskirk, College of the Holy Cross

First Team All-ECAC East
Forward - Stacey Hochkins, Holy Cross, Freshman
Forward - Holly Nonis, Manhattanville, Sophomore
Forward - Jocelyn Kratchmer, Holy Cross, Sophomore
Defense - Amanda Wilks, Norwich, Freshman
Defense - Erin Brawley, Manhattanville, Senior
Goalie - Karine Turmel, Manhattanville, Senior

All-Rookie Team
Forward - Stacey Hochkins, Holy Cross
Forward - Kameron Klauber, MIT
Forward - Julie Fortier, Norwich
Defense - Amanda Wilkes, Norwich
Defense - Molly Corl, Saint Anselm
Goalie - Teraysa White, New England

Second Team All-ECAC East
Forward - Sophie Leclerc, Norwich, Junior
Forward - Kameron Klauber, MIT, Freshman
Forward - Maria Nasta, UMass Boston, Junior
Defense - Lisa Wilson, Holy Cross, Junior
Defense - Sarah Fullerton, Manhattanville, Junior
Goalie - Teraysa White, New England, Freshman

Honorable Mention
Forward - Bianca Desantis, Saint Anselm, Senior
Forward - Alex Blackwell, Manhattanville, Senior
Forward - Julie Fortier, Norwich, Freshman
Defense - Emily Paquin, Saint Michael's, Sophomore
Defense - Hannah Davis, UMass Boston, Sophomore
Goalie - Kristen Gresko, Southern Maine, Freshman