Williams' Gillis Named NEHWA Coach of the Year; Six NESCAC Players Honored

Williams' Gillis Named NEHWA Coach of the Year; Six NESCAC Players Honored

HADLEY, Mass. – Six players from the NESCAC were selected to the New England Hockey Writers Association (NEHWA) Division II/III All-Star team. Additionally, Williams head coach Meghan Gillis was named the 2019 NEHWA Coach of the Year.

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Amherst senior forward Jocelyn Hunyadi represented the Mammoths on the NEHWA squad. She was an All-NESCAC First Team selection after leading Amherst in points (7-15-22). She ranked fifth in the NESCAC in points per game (0.84) and tallied 12 points in conference games. She scored a pair of power-play goals, one short-handed tally, and two game-winners for the Mammoths who earned the No. 5 seed in the NESCAC Championship and advanced to the semifinals.

The Middlebury duo of sophomore Madie Leidt and senior Jenna Marrotta were honored with a spot on the NEHWA team. They helped the Panthers earn the No. 2 seed in the NESCAC Championship and advance to the championship game for the fifth-straight season.

Marrotta, a defender, earns a spot on the NEHWA team for the second-straight season. She was also named a CCM/AHCA Second-Team All-American and to the All-NESCAC First Team for the second consecutive year. Marrotta paced NESCAC defenders and ranked second among the Panthers in scoring with 18 points on four goals and tied for team-high honors with 14 assists. She anchored a defensive group that led the conference with a 1.37 goals against average. The Panthers also ranked seventh nationally in team defense to go along with six shutouts.

Leidt earned All-NESCAC First-Team honors after being named the 2018 NESCAC Rookie of the Year. She tied for second in the league with 11 goals, tied her for fourth in points (25), and tied for sixth in assists (14). Leidt led the league with five game-winning goals, while her 10 power-play points tied for third in the conference. She helped lead a Middlebury offense that ranked third in the NESCAC at 2.41 goals per game.

Wesleyan junior goaltender Allegra Grant added the NEHWA accolade to her list of postseason honors. She also garnered CCM/AHCA All-American Second Team accolades to become the first Wesleyan women's hockey player to earn the honor. Grant was also named to the All-NESCAC First Team after registering a save percentage of .943 and a goals against average of 2.00. She recorded her 1,500th career-save and led the Cardinals to an appearance in the NESCAC Championship.

Williams sophomores Brynn Puppe and Meghan Halloran represented the NESCAC Champions on the NEHWA team. Halloran, a forward, was named the NESCAC Player of the Year and earned All-NESCAC First Team honors. She was also selected as a CCM/AHCA Second Team All-American. Halloran led the NESCAC in points (39), goals (20), and assists (19) this season. She also had 16 power-play points (8-8-16) and the Ephs were the top scoring offense in the league, averaging 2.86 goals per game.

Puppe, a defender, also collected All-NESCAC First Team honors. She ranked second in scoring among the defenders in the league with 18 points (4-14-18) and was second overall in power-play points with 11 (4-7-11).

Gillis, the NESCAC Coach of the Year, guided Williams to the top seed in the NESCAC Championship for the first time in program history. The Ephs posted the most wins in a single season (21-5-3), won the NESCAC title for the first time since 2014, and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals