Pujol Topped NCAA Division III Goalies In Save Percentage In 2012-13
Hartford, Conn. – The Trinity women's ice hockey team, under New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and New England Division II/III Coach of the Year Carson Duggan (1st Season), posted a 15-7-3 overall record and finished fourth in the NESCAC with an 8-5-3 league mark. The Bantams qualified for the NESCAC Championship Tournament for the seventh time in a row, but lost, 1-0, at home against Connecticut College in the opening round.
Trinity opened 2012-13 without a loss in its first four games (2-0-2), as junior goaltender Alexa Pujol (New Canaan, Conn.) collected NESCAC Player of the Week honors for saving 54 of 55 shots against her in a 3-0 win and a 1-1 tie against Connecticut College in the season's opening weekend and followed that with 44 stops in a 1-1 stalemate against then-No. 4-ranked Middlebury a week later, while senior defender Rebecca Rosen (Syosset, N.Y.) and freshman forward Cheeky Herr (Princeton, N.J.) scored the game-tying and game-winning goals in the third period of a 3-2 win over Salve Regina in mid-January. Junior forward Abby Ostrom (Carlisle, Mass.) netted the game's only goals and Pujol saved 38 shots in a 1-0 win at Hamilton on January 18. Pujol made 35 saves and McNamara scored the lone Trinity goal in a 1-1 tie at Hamilton the next day, while junior forward Emily Kleidon (Oakdale, Minn.) scored the clincher in the final two minutes and Pujol had 40 saves in a 2-1 win at Colby before recording shutout with 23 saves to back up the game's only goal by rookie forward Emma Tani (Orange, Calif.) in a 1-0 triumph over the Mules the following afternoon that extended Trinity's unbeaten streak to seven games. After a 2-0 setback at Division I Sacred Heart, Trinity swept then-No. 7-ranked Bowdoin, 2-1, and 3-1, thanks to third-period gamewinners by first-year forward Shannon Farrell (Kennebunk, Maine) and Ostrom and 71 total saves by Pujol. Trinity lost twice to Amherst but crushed Wesleyan as many times by a combined score of 9-2 in the regular season's final weekend. Pujol stopped 47 Camel shots in Trinity's playoff loss.
Trinity topped the NESCAC killing penalties with an .880 percentage, and finished second in the league with 1.64 goals allowed per game. Pujol led the nation with a .954 save percentage and was third in the NESCAC in GAA at 1.43 (6th in nation). Ostrom tied for third in the NESCAC with four game-winning goals, while Rosen and senior tri-captain defender Britney Ryan (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) ranked fifth and eighth, respectively in scoring among blueliners with 15 (4g, 11a) and 13 points (2g, 11a), respectively. Pujol, the team's MVP for the second year in a row was named to the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) Division III All-American East Second Team, and reoeated on both the New England Hockey Writers Division II/III All-Star Team and the All-NESCAC First Team. Kleidon received the Chantal Lacroix Award for dedication and loyalty to the team, and sophomore forward Lucy Robinson (Toronto, Ontario) received the Tara Borawski Outstanding Offensive Player Award for scoring 18 points (15th in NESCAC) on 10 goals (13th in NESCAC) and eight assists. Senior goalie Beth Hitchcock (Glencoe, Ill.) represented Trinity women's ice hockey on the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team, and senior tri-captain forward Chelsea Campbell (Surrey, British Columbia), McNamara, and Ryan were selected to the NESCAC Winter All-Academic Team.
Campbell, Hitchcock, McNamara, Rosen, and Ryan completed their collegiate careers for the Bantams in 2012-13 having helped Trinity compile a 67-27-9 record with four straight trips to the post-season, including a NESCAC Finals appearance in 2010 that sent the Bantams to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time. Ryan finishes her career having played in more games (105) than any player in the team's history, and her 37 assists ranks her sixth all-time at the College.