Senior captain Hailey Noronha was recognized twice by being named the Defensive MVP and the Sarah Kennedy Award winner. The latter is given to a junior or senior who has demonstrated selflessness in putting team above individual goals, a dedication to their team and school with their actions on and off the ice, perseverance in the face of adversity, and a sincere love for the sport. Noronha wrapped up her collegiate career first among the Big Green with a career-high 14 points from a trio of goals and team-leading 11 assists.
Junior Tess Bracken and sophomore Christina Rombaut were named Co-Offensive MVPs. Having started the season (as she has done for each of her three years on the team) as a defender, Bracken moved up to left wing and had her most successful season, netting a team-leading eight goals and tacking on four assists for 12 points, which tied her for second with Rombaut. In the span of seven games (Jan. 20-Feb. 10), she had eight points, which included her first career hat trick in the win over Brown.
Rombaut ended the season with three goals and nine helpers for a career-high 12 points, with 10 of those points coming against conference opponents. She started the year off well by picking up an assist in the first game of the 2017-18 campaign against Harvard and had three multi-point performances throughout her sophomore season.
Juniors Christine Honor (Team MVP), Sabrina Huett (Most Improved Player) and Shannon Ropp (Unsung Hero) all walked away with an award apiece. Honor, who was named All-Ivy Honorable Mention a few weeks ago, was a reliable force in net this season, making 818 saves while allowing 83 goals in 1422 minutes for a .908 save percentage and 3.50 goals against average. She is now first in the Dartmouth all-time record book for most saves in a season and is the only Big Green goalie in women’s hockey history to make over 800 stops.
Huett had one goal and one assist this season. Her first collegiate tally was netted in the 3-0 victory over Maine, and she had a helper in the 1-1 tie against RPI. Ropp appeared between the pipes in seven games this year, making 97 saves while allowing 13 goals for an .882 save percentage and 3.84 goals against. She picked up her first collegiate victory in the 4-3 defeat of Holy Cross. Freshman Jennifer Costa was named the Rookie of the Year. She had one point from an assist in the 3-3 tie against RPI.
At the conclusion of the meeting, the team named captains for the 2018-19 season. As it has done for the past two years, just one player will wear the ‘C’ on her jersey. Rombaut will serve as captain, while rising seniors Kate Landers, Alyssa Baker and Caroline Shaunessy will be alternate captains.