Krystyn Elek '10
Photo by Richard Orr

First-year Krystyn Elek: NESCAC Rookie of the Year, All-NESCAC First Team member and All-America Second Team member

Elek and Plumer Add to Postseason Accolades

March 16, 2007

PLATTSBURGH, NY – The Amherst College women’s hockey team continues to be recognized for its amazing 2006-07 campaign, as head coach Jim Plumer is among the finalists for American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) Women’s Ice Hockey Coach of the Year (Division III), while first-year goaltender Krystyn Elek (Summerville, SC) has been named to the Division III RBK Women’s Hockey All-America Second Team by the AHCA.

Nineteen Division III women’s hockey players were named Thursday to an All-America Team: six to an All-America East First Team, seven to an Alll-America West First Team, and six to an All-America East Second Team. Elek, the only first-year named to an All-America Team, has already been named NESCAC Rookie of the Year as a member of the All-NESCAC First Team.

Plumer’s ability to turn Amherst’s women’s hockey program around earned him NESCAC Coach of the Year honors, and now his success has been recognized on a national level. To be a finalist for the Coach of the Year award, you must either be voted Coach of the Year in your conference or take your team to the NCAA Frozen Four. The award will be presented at the AHCA Coach of the Year Banquet on Saturday, April 28, in Naples, FL.

The Lord Jeffs will be facing two members of this year’s All-America First Team and one member of the Second Team when they pair up with Plattsburgh Friday night, as well as fellow Coach of the Year finalist Kevin Houle. 

All-America First Team (East)
Bree Doyle (Sr., Plattsburgh, Goalie)
Stacey McConnell (Sr., RIT, Defense)
Shannon Tarrant (Sr., Middlebury, Defense)
Danielle Blanchard (So., Plattsburgh, Forward)
Abby Kurtz-Phelan (Sr., Middlebury, Forward)
Deana Wiegand (Sr., Utica, Forward)

All-America First Team (West)
Sally Bevis (Sr., Lake Forest, Goalie)
Amber Lindner (Sr., UW-River Falls, Goalie)
Margaret Dorer (Jr., Gustavus Adolphus, Defense)
Andrea Peterson (Sr., Gustavus Adolphus, Defense)
Lindsay Boeser  (Jr., St. Olaf, Forward)
Susannah Brokl (Jr., St. Olaf, Forward)
Erin Kegley (Sr., UW-Superior, Forward)

All-America Second Team (East)
Krystyn Elek (Fy., Amherst, Goalie)
Julie Devereux (Jr., Plattsburgh, Defense)
Cindy Lebel (Jr., Saint Anselm, Defense)
Meghan Gillis (Sr., Bowdoin, Forward)
Danielle Nagymarosi (So., RIT, Forward)
Stephanie Price (Sr., Utica, Forward)

2006-07 AHCA Women’s Ice Hockey College
Division III Coach of the Year Finalists
Jim Plumer, Amherst
John Bazzachini, St. Olaf
Joe Cranston, Wisconsin-River Falls
Diane Dillon, Oswego State
David Flint, Saint Anselm
Kevin Houle, Plattsburgh
Bill Mandigo, Middlebury College
Anne Ninnemann, Wisconsin-Stevens Point