MARSHFIELD, Mass. – Junior forward Alex Starzyk of the Saint Anselm women's ice hockey team was named the inaugural New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) Player of the Year and teammates Martha Findley and Alex Kazmer were also honored by the conference on Thursday.
Starzyk gathered NEHC Player of the Year and First Team All-NEHC honors and was joined on the First Team by junior defenseman Martha Findley. Senior forward Alex Kazmer was an Honorable Mention selection in the voting by the league's head coaches.
Starzyk leads all NEHC players with 32 points and 19 goals this season and her 1.52 points per game put the junior 11th in the country among Division II and III players. Her 19 goals in 21 games is the sixth-best per-game average in the country. Starzyk has been especially potent in NEHC play, averaging nearly two points per game with 16 goals and 11 assists in 14 contests.
She gathered conference accolades for the third consecutive year, after being named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Women's East All-Rookie Team in 2013-14 and being an ECAC Women's East Honorable Mention last season. Starzyk was named the NEHC Player of the Week on Jan. 25.
Findley is the second-leading scorer among defensemen in the NEHC with two goals and a conference-best 24 assists in 25 games this season. Her average of 1.04 points per game from the blue line are tied for second-most in Divisions II and III. Of Findley's 26 points, 23 came in conference play, which ranks tied for fifth in the NEHC among all skaters. Like Starzyk, Findley was an ECAC Women's East Honorable Mention pick last season.
Kazmer has registered 28 points on 12 goals and 16 assists in 25 games in 2015-16 and ranks in a tie for fifth in the NEHC in scoring both overall and in conference games. She has a conference-high 13 points on the power play and her five power-play goals are tied for ninth nationally in Divisions II and III. Kazmer received an all-conference accolade for the first time in her career and currently sits three points shy of 100 for her career.
The trio has helped Saint Anselm to a 20-5 record this season, including a 14-3-0 mark in NEHC play. The second-seeded Hawks host the NEHC Women's Open this weekend and face third-seeded Franklin Pierce at 4 p.m. at Sullivan Arena on Saturday, Feb. 27.