MANCHESTER, N.H. – Seven student-athletes from the Saint Anselm College women's ice hockey team were named to the All-New England Women's Hockey Alliance (NEWHA) Teams, as announced on Wednesday. The group was headlined by Player of the Year sophomore Katy Meehan (Quincy, Mass.), Co-Rookie of the Year freshman Erin Meyers (Saint Paul, Minn.), and head coach Kerstin Matthews, who was named NEWHA Coach of the Year.
Meehan joined junior Megan Klaus (State College, Pa) as First Team selections. Sophomore Gabby Monaco (La Verne, Calif.) and junior Amanda Conger (Swanton, Vt.) were named to the Second Team, while Meyers and classmate Kelly Golini (Tewksbury, Mass.) were named to the All-Rookie Team. Senior Caley Mueller (Littleton, Colo.) was named to the All-Sportswomanship Team.
Coach Matthews led the team to its seventh 20-win season and fourth-straight this year as the Hawks boast a 23-3-1 overall record. She won her 200th game of her career on Nov. 3, 2018 at Franklin Pierce and also won the program's 300th game in team history on Jan. 25, 2019 against Post University.
Meehan led the team in total points (29), was second on the team in goals (13) and was tied for third on the team in assists (16). The second-year forward was also tied for the team with four power play goals and led the team with four game-winner tallies and two hat tricks. In NEWHA games, Meehan was atop the league in points (11-12=23), points per game (1.44) and power play points (4-4=8) while tying for second in goals (11) and assists (12). The three-time winner of NEWHA Player of the Week honors had six multi-point games.
Meyers tied for second on the team in points (24) while leading the squad with 18 assists. The freshman also put away six goals to date and ranks among the best freshmen in the country against all three divisions statistically. Meyers sits eighth overall in points per game among rookies, trailing only student-athletes at the Division I level. Racking up five multi-point games, Meyers was a two-time NEWHA Rookie of the Week winner.
Klaus potted seven goals and nine assists for 16 points (7-9=16), earning her second-straight selection to the NEWHA First Team. Recording a pair of multi-point games, including a four-point (3-1=4) during a 5-2 win over Sacred Heart on Feb. 8, Klaus scored the fastest hat trick in program history in that contest. For her stellar showing, she earned NEWHA Player of the Week recognition.
Monaco recorded single-season bests in 2018-19 as her 17 assists were second on the team. She concluded the year with three goals, finishing with 20 points (3-17=20) to rank in the top-10 among all of Division I/II defensemen in points per game at 0.74. She currently has a nine-point game streak with three goals and seven assists (7-3=10).
Conger posted career highs in all offensive categories as a junior with 24 points on 10 goals and 14 assists (10-14=24). With 24 points, Conger is in a two-way tie for second on the team, while her 10 goals is tied for fourth on the team. Conger's 0.38 power play points per game put her in a three-way tie in the league for third as well.
Golini begins her Saint Anselm career with 27 games played as a freshman, leading the team with 14 goals to go along with seven assists (14-7=21). Conger's three power play goals put her in a two-way tie for second on the team. Golini scored three game-winning goals and ranks in the top-15 among freshmen in the nation with 0.78 points per game.
Mueller finished her final year on the Hilltop with career-bests in all three offensive categories. She posted 22 points with nine goals and 13 helpers (9-13=22) in 21 games. She was tied for fourth on the team in points and was one of nine student-athletes on the team with 20 or more points this year. In her career, Mueller played in 102 games, posting 53 points with 22 goals and 31 assists (22-31=53).
Saint Anselm, which will be the No. 1 seed in the upcoming NEWHA Tournament this weekend, will host Saint Michael's College in the first semifinal game of the day at 4 p.m. at Sullivan Arena on Saturday, Feb. 23.