POTSDAM – Eight members of the SUNY Potsdam women’s hockey team have been named to the ECAC Women’s West All-Academic team for the 2012-2013 season.
Seniors Nadine Cunningham (Bow, N.H./St. Mark’s Prep), Jen Conophy (Glenmont, N.Y./Albany Ice Cats) and Katie Komsa (Sault Ste. Marie Ont./Sault Ste. Marie AA Midget), juniors Brittany Lucky (Kanata, Ontario/Brampton Thunder) and Dawna Salvarinas (Mississauga, Ontario/Brampton Thunder), and sophomores Izzy Fayerman (Calgary, Alberta/ The Edge), Emilee Hazelden (Bloomingdale, N.Y./Northwood School) and Alexandra Holowka (Winnipeg, Manitoba/Balmoral Hall) each represent the Bears on the team. Cunningham and Komsa have made the list for the third year in a row, while Lucky and Salvarinas receive the honors for the second consecutive year.
To be named to the team, student-athletes must have complete at least one academic year, have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, and have compete in at least one-half of their team’s contests during the current season. A goaltender must have played at least 33 percent of her team’s minutes.
Cunningham played a key role in the Bears’ defense in 22 games this season. Over her career she has played in 86 games, totaling three goals and six assists for nine career points.
Conophy had a strong season in between the pipes for Potsdam. Starting in 13 games she posted a 3-9-2 record, a .886 save percentage and a 3.65 goals-against-average.
She notched her second career shut out against Buffalo State on Feb. 17 to help the Bears’ clinch their second straight playoff spot. In her career, Conophy has played in 60 games with a 20-22-7 record. Her 20 wins are the most in the program’s NCAA history.
Komsa finished her career as a Bear having played in 96 games, scoring 10 goals and adding 21 assists for a total of 31 points. This season she served as a team captain and saw time in 25 games. She tied her single season best for assists with six.
Lucky also served as a captain in 2012-13. She anchored the defense again this season, while providing some clutch offense, finishing with three goals and three assists for six points.
Salvarinas had a career year for Potsdam, splitting time in goal. She finished the season with a 7-4-0 record, a .917 save percentage and a 2.47 goals-against-average. Salvarinas also recorded a program record three shutouts this year.
Fayerman had another impressive year for the Bears, seeing time in all 26 games. She recorded seven goals and five assists for a total of 12 points.
During her career she has played in all 51 games and she has totaled 33 points on 14 goals and 19 assists.
Hazelden provided the Potsdam offense with much needed energy this season.
During her second tour as a Bear she scored one goal and added a career-best eight assists, quadrupling her total from the previous season.
This season she saw time in all 26 games and has played in 40 games in her career.
Holowka continued to contribute to the Bears’ offense this year. She played in all 26 games, netted seven goals and added four assists for 11 points. In her two seasons in a Bears uniform, Holowka has played in all 51 games, scoring 12 goals and recording six assists for 18 points.
The 2012-2013 season proved to be another solid one for the Bears (10-14-2, 6-5-1 ECAC West). Potsdam was able to reach the postseason for the second year in a row and the third time in program history.