(SAINT PETER, MINN.) — The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced the 2004 women’s hockey awards in the past week and Gustavus figured prominently in the awards. First year defender Andrea Peterson (Vadnais Heights, Minn./White Bear Lake) was named MIAC Player of the Year and head coach Mike Carroll was named Co-coach of the Year. In addition, six Gusties were named to the All-Conference team and of those six, two were named to the All-Rookie team.
The six who earned All-Conference honors were senior forward Katie Deschneau (Arden Hills, Minn./Mounds View HS), junior forward Laura Stypulkowski (White Bear Lake, Minn/White Bear Lake HS), first year forward Ingrid Neve (St. Paul, Minn/Roseville HS), sophomore defender Abby Randall (Minnetonka, Minn./Minnetonka HS), Andrea Peterson, and first year goaltender Kristin Setterstrom (Minnetonka, Minn./Eden Prairie HS).
Deschneau received her second All-Conference honor finishing with 12 goals, 13 assists, for 25 points in league play. Deschneau, a four-year regular for the Gusties, completed her career ranked fourth on the all-time scoring list with 52 goals and 59 assists for 111 points.
Stypulkowski, who tied for sixth in the conference in scoring with seven goals and 20 assists for 27 points, earned all-league honors for the first time. She also led the league in assists with 20.
Neve, who led the league in scoring with 16 goals, 18 assists, for 34 points, was named to both All-Conference and All-Rookie teams. Her 16 goals were second best in the final MIAC statistics.
Randall, an anchor on the Gusties defensive unit, received all-league honors for the second consecutive year. She was named MIAC Player of the Week in early February. Randall finished conference play with three goals and six assists for nine points.
Peterson made her first year of collegiate hockey one to remember as she was named MIAC Player of the Year, First Team All-Conference, as well as being selected to the All-Rookie team. Peterson, who led the nation in scoring by a defenseman, finished with 17 goals and 22 assists for 39 points. She becomes the second Gustavus player to receive MIAC Player of the Year honors following Sarah Garrison Moe (1999, 2002).
Setterstrom, who finished second in the league in goals against average at 0.91 goals per game, was one of two goaltenders named to the All-Conference team. She recorded two shutouts during the season and was named MIAC Player of the Week in early March.
Carroll earned MIAC Coach of the Year honors for the second time in the past three years (2002, 2004). Carroll directed a young Gustavus squad to a record of 16-2-0 in the MIAC and 22-6-0 overall. The Gusties finished second during the regular season, but then won the MIAC Playoff Championship earning an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Carroll, who has directed Gustavus to five consecutive 20-win seasons, picked up his 100th career victory against St. Thomas on March 6.
Gustavus, which lost to UW-Stevens Point 3-2 in double-overtime in the first round of the NCAA tournament, finished the season ranked sixth in Division III.