The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s hockey coaches have released their 2005 post-season awards and regular season champion Gustavus walked away with numerous honors including sophomore defender Andrea Peterson (Vadnais Heights, Minn.) being named Player of the Year and Mike Carroll being named Coach of the Year. Additional honors for the Gusties included Kelly Crandall (SO, Plymouth, Minn.), Molly Doyle (FY, Eagan, Minn.), Ingrid Neve (SO, St. Paul, Minn.), Abby Randall (Tonka Bay, Minn.), and Laura Stypulkowski (White Bear Lake, Minn.) being named to the all-conference team and Doyle and Margaret Dorer (St. Paul, Minn.) were named to the all-rookie team. Gustavus won the MIAC regular season title with a record of 17-0-1.
Andrea Peterson, who led the MIAC in scoring with 20 goals and 21 assists for 41 points, is being honored as the league’s most valuable player for the second consecutive year. She is only the second player in league history to receive the honor in back-to-back seasons. A starter on defense, Peterson is quickly making her mark as one of the finest players in league history. Through two seasons, the Vadnais Heights, Minnesota native has compiled 42 goals and 48 assists for 90 points which ranks sixth all-time at Gustavus. Peterson has helped the Gusties post a record of 43-9-1 during the past two years. She was an American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) First Team All-America selection a year ago and is a strong candidate to earn the same honors again this year.
Mike Carroll has been named MIAC Coach of the Year for the third time in the past four seasons. Carroll, an Edina, Minnesota native, has posted an overall record of 122-39-3 in his six years as the head coach of the Gusties. His team’s have won three MIAC titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament twice. In 2002, Carroll’s squad placed third in the first ever NCAA Division III National Tournament.
Joining Peterson on the All-Conference team were sophomore forward Kelly Crandall, first year forward Molly Doyle, sophomore forward Ingrid Neve, junior defender Abby Randall, and senior forward Laura Stypulkowski.
Crandall has made her first year at Gustavus a successful one as she is tied for second on the team in scoring with 19 goals and 27 assists for 46 points. She finished second in the MIAC in scoring with 15 goals and 21 assists for 36 points and ranks fifth nationally.
Molly Doyle has also made a big impact in her first year with the Gusties. The fast skating forward ranks fourth on the team in scoring with 16 goals and 26 assists for 42 points. She was named USCHO.com Division III Player of the Week in January for efforts against nationally ranked Middlebury, UW-Stevens Point, and Williams. Doyle was also named to the All-Rookie team by the league coaches.
Ingrid Neve, a speedster who specializes in scoring goals, finished third on the team in goals scored with 18. She added 14 assists for a total of 32 points. A second-time all-conference performer, Neve has tallied 39 goals and 34 assists for 73 points in the past two years with the Gusties.
Abby Randall is being honored as an all-conference performer for the third consecutive season. A stalwart on the blue-line for the Gusties, Randall has helped the squad record 12 shutouts this season. The junior from Tonka Bay, Minnesota, has also contributed to the team’s offensive production by scoring 8 goals and recording 17 assists for 25 points.
Captain Laura Stypulkowski has made her senior season one to remember as she has scored a career high 45 points and moved into second place on the Gustavus career scoring list with 131 points (52 Goals, 79 assists). A two-time all-conference performer, Stypulkowski finished third in the league in scoring with 14 goals and 21 assists for 35 points.
First year defender Margaret Dorer was named to the All-Rookie team. Dorer moved right into one of the top defensive tandems for the Gusties and has scored 15 points (5 goals, 10 assists) while playing in all but one game this season.
The Gusties will be looking to claim their second consecutive MIAC Playoff Championship this weekend. Coach Mike Carroll’s squad has earned the top seed and home-ice advantage for the tournament. Gustavus enters the weekend ranked #6 in the USCHO.com Division III poll.