COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jincy Dunne continues to add to her legacy as one of the best players in Ohio State University women’s ice hockey history as she’s been named a First Team All-American by the American Hockey Coaches Association, officials announced on Thursday.
“I’m not sure what all to say but thank you! I am truly honored,” Dunne said. “Being named First Team All-American opens my eyes to how blessed my life is. I am surrounded by fantastic people that have built me up in both hockey and life and I couldn’t be more grateful. To get to be at The Ohio State University playing for an elite coach like Nadine and having the teammates that I do, wow, I am just humbled that this gets to be my life. And our staff as a whole is amazing. Without the people in my life and the demand of excellence that comes with being a Buckeye, I could never achieve something like this on my own. I am grateful, humbled, and excited to see more Buckeyes become All-Americans in the future!”
The WCHA Defensive Player of the Year, Dunne leads all WCHA defensemen with 27 points this season, a new career-high. Her 23 assists, 0.84 points-per-game and 0.72 assists-per-game also lead all conference defenders. The redshirt-junior even brought home some hardware earlier in the season, winning back-to-back WCHA Defenseman of the Week awards in November, and then staking claim to the WCHA Defenseman of the Month award for November. She’s served as one of the co-captains this season, earning the utmost respect from her teammates and coaches.
“Jincy’s hard work and commitment to excellence put her in this very deserving position to be named a First Team All-American,” head coach Nadine Muzerall said. “It speaks volumes to receive this award during a non-Olympic year with a very talented and competitive group of players to vote from. It is very rare to have the privilege to earn All-American status, let alone earning it twice with a year of eligibility left. Jincy is separating herself from the rest of the pack as being a very elite and talented player. We are very grateful to have her as a Buckeye.”
The O’Fallon, Missouri native has made a positive impact from the first time she stepped on the ice with the Buckeyes, scoring a goal in her debut game against Rensselaer on Sept. 29, 2016. She played in all 37 games of her redshirt-freshman season, earning WCHA All-Rookie Team and All-WCHA Third Team honors in addition to winning the WCHA Rookie of the Month award in January 2017.
Her redshirt-sophomore campaign saw Dunne continue the thrive as she set a then season-high of 26 points on her way to earning American Hockey Coaches Association All-American Second Team honors. Dunne brought home a slew of honors last season including a spot on the All-WCHA First Team and All-USCHO Third Team honors. Dunne also added something to her sweater during the season after the team voted to make her an alternate captain.
In the same way that Dunne became only the second player to earn WCHA Defensive Player of the Year as a Buckeye, she’s just the second First-Team All-American in program history, once again following in behind Tessa Bonhomme.
The Buckeyes concluded their second consecutive 20-win season earlier this month and are eager to hit the ice for the 2019-20.