LaRocque wins two honors, Spooner is Offensive MVP and Davis is Defensive MVP
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s hockey team handed out its annual awards at its team banquet last Saturday evening at the Blackwell Inn on campus. The Buckeyes concluded the 2009-10 season with a 17-15-5 overall record and made their first appearance at the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Final Faceoff semifinal game since 2007 after upsetting defending NCAA champion Wisconsin in a first-round series sweep.
Senior co-captain Raelyn LaRocque picked up two of the team awards in the Scarlet and Gray Award, given by the off-ice officials to the most intense competitor, and her third-consecutive Seventh Player Award. That honor is to recognize the player who exhibits great attitude, give 100 percent effort at all times and has made significant, but sometimes unnoticed, contributions to the team. LaRocque concluded career with her best season offensively with 36 points on 12 goals, including four on the power play and two game-winners, and 24 assists.
The Most Valuable Offensive Player was sophomore Natalie Spooner. The First-Team All-WCHA selection was second on the team in goals (22), third in points (44) and fourth in assists (22). She ranked 17th in the NCAA with 1.26 points per game and scored nine power play goals to tie for fifth in the nation. Spooner shared the award with Hayley Klassen last season.
On defense, the MVP was senior co-captain Rachel Davis. The Second Team All-WCHA honoree picked up her second-consecutive Most Valuable Defensive Player nod after leading the unit once again. Davis was a mainstay on the OSU special teams and had a breakout offensive season with a career-best 21 points (6g, 15a) to tie for fourth in the WCHA in defenseman scoring.
Adding to her bevy of first-year awards was forward Hokey Langan, who was named Most Valuable Freshman after already receiving the WCHA Rookie of the Year award, a spot on the WCHA All-Rookie Team and Second Team All-WCHA. Langan had the best freshman season in Ohio State history with a record-setting 53 points and was just a point shy of tying the Buckeye record for season scoring. She led the NCAA in freshman scoring with 1.43 points per game and was the highest-scoring rookie in the WCHA by 10 points.
Paige Semenza won the Most Improved Player Award. The freshman forward had just two points through the first 15 games of the season, but broke out in the second half with 11 points on three goals and eight assists. She finished eighth on the team in scoring.
The Academic Award for highest grade-point average was given to Barbara Bilko. The sophomore goaltender adds it to her other honors for her classroom achievements as a WCHA Scholar-Athlete, WCHA All-Academic Team selection and two-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
Junior Christina Mancuso received the Buckeye Power Club Award for her hard work in the weight room and off-ice training. The forward anchored Ohio State’s third line while collecting a career-high in points (10), goals (4) and assists (6).
Ohio State also celebrated its three senior graduates in Davis, LaRocque and forward Michele Tonnessen.