COLUMBUS, Ohio – As a historic 2019-20 season came to a close for the Ohio State women’s ice hockey team, the Buckeyes pay tribute to its four seniors who helped the Scarlet and Gray reach new heights, including a Frozen Four appearance and the program’s first WCHA Championship.
Jincy Dunne, a defenseman out of Missouri, has been the backbone to the Ohio State program for the past five years. As a redshirt sophomore, Dunne was appointed an alternate captain and then shined as a two-time captain her junior and senior seasons. There aren’t many records Dunne hasn’t broken in her tenure as a Buckeye as she’s established herself as one of the best blueliners in Ohio State history.
To start the 2019-20 campaign, Dunne was the only unanimous coaches’ pick for Preseason All-WCHA honors. She continued to shine throughout the season and was a two-time WCHA Defenseman of the Week and two-time WCHA Defenseman of the Month. In February, Dunne was named First Team All-WCHA for the third year in a row, one of only two Buckeyes to do so. The following month, Dunne made history once again as she was named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row. It marked only the fourth time in WCHA history that the same player has earned the award in back-to-back years. To cap off the year, Dunne was selected AHCA First Team All-American as she became the fourth defensive player in the past decade to be first or second team All-American three times.
Jincy Dunne continues to make history! The senior defender has earned back-to-back First Team All-American honors and is the fourth defensive player in the past decade to earn first or second team honors three times. @jdunne33 pic.twitter.com/7sX6STAvj9
— Ohio State Women’s Hockey (@OhioStateWHKY) March 24, 2020
To reflect back on her remarkable journey and look ahead to what’s next, Jincy Dunne recently caught up with OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
What will be your most lasting memory from winning the WCHA Championship?
Just knowing that we won with such a special group of girls. Together we made history. And from now on, when I think of my last game in a Buckeye uniform, I’ll remember us beating Wisconsin in overtime and how amazing of a feeling it was to win our league. That’s so incredibly special and something I’ll hold on to forever.
What are some lessons you’ve learned from being a student-athlete at Ohio State?
Its all about the people. Say thank you. Be grateful and don’t complain. Keep working and stay positive even when things aren’t going your way. And work to leave people and places better than you found them. Your hard work will get rewarded, so just keep going.
Reflecting back on your five years, what makes Ohio State women’s hockey special?
Ohio State women’s hockey is special because of the people. We have an incredible staff that care about us and go above and beyond to make sure we have success as a student athlete. On top of that, the culture is incredibly special. I’ve spent the last five years around some amazing girls and I’m forever grateful that my journey allowed me to be apart of it.
What are your plans after graduation and what will you take with you into the “real world” from your experience here?
My plans are to finish off graduate school at Ohio State. I hope to carry the integrity, gratitude, and loyalty (all aspects of our culture we embody as a team) into wherever I end up.