ALBANY, N.Y. -- ECAC Hockey today announced the finalists for the 2009-10 Women's Player of the Year Award. Kate Buesser, Harvard, Sarah Parsons of Dartmouth, and Cornell's Catherine White have each been nominated for the honor by the League's coaches.
Tabbed to the All-ECAC Hockey first-team this season, Buesser ranked second in the league in scoring (12g-20a) with 32 points. The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award nominee was a two-time player of the week and participated as an ECAC Hockey All-Star in exhibition against Team USA in January. The junior forward from Wolfeboro, NH is carrying on the tradition of productive forwards at Harvard.
One of the all-around leaders for Dartmouth, Sarah Parsons has been a solid player at both ends of the ice for the Big Green during her four seasons in Hanover. Parsons, a senior co-captain, not only has led Dartmouth in all offensive categories with 20 goals and 20 assists for 40 points, but has been the team's best defensive player during her career. She has led the team every year in blocked shots, often was seen playing both forward and defense on Dartmouth's special teams, and was the first player that was always looked to when the Big Green was facing a two-person down situation. Parsons was recently named a finalist for the 13th annual Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award.
A member of this season's all-league first-team and reigning rookie of the year, Catherine White from Cornell finds herself a finalist for the league's player of the year award this season. After making an immediate impact as a freshman last season for the Big Red, White continued her prolific career by leading the league with 24 assists and was tied for third in overall scoring with 31 points (7g-24a). White was a force on the team's power-play, which led the conference, by scoring 11 points on two goals and nine assists good enough to tie for the top spot in the league.