Fourteenth Annual Award to Be Presented March 19 in Erie, Pa.
BC's Kelli Stack have been named one of three finalists for the 2011 Patty Kazmaier Award
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Senior forwards Meghan Agosta (Ruthven, Ont./Mercyhurst College), Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass./Univ. of Wisconsin) and Kelli Stack (Brooklyn Heights, Ohio/Boston College) have been named the three finalists for the 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented by Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. The award, which is in its 14th year, is given out annually by The USA Hockey Foundation to the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey.
2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award
Meghan Agosta • Mercyhurst College
Senior • Forward • 33GP, 36-48--84
Meghan Duggan • Univ. of Wisconsin
Senior • Forward • 38GP, 37-45--82
Kelli Stack • Boston College
Senior • Forward • 34GP, 34-22--56
The trio represents three NCAA Division I women's ice hockey conferences – College Hockey America (Agosta), Hockey East (Stack) and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (Duggan).
The 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented by LECOM, will be handed out at a brunch ceremony on March 19 at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, Pa., in conjunction with the NCAA Women's Frozen Four (March 18 & 20).
A limited number of tickets to the ceremony are still available and may be purchased by calling 719-538-1184 or by submitting a completed ticket form (located at PattyKaz.com). Individual seats are $65, while tables of 10 are available for $600.
One of Mercyhurst College's team captains, Agosta has become a top-three finalist for the fourth time in her collegiate career. This season, she became the first player in NCAA history to reach 300 career points and now stands at 301 (155-146). She also became the NCAA's all-time leading scorer with her 151st goal and has 155 goals to date. In College Hockey America play, Agosta was named CHA Player of the Year and earned First Team All-CHA honors, while leading the CHA in all offensive categories and winning the league's regular-season scoring trophy with 41 points (18-23) in 16 games. Agosta helped lead Mercyhurst to the CHA regular-season and tournament championships, as well as a berth in the NCAA tournament. She currently leads the nation with 84 points, 48 assists, 14 power-play goals and four shorthanded goals, while ranking third with 36 goals and nine game-winning goals.
Amidst a standout senior season with the University of Wisconsin, Duggan was named Western Collegiate Hockey Association Player of the Year and earned All-WCHA First Team honors. She ranks second nationally with 82 points, 37 goals, 45 assists and 11 power-play goals, and third with three shorthanded goals. As team captain, she helped lead Wisconsin to the WCHA regular-season and tournament championships, as well as a berth in the NCAA tournament. She also led the WCHA with 61 points, 34 assists and 20 power-play points (9-11), and ranked second with 27 goals. Duggan reached several NCAA and Wisconsin milestones this season, becoming the seventh player all-time and first Wisconsin player to reach both 100 goals and 100 assists. She ranks seventh in NCAA history and leads Wisconsin with 233 career points.
Stack is the first-ever top-three finalist from Boston College. As a senior captain, she helped lead BC to its first-ever Hockey East tournament championship and a berth in the NCAA tournament. Stack ranks first in the country with four shorthanded goals, fourth with 34 goals and eight game-winning goals, and eighth with 56 points. She led Hockey East with 33 points (22-11), 22 goals, 12 power-play points (7-5), four shorthanded points (4-0) and five game-winning goals. Along with winning the league's regular-season scoring trophy, Stack was named Hockey East's Player of the Year and earned Hockey East First Team All-Star honors. In addition, she was named Hockey East Player of the Month twice and Hockey East Player of the Week three times. This season, Stack set the Hockey East records for career points (133) and goals (68). She also set her school record for points (199) and now stands at 207 career points.
NOTES: Meghan Agosta is the second top-three finalist from Mercyhurst College (Vicki Bendus-2010 winner), while Meghan Duggan is the third top-three finalist from the University of Wisconsin (Sara Bauer-2006-07, Jessie Vetter-2009). Sara Bauer won the 2006 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award and Jessie Vetter won the award in 2009 ... Kelli Stack is the first-ever top-three finalist from Boston College ... For more information on the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, visit PattyKaz.com ... Mike Ruzzi, sports director at WICU-TV (NBC) in Erie, Pa., will serve as the master of ceremonies, while Laura Halldorson, who led the University of Minnesota women's ice hockey team to three NCAA Division I national championships as head coach, will be the keynote speaker ... The 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Ceremony, presented by LECOM, will be broadcast live at USAHockey.FASTHockey.com ... USA Hockey and the NCAA will team up once again to put on free girls' skills clinics in conjunction with the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award and the NCAA Women's Frozen Four. Both will take place on March 19, at Mercyhurst Ice Center with an American Development Model session set for 3-4 p.m. ET and a Try Hockey For Free clinic to take place from 4-5 p.m.
ABOUT THE PATTY KAZMAIER MEMORIAL AWARD
An award of The USA Hockey Foundation, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is annually presented to the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey. Selection criteria includes outstanding individual and team skills, sportsmanship, performance in the clutch, personal character, competitiveness and a love of hockey. Consideration is also given to academic achievement and civic involvement. The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is supported, in part, by a grant from the NHL Foundation.
ABOUT PATTY KAZMAIER
The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is named in honor of the late Patty Kazmaier, who was a four-year varsity letter-winner and All-Ivy League defenseman at Princeton University from 1981-86. An accomplished athlete who helped lead the Tigers to the Ivy League Championship in three consecutive seasons (1981-84), Patty Kazmaier-Sandt died on Feb. 15, 1990, at the age of 28 following a long struggle with a rare blood disease.