Pair of Bulldogs Honored by Ancient Eight
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A pair of Yale women's ice hockey players were honored by the Ivy League on Thursday, as senior defenseman Tara Tomimoto (Calgary, Alta.) earned second team All-Ivy League honors and freshman forward Phoebe Staenz (Zürich, Switzerland) earned honorable mention All-Ivy League honors. The league made the announcement Thursday.
Tomimoto, elected Yale's captain by her teammates, tied for the Ivy League lead in points per league game amongst defensemen (3-7-10 in 10 games, 1.00). She also tied for fourth in the Ivy League in assists per league game this year (seven in 10 games, 0.70). She is the first Yale defenseman to earn a post-season honor from the Ivy League since Alyssa Clarke '10 earned honorable mention in 2009-10. The last Bulldog blueliner to earn second team All-Ivy League selection was Helen Resor '09 in 2008-09.
Tomimoto is currently tied for third on Yale in assists with 11, including three in the 5-3 win at Princeton Feb. 15 that clinched a berth in the ECAC Hockey playoffs -- Yale's first trip to the postseason since the 2007-08 season. She has 35 assists for her career, placing her 19th on Yale's all-time list.
Tomimoto's effect on the team defensively can be seen in the fact that after she missed the entire 2011-12 season due to an injury -- when Yale allowed 5.24 goals per game without her -- the Bulldogs have improved their goals allowed per game each year that she has been back (3.03 in 2012-13, 2.93 so far this season).
An economics major in Calhoun College, Tomimoto attended West Island College and played for the Calgary Bruins before coming to Yale. She is a three-time ECAC Hockey All-Academic Team selection.
Staenz, who earned a bronze medal at the Olympics with Team Switzerland earlier this month, has made a major impact at Yale despite missing 12 games due to her national team responsibilities. She currently leads the team in points, is second in assists and is tied for second in goals (9-14-23). Only seven players in the country have a better points-per-game average than Staenz (1.35) right now. The last Yale player to finish a season with at least 20 points and have a higher point-per-game average than Staenz was Crysti Howser '09, who had 37 points in 27 games (1.37 points per game) in 2006-07.
Staenz played in just four Ivy League games this year, but still tied for sixth among freshmen in points in Ivy League games (1-3-4). That included a goal and two assists in Yale's three-point weekend vs. Brown Jan. 24-25.
Staenz has earned multiple honors already this season, including four ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week selections, two ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Month selections and one ECAC Hockey Player of the Week selection. She is the second Yale women's ice hockey player to earn an Olympic medal, joining Resor (who earned a bronze with the U.S. in the 2006 Olympics).
The last Yale forward to earn a postseason honor from the Ivy League was Bray Ketchum '11, who earned second team All-Ivy League honors in 2009-10.
A member of Ezra Stiles College, Staenz attended Choate Rosemary Hall and played for Assabet Valley before coming to Yale.
The All-Ivy League team is selected by a vote of the league's eight coaches.
Yale (8-14-7, 6-9-7 ECAC Hockey) plays at No. 5 Harvard this weekend in the best-of-three ECAC Hockey quarterfinals.
2013-14 Ivy League Honors
CO-PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Jillian Saulnier, Cornell (Jr., F - Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada)
Emerance Maschmeyer, Harvard (So., G - Bruderheim, Alberta, Canada)
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Hannah Bunton, Cornell (Fr., F - Belleville, Ontario, Canada)
FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY^
Emily Fulton, Cornell (Jr., F - Stratford, Ontario, Canada)
*Jillian Saulnier, Cornell (Jr., F - Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada)
Lindsey Allen, Dartmouth (So., F - Toronto)
Miye D'Oench, Harvard (So., F - New York)
*Alyssa Gagliardi, Cornell (Sr., D - Raleigh, N.C.)
Sarah Edney, Harvard (Jr., D - Mississauga, Ontario, Canada)
*Emerance Maschmeyer, Harvard (So., G - Bruderheim, Alberta, Canada)
SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY^
Jessica Campbell, Cornell (Sr., F - Melville, Saskatchewan, Canada)
Hillary Crowe, Harvard (Jr., F - Eden Prairie, Minn.)
Mary Parker, Harvard (So., F - Milton, Mass.)
Denna Laing, Princeton (Sr., F - Marblehead, Mass.)
Rose Alleva, Princeton (Sr., D - Red Wing, Minn.)
Tara Tomimoto, Yale (Sr., D - Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
Aubree Moore, Brown (Sr., G - Bowie, Md.)
HONORABLE MENTION ALL-IVY
Phoebe Staenz, Yale (Fr., F – Zürich)
Hayleigh Cudmore, Cornell (Sr., D - Oakville, Ontario, Canada)
Cassandra Poudrier, Cornell (So., F - Mont-Laurier, Quebec, Canada)
Marissa Gedman, Harvard (Jr., D - Framingham, Mass.)
Lauren Slebodnick, Cornell (Sr., GK - Manchester, N.H.)
^The number of forwards on the first and second teams expanded to four due to ties in voting