Freshman Leads Yale in Points, Earned Olympic Medal
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Phoebe Staenz (Zürich, Switzerland), an Olympic medalist who leads Yale in points, has been named a finalist for ECAC Hockey's Rookie of the Year Award. Staenz was one of four finalists announced by the league on Sunday, along with forward Genevieve Bannon of Clarkson, forward Hanna Bunton of Cornell and forward Brooke Webster of St. Lawrence. The winner -- determined by a vote of the league's coaches -- will be announced at the conference's annual banquet Friday Mar. 7.
Staenz, who earned a bronze medal at the Olympics with Team Switzerland last month, has made a major impact at Yale despite missing 12 games due to her national team responsibilities. She currently leads the team in goals and points, and is second in assists (11-15-26). Only seven players in the country have a better points-per-game average than Staenz (1.37) right now. The last Yale player to finish a season with at least 20 points and have a point-per-game average that high was Crysti Howser '09, who scored 37 points in 27 games (1.37 points per game) in 2006-07.
Staenz played in 10 of Yale's 22 ECAC Hockey games and averaged more than a point per game (2-9-11 in 10 games). That included three assists in Yale's 6-4 win at Union Nov. 16, and multiple-point outings against No. 3 Clarkson (1-1-2 in Yale's 3-3 overtime tie with the Golden Knights Jan. 17) and Brown (0-2-2 in Yale's 3-1 win at Brown Jan. 25). She played a large role in helping the team increase its goals scored to 69 in the regular season this year, compared to 41 in the regular season last year.
Staenz has earned multiple honors already this season, including honorable mention All-Ivy League. She has 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 Helen Resor '09 (who earned a bronze with the U.S. in the 2006 Olympics).
A member of Ezra Stiles College, Staenz attended Choate Rosemary Hall and played for Assabet Valley before coming to Yale.
The only Bulldog to win ECAC Hockey's Rookie of the Year Award was Maria Dennis '88 (who won the award in 1985).