Resor Named Second Team All-ECAC; Bulldogs Earn Turfer Award for Sportsmanship

March 2, 2007

HANOVER, N.H. - Yale received one individual honor and one team honor at the annual ECAC banquet Friday night. Sophomore defenseman Helen Resor (Greenwich, Conn.) was named second team All-ECAC, becoming just the third Bulldog to accomplish that feat. As a team, Yale received the Turfer Athletic Trophy for sportsmanship.

Resor, a member of Team USA at the Olympics last year, was second among ECAC defensemen in scoring in conference play (1.00 ppg, 5-13-18 in 18 conference games). She finished fifth on the team in overall scoring (5-15-20) despite missing seven games --two while playing for Team USA at the Four Nations Cup in November and five while recovering from an injury in January.

"We're proud of Helen," said Yale head coach Hilary Witt. "She battled through an injury and came back to help us down the stretch."

Yale's other second team All-ECAC selections were goaltenders Laurie Belliveau '98 in 1994-95 and Sarah Love '06 in 2003-04. Belliveau (1995-96, 1996-97 and 1997-98) and defenseman Erin Duggan '05 (2004-05) are the only two Bulldogs to have earned first team All-ECAC status.

The league's coaches selected Yale as the recipient of the Turfer Athletic Trophy. The award is sponsored by Turfer Athletic, the Official Outerwear Company of the ECACHL. It goes to the team that best represents the ideals of Turfer Athletic and the ECAC Hockey League: sportsmanship, commitment, tenacity and innovation. This is just the second year of the award's existence.

"It's an honor and a compliment to our players," Witt said. "It shows that they play the game the right way, and other teams recognize their sportsmanship."

Yale was one of only two teams in the conference that did not incur a major penalty all season. This was the Bulldogs' third season in a row without a major penalty.

Yale also participated in numerous team-wide community service projects. That included the "Teaming Up" project headed by senior forward Kristin Savard (Framingham, Mass.), the team captain and a finalist for the Hockey Humanitarian Award, that was designed to raise money and awareness for maternal health issues in South Africa.

Additionally, senior forward Kelsey Johnson (Wayzata, Minn.) was one of three finalists for the ECAC's inaugural Student-Athlete of the Year Award. Johnson's senior thesis focuses on determining the most cost-effective ways to eradicate malaria.

report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity