February 18, 2013

Stevens named ECAC East Goalie of the Week for third time, Loebs also recognized

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College women's ice hockey senior Erin Stevens (Watertown, Conn./Connecticut Polar Bears) was named Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East Goalie of the Week for the third time this winter, earning the accolade for the week ending on Sunday, Feb. 17. First-year Emily Loebs (Acton, Mass./Minuteman Lady Flames) landed on the ECAC East Weekly Honor Roll for the first time.

Stevens was lauded with her sixth ECAC East award, having also earned a spot on the weekly honor roll three times. She posted a .989 save percentage and a 0.50 goals-against average while averaging 45.0 saves during a 2-0 weekend, including helping key an upset of regional power and nationally-regarded Manhattanville College.

During a 2-1 win on Saturday versus the Valiants, who were receiving national votes and had defeated No. 3 Norwich University the night before, Stevens made 42 saves, with 33 coming in the first two periods. She backstopped Saint Michael's against a team that entered the game second in the ECAC East standings while sitting eighth in the NCAA's East Region rankings. Stevens recorded 48 stops during a 1-0 victory over Nichols College on Friday thanks to 21 saves in the final period alone. It marked the first 1-0 win in program history.

A defenseman, Loebs played a hand in both goals during the upset of Manhattanville while aiding a defense that yielded one goal over the course of the weekend. Against the Valiants, Loebs scored a go-ahead power-play goal 7:52 into the game before assisting the power-play winner 5:00 into the third period. She helped Saint Michael's hold opponents to an 0-for-11 power-play showing during the pair of contests.

Stevens is fifth in the ECAC East with a .924 save percentage, just .001 out of third, and has a 3.18 GAA while averaging 37.6 saves and making 865 total stops, trailing the Division II/III leader by three. She is just 19 saves shy of matching her own single-season program record, set last year. Stevens is also seventh nationally in minutes played (1,339:03) this winter. In the history of NCAA women's ice hockey, Stevens is 13th in career saves (2,454) among goalies that played in a Division III conference; only 12 have recorded 2,500.

Loebs has appeared in 22 games, collecting the goal and three assists while committing only one penalty.

Saint Michael's finished the regular season 4-19-1 overall and 3-15 in the ECAC East, winning its last three outings while playing a school-record 11 games decided by one goal or less. Each of the Purple Knights' most recent six contests was decided by one goal - the longest stretch in school history - and seven setbacks were by a lone tally.

The Purple Knights head into this weekend's four-team ECAC Open Tournament as the No. 4 seed, as they are slated to take on top-seeded Saint Anselm College on Saturday in a semifinal at 1 p.m. The tournament, hosted by Sacred Heart University, will occur at the Wonderland of Ice in Bridgeport, Conn.

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