2012 Schedule | Rankings: NFHCA Coaches’ Poll | Individual player statistics
Some players are finishing their college careers, while a few have hit an early stride to make their way onto the list of the top 10 players to watch this season.
Junior forward Kelly Blackhurst was named first-team All-American a year ago, and was the Liberty League Rookie of the Year as a freshman.
Last season, Middlebury forward Lauren Greer led the country in points per game (4.10) and ended the season with 35 goals, 16 assists and 86 points overall.
During her time at Lynchburg, senior attacker Lindsay Leonard has played in every game, helping her lead the squad in goals (31) and points (73) last year.
DePauw forward Margaret Ellis was No. 12 in the nation for points per game (3.00) last season and led the team in goals (24), assists (9) and points (57).
Last season, Franklin & Marshall’s Steph McDonald broke the school single-season record for defensive saves (11) and helped the squad hold opponents scoreless 10 times.
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Clark forward Mel Melkonian finished the 2011 season leading the nation in goals per game (1.81) and was ranked second in points per game (3.88). Overall, she tallied 62 points and 29 goals.
Last season, defender Michelle Buhrman had 12 defensive saves in 15 games. Since her freshman, season she’s played or started in every game.
As a freshman goalie for Amherst, Rachel Tannenbaum ranked nationally for goals against average (0.72) and led the country with an average of 0.901 saves per game.
Since her freshman year Brittany Benson has started in every game for Denison. In the 2011 season, Benson made 86 saves overall, earning a 0.869 save percentage.
Even though Smith forward Alexandra Stein was out for three games last season due to injury, she still posted 18 goals, eight assists and set a school record for goals in one game (6).