PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. - Center Danielle Blanchard is the Plattsburgh State 2008 Women's Athlete of the Year in balloting by coaches and administrative staff from the Department of Sport&Wellness. Blanchard was named this month during the Senior Recognition and Awards Ceremony in the Warren Ballroom of the Angell College Center. She becomes the first back-to-back winner of the award and joins soccer's Gena Rosenbaum (2003 and '05) as the only two-time honorees on the women's side since 1983.

Blanchard, the only three-time All-America choice in the program's history, led Plattsburgh State to its second consecutive NCAA Division III championship in women's hockey. (Blanchard with College President Dr. John Ettling/Photo by Kerry Chapin, Plattsburgh Sports Information Office.)

Blanchard, a team co-captain for the past two years, won the Laura Hurd National Player of the Year after scoring a career-high 28 goals and leading the team with 48 points. She also was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Player of the Year as a first-team member. She already ranks as one of the Cardinals' top all-time scorers: third with 73 goals, fourth with 67 assists and third with 140 points -- in 86 career games.

Blanchard, a communications major from Newmarket, Ontario, is only a junior.