Notebook: On a Roll
ON A ROLL: Ashley Wood of Williams College continued her stellar play as she led the Ephs to a pair of road victories last weekend.
Wood, a junior forward from Duxbury, Mass., scored two goals in both the Ephs' wins against Connecticut College and Amherst, and added an assist in the second contest to earn New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors. She has contributed seven goals and one assist in her last three games, and leads Williams in goals scored. Wood is also riding a five-game point scoring streak
Williams remained unbeaten in the NESCAC as the Ephs improved to 3-0-1 in conference play.
SCHOLAR-ATHLETE: Michelle Miaskiewicz of Saint Michael's College, an assistant captain on the women's ice hockey team, earned a $2,000 grant from the Vermont Genetics Network to support her independent research project.
The senior forward is doing research on spontaneous mutation rates in the LYS2 gene, which could have value in treating and preventing cancer. Miaskiewicz will use part of the grant to attend the American Society for Microbiology annual meeting in May 2006 with her professor Dr. Malcom Lippert.
Miaskiewicz has contributed two goals and three assists in the Purple Knights' first eight games of the season.
TOMMIE GIRLS: St. Thomas (Minn.) swept St. Olaf in a two-game series last weekend to remain one of only two unbeaten teams in Division III women's ice hockey. The Tommies hopped up one spot to No. 5 in the latest national poll with their victories.
The Tommies have had 12 different goal scorers in the season's first five games, but senior Maureen Hardwick leads the way five goals and eight assists. Hardwick tops the nation with 2.60 points and 1.60 assists per game. Junior goaltender Katie Jetland ranks first in the NCAA statistics with a 0.940 save percentage while allowing just 1.67 goals per game.
St. Thomas is 4-0 in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings and owns a 55-6-4 record against league competition over the last four seasons.
AWARDS ALL AROUND: Goaltender Nicki Werner and forward Jessica Ciaramella garnered ECAC East's weekly awards after leading RIT to a pair of league wins over New England College last weekend. RIT is currently tied for first-place in the ECAC East standings.
Werner, a junior from Quakertown, Pa., made a career-high 48 saves in a 6-3 victory on Dec. 3, and followed that performance with 28 saves in a 4-3 win on Dec. 4 to earn Goaltender of the Week honors. She improved her record to 6-0-0 and currently ranks third in the nation with a 0.930 save percentage.
Ciaramella, a freshman from St. Clair, Mich., tallied two goals, including the game-winner in the Tigers' 4-3 win on Sunday and earned Rookie of the Week for her efforts. She has seven points, including four goals, on the season.
NOTABLE: Middlebury freshman forward Annemarie Cellino recorded four goals and an assist as the top-ranked Panthers improved their perfect record to 6-0-0. The native of West Seneca, N.Y., netted two short-handed goals on the weekend increasing her Division III-leading total to five ... Manhattanville extended its winning streak to seven straight after beating Holy Cross, 5-2, on Dec. 3. The Valiants completed the first semester with an 8-2 record and are No. 4 in the latest USCHO.com national rankings.