The Wayne State women announced the winners of their 2007-08 team awards at the season-end banquet held at Andiamo Restaurant in downtown Detroit yesterday.
Junior forward Melissa Boal was named team Most Valuable Player along with receiving the Top Gun award given to the team's leading scorer.
Senior goalie Valery Turcotte (pictured) was selected Best Defensive Player and also received the Most Improved award.
Senior forward Ashley King and sophomore defenseman Christine Jefferson were both President's Award winners holding back-to-back 4.0 GPA semesters. King also received the Warrior and Captain's Awards while the Rookie of the Year award went to freshman forward Janet Babchishin.
All five players were instrumental in leading the Warriors to a share of their first CHA regular season title with a school record 22 wins and first national ranking in school history (10th in USA Today/USA Hockey women's poll).
Boal played in 32 games tallying a point in 28 contests and finished first on the team with 69 points (35 goals, 34 assists). She became the first WSU women's hockey player in school history to be named to the 2007-08 RBK All-American First Team along with being selected as one of the top-10 finalists for the 2008 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award by the USA Hockey Foundation. She was named First Team All-CHA and was a CHA All-Academic Team selection as well. Boal set season school records in points (69), hat tricks (4), power-play goals (11), short-handed goals (3), points in a game (7) versus Union (Oct. 19) and points in a series (9) at Robert Morris (Jan. 25-26) while recording a career-best 18-game point streak (Jan. 5-Mar. 7). Boal also led the nation in points-per-game (2.16, 69 total), finished second in assists-per-game (1.06, 34 total), tied for second in short-handed goals per game (.09, three total), ranked third in goals-per-game (1.09, 35 total) and fourth in power-play goals (.34 ppg, 11 total). She also finished tied for seventh in game-winning goals (six total). Boal was named CHA Player of the Week a league-high five times (Oct. 22, Nov. 19, Jan. 14, Jan. 28, Mar. 3) while becoming the first Wayne State women's hockey player to score five goals and record seven points in a game. She has accumulated a school record 162 points (86-76) in 101 career games and over the past three years.
Turcotte played in 28 games and posted a 17-7-2 record. She was named to the All-CHA First Team, CHA All-Academic Team and 2008 CHA All-Tournament Team while ranking eighth nationally in overall winning percentage (.692), 20th in goals-against average (2.54) and 25th in save percentage (.906). Turcotte finished her career as the all-time WSU career leader in wins (46) and goaltending minutes played (5370:56) and ranks second all-time in WSU history in goals-against average (2.76), shutouts (9), career saves (2229) and third in save percentage (.896). This year she set single-season school records in shutouts (4), wins (17), overall record (17-7-2), consecutive wins (9) and consecutive games unbeaten streak (11 - Jan. 5-Feb. 15, 2008) while being named CHA Defensive Player of the Week three times (Feb. 4, Feb. 11, Mar. 3).
King played in all 34 games as team captain recording 10 points (three goals, seven assists). She was one of five national finalists in the collegiate division for the John Wooden Citizen Cup, which is an award given for the most outstanding role model among athletes and was one of eight national finalists for the 2008 Hockey Humanitarian Award, which is presented to college hockey's finest citizen. King was also a CHA All-Academic Team selection for the third straight year.
Jefferson played in all 34 games as an assistant captain recording nine points (one goal, eight assists) from her blueline position. She also was CHA All-Academic Team selection and finished +11 for the season.
Babchishin played in 33 games recording seven points (four goals, three assists). She recorded her first career assist against Union (Oct. 20) and scored her first career goal at Northeastern (Nov. 11).
Photo courtesy Mark Hicks/WestSide Photo