DETROIT - Four members of the Wayne State University women's hockey team claimed year-end awards at the annual College Hockey America banquet on Thursday evening at Ford Field.
Sophomore forward Veronique Laramee-Paquette and sophomore defenseman Jill Szandzik were each named to the All-GLIAC Second Team. Defenseman Jenaya Townsend was a CHA All-Rookie Team selection, and senior blueliner Christine Jefferson (pictured) was voted the league's Student-Athlete of the Year.
Laramee-Paquette totaled five goals - including three game-winners - and seven assists in the first 24 games before missing the last three weeks of the regular season with an injury. She posted back-to-back game-winning goals Oct. 23-24 at Colgate and a third Jan. 16 against Robert Morris. Seven of her 12 points during the season came in CHA contests.
A CHA All-Rookie selection in 2009, Szandzik came into Thursday's game in a tie for fourth among league defensemen with 12 points overall and five points in league play. She played in all 30 regular-season games and posted an even plus/minus rating.
Townsend, who scored her first collegiate goal Jan. 30 against Syracuse, had seven points during the regular season, tied for third among CHA rookie defensemen. She also plays an integral role on a WSU penalty-killing unit which came into the CHA Tournament operating at 90.7 percent in the last 10 games and 85.8 percent overall (13th-best in the country).
Jefferson, an elementary education major at WSU, maintains a 3.86 grade-point average. On the ice, the three-year captain (two year assistant, and captain in 2009-10) ranks in the top 10 all-time at WSU for goals, assists and points by a defenseman. She was named to the WSU Athletic Director’s Honor Roll (term gpa 3.5+) all seven semesters including four 4.00 terms and has been actively involved in numerous community service projects.
Laramee-Paquette, Szandzik and Jefferson are also three of a league-high 12 student-athletes from Wayne State named to the CHA All-Academic Team, along with Alyssa Baldin, Delayne Brian, Chelsea Burnett, Marlee Fisher, Micheline Frappier, Ciara Lee, Lindsey Park, Katrina Protopapas and Brittany Zeches.
Photo by Mark Hicks/WSU