Courtesy of the Boston University sports information department, here’s this evening’s release about Sarah Lefort, who was named the Hockey East Player of the Year:
HYANNIS, Mass. – Sophomore Sarah Lefort (Ormstown, Que.) of the Boston University women’s ice hockey team was unanimously chosen as the Hockey East Player of the Year, as announced at the league’s annual awards banquet on Friday night.
Lefort is the first Terrier to receive this honor in the program’s nine-year history. In addition to her Player of the Year accolade, Lefort was the only unanimous First-Team All-Star. She joined seniors Kaleigh Fratkin (Burnaby, B.C.) and Louise Warren (Pembroke, Ont.) on that squad as BU led all schools with three first-team selections.
The Ormstown, Que., native was the league’s most dominant offensive player in 2013-14, both overall and within conference competition. In 21 league games, Lefort led Hockey East with 19 goals, 17 assists and 36 points. Four of her 19 markers were game-winners and she was tied with Rookie of the Year Andie Anastos from Boston College for the best plus-minus rating in conference play (+21).
A top-10 finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, Lefort leads the nation with 30 goals in 35 games and ranks fourth in the NCAA with 53 points (30g, 23a). She has an NCAA-best eight game-winning goals, six of which broke ties. Lefort averaged a league-best 1.51 points per game and is tied with Fratkin for the league lead in assists. The sophomore sensation was held without a point in just nine games this year and compiled a 10-game point streak from Nov. 24 until Jan. 24 (12g, 11a).
Her best game came on Feb. 8 when the Terriers hosted New Hampshire at Walter Brown Arena. Lefort scored a career-high four goals and added an assist for a career-best five points in a 7-4 victory over the Wildcats. She also had a hat trick on Dec. 3 at Northeastern and posted 15 multi-point games during the regular season.
Warren, the Hockey East Three Stars Award winner, had 18 goals and 15 assists for 33 points in 21 league games. It was a career year for the senior captain, who finished the regular season third in the nation with 24 goals and second in Hockey East with 43 points (24g, 19a). She also led the league in plus-minus (+25) and shots on goal (183) during the regular season and was tied for the Hockey East lead with three shorthanded strikes.
Fratkin was also runner-up for the Best Defenseman award after a career season. The Burnaby, B.C., native led all league defensemen with 21 assists during the regular season. She was first among Hockey East blue liners with 19 points and 15 assists, as well as second with four goals, in 21 league games. Within Hockey East play, Fratkin was second behind defensive partner Lillian Ribeirinha-Braga (45) with 40 blocked shots.
BU will face Northeastern on Saturday (March 8) in the Hockey East semifinals at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center. Puck drop is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.