March 30, 2011
Graduate student Catherine Ward, junior Jenn Wakefield and freshman Marie-Philip Poulin have garnered New England Women's Division I All-Star recognition, the New England Hockey Writers Association announced on Wednesday.
The trio helped the Terriers to their first-ever Frozen Four berth, as BU also became the first Hockey East team to play in the national championship game. The Terriers finished the season with a 27-7-4 mark and ended the campaign with a No. 2 ranking - its highest in program history.
An All-Tournament Team selection at the Frozen Four, Ward anchored the Terriers' blue line and contributed 31 points, while setting a BU single-season record with 27 assists. Ward, who became BU's first All-American when she grabbed second team honors, was also tabbed a Hockey East First-Team All-Star and named the conference's best defenseman. The Montreal, Que., native's 0.86 points per game ranked fifth among the nation's blueliners.
A junior transfer, Wakefield had a career year in her first season with the Terriers. She established career highs in assists (22) and points (54) and matched a career high with 32 goals. Her 32 goals and 54 points also set single-season program records. Wakefield's 0.94 markers per game were fifth best in the country while her six game-winning tallies tied for sixth. A Hockey East First Team All-Star, the Pickering, Ont., native recorded at least one point in 30 games.
The Hockey East Rookie of the Year, Poulin recorded 47 points (24g, 23a) despite missing 10 games due to injury and her participation with Team Canada at the Four Nations Cup. A Hockey East First Team All-Star and the league's only unanimous selection to the All-Rookie Team, Poulin registered at least one point in 22 games and scored the Terriers' lone goal in the national championship game.
BU's three selections tied Boston College for most all-star selections.
In addition, the three Terriers, along with junior defenseman Tara Watchorn, are among the 36 players that will attend Canada's National Women's Team selection camp, which begins Saturday (April 2). From the camp, 21 players will be selected to represent Canada at the 2011 IIHF World Women's Championship, April 16-25, in Zurich and Winterthur, Switzerland.