Women's Hockey Dominates NESCAC Awards - Quizon Is Player of the Year, Cellino Is Rookie of the Year

March 2, 2006

Middlebury claimed four of six spots on the All-NESCAC first-team, while also boasting the conference player and rookie of the year. In all, five Panthers were honored when the NESCAC released its All-Conference team today. Middlebury is currently preparing to host the NESCAC semifinals and championship this weekend in the Kenyon Arena.

Senior Emily Quizon (Chino Hills, Calif.) earns NESCAC Player of the Year honors for the second consecutive season. She also earned a spot on the first-team for the third straight season. The two-time All-American is second on the team in scoring with 33 points this season, to go along with her 15 goals and team-leading 18 assists. She enters the weekend with 106 career assists and 164 points, putting her third and fifth respectively on Middlebury's all-time lists.

First-year forward Annmarie Cellino (W. Seneca, N.Y.) was deemed the NESCAC Rookie of the Year after a stellar first season at Middlebury. She has a team-high 20 goals and 35 points on the season to go along with her 15 assists. She leads the team with six power play goals, while leading the nation with five shorthanded tallies on the season.

Senior Kate Kogut (Springfield, Mass.) is the league's first-team goaltender for the third consecutive season. She is 16-2 on the season with a 1.63 GAA and .916 save percentage. Her GAA leads the NESCAC and is eighth in the nation, while her save percentage ranks her second in the conference.

Defenders Shannon Tarrant (Brookfield, Conn.) and Emily McNamara (N. Hampton, N.H.) represent the Middlebury defense on the All-NESCAC teams. The two have helped anchor a defense that owns a conference-best 1.29 goals allowed/contest and a .957 penalty kill percentage. The team defense is ranked third nationally, while the penalty kill is the nation's best.

Tarrant, a junior, makes her third straight appearance on a NESCAC post-season team, earning first-team honors for the second-time after being named to the second team a year ago. A two-time All-American, Tarrant has five goals and 12 assists for 17 points on the season.

McNamara earns second-team honors after holding a first-team spot last season. She has played in all 24 games this season, scoring four goals and adding 13 assists for 17 points.