Tarrant & Kurtz-Phelan Named All-Americans

March 20, 2007

Middlebury College women's hockey players Abby-Kurtz-Phelan (Denver, Colo.) and Shannon Tarrant (Brookfield, Conn.) have been named a first-team All-American by the AHCA (American Hockey Coaches Association). The seniors recently completed their final season at Middlebury, leading the Panthers to their fourth straight trip to the NCAA title game. The duo were part of a senior class that won more games then any other group in school history (110-13-3).

Kurtz-Phelan, the NESCAC player of the year, earned first-team All-American honors. The senior, who missed the first six games of the season after finishing up NCAA play in women's soccer, helped the Panthers to a 23-4-2 overall record this season. The first-team All-NESCAC selection led the team and NESCAC, while ranking seventh nationally with 1.70 points/game this season. Her 1.00 assists/contest was also tops in the league, while putting her fourth nationally. She ended the season tied for the team-lead with 16 goals, while pacing the Panthers with 23 assists and 39 points. Kurtz-Phelan was tied with Tarrant with a team-high seven power play goals, while earning five game-winners. She ends her career at Middlebury with 102 points (45 goals, 57 assists) in 100 games played.

Tarrant earns All-American honors for the fourth consecutive year, while also being a four-time All-NESCAC selection. The senior was on the first team her rookie season, earning second-team honors for the past two years, before returning to first-team honors in '06-'07. She helped lead a Middlebury defense this season that allowed just 1.41 goals/game, tops in NESCAC and third nationally. She was also a part of a penalty kill unit that was fifth in the nation and first in the NESCAC with a .916 percentage. Tarrant was second on the team this season with 21 assists, while scoring 10 goals for 31 points. Her .78 assists/game are second only to Kurtz-Phelan in the NESCAC, putting her 14th nationally. She was tied with Kurtz-Phelan for the team-lead with seven power play goals. Tarrant ends her career at Middlebury with 106 points (33 goals, 73 assists) in 112 games.