Women's Hockey Players Honors - Mandigo Is Coach Of The Year
March 3, 2011
Three members of the Middlebury College women’s hockey team were honored when the NESCAC announced its all-league teams. Senior Alexi Bloom (Highland Park, Ill.) and sophomore Madison Styrbicki (Edina, Minn.) were named to the first-team, while senior Julia Ireland (Greenwich, Conn.) earned second-team honors. Panthers head coach Bill Mandigo was deemed NESCAC Coach of the Year.
Bloom is enjoying a stellar season between the pipes for the Panthers, owning a 16-3-1 mark. She leads the NESCAC in winning percentage (.825), goals against average (1.02), save percentage (.950) and shutouts (9). Her numbers also rank her in the top five nationally in GAA, SV%, while her nine shutouts are tops in Division III. Bloom earned shutouts in three of her first five games this season, with back-to-back blankings of Williams and N.E.C. She made a season-high 27 saves in a 3-0 win at Amherst on January 14th and has twice been named NESCAC Player of the Week.
Styrbicki earns a spot on the first-team after being a second-team honoree a year ago. She owns four goals and leads the team with 15 assists for 19 points this season. The blue line anchor is fourth in the NESCAC in assists (.62/game) and in defenseman scoring (.79 ppg). Styrbicki had a four-point game with a goal and three assists vs. Wesleyan on January 7th, while earning a goal and two assists in last weekend’s NESCAC Quarterfinal win over Williams.
Ireland was named to the second team, leading the Panthers with a dozen goals this season, placing her fifth in the NESCAC. She also owns seven helpers for 19 points, including three game-winners. Ireland exploded with a four-goal game in a win at Wesleyan on January 28th, owning five multiple-goal games this season.
Mandigo earns NESCAC Coach of the Year honors for the second time, previously earning the award in ’03-’04. After leading his team to its first ECAC Championship in '96, Mandigo was named the ECAC Coach of the Year. Since then, he led the team to five more ECAC titles, five national titles and four NESCAC crowns. He has a career record of 426 wins, 109 losses, and 24 ties, giving him more wins than any other coach in any division in the history of women’s college hockey.
In 2001, Mandigo was again honored as the ECAC Coach of the Year, as well as the AHCA National Coach of the Year. In ’01, ’04 and '05, Mandigo was named the AHCA National Coach of the Year.