WAKEFIELD, Mass. – Senior forward Leah Buress (Windsor, Ont.) earned the title of Best Defensive Forward as announced by the conference Wednesday. Buress’ accolade was announced along with five other season-long awards, which were voted on by the league’s nine head coaches.
Senior goaltender Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ont.) was also runner-up for WHEA Goaltending Champion, behind Boston College keeper Katie Burt.
Buress, one of two Husky captains this year, has tallied a career-high 20 points this season, including eight goals, three of which were game-winners, and 12 assists. Her recognition for Best Defensive Forward came from her 46 blocked shots this season, the most of any forward on the team and the third most overall. She is also currently plus four this season.
In her four year career at UConn, Buress currently has 34 career points, including 13 goals and 21 assists. She has also stepped in front of 117 shots in her career to assist on the UConn defense.
Chuli was voted runner-up for Goaltending Champion for her 936 saves this season, .943 save percentage and her 2.23 goals against average. Chuli also became the Hockey East all-time career saves record holder this season after her 33 save performance against Maine on Feb. 13.
Buress, Chuli and the rest of the Husky squad will travel to Lawler Rink to take on Boston College in the Hockey East semifinals Saturday, March 5 at 1:30 p.m.