WAKEFIELD, Mass. - Following a valiant 51-save effort against No. 1 Boston College in the Hockey East Semifinals, UConn women's hockey goaltender Elaine Chuli has been named WHEA Defensive Player of the Week for the sixth time this season. The league made the announcement on Monday (March 9).
Facing the nation's top scoring offense in the March 7 contest, Chuli (Waterford, Ontario) turned aside 51-of-53 shots she faced for her fifth 50-save performance of the season. UConn cut the BC lead to 2-1 midway through the third period, but could not find an equalizer against a stingy Eagle defense before Boston College iced the contest with a late empty-netter.
Overall in three games at the WHEA Championship, Chuli made 122 saves on 126 shots to finish with a .968 save percentage in the postseason tournament. Her 122 saves mark the second-most for any goaltender in a WHEA Tournament. She backboned UConn to its first semifinal appearance since 2010 in a two-game quarterfinal sweep at Maine, recording a 45-save shutout in the decisive game two on Feb. 28.
A WHEA Honorable Mention All Star for the second-consecutive season, Chuli finished 2015 with an 8-12-5 record and a 2.92 GAA with a .924 save percentage. With the NCAA Championship still to be played, she sits third in Hockey East and 19th nationally in save percentage. Chuli is UConn's all-time leader in saves with 2,495 and holds five of the six highest single-game save totals, including a program-record 55 stops on Jan. 10 vs. Vermont.