STORRS, Conn. -
University of Connecticut junior defenseman Leah Lum (Richmond, British Columbia) was recently named the Team MVP as the Husky women's ice hockey program announced its awards for the 2016-17 season.
"All of our awards are voted on by team members," said UConn head coach Chris MacKenzie. "We like to celebrate team accomplishments first, but it's nice to give recognition to individual efforts."
Lum was the leading scorer for the Huskies this season with 29 points on 18 goals and 11 assists. She was second on the team with 11 shots and had a plus-four rating for the season. Lum will enter her senior season with 32 career goals and 39 assists.
Lum also recently received national recognition when she was named the national winner in the sport of women's ice hockey as an Arthur Ashe, Jr., Sports Scholar by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education.
"Leah put in a ton of extra work and it paid off with a breakout season," said MacKenzie.
Sophomore forward Rebecca Lindblad (Winnetka, Ill.) was named the team's Most Improved Player as she scored four goals and six assists this season for a total of ten points while also taking 38 shots. Lindblad emerged this season as a threat for the Huskies after scoring just one goal and recording an assist in her freshman season.
"Becca's confidence grew every game this season," said MacKenzie. "Her work ethic and intensity are second to none and the team recognized her improvement."
Senior forward Kelly Harris (Canton, Mich.) won the Pat Babcock Award, named for the former UConn Division of Athletic Administrator and goes to the player who best exemplifies the team on and off the ice. Harris had ten points on the year with four goals.
"Kelly has been a supportive teammate who contributed both on and off the ice during her four years as a Husky," said MacKenzie. "Our team appreciated what she has given our program."
Senior defenseman Jessica Stott (Niverville, Man.) was named the team's Unsung Hero Award winner. Stott had 11 assists on the season and was third with 58 blocks. Stott was a valuable member of the team for the past for season appearing in 143 career games.
"Jessie never missed a game in four years and was a workhorse for our team," said MacKenzie.
The Freshman of the Year was forward Briana Colangelo (Whitby, Ont.), who was the second-leading scorer on the team with nine goals and 16 assists for 25 points. She also led the team with a plus-seven rating.
"Briana was a consistent performer all year and we believe she has a bright future with us," said MacKenzie.