WAKEFIELD, Mass. – For a second consecutive season, 11 members of the UConn women’s ice hockey team were named to the Hockey East All-Academic team following the 2015-16 season.
Two-time honoree, Annie Belanger (Sherbrooke, Quebec) was one of just six players in the league to earn recognition as one of Hockey East’s Top Scholar Athlete by boasting a 4.0 GPA for the season. Belanger’s perfect 4.0 GPA earned her the goaltender spot on the 2015-16 Hockey East Academic All-Star Team.
Three Husky standouts grabbed all-academic honors for a fourth year. Elaine Chuli (Waterford, Ont.), Caitlin Hewes (Stillwater, Minn.) and Margaret Zimmer (St. Charles, Ill.) each became four-time honorees after receiving their degrees from UConn in May. Fellow graduates Leah Buress (Windsor, Ont.) and Cassandra Opela (Penfield, N.Y.) also received the recognition and were both first-time honorees.
Rising senior Lexi Lersch (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) became a three-time all-academic honoree while Belanger and Lindsey Roethke (Buffalo, Minn.) took home the accolade for the second consecutive season, after both earned the honor as freshman in the 2014-15 season.
Two UConn freshman, Jaime Fox (Unionville, Ont.) and Nora Maclaine (Easton, Mass.), picked up the honor after just their first season with the Huskies along with Leah Lum (Richmond, B.C.), who was a first-time honoree as a sophomore.
Hockey East announced on Thursday a league-record 126 student athletes were named to the league’s All-Academic Team. Each student athlete must have earned a GPA of 3.00 or better in each of the two academic periods during which she was actively competing.in order to be considered for the honor.