ELMIRA, NY (12/12/2019)-- Mary McCafferty, Wall Township, NJ, was one of three players on the nationally-ranked Elmira College women's ice hockey team sweeping all three United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) North Division weekly awards for the first time this season, as announced by the league office on December 3.
Sophomore forward Mary McCafferty '22 was named UCHC Player of the Week for the first time as a Soaring Eagle. First-year forward Kelly Matthews '23 received Rookie of the Week honors, while junior Elizabeth Hanson '21 was crowned the Goalie of the Week.
McCafferty logged her first multi-point game of the season on Friday, November 29, when the Soaring Eagles defeated Lake Forest, 3-0, in the opening round of the Lake Forest Invite. The Wall Township, New Jersey, native netted the game-winning goal in the second period, before dishing out a long assist that led to EC's last goal in the final 14 seconds of the contest.
In the second period of the win over the Foresters, Matthews posted her first collegiate point with a goal that extended Elmira's lead to 2-0. After a shot from the slot was saved, the rookie from Abington, Massachusetts, was positioned perfectly on the backside of the crease to finish the play before the goalie could slide to the post.
Spurring the Soaring Eagles to the win from the other end of the ice was Hanson, who improved to 3-0-0 with her third shutout in as many starts. The Stoughton, Massachusetts, product made a single-game career-high 31 saves and held the Foresters without a goal on two power-play opportunities. With the win, Hanson finished the weekend as the only qualified goalie in the country with a flawless 0.00 goals-against average and 1.000 save percentage. She's also tied for first nationally in shutouts.
Founded in 1855, Elmira College is a private, residential, liberal arts college offering 30-plus majors, an honors program, 17 academic societies, and 20 Division III varsity teams. Located in the Southern Finger Lakes Region of New York, Elmira's undergraduate and graduate student population hails from more than 20 states and nine countries. Elmira is a Phi Beta Kappa College and has been ranked a top college, nationally, for student internships. The College is also home to the Center for Mark Twain Studies, one of four historically significant Twain heritage sites in the U.S., which attracts Twain scholars and educators from around the world for research on the famous literary icon. Proud of its history and tradition, the College is committed to the ideals of community service, and intellectual and individual growth.