Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Four players from the University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) women's hockey team have been given all-Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) honors, it was announced late Thursday night.
Senior Jessica Wong and sophomores Jenna McParland and Brigette Lacquette were named to the all-WCHA second team, while freshman goaltender Kayla Black earned third team honors and a spot on the all-WCHA rookie team.
Wong spent the first half of the season on the blue line for the Bulldogs, but injuries forced the senior captain to switch to forward midway through January. She is a third-time all-WCHA pick after finishing with seven goals and 16 assists in 33 games played during her final season at UMD.
McParland, meanwhile, led the Bulldogs in scoring this year after finishing with 11 goals and 17 assists through 33 games played. This marks McParland's first all-WCHA honor, though she was named to the all-WCHA rookie team a year ago.
It is also the first all-WCHA selection for Lacquette, who was also named to the all-WCHA rookie team following her freshman year. She finished her sophomore season with eight goals and 16 assists in 34 games played, twice this year being named the WCHA player of the week.
Black backstopped the Bulldogs nearly all season long before running into injury problems down the stretch, and for that she was the only freshman player picked for the all-WCHA third team. She made 775 saves this season to finish with a record of (13-14-4) and a 2.29 goals against average.
UMD also had eight players land on the all-WCHA academic team, thosee being senior Audrey Cournoyer, senior Katie Wilson, senior Pernilla Winberg junior Brienna Gillanders, junior Jamie Kenyon, sophomore Emma Stauber, senior Vanessa Thibualt, and sophomore Tea Villila.