Maine Hockey Journal

Kristen Gresko receives ECAC East postseason recognition

Gorham, ME — Freshman goaltender Kristen Gresko (Phoenix, Ariz.) is the University of Southern Maine women’s ice hockey team’s lone recipient of Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Women’s East postseason honors that were released Thursday afternoon.

ECAC commissioner Rudy Keeling announced that Gresko had received a spot on the All-ECAC East honorable mention squad following voting by the league’s coaches. She is the first USM player to earn a spot on one of the three all-conference teams since Katie Quartuccio was named to the honorable mention team in 2006-07.

Gresko has played in 19 games to date, making 18 starts. She has compiled a 2.28 goals against average with a .910 save percentage and a 9-8-2 record. She also has three shutouts, all coming since February 6 (seven games).
During the regular season, she was named Goalie of the Week twice (February 10 and 17), and to the weekly honor roll on one occasion (February 3). Over her last eight starts since January 31, Gresko has a 5-2-1 record with a 1.36 goals against average and a .949 save percentage.

The rookie goalie helped Southern Maine post its first winning record since the 2003-2004 season with a 14-8-4 overall record heading into Saturday night’s (7:00 p.m.) semifinal playoff game against Norwich University, and a 12-5-2 mark in regular season league play.

2008-09 ECAC Women’s East All-Conference Teams

First Team All-ECAC East
Forward Stacey Hochkins Holy Cross Freshman
Forward Holly Nonis Manhattanville Sophomore
Forward Jocelyn Kratchmer Holy Cross Sophomore
Defense Amanda Wilks Norwich Freshman
Defense Erin Brawley Manhattanville Senior
Goalie Karine Turmel Manhattanville Senior

Second Team All-ECAC East
Forward Sophie Leclerc Norwich Junior
Forward Kameron Klauber MIT Freshman
Forward Maria Nasta UMass Boston Junior
Defense Lisa Wilson Holy Cross Junior
Defense Sarah Fullerton Manhattanville Junior
Goalie Teraysa White New England Freshman

Honorable Mention
Forward Bianca Desantis Saint Anselm Senior
Forward Alex Blackwell Manhattanville Senior
Forward Julie Fortier Norwich Freshman
Defense Emily Paquin Saint Michael’s Sophomore
Defense Hannah Davis UMass Boston Sophomore
Goalie Kristen Gresko Southern Maine Freshman

All-Rookie Team
Forward Stacey Hochkins Holy Cross
Forward Kameron Klauber MIT
Forward Julie Fortier Norwich
Defense Amanda Wilkes Norwich
Defense Molly Corl Saint Anselm
Goalie Teraysa White New England

ECAC Women’s East Player of the Year
Holly Nonis, Manhattanville College

ECAC Women’s East Goalie of the Year
Karine Turmel, Manhattanville College

ECAC Women’s East Rookie of the Year
Stacey Hochkins, College of the Holy Cross

ECAC Women’s East Coach of the Year
Peter Van Buskirk, College of the Holy Cross

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