HADLEY, Mass. – Williams senior forward and captain Cristina Bravi (Montreal, Quebec) has been selected by the conference coaches as the 2014 NESCAC Player of the Year. Bravi, the league's top scorer, has helped the Ephs to a 13-9-3 record and a 9-4-3 mark in NESCAC play en route to their first conference championship semifinal appearance since 2006.
"The whole women's hockey program is humbled to be receiving such recognition by our conference and I am so proud and honored to have both Cristina Bravi and Hanna Beattie selected by the leagues' coaches," said Eph head coach Meghan Gillis.
"Bravi has been an instrumental part of bringing this program to where it is right now and had a standout senior campaign," continued Gillis. "As an assistant captain last year and a co-captain this year, she has led positively both on and off the ice and has worked hard to improve with each season of play."
In addition to earning the conference's top honor, Bravi received all-conference recognition for the first time in her career as a member of the First Team. Through 25 games this season, Bravi leads all league players in points and goals with 36 and 19, respectively. She is also third in the league with 17 assists. Bravi has registered at least one point in 24 of the 25 games this season, and enjoyed a 20-game point streak to start the season.
Four of Bravi's goals have come on the power play, two have been short-handed, two were game-winners and she has scored one game-tying goal.
Playing in 94 games Bravi has scored 39 goals and assisted on 43 more for a career total of 82 points.
Bravi is the second Williams player to be named NESCAC Player of the Year, joining former Eph Molly Wasserman '04, who was honored in 2002 and 2004.
First-year Eph defender Hanna Beattie (Whitehouse Station, N.J.) joined Bravi on the First Team after leading all NESCAC defenders with 31 points on 13 goals and 18 assists. Her 31 points are second only to Bravi in conference scoring and her 18 assists are tied for second. Beattie's efforts resulted in the league coaches naming her the NESCAC Rookie of the Year. She is the first Eph to earn the award.
|Hanna Beattie '17|
Beattie has recorded 31 points in 25 games and she has notched two game-winning goals. Her 1.24 points per game is tops nationally for defensemen in NCAA Division III.
"Hanna Beattie has had a tremendous first year campaign with us," stated Gillis. "She has played key minutes on special teams all season. Hanna is a competitor and arrives at the rink every day ready to get better and this has shown in her offensive stats. What the offensive stats do not show is how much Hanna has improved play defensively as well."
No stranger to NESCAC accolades Williams head coach Meghan Gillis was honored as the 2014 Coach of the Year by her coaching peers. After posting a 9-15-1 record last season, she has guided the Ephs to a 13-9-3 overall record in her third year at the helm.
When Gillis took the reigns of the Williams program she was the fourth head coach at Williams in four years. Hired in May she had no opportunity to recruit any players for her first season and she inherited a team that was 4-17-1 the year before.
"While I am humbled to also be honored, I think my being selected speaks to the way this team came together this season, how they played for one another and competed each day," stated Gillis. "It also speaks to all of the hard work that my assistant, Chris Cobb, has put in over the last two seasons."
Williams is making its first NESCAC semifinal appearance since 2006, and is hosting the NESCAC Championship rounds for the first time in program history. A former Bowdoin ice hockey standout, Gillis was the 2004 NESCAC Rookie of the Year, a three-time All-NESCAC selection and an All-America honoree.
See the complete 2014 All-NESCAC Women's Ice Hockey Team HERE.