Hanna Beattie & Cristina Bravi Named First Team AHCA All-Americans

American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA)
American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA)
Cristina Bravi '14
Hanna Beattie '17

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – For the first time in the 21-year history of women's varsity ice hockey at Williams the Ephs have placed two players on the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) First Team.

Senior forward and captain Cristina Bravi (Montreal, Quebec) and freshman defender Hanna Beattie (Whitehouse Station, NJ) were recognized by the AHCA.

"I am so proud of Cristina and Hanna for this special accomplishment," said Eph head coach Meghan Gillis. "To have two first team All-Americans in the same year is an incredible honor. Added to this honor is the fact that they are just the third and fourth All-Americans in program history."

"Both of these players were a part of a special group that had a tremendous, successful season. It was a pleasure working with this group."

Gillis in her third year at Williams guided the Ephs to their first NESCAC title this year, the program's second NCAA Tournament berth, and a record of 15-10-3. The 15 wins was a long way from the four wins the Ephs recorded the year before Gillis arrived and was the most wins at Williams since 2004.

Bravi was the only NESCAC player to score 20 goals this winter and she also added a NESCAC leading 20 assists for a 40-point season.

Her 20 goals placed her seventh nationally and with her 20 assists she finished sixth nationally in points per game, 1.43.

Bravi tallied four power play goals, 2 short-handed goals, 2 game-winners, and one game-tying goal this season. Her 20 goals this year was exactly half of career total number of goals scored in 97 games. During her Williams' career Bravi also registered 46 assists to finish with a career point total of 86.

Previously Bravi was named the NESCAC Player of the Year and a member of the 2014 First Team.

Beattie made an immediate impact on the Eph program with steady play at the blue line and significant contributions on offense. Playing in 28 games Beattie scored 14 goals and assisted on 18 to record 32 points on the year. Three of Beattie's goals were power play tallies, one was short-handed, and two were game-winners.

Beattie finished second nationally among defensemen in scoring averaging with 1.14 points per game. Alix Vale of Adrian College edged Beattie by one 100th of a point, averaging 1.15 per game.

Additionally, Beattie finished third nationally in points per game among all rookie players at every position.

Like Bravi, Beattie was also doubly honored by NESCAC. Voted the Rookie of the Year in the conference, she was also named to the 2014 First Team.

Bravi and Beattie were two significant reasons why the Ephs finsihed the 2014 season ranked nationally in the top 10. In the D3sports.com poll the Ephs were 9th and the USCHO.com poll they were 10th.
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