WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Williams College sophomore forward Meghan Halloran (Darien, Conn.) has been named to the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) All-America Second Team. Halloran is the first Eph to earn All-America honors since defenseman Hanna Beattie and forward Cristina Bravi were honored as First Team All-Americans in 2014.
"To have Meghan honored as an All American is special," said Eph head coach Meghan Gillis. "We played against some of those other names on the list in the NCAAs and she is among talented company. As I have said before about Meghan, I am so proud of her work ethic and her commitment to always becoming a better player. She is humble, a team player, and a great leader."
"Furthermore, she is a Dean's List student, volunteers teaching math at Pine Cobble School, and plays lacrosse," noted Gillis. "That is why she was named a finalist for the Laura Hurd award as the best player in NCAA Division III women's hockey this season
Halloran was a prime reason that the 2018-19 Eph recorded an historic season that included the program's first 3-game sweep of arch rival Amherst and Middlebury, found the Ephs finishing in first place in the NESCAC regular season, and winning the NESCAC title as the top seed, while earning the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The 2018-19 Ephs were the first Williams women's ice hockey team to host an NCAA Tournament game and they defeated the NCAA defending champion Norwich University 3-1 in that contest to advance to the Elite Eight where they lost 5-3 at Plattsburgh State.
Halloran was previously named to the All-NESCAC First Team and was named the NESCAC Player of the Year this winter. Playing in 28 of the 29 games this season Halloran led the Ephs in goals scored (20), assists (19), points (39), power play goals (8), empty net goals (3), and short-handed goals (2).
In her two seasons in the Purple Valley Halloran has played in 53 games and scored 30 goals, while assisting on 35 for 65 career points.
This season Halloran averaged 1.4 points a game. In her career she is averaging 1.2 points a game.
NCAA Division III women's head coaches recognized the top 25 hockey players in their division by selecting them as CCM Hockey/AHCA All-Americans for 2018-19. The honorees come from 15 schools and 12 states. Leading the way was Plattsburgh, with four honorees, followed by seven schools with two selections each. The state of Minnesota provided the most selections, nine, while 23 of 24 players hail from the United States. By class, there are 11 seniors, nine juniors and five sophomores and just one first-year player.
The CCM Hockey/AHCA All-American Hockey Teams are sponsored by CCM Hockey and chosen by members of the American Hockey Coaches Association. CCM is the legendary hockey brand dedicated to the endless pursuit of performance by delivering game-changing, head-to-toe innovative hockey equipment to players worldwide.
See complete AHCA NCAA DIII All-American Teams HERE -- http://ahcahockey.com/news/1819/0314w3aa.php