WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Williams College sophomores Brynn Puppe and Meghan Halloran along with Eph head coach Meghan Gillis have been honored by the New England Hockey Writers for their success this season.
Puppe and Halloran were named to the DIII All-Star Team, while Gillis was named the New England DIII Coach of the Year. "It was an honor to see the program recognized by the New England Hockey Writers," stated Gillis. "The team worked hard all season to make this past season a special one. To be in the company of so many other great players in New England is a testament to the impact Meghan and Brynn had on our season."
Previously this season sophomore forward Meghan Halloran (Darien, Conn.) was named the NESCAC Player of the Year and voted First Team honors, while classmate and defenseman Brynn Puppe also collected First Team honors. In addition Halloran was accorded Second Team All-America recognition by the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA). Gillis finished second the national AHCA voting for NCAA DIII coach of the year.
Halloran, who was also an All-NESCAC First Team selection, was the leader in points (20), goals (10), and assists (10) in conference games. She also had eight power-play goals in NESCAC games and the Ephs were the top scoring team on the power play in league games. Halloran led the Ephs to the top seed in the NESCAC Championship for the first time in program history.
Four of Halloran's goals this year have been game winners and two were short-handed tallies. She has 65 career points on 30 goals and 35 assists in 53 games. Five of Halloran's goals this winter were game-winners.
Puppe has also played 53 games for the Ephs and she has scored 16 goals and assisted on 16 for 32 career points.
Brynn Puppe earned her first NESCAC honor this winter. Puppe led the conference in power-play points and power-play goals (4-5-9) in 16 NESCAC games. Puppe has registered two game-winning goals this season. To date in her Eph career Puppe has accumulated 32 points on 16 goals and 16 assists.
Williams head coach Meghan Gillis was previously selected as the NESCAC Coach of the Year by her peers. It is the second time in her eight years at the helm of the Ephs she has been honored, also earning the award in 2014. Gillis guided Williams to first place in the NESCAC regular season this winter and the top seed in the NESCAC Championship for the first time in program history.
Under Gillis this season the Ephs posted a program-best most wins in one season (21-5-3) and recorded the first regular season sweep of Middlebury in Varsity play and the Ephs won their first game in Amherst since 2006.
With wins over both Middlebury and Amherst in the NESCAC Tournament Gillis' Ephs recorded another first for the program by beating both NESCAC foes three times in one season.
Those historic wins over Amherst and Middlebury came on consecutive nights in the NESCAC Tournament when Williams downed Amherst 3-1 in a semifinal contest and defeated Middlebury 3-2 to win the NESCAC title and the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
In the NESCAC Tournament Halloran notched two goals and one assist, including the game-winner in the title game against Middlebury. Puppe scored two goals and assisted on two more.
The 2019 Ephs became the first Eph team to host an NCAA Tournament game when defending NCAA champion Norwich University came to Lansing Chapman Rink on March 6. The Ephs' 3-1 win was their first ever NCAA Tournament win and sent them to Plattsburgh State for an NCAA Quarterfinal game.
Meghan Halloran had two goals and an assist at Plattsburgh, but the host Cardinals prevailed 5-3. In NCAA Tournament play Halloran scored two goals and assisted on two, while Puppe netted one goal.