MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – After posting 40 or more saves seven times during the 2017-18 season, sophomore goalie Allegra Grant of the Wesleyan University women's ice hockey team earned All-New England Division III honors from the New England Hockey Writers Association on Wednesday.
Grant, who was also named to the All-NESCAC Second Team on Feb. 27, was one of three goaltenders to be honored with All-New England recognition at the Division III level, as she was accompanied by Caty Flagg of the University of New England and Madison Rigsby of Becker.
In total, 18 Division III student-athletes received this prestigious honor, headlined by Amanda Conway of Norwich collecting Player of the Year accolades and Mark Bolding of Norwich boasting Coach of the Year acknowledgement. Six NESCAC athletes received this award, which included Brigit Bergin and Julie Dachille of Bowdoin, Jenna Marotta and Jessica Young of Middlebury, and Alex Toupal of Amherst.
Grant, who hails from Winnetka, Ill., posted a great deal of signature moments during the 2017-18 year, including posting a career-high 53 stops during a 2-2 draw against Williams on Dec. 2. She also turned away 39-of-40 shots during a thrilling 2-1 triumph over then-No. 8 ranked Amherst on Feb. 16, allowing the Cardinals to reach the NESCAC Tournament for the second straight season.
The elite athlete stood in front of 47-of-48 shots in a 1-1 tie against then No. 8-ranked Connecticut College on Jan. 13. Grant, who totaled 50 or more saves twice, also denied 46-of-47 attempts during a 1-1 draw against Colby on Jan. 6.
Grant finished the season with a .940 save percentage and a 2.18 goals-against average, and recorded a shutout win during a 1-0 victory over Salve Regina on Nov. 21.