Eight Mustangs Earn All-Conference Nods, Blackburn, Barcless Earn Major Awards

Eight Mustangs Earn All-Conference Nods, Blackburn, Barcless Earn Major Awards

ANNVILLE, Pa. - The Stevenson women's ice hockey team had a league high eight players named to the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) All-Conference teams, including senior Chelsea Blackburn who was named the Co-Offensive Player of the Year while freshman Trinity Barcless was named the Rookie of the Year announced by the league on Wednesday. The eight selections was the highest in the league, ahead of Manhattanville's seven.

Blackburn earned First Team honors along with senior Natalie Rosendahl while seniors Chelsea Ellis, Monica Pozuc and Sarah Antonelli as well as junior Caitie Darosa were all named to the Second Team. Both Barcless and junior Allie Sabatini were named honorable mention. Head coach Tracy Johnson was named the Coach of the Year.

Blackburn, the two-time Colonial Hockey Conference (CHC) Player of the Year, earns her third consecutive first team honor. She led the league with 14 points and eight assist while ranking tied for second with six goals, just one off the leader. The senior is tied for the conference lead with four power play points while leading the league with two shorthanded points. Blackburn, a three-time MAC Offensive Player of the Week, netted a hat trick versus King's while setting a program record with five assists in a win over Lebanon Valley. She finished with three multi-point games in six league games.

Barcless ranked tied for sixth in the league while leading all rookies with seven points. Her five assists ranks tied for third in the conference. Barcless recorded her first career point and finished with three assists in Stevenson's inaugural MAC win over King's. She then recorded her first-ever multi-goal game with a pair of goals in a win over Lebanon Valley.

Rosendahl earns her second all-conference nod after being named to the All-CHC Second Team last season. This year, she ranked tied for eighth amongst defensemen with a pair of points, both coming in the inaugural MAC win. Rosendahl totaled four blocked shots in the six games and record a plus-seven rating.

Ellis gets her first all-conference honor after ranking tied for 13th in the conference with five points on two goals and three assists, the latter ranking tied for 10th. She totaled a pair of power play points, including a power play goal versus King's. Ellis recorded her first multi-point game of the season in the second win over King's while assisting on the game-winning goal to clinch the MAC Championship versus Manhattanville.

Pozuc becomes a two-time all-conference honoree, earning her second consecutive second team honor. She ranked second in the league with 12 points, three ahead of third place. Pozuc led the league with seven goals in six league games and tied for third with five assists. The senior shares the league lead with four power play points, leading all skaters with four power play goals. Pozuc tied the program record with seven points on three goals and four assists in a win over Lebanon Valley.

Antonelli earns a spot on the all-conference team after ranking tied for fifth amongst defensemen with three points, all coming on assists. She ranks tied for seventh in the league with a pair of power play points. Antonelli recorded four blocked shots in six league games and finished with a plus-four rating.

Darosa, who was named the MAC Defensive Player of the Week four times this season, earns her first all-conference nod in her career. She led the league in all three major goaltending categories with a 0.49 goals against average, a .976 save percentage and an .875 winning percentage. In four league games, Darosa posted a pair of shutouts and allowed just two goals in 244:49.

Sabatini earned an all-conference spot after ranking tied for 13th with five points in six games. She ranks tied for third with three power play points, including a power play goal versus King's. In that win, she finished with three points with a goal and two assists.

Johnson earns her first Coach of the Year honor after leading the Mustangs to the inaugural MAC Championship. Stevenson is currently on a program best 14-game unbeaten streak, which is second best in the nation, after starting the season 0-6-1. Johnson has led the Mustangs to their fourth consecutive winning season and has posted a 74-45-8 record in five seasons.

Stevenson returns to action on Saturday, February 24 when the Mustangs host Manhattanville in United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) Quarterfinal action beginning at 3:00 p.m.