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All-California NCAA Women’s Player of the Year: Justine Reyes

 

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Justine Reyes was a statistical model of consistency during her first two college seasons at St. Lawrence.

And then the 2017-18 season happened.

The junior from Chino Hills shot up to a team-high 40 points (from 23) and a Saints-best 17 goals (from 13). Her point total was tied for 18th in Division I.

The reason for the offensive surge is simple: defense.

That’s right, defense.

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“Over the summer, my coaches pushed me to put in extra work and helped me be more accountable in the ‘D’ zone,” Reyes said. “That actually gave me more opportunities offensively. I played a little more on the power play and even started penalty killing.”

Poise with the puck has always been a calling card of Reyes’ game, and it was demonstrated in not only her goal increase, but in her surging assist total, which at 23 matched her point total from a year ago.

“I am able to make some passes that other players don’t always see,” she said.

Meet the rest of the All-California NCAA Team:

FORWARDS
Keiko DeClerck, Princeton – The junior’s 12 points equaled her career total and featured eight goals.
Nicole Dunbar, New Hampshire – The sophomore improved her points (16) and goals (eight) totals.
Keely Moy, Harvard –The freshman’s 10 goals were second only to Reyes’ 17 among California D-I players.
Kayla Nielson, St. Lawrence – The junior erupted for 21 points (eight goals) after 19 points her first two seasons combined.

DEFENSEMEN
Kara Drexler, Yale – The senior was a model of consistency for the Bulldogs, who counted on her in a shutdown role.
Kendra Farole, RPI – The sophomore continues to play a textbook defensive game and is a shot-blocking machine.
Lydia Grauer, St. Lawrence – The junior thrived in a move back to the blue line, picking up 10 points and blocking 47 shots.

GOALTENDERS
Justine Silva, Buffalo State – The senior posted a 1.97 GAA to go with a .928 save percentage and three shutouts on a .500 team
Samantha White, Potsdam State – One of the top freshman goalies went 6-4-2 with a 1.62 GAA, a .943 save percentage and three shutouts.

Photo/St. Lawrence Athletics

— Chris Bayee

(May 3, 2018)