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Barnes, Petrie, Smigliani named California Rubber NCAA Women’s Players of the Year

 

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What do you value? Offense? Defense? Both?

California Rubber Magazine’s NCAA Women’s Players of the Year address all of that and more. That three players turned in such dominant performances that it was nearly impossible to distinguish between them speaks to the growth and depth of the girls game in California.

Here’s why Boston College defenseman Cayla Barnes (pictured) and Harvard forward Dominique Petrie and Colgate forward Sammy Smigliani are sharing the honor.

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Barnes, a sophomore from Eastvale, helped the Eagles to a 17-win season on a couple of levels. First, she supplied offense – her 23 points were fourth on BC and sixth among Hockey East defensemen. More importantly, the All-Hockey East Second Team pick is a shutdown defender – her 103 blocked shots led the league by 21.

A sophomore from Hermosa Beach, Petrie put up 35 points and a Crimson-best 23 assists in only 28 games. She was a Second Team All-ECAC selection and finished 11th in the league in scoring despite having just three of her 12 goals come on the power play.

Smigliani took the ECAC by storm as a freshman. She scored a team-high 33 points, including 14 goals, was a plus player and won more than 55 percent of her 372 faceoffs. It’s no wonder she was a Third Team All-ECAC pick and an All-Rookie Team selection.

Meet the rest of the All-California NCAA Women’s Team:

GOALTENDER

Frankie Sanchez, Sacred Heart – The sophomore from Lake Elsinore, who grew up playing inline hockey, went 19-11-0 with a 2.64 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage.

DEFENSE

Tanner Gates, Colgate – The sophomore from Oceanside erupted for 21 points, including seven goals. Her point total was the highest among Raiders ‘D’ and fourth overall on the team.
Gabby Monaco, St. Anselm – The junior from La Verne helped the Hawks to the NEWHA title game, playing in every game and recording nine points.
Claire Peterson, Connecticut – The freshman from San Jose played in every game, was well into plus territory, and added seven points as the Huskies reached the Hockey East title game.

FORWARDS

Brooke Bryant, Minnesota State – The sophomore from Linden was solid in the circle, blocked shots and chipped in eight points.
Nicole Dunbar, New Hampshire – The senior from Coto de Caza hit double figures in points for the fourth season in a row and helped the Wildcats to the Hockey East semifinals. Highly durable, she played in 141 of a possible 144 games during her career.
Lily Humphrey, Vermont – The freshman from Huntington Beach had seven goals among her 14 points on only 45 shots. She also was a plus player.
Keely Moy, Harvard – The junior from San Diego was fifth on the Crimson with 22 points and nine goals. She also netted two game-winners.

Photo/Boston College Athletics

— Compiled by Chris Bayee

(May 18, 2020)


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