May 22, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio State women's hockey team distributed its annual awards at the team banquet held at the Ohio State Golf Club. The team finished the year with a 16-16-4 overall mark and concluded WCHA play at 13-15-1.
Senior captain Kelly Wild earned a handful of awards to highlight the night. The senior from Mendota Heights, Minn., was named the team's Most Valuable Defensive Player for the first time in her career. Wild led all Buckeye defensemen with 17 points on the season with three goals and 14 assists. Two of her goals and three assists came on the power play. Wild also earned the Scarlet & Gray award given by the off-ice officials to the most intense competitor.
Wild was recognized by the team not only for her athletic skill, but for her excellent work in the classroom as well. She was named the Student-Athlete of the Year for achieving the highest grade-point average on the team. Wild also earned AWHCA National Scholar honrs as well as being named a WCHA Scholar Athlete.
Garnering the team's Most Valuable Offensive Player was senior assistant captain Natalie Spooner. The Scarborough, Ontario, product had an outstanding final season for the Buckeyes, leading the squad with 50 points on 31 goals and 19 assists. She broke three program scoring records this season, including scoring 100 goals in her career. She was named a CCM All-American, a Patty Kazmaier finalist and an All-WCHA First Team performer. Spooner had a team-best 16 multiple-point games and finished with three hat tricks, including two four-goal games.
Defender Kari Schmitt was awarded the team's Freshman of the Year. Schmitt, of Canton, Mich., was a solid contributor to Ohio State's defensive corps throughout most of the season. After missing 11 games due to injury, Schmitt came back strong for the Buckeyes, scoring two goals and four assists for six points. She led the squad with 43 blocked shots on the year.
Sophomore Madison Marcotte
was named Most Improved Player as the defender had a handful of "firsts" this year. The White Bear Lake, Minn., native played in all 36 games after only seeing time on the ice in 16 games last season. Marcotte notched the first assist and point of her career in the team's season opener vs. Bemidji State (Oct. 7) and then scored her first career goal on Nov. 17 at Syracuse. Marcotte totaled seven points on the year with one goal and six assists and was also honored as a WCHA Scholar Athlete.
Earning the first-ever Buckeye Details award was senior captain Laura McIntosh. The award is given to a player that does all the little things right consistently. McIntosh finished second on the squad with 39 points on 12 goals and 27 assists. The Waterloo, Ontario, product capped her career as the program's all-time leading points scorer and leader in career assists, finishing with 170 career points with 123 career assists. Against WCHA opponents, she led all current and former Buckeyes with 136 career points and 98 assists. McIntosh totaled 60 power-play points (7g, 53a) in her career to finish tied for third all-time in Ohio State history.
Junior Tina Hollowell was awarded the team's Seventh Player honor and concluded the year with six points on four goals and two assists. Classmates Paige Semenza and Minttu Tuominen were awarded the Power Club award, which is given to those who exhibit hard work in the weight room and off-ice training. Tuominen also earned AWCHA National Scholar honors and was a WCHA Scholar Athlete.
The squad honored its five seniors during the banquet - Brittany Carlson, Melissa Feste, McIntosh, Spooner, Wild.