Ohio State’s Sophie Jaques wins Kazmaier Award as top NCAA player

DULUTH, Minnesota — Ohio Condition defender Sophie Jaques received the Patty Kazmaier Award on Saturday, offered to the top rated player in women’s NCAA Division I hockey.

Jaques, who is from Toronto, is the very first Buckeye to get the award and the next-at any time defender. She served Ohio Condition to a 33-5-2 document and a berth in Sunday’s NCAA national title match towards Wisconsin.

Jaques led all NCAA defenders in factors (48), targets (24), energy-enjoy aims (9) and factors per video game (1.23) through 40 online games. On the Buckeyes’ top rated defensive pairing, Jaques aided Ohio State maintain opponents to 1.75 targets for every match and blocked 55 pictures this season.

“Receiving this award is some thing I never even could have imagined was doable,” Jaques claimed in a assertion, including later on, “While this is an particular person award, I have been supported by a full crew of persons through this period and my occupation at Ohio Condition, and I owe this all to my coaches and teammates over the final five a long time.”

The 22-calendar year-aged, who was amid the a few Kazmaier finalists final 12 months, is pursuing a master’s degree in civil engineering.

Danielle Serdachny from Colgate and forward Alina Mueller at Northeastern also were being finalists for the award, which was introduced throughout the women’s Frozen 4.

The award is named for Patty Kazmaier, who performed for Princeton from 1981 to 1986 and died at the age of 28 of a blood ailment. The winner is picked by a 13-member panel of Division I women’s hockey coaches, media and a member of United states of america Hockey.

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