BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Mar. 4, 2020 – Prior to having a stellar, four-team field – of which all four teams are ranked in the Top 10 nationally – convene for the 2020 Final Faceoff championship tournament, the Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association is proud to recognize and applaud six of its standout performances from this year's competition. Below are the 2019-20 WCHA Offensive Player, Defensive Player, Goaltender, Rookie, Outstanding Student-Athlete and Coach of the Year, along with the WCHA Scoring and Goaltending Champions, presented by Sterling Trophy.
"Congratulations to this fantastic group of honorees," said Commissioner Jennifer Flowers. "They are all well-deserving recipients who are being recognized for their outstanding accomplishments on and off the ice this season. The WCHA is the proud home to many incredible student-athletes and coaches and we're proud to celebrate this special group with these accolades today."
Abby Roque, Sr., Wisconsin (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.)
A top-three finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Awards, Roque has potted 17 goals and 21 assists for 38 points. In all games this season she ranks seventh nationally in point scoring with 57 from 25 goals and 32 helpers. The Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., native boasts the most faceoff wins of any player in the NCAA at 494 and the second-best faceoff win percentage of 66.3. She headlines a Badgers offense that leads the nation in scoring as well as the best power-play unit, and has tallied five game-winning goals for second-ranked Wisconsin. On the man advantage Roque has scored a league-leading eight goals and added nine assists for 17 power-play points. She saw herself named the WCHA Forward of the Week twice this season as well as the WCHA Forward of the Month in December.
Jincy Dunne, RS-Sr., Ohio State (O'Fallon, Mo.)
Dunne has tallied 28 points on seven goals and 21 assists in her senior campaign, tying for second in the league among defensemen and giving her a new career-high for goals scored in a single season. The senior blueliner earned WCHA Defenseman of the Week honors twice this season and also picked up a pair of WCHA Defenseman of the Month nods. The O'Fallon, Mo., native has registered 11 points on the man advantage and blocked 76 shots as she helped secure No. 5/5 Ohio State a return to the WCHA Final Faceoff.
Sydney Scobee, Sr., Minnesota (Minnetrista, Minn.)
Scobee earns Goaltender of the Year honors after leading the WCHA with a .930 save percentage, a 1.61 goals against average and 26 wins during her senior season. The Minnetrista, Minn., native has tallied eight shutouts, which is the third most in the nation. She boasts the fourth-best win percentage of any netminder in the NCAA at .809 and has made 732 saves on 787 shots. Scobee has earned WCHA Goaltender of the Week accolades on three separate occasions this season and has received WCHA Goaltender of the Month honors twice.
Madeline Wethington, Fr., D, Minnesota (Edina, Minn.)
Wethington has added increased stability to the Minnesota defense in her first season as a Golden Gopher. She has contributed to the best scoring defense in the league and the fifth-best in the nation, scoring six goals and adding nine assists for WCHA rookie defensemen-leading 15 points. The freshman blueliner boasts the best plus/minus rating of any league rookie at +20 and has scoring the most game-winning goals of any newcomer at four. She has registered 37 blocked shots, ranking second among WCHA freshmen and has been recognized as the WCHA Rookie of the Week twice.
Alex Woken, Sr., F, Minnesota (Fargo, N.D.)
A 2019-20 alternate captain for the Golden Gophers, Alex Woken is a senior neuroscience major with a 3.70 cumulative GPA and is on track to graduate this spring. Woken is a two-time WCHA Scholar-Athlete and WCHA All-Academic Team honoree who does directive research in Dr. Sylvain Lesné's laboratory, conducting research on Alzheimer's disease. The senior forward has volunteered with the St. Paul Animal Humane Society as a dog walker in addition to volunteering her time with Feed My Starving Children, Special Olympics Minnesota, Hockey Limited, University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, Gopher Experience Summer Camp and Skate with the Gophers. The Fargo, N.D., native is a three-year recipient of the Kathleen C. Ridder Scholarship and plans to continue her education to become a veterinarian. On the ice, Woken has had a career-best season in 2019-20. She has already reached career highs in points (29), goals (14) and assists (15). This season has seen her reach the 50-career-points mark during a six-point weekend at Minnesota State, and she has tallied seven multi-point games on the year.
Nadine Muzerall, Ohio State
In her fourth season with the Buckeyes, Muzerall has led Ohio State to a 20-8-6 record (13-6-5-2 WCHA), a No. 5 national ranking and a berth in this weekend's Final Faceoff Semifinals. Her Ohio State team has faced the most-difficult schedule in the nation this season and has emerged victorious in eight contests against top-10 opponents. She leads a roster that features a Top-10 Patty Kazmaier finalist and the WCHA's Defensive Player of the Year. In four seasons in Columbus, Muzerall has a career record of 80-50-17 (.602). Ohio State enters this weekend seeking it's first WCHA postseason title under Muzerall.
Daryl Watts, Jr., Wisconsin (Toronto, Ont.)
In her first season with the Badgers, Watts tallied 49 points in 26 league contests, netting 14 goals and 35 assists. She led the WCHA in assists per game at 1.46 and points per game at 2.04 as well as power-play points in league games with 13. In all contests, the Toronto, Ont., native leads the nation in points with 73 on 24 goals and 49 assists. She is the only player in the nation to average two or more points per game with her 2.15.
Sydney Scobee, Sr., Minnesota (Minnetrista, Minn.)
Scobee led WCHA netminders with a 1.70 goals against average in league play, allowing just 43 goals in 1517.53 minutes between the pipes for Minnesota. The senior from Minnetrista, Minn., also led the WCHA in league play with a .928 save percentage, 19 wins and six shutouts.
About the 2019-20 Individual Awards
The 2018-19 WCHA Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year were chosen from the All-WCHA First Team forwards and blueliners, respectively. The Goaltender of the Year is the first-team All-WCHA netminder, while the Rookie of the Year was selected from the All-WCHA Rookie Team. WCHA Women's League member team head coaches and assistant coaches vote for the All-WCHA Teams, and then again for these awards. Member institution Faculty Athletic Representatives nominate and vote for the WCHA Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year.
About Sterling Trophy
Sterling Trophy has grown into a leader in the award and recognition industry in the Twin Cities since its founding in 1999. A family business that started in the basement of the home of founders David Steinbring and Patty Steinbring, Sterling Trophy's has built a proud tradition of quality service and unique products. For more information, visit sterlingtrophy.net
About the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Women's League
The Women's League of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association is marking its 21st season in 2019-20. The nation's premier women's hockey conference, WCHA member institutions have won a record 17 national championships since the league's inception in 1999 (including 16 of a possible 19 NCAA titles), while producing seven Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winners, 101 All-Americans and numerous Olympic and national team members. The seven-team, NCAA Division I conference consists of: Bemidji State University (Beavers), the University of Minnesota (Golden Gophers), the University of Minnesota Duluth (Bulldogs), Minnesota State University (Mavericks), Ohio State University (Buckeyes), St. Cloud State University (Huskies) and the University of Wisconsin (Badgers). For more information, visit wcha.com.