Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff
With numerous performances jumping off the page at us, the East region grabs all six spots on this edition of our Women's Team of the Week!
Alex Toupal has been at the forefront of Amherst's re-ascension into the D3hockey.com Women's Top 10.
How it works: Each week, Sports Information Directors from across the country submit week-long performances they've deemed worthy of being placed among the best in the nation in the week that was. For award purposes, a normal week will run from Monday to Sunday, so any games played on deadline day (deadline for nominations is 8pm Monday) are incorporated into the following week's award cycle. We also comb conference weekly releases, our own weekly recaps, and pick the brains of our staff to see who else may be a worthwhile candidate.
Once we get the school and league nominations, we select among top performances by position. It's an elite group. Three forwards, two defensemen, one goaltender. Nothing else. To get here, means you're one of best performers on the ice at your position in the week that was.
To be clear, we aren't just looking at raw numbers. We're also looking to incorporate players that contributed in the pivotal moments, season defining wins, and stunning upsets that make our brand of hockey so exciting.
Don't see a player here? Think they would have made the cut? Encourage your school's Sports Information Director to nominate deserving players each week. From now, through the week following conference championship games, SIDs can submit their nominations from 10pm each Saturday night until 8pm on Mondays utilizing their PrestoSports login at http://d3football.com/nominations/award-status. In an effort to be as thorough as possible, weekly releases from our member conferences are also accepted.
Now that we've explained the process, let's get to it. Here is your D3hockey.com National Team of the Week:
Jackie Clark, New England College, Sophomore
The New England Hockey Conferenece's goaltender of the week, Clark stopped 67 of the 68 shots she faced in her two appearances in net this week. She recorded a shutout in her NEC debut over Salem State on Tuesday with 32 saves and added 35 saves in the team's 2-1 win over Southern Maine. Her goals-against average on the week was 0.49.
Kayla Dion, Utica, Sophomore
Sophomore Kayla Dion totaled three points in a 2-1 week for Utica. On Tuesday, she had a hand in both goals to lead the Pioneers to a 2-0 win over Canton. She assisted on the eventual game-winner and netted an insurance goal to ensure the victory. On Saturday, Dion once again assisted on the game-winner as the Pioneers nailed down a split with No. 8 Oswego, and scored just their second victory over the Lakers since the 2013-14 season. She has now scored at least one point in five or her last six games.
Jessica Ujick, Morrisville, Freshman
Ujcik led Morrisville State to a 2-0 week with nonconference wins over Sacred Heart University. In Tuesday's contest, she tallied the game-winning goal with 13 seconds remaining in the overtime period to give Morrisville State the 3-2 OT win. She followed that performance with her second score of the series on Wednesday, the first Mustang tally to even the contest at one just 1:04 into the final period en route to the 2-1 victory.
Nicole Mensi, Manhattanville, Sophomore
Mensi helped guide the Manhattanville women's ice hockey team to a 2-1 week, scoring four goals and tallying two assists on 13 shots. Mensi began the week with a shorthanded goal and an assist in a win over Lebanon Valley College Tuesday evening. Continuing her scoring trend, Mensi scored two brilliant goals against UMass Boston Friday in a tough 3-2 loss where the Valiants outshot the Beacons 42-18. To cap off the week, Mensi helped guide the Valiants to a 5-1 victory over Nichols on Saturday, recording an assist before tallying her fourth goal of the week in the third period. The sophomore transfer from Plattsburgh currently ranks 10th in D-III in goals per game with 11 in 13 contests so far this year.
Gabriella Moscato, University of New England, Senior
Moscato netted a team-high 5 points on the week. She scored her first 4 goals of the year, including a 2nd-period hat trick during a 4-3 come-from-behind win at Plymouth State.
Alex Toupal, Amherst, Junior
As Amherst was on fire at a 3-0 clip this week, Alex Toupal was right there at the center of it all. Toupal had a hat trick to help the Purple and White finish off a two game sweep of NESCAC foe Bowdoin, accomplishing the feat with goals in even strength, power play, and short handed situations. She also added a goal and an assist in the first meeting with the Polar Bears, and added a goal in a 3-1 win over St. Anselm. Toupal is the NESCAC Player of the Week.