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ISSUE 120 VOL 16 PUBLISHED 3/23/2007

Three honored as All-Americans

By Monica Southworth
Staff Writer

Friday, March 23, 2007

Although their teams did not garner much postseason success this year, three St. Olaf hockey players recently earned prestigious individual honors.

Women's hockey players Susannah Brokl '07 and Lindsey Boeser '08 were recently named to the AHCA All-America West First Team, as announced by the St. Olaf athletic department Thursday. Brokl was also a member of the United States Hockey Organization (USCHO) West First Team, while Boeser was a USCHO second team choice.

Friday, defenseman John Paulson '08 was named to the RBK American Hockey Coaches Association Division III All-America second team.

"“It was a really exciting and a great way to end my career,"” Brokl said of the recent honor. “"It was even better that I got to share the award with my best friend, Lindsey.”"

Boeser agreed, "“It was something that was exciting, but more exciting than that was the awesome season we had together as a team."”

In 2006-2007, Boeser had 39 points (19 assists and 20 goals), while Brokl had 38 points (25 assists and 13 goals). Together they combined for 77 points. The two players helped the team to a second place finish during the regular season, matching a program-high in wins with 15.

Both women's hockey players agree that it was great to finish the season as second in conference.

This season, Boeser had the most points for the team at 39 and 31 in conference that matched the school record. This year she also became the school leader for career points at 109. Brokl finished her career with 108 points, a school record.

“For Brokl and Boeser to finish one-two in the conference in scoring is quite an achievement,” said women's head coach John Bazzachini. “We were extremely fortunate to have two such talented players on our team.”

Paulson helped lead the Oles to their MIAC Tournament Championship in 2006 and is a two-time All-MIAC selection. He is the third men's player at St. Olaf to receive this honor, following forward Brent Eilefson in 1992 and defenseman Adam Rice, a second-team honoree in 1991.

“I was surprised,” Paulson said about the award. “There are a lot of good players in the [Western Region] and to be considered in the top portion is definitely an honor.”

Although Brokl, a senior, will be leaving the Oles after this year, Paulson and Boeser will return next season for their senior campaigns.

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