June 12, 2014

Binnington, Broad and Hensley named Capitol One Academic All-Americans

Courtesy of Linendwood and RIT Sports Information offices

RIT's Ali Binnington (left), Lindenwood's Kendra Broad (center) and Nicole Hensley (right) were all named Capitol One Academic All-Americans by CoSIDA.

Binnington, a two-time Capitol One Academic All-American, enjoyed a tremendous year for the Tigers in 2013-14, leading the Tigers, in just their second season as a Division I program, to the College Hockey America Championship. On March 8, Binnington ended her season by stopping a career-high 62 shots in the championship game, a 2-1 double overtime victory over 2014 Frozen Four participant Mercyhurst University. The day before, Binnington made 25 saves in a 4-1 win over nationally-ranked Robert Morris in the conference semifinal. For her efforts, Binnington was named the CHA Tournament Most Valuable Player and was named to the All-Tournament Team.

In April, Binnington garnered 2013-14 All-United States College Hockey Online (USCHO) Third Team honors, becoming RIT's first player to do so since the team moved to Division I in 2012.
 
Overall, Binnington finished the season 16-9-2 with a 1.72 goals against average, .944 save percentage, and six shut outs. Her .944 save percentage ranked third nationally, she was tied for fifth in shut outs, and ninth nationally in goals against average. Binnington set RIT records for most games played (28), minutes played (1,640), and saves (788).  She ended the season by winning seven straight contests, allowing just six goals on her last 240 shots faced (.975 save percentage and 0.77 goals against average) over that span. Binnington made at least 30 saves in a game 13 times this season and had four games with at least 40 stops.
 
Binnington won the CHA Regular Season Goaltender of the Year award, finishing league play with an 8-4-1 record with a tremendous 1.35 goals against average and .955 save percentage. She allowed two goals or less in 12 of the 14 contests and recorded three shutouts.
 
For her career, Binnington is 37-19-6 with a 1.69 goals against average and .937 save percentage to go along with 14 shut outs. She is second all-time at the university with 1,575 saves, third in games played (65), save percentage, minutes played (3,764), fourth in wins (37), and fifth in goals against average.

Broad and Hensley were both named to the NCAA Division II Academic All-American team in the women's at-large category. They are the first women's hockey players to receive the award since the program moved to the NCAA level.
 
Broad, a junior forward last year, led Lindenwood with nine goals, 11 assists, and 20 points. She had one of the top plus/minus on the team, and scored the game-winning goal in overtime against Penn State.
 
Hensley, a sophomore goalie in 2013-14, led the NCAA with 1,198 saves on the year. She had a .921 save percentage and a 3.31 GAA. Among her top performances were 55 saves in a win over No. 8 Robert Morris, and 41 saves in a tie over eventual Final Four participant Mercyhurst.
 
The at-large categories include all student-athletes in the sports of women's bowling, women's crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, men's volleyball, water polo, and men's wrestling.