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Norwich women’s hockey standout Amanda Conway, center, battles for control of the puck during a New England Hockey Conference game in Northfield.

BOSTON — Norwich junior forward Amanda Conway was named the Division III New England Player of the Year for the second straight season Monday.

Four Cadets earned All-New England honors, with Conway joined by junior Sophie McGovern and sophomores Emily Lambert and Samantha Benoit. Conway is the first player in program history to repeat as the region’s top player. Sophie Leclerc (2011) and Julie Fortier (2012) won the award during back-to-back seasons, while Kim Tiberi earned the honor in 2017.

Two weeks ago, Conway became the fifth repeat All-American in program history, following up First Team honors from last season. She continued her goal-scoring pace for the second straight season, leading the country in goals per game with 30 goals in 29 games. She is the seventh NU player to earn the league’s top player award in 12 seasons.

Conway led the Cadets with 42 points this season and has 129 in her career. This past season, she became the eighth player in program history to reach the 100-point milestone. Her 84 goals in 82 games rank second in program history, trailing only Fortier. Her 129 points rank third in program history behind Fortier and Leclerc.

She led the Cadets with six game-winning goals and five power play goals. She also led Norwich with 165 shots on goal and ranked fourth with a plus-minus rating of plus-27. Conway was named a finalist for the Laura Hurd Award for the second straight year, which is given annually to the top player in Division III women’s hockey.

Benoit had another impressive year patrolling the blue line for the Cadets. She scored five goals and had 22 assists, ranking fourth in Division III in points by a defenseman. She earned NEHC Tournament MVP honors after tallying five points in the three tournament games, including four assists in the final. She also earned NEHC First Team honors.

Benoit led Norwich with a plus-minus rating of plus-36 and ranked third on the team in shots on goal. Benoit has tallied eight goals and 48 assists in 60 career games.

Lambert had a breakout season while assuming the role as Norwich’s No. 1 goalie. She recorded a 14-5-1 record with a 1.39 goals-against average and a .934 save percentage. She became the first player in program history to earn NEHC Goalie of the Year honors and was also selected to the NEHC First Team.

Lambert had six shutouts and ranked in the top 25 nationally in winning percentage, goals-against average and save percentage. Her six shutouts tied for eighth nationally.

McGovern became the 11th player in program history to reach the 100-point milestone. She was second on the team in goals (13 goals) and assists (17). McGovern was named to the NEHC All-Conference First Team for the first time in her career.

The Cadets finished the season at 21-6-2 and won their ninth NEHC Tournament title. Norwich made its 10th NCAA Tournament appearance, suffering a 3-1 loss to Williams in the opening round.

Coach Mark Bolding’s Norwich team has boasted 29 All-New England selections during its 12 years of existence. This year’s award winners will be formally recognized at the annual banquet April 17 at Prince’s Restaurant in Saugus, Massachusetts.

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