Badger trio receives All-American honors


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<b>The trio of Decker, Duggan and Knight celebrate a goal at the Kohl Center.</b>

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The trio of Decker, Duggan and Knight celebrate a goal at the Kohl Center.
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March 17, 2011

AHCA Hockey

ERIE, Pa. – Three Badgers have been honored as 2011 Division I REEBOK Women’s Hockey All-Americans, the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) announced Thursday.

Senior Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.), junior Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) and sophomore Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) were honored at a championship reception in conjunction with the 2011 NCAA Women’s Frozen Four in Erie, Pa.

Duggan and Knight were selected as first team All-Americans, while Decker was a second team honoree. The award marks the first All-American award for both Duggan and Decker; Knight picked up her second award after also being chosen as a first team honoree in 2009.

Wisconsin’s three All-Americans this season marks the most since 2007 when Sara Bauer, Meaghan Mikkelson and Bobbi-Jo Slusar were honored. The Badgers have had 11 players earn 18 All-American awards since 2001. Most recently, the Badgers had two All-Americans in Knight and Jessie Vetter in 2009.

Earlier this season, the trio of Decker, Duggan and Knight swept the All-WCHA First Team forward honors. Duggan was also named the WCHA Player of the Year. All three received looks for the 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, and Duggan is a top-three finalist for NCAA Division I college women’s hockey’s top individual honor.

2011 DIVISION I REEBOK WOMEN'S HOCKEY ALL-AMERICAN FIRST TEAM
 Name  Year  Position  School
 Molly Schaus
 Senior  Goaltender
 Boston College
 Laura Fortino
 Sophomore
 Defenseman
 Cornell
 Jocelyne Larocque  Senior  Defenseman
 Minnesota Duluth
 Meghan Agosta
 Senior  Forward
 Mercyhurst
 Meghan Duggan
 Senior  Forward  Wisconsin
 Hilary Knight
 Junior  Forward  Wisconsin
2011 DIVISION I REEBOK WOMEN'S HOCKEY ALL-AMERICAN SECOND TEAM
 Name  Year  Position  School
 Noora Räty  Sophomore
 Goaltender
 Minnesota
 Lauriane Rougeau
 Sophomore
 Defenseman
 Cornell
 Catherine Ward
 Senior  Defenseman
 Boston University
 Brianna Decker
 Sophomore  Forward  Wisconsin
 Rebecca Johnston
 Junior  Forward  Cornell
 Kelli Stack
 Senior  Forward  Boston College


Wisconsin and Cornell led the way with three All-American honorees each. Five selections came from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, three each from the ECAC and Hockey East, and one from the CHA.

Action at the 2011 NCAA Women’s Frozen Four begins Friday at 4 p.m. CT when Wisconsin takes on Boston College in the first semifinal game at Tullio Arena in Erie, Pa. Cornell and Boston University take the ice at 7 p.m. CT, and the winners will meet in Sunday’s national championship game at 1 p.m. CT.

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