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Fralick Garners First Team All-NESCAC Honors, Steele Recognized as Coach of the Year

Fralick Garners First Team All-NESCAC Honors, Steele Recognized as Coach of the Year

NEW LONDON, Conn.--Connecticut College senior net-minder Kelsie Fralick of West Chester, Pa. has been named to the All-New England Small College Athletic Conference Women's Hockey First Team.   Head Coach Kristin Steele has been picked as the NESCAC Coach of the Year.

Fralick has been the backbone for the Camels this season, logging the most time of any goalie in conference play. In 15 conference appearances, she posted a .939 save percentage and a 1.89 goals against average, while leading the NESCAC with 399 saves. Fralick has one shutout in conference play, and three shutouts overall this season.

She recorded her 2000th career save in Saturday night's NESCAC Quarterfinal game against Bowdoin and closed out her career as just the third Connecticut College women's hockey goalie to reach the 2,000 save barrier with 2,016 career stops.

"Over the years this team has been able to count on strong goaltending as a cornerstone of the program," Coach Steele said.  "Kelsie has set a new bar with her achievements both on and off the ice." 

Fralick saved many of her best performances for the post-season.  In six NESCAC playoff starts, Fralick compiled a 2.18 goals against average with a .933 save percentage, turning aside 195 of 209 shots.

At the 2014 NESCAC Championship, Fralick stopped 39 of 40 shots to lead the eighth seeded Camels to a 2-1 overtime triumph against top seeded Middlebury College. It was the first time a #8 seed had knocked off a top seed in the history of the NESCAC Women's Hockey Championship.

Fralick enjoyed a breakthrough season in goal during a historic 2012-2013 campaign that saw the Camels set a program record with 14 wins while advancing to the semi-final round in the NESCAC Championship for the second time in program history.

Fralick set a school record with six shutouts between the pipes, the last one was a 32 save gem in the NESCAC Quarterfinal Round that occurred on the 23rd of February at Trinity. Fralick's .947 save percentage was the third best in the country. Her 1.59 goals against average tied for her 10th place among Division III net-minders.

Working with the Be the Match program, Fralick has organized bone marrow testing drives on campus and raised the awareness of this important program across other campuses in the NESCAC.  Fralick has also held a critically important leadership post as a coach with the Special Olympics Speed Skating Team out of Southeastern Connecticut.  She has volunteered with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Organization. Fralick and her teammates also assist in the Adopt a Family program during the Holiday season. This charitable endeavor allows groups to provide specific items to a needy family during the holiday season. 

Connecticut College head coach Kristin Steele was honored as Coach of the Year by her coaching peers for the first time in her 14-year career. After posting a 4-9-3 league record and earning the No. 8 seed last season, she guided the Camels to a 7-7-2 conference record as Connecticut College received its highest seed in the NESCAC Championship as the No. 4 seed.

Under Steele's direction, the Camels have made eight consecutive appearances in the NESCAC Tournament. Connecticut College has advanced into the NESCAC Semifinal Round in 2009, 2013 and 2014.