DURHAM, N.H.--Senior center Carisa Zaban (Glenview, Ill.) of the University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team was named a Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Finalist Monday.
The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is given annually to the nation’s top collegiate women’s ice hockey player. UNH graduate Brandy Fisher (‘98) was the inaugural recipient and Harvard’s A.J. Mlezko took home the award last year. Defenseman Nicki Luongo (UNH ‘99) was a finalist for the award last year and Zaban was a candidate as well.
Zaban had a record year at UNH as she became the school’s all-time scoring leader on February 20 in the 5-1 win over Dartmouth. Zaban broke a 19 year old record previously held by Kathy Bryant. Also this season, Zaban tied the all-time assist record of 145 career assists also held by Bryant and surpassed the 200 point mark. She is one of four players in UNH history to record 100 career goals. Zaban was named a ECAC Player of the Week twice on October 18 and January 17. Over Christmas, she traveled to Fussen, Germany to compete in the Christmas Cup Tournament as a member of the U.S. Select Team.
Other finalists include: Ali Brewer and Tara Mounsey of Brown and Sara DeCosta of Providence. Due to a tie for third-place in the voting, four finalists were named.
The 2000 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award recipient will be announced on Thursday, March 23 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place at 7 p.m.