March 28, 2014

Robert Morris' Dodds, Howard Named to USCHO All-Rookie Team

Courtesy Robert Morris Athletic Communications

Pittsburgh, Pa. – March 28, 2014 – Robert Morris University women’s hockey freshmen Jessica Dodds (London, Ontario / London Jr. Devilettes) and Brittany Howard (St. Thomas, Ontario / Burlington Jr. Barracudas) were two of six student-athletes to be named to the United States College Hockey Online (USCHO) All-Rookie Team this afternoon.

This is the first time a Colonial has been selected to the USCHO All-Rookie Team since the 2011-12 season when Rebecca Vint (Caledon, Ontario / Brampton Junior Thunder) was honored. Robert Morris is the only school to claim more than one spot on the team.

Dodds won College Hockey America (CHA) Rookie of the Year honors earlier this month at the annual CHA Tournament banquet. The netminder paced the rookie class in practically every statistical category, leading them in wins (21), winning percentage (.776), goals-against-average (1.66), save percentage (.932), and shutouts (5). Dodds also ranked among the top 10 nationally in those statistics: winning percentage (4th), wins (t-5th), goals-against-average (7th), shutouts (t-7th), and save percentage (10th).

The first freshman goaltender in conference history to claim All-CHA First Team honors, Dodds broke numerous single-season program records in her rookie season, holding the top spot in wins, save percentage (minimum 100 saves), goals-against-average (minimum 200 minutes), and shutouts.

Dodds was a three-time CHA Goaltender of the Month winner (November, December, January), once a CHA Rookie of the Month recipient (October), and won seven conference weekly awards (five goaltender, two rookie) in 2013-14.

Howard was named to the All-CHA Second Team after a historic freshman campaign. Like her teammate, the forward paced the rookie class in numerous statistical categories, leading them in assists (24), points (41), and game-winning goals (5). Howard was second in goals (17) and was one of three freshmen to record a hat trick this season.

The rookie winger broke the single-season program record for assists, topping Vint’s mark of 22 set in 2011-12. On Nov. 29, 2013, she became the third player in school history to score four or more goals in a game, accomplishing the feat in the Colonials’ 4-2 victory over Maine.

Howard was named CHA Player of the Month for October and CHA Rookie of the Month for November. She also won five conference weekly awards (one player, four rookie) in 2013-14.

Robert Morris finished the season with a program record 24 wins, shattering the previous mark of 19 set in the 2011-12 campaign. The Colonials also received votes in both national polls to end 2013-14, extending their streak of 17 straight weeks recognized by the rankings.