Watson & Young Named to AHCA All-American Team

(L-R): Carly Watson and Jessica Young both earned Second-Team All-American accolades.
(L-R): Carly Watson and Jessica Young both earned Second-Team All-American accolades.


Middlebury College women's hockey players Carly Watson (Montpelier, Vt.) and Jessica Young (Mission Hills, Kan.) have been named second-team CCM All-Americans by the American Hockey Coaches Association (ACHA). Watson earned a spot on defense, while Young was tabbed as a forward.

Watson, a 2015 All-American and a three-time First-Team All-NESCAC selection, anchored the blue line for the Panthers and led all conference defenders in scoring with 23 points. The senior's 17 assists were second on the team and in the NESCAC. The captain tallied twice on the power play and picked up a pair of game-winning goals. Middlebury ranked among the conference leaders, finishing the season allowing 1.46 goals per contest. Watson finished the season with a five-game point streak, scoring twice and recording five assists. She capped her career playing in 87 games, collecting 72 points on 12 goals and 60 assists.

Young, a three-time All-NESCAC honoree and 2015 Rookie of the Year, led the conference in scoring with a career-high 36 points on 16 goals and 20 assists. The junior paced the NESCAC in assists and ranked second in goals. Two of her goals came while shorthanded, while the forward added five game winners. Young tied for fourth nationally in shorthanded goals and tied for eighth in game-winning goals. She came on strong at the end of the season, recording points in seven of the team's final eight games (5-9-14). After scoring three goals and registering four assists in a 3-0 week for the Panthers, she earned NESCAC Player of the Week honors on February 6. Young is two points away from the 100-point plateau, entering next year with 98 career points (45g, 53a) in 86 games.

This season, the Panthers earned the top seed in the NESCAC Tournament and topped Amherst 4-1 in the NESCAC Championship game for their second-straight title. Middlebury was selected to host a NCAA Quarterfinal before falling in double overtime to Norwich. The team finished the campaign with a record of 19-7-2, marking the 20th time in the last 22 seasons the program has won at least 19 games.