Hartford, Conn., July 6, 2011 – Trinity College women's ice hockey senior defender Laura Komarek (Plymouth, Minn.) was honored with the 2011 Susan E. Martin Award winner as the College's top senior female scholar athlete of the year and as one of two 2011 Robert R. Bartlett Award recipients for her combined excellence in athletics and devotion to community and/or campus service. Komarek, fellow senior defender Michelle Benjamin (Reading, Mass.), senior forward Sarah Kohn (Winchester, Mass.), junior defender Julie Pesta (Oxford, Pa.), sophomore defender Britney Ryan (Highlands Ranch, Colo.), and sophomore forward Chelsea Campbell (Surrey, British Columbia) were also selected to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Winter All-Academic Team. Senior tri-captain defender Alexa Guglielmi (Rocky Hill, Conn.) was chosen to represent Trinity women's ice hockey on the NESCAC Winter All-Sportsmanship Team. In addition, Komarek received an NCAA certificate in June as Trinity's nominee for the NCAA Women of the Year Award. Each student-athlete selected to the NESCAC All-Academic Team must be a junior or a senior starter or key reserve for a varsity team and maintain at least a 3.35 grade-point average. Benjamin and Komarek are each two-time, NESCAC All-Academic selections.
Trinity, coached by Andrew McPhee (9th Season), finished with an 18-4-4 record, and advanced to the NESCAC Championship Tournament for the sixth time and the fifth year in a row. The Bantams defeated Hamilton, 3-1, in the NESCAC Quarterfinals but lost, 4-3, in overtime against Amherst at Middlebury in the NESCAC Semifinals.
Komarek, Trinity's Junior Female Scholar Athlete of the Year (Susan E. Martin Award) in 2010, is a two-time All-NESCAC selection and a 2009-10 All-New England and All-American honoree. She finished the 2010-11 season with five goals and 11 assists for 16 points (7th in NESCAC, 19th in nation among defenders) in 24 games. In her fine career, Komarek registered 24 goals and a College record 61 assists for 85 points in 102 games. Also a track and field athlete for the Bantams, Komarek holds the College's discus record with a distance of 126'04".
Komarek was equally involved in the Trinity and greater community as a Komarek was as a teacher's assistant for art students at the Learning Corridor as part of the InterArts Program. She has been a writing studio coach and helped teach English 102. She has been a first-year mentor to incoming Trinity students, a mentor at the McDonough Middle School, and a valued member of the student-athlete advisory committee. She was one of two students who served on the committee to hire Trinity's new athletic director last year, has spent several days a week assisting a blind Trinity student with outlining, editing, and writing of papers. An alum of the Blake School, Komarek graduated from Trinity in May with a degree in political science. Also minoring in writing, rhetoric, and media art, she has earned faculty honors eight straight semesters. She is the daughter of Stacy and Luke Komarek.
Benjamin, the College's salutatorian this spring, appeared in 19 games on the Bantam back line in 2010-11. She completed her Bantam career with one goal and 10 assists in 70 games. A graduate of Reading Memorial High School, Benjamin graduated from Trinity in May and was a President's Fellow recipient as the top senior mathematics major at the College. She is the daughter of Nancy and Roy Benjamin.
Kohn had four goals and three assists for seven points in 20 games this winter, and completed her Bantam career with 16 goals and 22 helpers for 38 points in 97 games. An alum of the Rivers School,Kohn graduated in May with a degree in economics. She is the daughter of Cynthia and Rick Kohn.
Pesta appeared in one game in 2010-11. A graduate of Shatuck-St. Mary's High School in Minnesota, Pesta is majoring in American Studies at Trinity with a minor in architectural studies. She is the daughter of Karen and Mark Pesta.
Ryan notched one goal and nine assists while appearing in all 26 games on the blue line for the Bantams. A graduate of Mountain Vista High School, Ryan is majoring in public policy & law at Trinity. She is the daughter of Cheryl and Mark Ryan.
Campbell tallied two goals in 23 games this season. A graduate of Sullivan Heights High School, Campbell is majoring in economics at Trinity. She is the daughter of Patty and Rob Campbell.
Guglielmi finished the 2010-11 season with six goals and nine assists for 15 points (T8th in NESCAC), four game-winning goals (2nd on team), and three power-play goals (3rd on team) while playing in all 26 games. She registered 16 goals and 28 assists for 44 points, while setting a new College record with 103 games played in her collegiate career. An alum of Rocky Hill High School, Guglielmi graduated from Trinity in May with a degree in psychology and education. She is the daughter of Maria and Panfilo Guglielmi.