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April 1, 2013

Swampscott's Winters earns All-America nod at St. A's

Swampscott’s Courtney Winters hardly remembers the last time she lost the last hockey game of a season. Everywhere she goes, the talented forward helps her team win.

A junior at St. Anselm College, Winters led the Hawks to their second straight ECAC Open title. Before that, she was a crucial piece of three Division 1 state champions at St. Mary’s of Lynn.

This past season was a breakout campaign for Winters. She led the Hawks in scoring with 43 points and was named an American Hockey Coaches Association Division 3 All-American.

“I’m really honored. Growing up, you see the title All-American and you think its so cool, I never imagined myself being there,” Winters said. “I was really taken back when my coach told me about it.”

St. Anselm is one of the few Division 2 hockey teams in the country. The Hawks play a number of Division 3 teams during the season and are grouped with them for postseason awards, though they can’t compete in the NCAA tournament. Winters finished third nationally in scoring among D2/3 players and was seventh in goals with 22.

The ACHA honored her as an East second team All-American, the only girl from Massachusetts selected.

“To have the coaches think of me that way, and look at the way I play in that light, is a great honor,” said Winters, who led the ECAC East in points and goals while averaging 1.59 points per game.

Winters led the Hawks in goals as a sophomore with 19 and with St. A’s having graduated a number of seniors from a championship team in 2011-12 she wanted to step up her all-around game. Skating with sophomore Tiffany Herron and freshman Alex Kazmer, Winters set new career highs in goals (21), assists (22) and points (43).

“I definitely got comfortable, grew into my role and had a lot of fun,” said Winters. “My linemates made it easy. We clicked right away and it always seemed like we were in the right place at the right time.”

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