Five from MIAC named to USCHO.com women's hockey All-America Teams

St. Thomas goalie Kenzie Torpy became the MIAC's all-time wins leader as a senior in 2019.
St. Thomas goalie Kenzie Torpy became the MIAC's all-time wins leader as a senior in 2019.

BLOOMINGTON -- Five women's hockey players from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) received All-America honors from USCHO.com on Friday, led by First Team selections Bre Simon and Kenzie Torpy.

Hamline's Simon and St. Thomas' Torpy were also First Team picks by the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) last month. HU's Leah Schwartzman joined Augsburg's Nikki Nightengale on the Second Team, while the Pipers' Molly Garin was named to the Rookie Team.

Simon (Jr. | Elk River, Minn.) capped her junior campaign with 27 goals and 37 assists, earning USCHO.com Player of the Year honors and the Laura Hurd Award. A First Team West-All America selection for the second consecutive season, Simon helped the Pipers to a 23-4-3 record and the team's first-ever appearance in the Division III National Championship. Simon was a Third Team USCHO.com selection last year.

Torpy (Sr. | Oregon, Wis.) also earned First Team All-America honors. The 2019 MIAC Player of the Year became the conference's all-time wins leader during her senior campaign and currently ranks third in NCAA history with 69 career victories. She finished with 22 career shutouts, ninth-most in D-III history. Torpy had a save percentage of 0.954 and a goals-against average of 0.918 this season, both top-three rankings in Division III.

Schwartzman (Sr. | Hopkins, Minn. | Breck) earned Second Team All-America honors after collecting 19 goals and 27 assists for the 22-3-3 Pipers. The senior forward tallied a goal or assist in 22 of the team's 30 games this season. A three-time All-MIAC pick, Schwartzman had 52 goals and 74 assists in 105 career games.

Nightengale (Jr. | Bloomington, Minn. | Jefferson) earned Second Team All-America honors after leading all MIAC defenders with 13 goals and eight assists on the season. Nightengale tied for the team lead in special teams goals with five power-play scores and one shorthanded goal. The two-time All-MIAC honoree scored in 15 of her 26 games this season, recording multiple points in six games. She has 18 goals and 21 assists in 79 career games for the Auggies.

Garin (Fy. | Mound, Minn. | Holy Family) scored 19 goals and assisted on 19 others in her debut season. Her three-goal hat trick - her second of the year - paved the way for the Pipers' 5-1 NCAA D-III quarterfinal victory over Wis-River Falls. The All-MIAC forward was named USCHO.com's National Rookie of the Year in March.

2018-19 USCHO.com All-America Team
Pos. Name Institution Class  Hometown | High School Team Previous Selections
G Kenzie Torpy St. Thomas Sr. Oregon, Wis. First Team --
F Bre Simon Hamline Jr. Elk River, Minn. First Team 2018 (3T)
F Leah Schwartzman Hamline Sr. Hopkins, Minn. | Breck Second Team --
D Nikki Nightengale Augsburg Jr. Bloomington, Minn. | Jefferson Second Team --
F Molly Garin Hamline Fy. Mound, Minn. | Holy Family Rookie Team --

| 2018-19 USCHO.com All-America Teams |