Ott named USCHO Division III Women's Hockey Rookie of the Year

04.02.14

POTSDAM, N.Y.—The lists of accolades for SUNY Potsdam freshman women's hockey player Jordan Ott (Hilton, N.Y./Rochester Edge) just keeps getting longer. This morning, U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO.com) named Ott its Division III Women's Hockey Rookie of Year. She is the first Bear to receive the honor.

At the conclusion of the 2013-14 season, Ott was chosen as the ECAC West's Rookie of the Year and a member of the all-conference second team. During the 15-week regular season, the Hilton, N.Y. native garnered eight ECAC West Rookie of the Week awards.

"Jordan's accomplishments this season have been inspiring for all of us," said Bears seventh-year head coach Jay Green. "To be selected as the Rookie of the Year by USCHO is an acknowledgement any first-year athlete could only hope for. There are a number of quality players at our level and we are very proud and excited that Jordan has been selected. Jordan's passion for the game and success will be visible for a more years to come here in Potsdam as we look forward to continued success for our athletes and our program."

Ott started her collegiate career quickly, scoring her and Potsdam first's goal of the season in the Bears season opener against Saint Michael's on Nov. 2. It was the first goal in newly renovated Maxcy Ice Arena. She finished the season with a school record 22 goals and a program-best 36 points, tying her for the team lead. She played in 25 of Potsdam's 26 games and recorded two or more points in 12 of those contests. She posted a career-high four points on three-goal, one assist performances in ties against Neumann University (4-4) on Jan. 19, and Utica College (4-4) on Feb. 22.

Ott's average of 1.44 points-per-game placed her seventh in the nation in scoring and second among NCAA rookies. Her 0.88 goals-per-game and nine power-play goals were third best in the nation. Ott's 22 goals were the most by a freshman this season. Her conference rankings were even more impressive. She was fourth in scoring on 14 goals and nine assists for 23 points. She tied or led ECAC West in goals scored (14), power-play goals (6), and freshman scoring. She finished second only to teammate Brittany Lucky in power-play points (8) and tied for third in game-winning goals (3).

The Bears' 2013-14 campaign was one of the best in team history. The Bears tied their overall and conference wins mark with a 12-10-4 record (7-5-4 ECAC West). Their first ever winning record in conference play helped the Bears clinch their third straight playoff berth and the fourth in the program's six seasons.

Read the USCHO story at: http://www.uscho.com/2014/04/02/outstanding-ott/