In terms of the general pool of players that qualifies, the rules stay the same as the other “Team of the Decade” exercises. A player has had to have played between 2009-2010 and the current season and only statistics from the 2009-2010 season to present day will count. Pretty simple.
Most importantly is determining who qualifies as a “defender.” Players can change positions between seasons, and are (in the case of women’s hockey specifically) more likely to serve in a forward/defense capacity. Here is how I determined where I would place a player as a defender.
- Listed as “D” during majority of rostered seasons.
- Listed as “F/D” for all of rostered seasons.
- Listed as “F/D” for portion of rostered seasons and “D” for remainder of seasons.
Basically if a player was positioned at defense most frequently, they were included in the pool of players being considered for a spot in the “Defenders of the Decade.”
Heading into this it’s important to note that there isn’t much (if any) defensive data from early 2010 seasons, especially from Division 3. The defender model is more heavily reliant on offensive production and longevity than I prefer it to be, but here we are.
There were 28 players who fit the above criteria. I’m not going to list them all.
For the purposes of filling out a defense, the 7 players who had the highest score within the model were selected to the Team of the Decade.
RIT Women’s Hockey Defenders of the Decade
They are listed below in order of total score; beginning with Kristina Moss, moving to the right column, repeating until it reaches the 7th defender, Logan Land.
- Kristina Moss
- Morgan Scoyne
- Taylor Thurston
- Logan Land
- Danielle Read
- Emilee Bulleid
- Melissa Bromley
Kristina Moss was an integral part of the 2011-2012 DIII National Champion Tigers, recording 34 points in 30 games played, including the opening goal in the championship vs. Norwhich. She was named to the All-Tournament Team along with teammate Kourtney Kunichika.
Moss is 10th in the list of most assists in a season and 11th for most assists in a career. She is also in 7th place for both most penalty minutes in a season and penalty minutes in a career.
Read featured heavily on the 2011-2012 championship team, playing in all 30 games.
She was named to the ECAC West All-Tournament team in 2011-2012 along with Kim Schlattman, Kourtney Kunichika, Kolbee McCrea, and Laura Chamberlain. Read is 10th all time for penalty minutes in a career with 132. She is tied for most games played in a DIII season.
Morgan Scoyne joined the team in 2011-2012 and played every game, including the national championship. She had her most productive year of her career scoring 3 goals and and 19 assists. Though she never matched her scoring totals of her first year, Scoyne was a very reliable defender who was excellent at moving the puck.
Scoyne is tied for second (with everyone else from 2013-2014 who didn’t miss a game) in most games played in a season at 38. She was named to the CHA All-Tournament team in 2014-2015.
Along with Scoyne, Bulleid joined the team for the 2011-2012 championship season and played in all 30 games.
She is tied for 6th all time for the most games played in a career, tied for second in most games played in a season (DI), and tied for first for most games played in a season (DIII). She was named to the CHA All-Academic team multiple times in her career.
Thurston is one of only two defenders on this list who weren’t on the 2011-2012 Division III championship team.
She is tied for second for the most games played in a season (DI) and for the most games played in a career. She was named to the CHA All-Academic team multiple times during her time at RIT.
Melissa Bromley was not a prolific point scorer but was very consistent. Through two years in DIII she scored 12 points and 11 points, and her first two years in DI she scored 6 and 7 points respectively.
Bromley is tied for first for the most games played in a season of DIII, and is tied for 12th for all time most games played in a career.
Land is the only player on this list that is currently playing for the team and the second of two players who made this list that weren’t on the 2011-2012 Division III championship team.
As mentioned previously, this model is heavily reliant on offensive production and games played since there isn’t much defensive data to be had for early seasons. This depresses the chances that a player from one of the recent teams makes the list since they haven’t been as good as previous teams offensively.
Since joining the team Land has been written in pen on the roster and had appeared in 100 games through her first three seasons. She is currently on pace to finish her career between 9th and 15th place for the most games played in a career.