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ECAC West Honors Cardinals; Women Jump to No. 1 Again

CENTERVILLE, Mass. (Feb. 1, 2010) -- The Eastern College Athletic Conference on Monday announced that SUNY Plattsburgh forwards Megan DiJulio and Jordan Caldwell have been named the (co-)player and rookie of the week, respectively, for the period ending Sunday.  DiJulio shares her weekly honor with Katie Stack of Rochester Tech. Click on the link for full ECAC-West release: http://www.ecacsports.com/dIII_hockey/womens_west/2009-10/releases/release_8.

A junior from Slave Lake, Alberta/Warner Warriors Hockey School, DiJulio led the team with four goals and tied for the lead with six points in a week that saw the Cardinals go 3-0 overall, 2-0 in ECAC West play. She assumed the role as Plattsburgh's top goal-scorer with 15 and is second with 21 points. This signals the first time in her career that she has earned conference player of the week honors. 
Caldwell, a freshman out of Arvada, Colo./Colorado Selects U-19, registered four points, including three assists, to improve season scoring totals of 3+9=12. She paces the Plattsburgh first-year players with nine assists and 12 points. She also received similar ECAC-West honors on Nov. 17, and this marks the fourth time in 11 weeks that a Plattsburgh freshman has been named.
In other news, Plattsburgh returns to the top spot in the new NCAA Division III women's hockey poll released by Minneapolis-based USCHO.com.
The Cardinals received 14 of 15 first-place votes and 149 points to supplant previous No. 1 Amherst (which has one 1st-place vote and 132 points). Plattsburgh downed Norwich, 7-2, in the first meeting ever between the programs on Tuesday and then swept ECAC-West foe Buffalo State on the road by a combined 12-0 score during the weekend, while the Lord Jeffs split a two-game series at Colby on Friday and Saturday.
Plattsburgh (15-1-1 overall, 12-0-1 ECAC-West) owns the nation's longest current unbeaten streak of nine games, going 8-0-1 since suffering its only loss of the season to defending NCAA champion Amherst on Jan. 3.  The Cardinals are No. 1 in the national rankings for the first time since a two-week stay that ended on Jan. 4.

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