Student-athletes in Ivy schools don’t always meet the stereotype. Take our ASN Players of the Week, for example.
Both are senior goalies and both have unique stories.
Yale’s Alex Lyon lived on an island near Baudette, Minn., and went to school in a one-room building with his sister until he was 6. Meanwhile, Princeton goalie Kimberly Newell grew up playing boys hockey in Burnaby, British Columbia, helping the Burnaby Winter Club Bantam AAA boys team earn a bronze medal at the Western Canadian tournament during the 2009-2010 season.
Universities have a way of finding Division I talent, wherever it may be, and Yale and Princeton can credit their goalies with coming up big in weekend sweeps.
Lyon, the ECAC goalie of the month for January, has backstopped the Elis to an 8-1-2 run since Jan. 1 despite an injury-depleted roster.
Yale’s biggest win may have come Saturday when it edged rival Harvard, 2-1, behind Lyon’s 19-save third period and 25 for the game. The Bulldogs dressed just 17 somewhat healthy bodies against its Ivy rival as well as for Friday’s 5-1 win over Dartmouth.
Despite the injury-plagued season Yale (14-5-4) is tied with Harvard for second in the tough ECAC with identical 9-4-3 records.
Lyon, a senior, is having a stellar season. His .941 save percentage ranks second in the nation as does his 1.51 goals-against average despite playing 344 minutes more than North Dakota’s Cam Johnson, the leader in both categories at .948 and 1.31.
With or without hockey Lyon may have still gone to Yale. His dad graduated from Yale in 1982, as did his grandfather (1954) and great grandfather (1920).
Newell’s pedigree includes a gold medal with Hockey Canada’s under-18 women’s national team, which won the International Ice Hockey Federation championship in January 2013. Her contributions over the weekend were no less impressive.
She made 37 saves in helping Princetown a 4-2 win over Colgate on Saturday to go with her 30 saves in a 5-0 win over Cornell on Friday.
It was Newell’s fourth shutout of the season and boosted her record in net to 15-4-1. Her .949 save percentage is second best in the nation and her 1.42 goals-against average ranks sixth.
Princeton (19-5-1) is a sleeper team nationally with Newell in net. She is 49-45 for her career with a .922 save percentage and 2.40 goals-against, but she has seen more rubber than the Michelin Man, already holding the school record for saves with 2,840.
Her brother, Victor Newell, is a junior defenseman for Harvard.
Above: Princeton’s Kimberly Newell holds the school record for saves with 2,840. (Courtesy Beverly Schaefer/Princeton)