PHOTO FROM CORNELL ATHLETICS
Marlene Boissonnault is a goaltender from Dundee, New Brunswick playing for Cornell University. Before Cornell, Boissonnault played for the prep school Rothesay Netherwood in New Brunswick. At Rothesay Netherwood, Boissonnault was named team MVP her senior year and was awarded the Highest Commitment to Athletics Prize. Boissonnault played for Team Canada while in high school as well. She earned a silver medal at the 2015 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championships while on Team Canada. She also represented Team New Brunswick at the 2015 Canada Games and the Atlantic Team at the U18 Canadian National Championship. At the Canadian National Championship, Boissonnault was named the top goaltender. Additionally, she participated in the 2014 Female World Sport School Challenge, where she was named to the all-tournament team. Academically, Boissonnault earned high proficiency graduating honors and the Biology Prize while at Rothesay Netherwood school.
Her freshman year at Cornell, Boissonnault played in six games, picking up five wins along the way. Her sole loss came against the consistently top ranked Boston College. In the Windjammer Classic, she was named to the All-Tournament Team for her efforts in a 4-2 win over Boston University.
Boissonnault stepped into a two-goalie rotation as a sophomore. With a 10-1-2 record, Boissonnault had the second-best winning percentage among all goalies in the nation as she won 0.846 percent of her games. Additionally, her 1.52 goals against average was fourth-best in the country and her 0.925 save percentage was 18th best. In ECAC league play, her 1.28 goals-against average was second best among all ECAC goaltenders. Boissonnault earned a spot on the All-Ivy Second Team for her breakout performance. Her highlight of the season came in January in a 29 save performance against Clarkson to upset the eventual national champions, 2-1. She shutout Clarkson for just under 55 minutes, which ended up being the longest shutout against Clarkson that season.
As a junior, Boissonnault became the full-fledged starting goaltender for Cornell. She played in every game except two while putting up a 21-7-3 record and a 0.924 save percentage. Her 21 wins tied for second in Cornell history for wins in a single season and her 652 saves ranks seventh in Cornell history. Additionally, her seven shutouts were the second most in program history. She had a winning percentage of 0.726 percent, which ranked ninth in the nation and a goals-against average of 1.76, which ranked eighth in the nation. Boissonanault even got in on Cornell’s offense, tallying two assists from the back end. At the end of the year, she was named to the All-Ivy First Team for her efforts.
This season, Boissonnault has gotten off to a strong start. She has a 4-1-3 record with two shutouts. Also, she has a 1.58 goals-against average and a 0.933 save percentage. She will graduate from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the end of the year..
Lexie Laing (F), Harvard University
Kelly Pannek (F), University of Minnesota
Loren Gabel (F), Clarkson University
Kyra Smith (G), University of New Hampshire