Becca Hazlett, Hamilton College
Becca Hazlett was a four-year starter in goal for the women’s ice hockey team. She was voted the 2009-10 NESCAC Rookie of the Year and has been a three-time NESCAC all-academic team honoree. In her final season, Hazeltt helped the team tie a program record for wins in a season and posted a goals against average of 2.58.
Hazlett has been the top goalie since she arrived on campus back in 2009. Finding a school with a good balance of academics and athletics was a priority for Hazlett. She knew of Hamilton’s rich academics, but wasn’t too familiar with the hockey program. But her overnight visit sealed the deal for her to become the next goalie. Hazlett recalls her visit and that she "fell in love with the campus and couldn’t see myself anywhere else. I was excited to step into a role on a hockey team where I could make an impact, which is how former head coach Brendon Knight described it to me."
It’s no surprise to find Hazlett’s name sprinkled in the program’s record books. In her rookie campaign, she set the single-season mark with a .931 save percentage, which set the tone for the remainder of her time on The Hill. Hazlett finished her tenure with the best career goals against average at 2.64 and ranked second in team history with 2,099 saves. She also recorded a save percentage of .909 with six shutouts in 85 games.
Hazlett grew up in a hockey family and remembers, "In Chicago we made a rink in our backyard and my brother and dad spent a lot of time out there. When I was little I felt left out sitting in the house while my dad and brother were outside, so I went outside and sat by the ice just to be included. Soon enough my dad got the hint. He gave me a pair of my brother’s old skates and began teaching me how to play on our rink outside." One of her favorite players to watch growing up was New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur. While she admits, "The goaltending game has changed quite a bit since he started playing, but he is still one of the best goalies the league has ever seen. He competes and never gives up on a play, which is something I always tried to carry over to my game."
Hazlett received Hamilton's 2013 SAAC Scholar-Athlete award for the women’s ice hockey team for her dedication and loyalty to both academics and athletics. The award recipients maintain an outstanding cumulative grade point average and make a significant contribution to their team. When asked about how to best excel both on the ice and in the classroom, Hazlett shared "balancing everything and having good time management is key. Also, when I’m on the ice, that’s what I’m focused on. Ultimately, hard work and focus both on the ice and in the classroom is a vital piece to any success."