HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac men’s hockey senior Eric Hartzell (White Bear Lake, Minn.) and women’s basketball senior Felicia Barron (Springfield, Mass.) have been named Quinnipiac’s December Athletes of the Month.
For the month of December, Eric Hartzell was 5-0-0 between the pipes with a .941 save percentage and a 1.40 goals-against average. The 6-4 goalie stopped 111 of 118 shots faced on goal. In three ECAC Hockey games, Hartzell was 3-0-0 with a 0.67 GAA and a .962 save percentage. At RPI on Dec. 1, Hartzell stopped 21 of 22 in a 3-1 win. In a weekend series against Princeton, he stopped 11 of 12 in a 3-1 win at home before posting an 18-save shutout - his fourth of the season and 9th of his career - to pull him into a tie for the most in QU history. Most recently against No. 12/13 Nebraska-Omaha, Hartzell stopped 33 of 37 in a 5-4 win before dominating play with a 28-save effort in a 3-1 for the series sweep.
For the year, he is 14-2-2 (.833 winning percentage, 1st NCAA) with a .935 save percentage (13th-NCAA) and a 1.43 GAA (3rd-NCAA). He was also the ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Week on Dec. 4.
Also nominated: Junior Ike Azotam (Boston, Mass.) – Men’s Basketball
Felicia Barron led the women’s basketball team to a 5-2 record, which included the program’s highest ranking in the College Insider Mid-Major Poll since joining the NCAA’s top division. Barron averaged 14.0 points, 3.2 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 4.0 steals per game – a stretch that included double-figure scoring in each game. The highlight of her month came against Hartford where she nearly nabbed a double-double with 16 points and eight steals. She backed that performance up with a month-high 19 points on 7-of-17 shooting in a big win over BIG EAST foe St. John’s on Dec. 22.
Barron leads the team with 16.4 points and 4.1 steals per game. Her 4.1 steals per game is good enough for sixth in the nation, while offensively she is ranked fifth in scoring among Northeast Conference players.
Also nominated: Senior Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) – Women’s Ice Hockey, Shameal Samuels (Hartford, Conn.) – Women’s Indoor Track & Field
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