February 8, 2010

Victoria Vigilanti Named ECAC Rookie Of The Week

HAMDEN, Conn. - Freshman goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) of the Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team was named ECAC Hockey Rookie of the week the conference office today announced. Vigilanti earns the award after helping the Bobcats to a 1-0-1 weekend on the road against Cornell and Colgate, playing all 125 minutes between the pipes. This is the fourth time Vigilanti has been recognized by the conference in a weekly award, and it is her second Rookie of the Week nod this season.

Vigilanti allowed just one goal over the weekend series, the sixth time she has done so this season. She recorded her season-high in saves in the 0-0 tie with the Big Red stopping 37 shots in her fourth shutout of the season. Vigilanti recorded 28 saves the following day in the 2-1 victory against Colgate, earning her 14th win of the season.

The rookie goaltender came up big for the Bobcats during high-pressure moments. Out of the 65 saves made by Vigilanti this weekend, 31 of those stops came in the third period. She also made 11 saves during Quinnipiac penalty-kill situations on the weekend. This is the second time Vigilanti has been recognized by the ECAC for her performance against these two teams as the freshman earned Goaltender of the Week honors the last time the Bobcats played the Big Red and the Raiders on Nov. 20 and 21.

Vigilanti's efforts in net are also being recognized on a national level. After her weekend performance, the freshman moved up to rank third nationally in save percentage with a .944. She also ranks sixth nationally in goals against average with a 1.39. Vigilanti ranks first in the ECAC in save percentage, and ranks second in goals against average.

The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team returns home this weekend for its first home series since Jan. 22 and 23. The Bobcats will host St. Lawrence on Friday at 7 p.m., and No. 4 Clarkson on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center.