March 3, 2010

Justin Rutty And Victoria Vigilanti Named Quinnipiac Athletes Of The Month For February

HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University Department of Athletics and Recreation has named men's basketball junior Justin Rutty (Newburgh, N.Y.) and women's ice hockey freshman Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) the February Athletes of the Month. This is the third consecutive month that Rutty has been recognized as Quinnipiac Male Athlete of the Month and it is the second time as Female Athlete of the Month for Vigilanti.

Rutty averaged 16.6 points and 11.8 rebounds per game in leading the Bobcats to a 7-1 record in February and helping the Bobcats clinch their first-ever NEC Regular Season Championship. In addition, Rutty was recently named the NEC Player of the Year, becoming the first Quinnipiac player to win the award. Rutty compiled six double-doubles in eight games to push his NEC-leading total to 14 for the season. At 10.8 rebounds per game this season, Rutty ranks 13th in the nation. Included in the total is 4.9 offensive rebounds per game, which ranks second in the nation. Rutty has also shot 53.9 percent this season, good for 34th in the NCAA. After averaging 19.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per game against Monmouth and Fairleigh Dickinson in the final weekend of the season, Rutty was named NEC Player of the Week.

Vigilanti anchored the Bobcats during the month of February where the team went 5-2-2 to close out the 2009-10 season. The rookie tallied a .973 save percentage throughout the month with a .072 goals against average, leading Quinnipiac to host its first ECAC postseason berth in program history. Vigilanti's efforts in net were widely recognized in February, as she was named to the ECAC All-Conference First Team and the conference All-Rookie team last week, in addition to being named ECAC Rookie of the Week twice, and Goaltender of the Week once. It was a month of saves for the Ontario native, as she matched her career high save mark (37) against Cornell on Feb. 5 and turned aside 120 saves through the playoff series with Rensselaer. Vigilanti concluded the regular season ranked atop the conference in save percentage (.951), goals against (1.23) and saves (891).

Also nominated was junior center Courtney Kaminski (Dudley, Mass.), sophomore Morgan Roche (Clifton Park, N.Y.) of the women's indoor track team, junior Adrienne Markison (Princeton, N.J.) of the women's tennis team, sophomore second baseman Alex Murray (Milford, Mass.) of the softball team and senior center Jean-Marc Beaudoin (St .Paul, Alberta) of the men's ice hockey team.