March 6, 2010

Victoria Vigilanti Named ECAC Rookie And Goaltender Of The Year

HAMDEN, Conn. - Freshman goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) of the Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team has earned two conference postseason awards as she was named the 2009-10 ECAC Women's Ice Hockey Goaltender of the Year and the ECAC Rookie of the Year this afternoon. Vigilanti is the first Quinnipiac student-athlete to earn either award in ECAC Hockey and is the first to win a major-league award in the women's ice hockey program history.

Overall, Vigilanti finished atop three of the four major goaltending categories, ranking first in save percentage (.951), goals against average (1.23) and saves (901). The rookie also topped the league in conference save percentage as she posted a .957 in ECAC action. She ranked behind Clarkson junior Lauren Dahm in goals against average in conference play, recording a 1.15 mark behind Dahm's 1.08. Vigilanti started 36 of the Bobcats' 37 games this season between the pipes, and started all 22 conference games. She concluded the season ranking second in conference (1301) and total (2241) minutes. Vigilanti was the most decorated player in weekly awards in the ECAC this season, as she earned seven weekly awards on the year.

Vigilanti's statistics in net dominated the leaderboards all season long, including rankings on a national level. The rookie netminder finished the 2009-10 season ranked second nationally in goals against average and save percentage, just a few points behind fellow freshman Noora Raty of the University of Minnesota. Vigilanti's strong play in net helped the Bobcats earn national status as well, earning votes in the USCHO.com and USA Today polls for six consecutive weeks before ranking tenth in the USCHO.com poll this week. Her efforts anchored the Quinnipiac defense that ranked first amongst the entire country in Scoring Defense, allowing just 1.38 goals per game.

Vigilanti is already making a name for herself in the Quinnipiac and ECAC record books, as the numbers from her inaugural season are amongst the best-ever in both arenas. In the ECAC, the rookie ranks second all-time in season save percentage with the .951 mark. She also finishes ranked third in season saves with 901, and finishes sixth in the conference season goals against average with 1.23. In the Quinnipiac record books, Vigilanti finishes her rookie season atop all but one season-record list. The Ontario-native currently holds the Quinnipiac record in season save percentage, goals against average, wins (18), conference wins (11), and shutouts (5). She finishes second in the all-time record books in season saves behind Mel Courtemanche '03 who recorded 986 saves in 2001-02.

Also nominated for the Goaltender of the Year award was Clarkson junior Lauren Dahm and Cornell sophomore Amanda Mazzotta. The nominees for the Rookie of the Year award was Cornell defenseman Laura Fortino and Harvard forward Jillian Dempsey.