April 25, 2010

Women's Ice Hockey Wins ECAC Hockey's SKOR Sports Trophy

HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team has been named the recipient of the SKOR Sports Trophy, as announced by the league office. The Bobcats earn the award after posting their most successful season in program history, finishing the year with a 19-10-8 overall record with an 11-4-7 mark in ECAC Hockey.

The SKOR Sports Trophy is awarded to the ECAC team that the league coaches believe reflect the values of both ECAC Hockey and SKOR sports. The defining characteristics of the recipient of this award are sportsmanship, tenacity, commitment and innovation. Quinnipiac finished the year tied for third with Harvard in the league, tallying 29 points in conference play with 11 regular-season victories.

As a team, the Bobcats accomplished several program milestones in the 2009-10 season. After compiling three consecutive wins against nationally-ranked teams in early January, Quinnipiac received votes in the weekly USCHO.com and USA Today national polls for the first time in program history. The team went on to receive votes for the next six weeks before ranking tenth in the nation on Mar. 1.

With their success in the regular season, the Bobcats earned a host position in the 2010 ECAC Hockey Championship, another first for the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey program. The team hosted Rensselaer in a three-game series at the TD Bank Sports Center in late February, recording the program's first postseason victory against the Engineers on Feb. 26.

In addition to their team award, two individual players also earned postseason honors. Freshman goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) was named the ECAC Rookie and Goaltender of the year, being the first Quinnipiac women's ice hockey player to earn a major postseason award. Vigilanti was also named to the ECAC All-Conference First Team, the ECAC All-Rookie squad and the New England Division I All-Star Team. Freshman Heather Hughes (Stouffville, Ontario) was also named to the ECAC All-Rookie team, as she led the Bobcats in goals (14) and points (25).

Head coach Rick Seeley was also recognized on a national-level for his efforts behind the bench. In just his second year with Quinnipiac, Seeley led the team to one of the greatest single-season turnarounds in college hockey history. For his leadership, Seeley was named the ECAC Women's Ice Hockey Coach of the Year and the New England Division I Coach of the Year. He was also named the runner-up for the American Hockey Coaches Association's Division I Coach of the Year.

The finalists for the SKOR Sports Trophy were St. Lawrence, Princeton, and Harvard.