April 29, 2010

Victoria Vigilanti And Women's Ice Hockey Team Finish 2010 As National Statistical Champions

HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey team, along with freshman goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario), have concluded the 2010 season as the National Statistical Champion in three different categories. As a team, the Bobcats finished first in the nation in the Scoring Defense category as they allowed just 1.38 goals per game. Vigilanti closed out the season ranking atop two goaltending categories, finishing first amongst all Division I goaltenders in goals against average (1.24) and save percentage (.950).

The Bobcats defensive efforts led the nation in goals-allowed per game with the 1.38 mark. The team's hard work throughout 2010 led them to their most successful season in Quinnipiac women's ice hockey program history. The Bobcats finished the year with a 19-10-8 overall record and an 11-4-7 stint in ECAC Hockey action, program highs for both records. Their conference record finished the team tied in third place with Harvard to conclude the season, earning Quinnipiac their first-ever host position in a postseason game series. In that series, the Bobcats collected the program's first playoff victory as they defeated Rensselaer, 2-1, on Feb. 26.

Anchoring the Bobcats' defense this season was Vigilanti. The rookie net minder appeared in all 37 games in 2009-10, earning the start in 36 of them. The Ontario-native played more than 2,200 minutes between the pipes where she posted the national highs in goals against average and save percentage. Her performance in net earned her seven weekly awards from the ECAC throughout the year and led to her being named the ECAC Rookie and Goaltender of the Year in the postseason. Vigilanti was also recognized by the New England Hockey Writers in the postseason and was named to the New England Women's Division I All-Star Team on April 2.

The Bobcats' success on the ice led to six straight weeks of votes in the USCHO.com/USA Magazine national polls before being ranked tenth in the nation on March 1. The votes and rankings for the women's team was also a first in the program's nine-year history.