March 1, 2011

Babstock And Vigilanti Earn All-ECAC Hockey Honors

HAMDEN, Conn. - Freshman forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) and sophomore goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) of the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team have been awarded with ECAC Hockey All-League selections, as announced by the league on Tuesday, Mar. 1. Babstock, who also enjoyed an All-Rookie Team selection, was tabbed as First-Team All-League, while Vigilanti received the nod for Third-Team All-League.

Babstock joins Vigilanti as the only Quinnipiac women's ice hockey player in program history to receive a First-Team All-League selection, as Vigilanti earned the honors just a season ago.

Earlier in the week, Babstock had been named ECAC Hockey's 2010-11 Rookie of the Year. The freshman, who is also nominated for the 2010-11 ECAC Hockey Player of the Year, is both the second Quinnipiac student-athlete and Quinnipiac women's ice hockey player to earn ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year (Vigilanti in 2009-10).

Babstock currently leads ECAC Hockey in goals (30), assists (28) and points (58), and finished the 2010-11 regular season second overall in league points (30). The freshman currently ranks first among all NCAA Division I freshman skaters in goals, assists and points and is second in points per game (1.61). Her 10 game-winning goals rank second among all NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey skaters, while she ranks sixth in goals, 12th in assists, and fifth in overall points.

The Mississauga native finished the 2010-11 regular season as the league-leader in overall goals (29), assists (26) and points (55). She also finished first among all NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey rookie skaters in all three statistical categories, as well as finishing tied for first in the country with nine game-winning goals. The freshman led all ECAC Hockey skaters in conference goals (21) and shots (188), while finishing tied for first with two short-handed goals.

Babstock is a two-time ECAC Hockey/MLX Skates Player of the Week recipient and a five-time Rookie of the Week award winner. She has also received Quinnipiac University accolades, as she was named Quinnipiac Female Athlete of the Month for the months of November and December.

The freshman forward has also received nationwide attention for her performance throughout the season. On January 17, 2010, Babstock became just the second athlete in school history to receive mention in Sports Illustrated's Weekly publication of its "Faces In The Crowd" section. Just this past week, Babstock was named one of the 26 nominees for the prestigious Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, presented by Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. The award is given annually to the most outstanding player in Division I Women's Ice Hockey.

The Mississauga native led a Bobcats offense that scored a program-high 98 goals in the regular season. The 31 power play goals, also a program-record, helped the team accumulate a 20.8 power play percentage, which helped the squad rank third among ECAC Hockey teams during the regular season.

Vigilanti had another stellar year in net, as was represented by her nomination as a top-three finalist for ECAC Hockey's Goaltender of the Year award. The 2009-10 ECAC Hockey Rookie and Goaltender of the Year finished the 2010-11 regular season with both a career and league-high 19 victories. Her 1.61 goals against average currently ranks her third among ECAC Hockey goaltenders, while her .935 save percentage has her in fourth. Vigilanti logged the most minutes played in ECAC Hockey games (1333), as well as most games started (22). Vigilanti also surpassed her own career-high with eight shutouts during the regular season, and now leads the conference with nine shutouts on the season overall.

In ECAC Hockey action, Vigilanti played in a league-high 22 league games in net. She accumulated 554 saves (second-best), a 1.89 (fifth-best) goals against average, to go along with a .930 save percentage (sixth-best).

She is a (league-high) four-time 2010-11 ECAC Hockey/MLX Skates Goaltender of the Week recipient, which matches her total from a season ago.

Also nominated for Third-Team All-League were forwards Catherine White (Cornell), Kelly Sabatine (St. Lawrence) and Liza Ryabkina (Harvard). Defenders Sasha Nanji (Dartmouth) and Leanna Coskren (Harvard) were the other two recipients.

First-Team All-League consisted of Cornell forwards Rebecca Johnston and Brianne Jenner, as well as defenders Laura Fortino and Lauriane Rougeau. Yale goaltender Jackee Snikeris received the final First-Team All-League selection.

The All-Rookie Team included forwards Brianne Jenner (Cornell) and Carly Mercer (Clarkson), as well as defenders Alyssa Gagliardi (Cornell) and Marissa Gedman (Harvard). Clarkson goaltender Erica Howe received was the final recipient.