HAMDEN, Conn. - Sophomore forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) has been named to the 2011-12 New England Division I Women's Ice Hockey All-Star Team, as announced by the committee on Tuesday, March 27. The recipients, consisting of six forwards, four defensemen and two goaltenders, were chosen by administrators and members of the media.
The selection marks the second-consecutive year that Babstock has been selected to the All-Star Team, as she was previously honored after last year's breakout rookie season. Babstock once again led the team in goals (18) and points (40), and finished second on the squad in total assists. Her final totals ranked her eighth among all ECAC Hockey skaters in points, tied for eighth in assists and tied for ninth in goals.
The 2011-12 campaign saw Babstock break three of the most prestigious program records, as she became Quinnipiac's all-time goals, assists and points leader at different stages throughout the year. On Friday, Nov. 18 against Colgate, Babstock's game-high four points (two goals, two assists) helped her become the program's all-time leader in points, surpassing Vicki Graham's '07 career total of 73. She proceeded to become the program's all-time assists leader just four game later, when her two helpers in the Nutmeg Classic Championship Game against Robert Morris on Saturday, Nov. 26 provided her with assists number 40 and 41, helping her surpass Caitlin Peters' 39 career assists set in 2004. She broke her final record, the program's all-time goals record, formerly held by Elyse Cole '08 (with 43), with two tallies on Friday, Feb. 17 against Union.
Babstock, who since joining Quinnipiac last season has accounted for 24 percent of the team's goals, 18 percent of the team's assists, and 21 percent of the team's total points, currently sits at 99 career points, with 48 goals and 51 assists.
Babstock and the Bobcats finished the 2011-12 season with a 19-16-2 overall record (12-8-2 ECAC Hockey), earning a post-season berth for the third consecutive season. The No. 6-seeded Bobcats upset No. 3-seeded Clarkson in the best-of-three quarterfinals, two-games-to-one, which secured them a spot in a semifinals rematch with No. 1-seeded Cornell. Despite Quinnipiac's loss to the Big Red, the Bobcats had once again reached the 19-win total, something it has matched in each other last three seasons. Quinnipiac is in fact one of only seven programs in the nation, and one of two in ECAC Hockey, to have averaged at least 20 wins over the past three seasons, placing it in elite company with the country's top programs.
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