March 9, 2013

Four Bobcats Honored With All-ECAC Hockey Marks; Women's Ice Hockey Earns Turfer Athletic Sportsmanship Trophy

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ALBANY, N.Y. – Junior forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) along with three other members of the Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team garnered All-ECAC Hockey honors for the 2012-13 season. Babstock earned her second career All-ECAC Hockey First Team distinction while senior defenseman Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) and senior goalie Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) were placed on the All-ECAC Second Team and finally sophomore forward Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ontario) was placed on the All-ECAC Third Team for the first time in her career. The Bobcats also were distinguished by the league with the Turfer Athletic Sportsmanship Trophy.

Four-time ECAC Hockey Player of the Week, Babstock earns her third career All-ECAC honor including her second appearance on the First Team. Babstock carried the offensive load for the Bobcats with 35 points (17 goals, 18 assists) in conference play, good for second-best among all players. She was the second-leading goal scorer and tied for the fourth-most assists in the ECAC Hockey. Babstock's ability to come through in the clutch saved the Bobcats on multiple occasions as her five combined game-winning and game-tying goals tied for first in the conference alongside Clarkson's Jaime Lee Rattray and St. Lawrence forward Kelly Sabatine. Babstock also took home four ECAC Hockey Player of the Week honors which is the most for any player in the conference this season. Babstock's value to the Bobcats also cannot be understated as she either scored or assisted on 53 percent (35-of-66) of the goals scored for Quinnipiac in 22 ECAC Hockey contests, the highest percentage of any player in the conference. Babtsock scored more points (two goals, four assists) than any other player this season against the ECAC Hockey regular season champion Cornell. Her three points (two goals, one assists) helped score the Bobcats' first home victory over Cornell earlier this season and first since 2005 (14 meetings). Another transcendent game for her this season was her five point (one goal, four assists) effort against Dartmouth. The four assists against the Big Green tied a program record for most assists in a single game. She scored her 75th career goal and 150th career point on Feb. 10 against Colgate and she also tied the game with 30 seconds remaining against Yale on Feb. 2. Babstock has seven multi-goal games (6-0-1 team record when scoring twice) and 17 multi-point games (13-2-2 team record in those games) this season. Her plus/minus rating of +24 is tied with Cornell's Brianne Jenner for second-highest in the league. Babstock has proven her two-way ability as she leads all the Quinnipiac forwards in blocked shots with 18 on the season. She capped an illustrious season as the nation's 10th-leading scorer (55 points) while her 28 goals tied her for 5th-most in the country. She is one of just eight players in the nation to hold a spot in the top-10 points per-game (1.67), top-10 goals per-game (0.85), and top-20 assists per-game (0.82) averages.

The former ECAC Hockey Goalie and Rookie of the Year, Vigilanti had another transcendent season for the Bobcats in her fourth and final year with the team. This is the third All-League honor of her career after earned a First Team distinction in her freshman year and Third Team after her sophomore season. A two-time ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Week honoree, Vigilanti played inspired hockey in the closing stages of the season as she didn't allow more than one goal in her final nine regular season appearances (eight in conference play). Over the nine-game stretch, Vigilanti put together a 0.57 goals-against average and .975 (197 saves on 202 shots) save percentage over her final 529:24 minutes. Included in the stretch was a landmark win over then-No. 4 Cornell on Feb. 8 where she tallied 32 saves and allowed one power-play goal in the closing stages of a 4-1 victory. She also contributed back-to-back 32 save outings against Clarkson and St. Lawrence on the road, allowing just one goal to each team. She wrapped the season with two consecutive shutouts at Yale and Brown where she made 12 saves against the Bulldogs and 24 against the Bears. The senior goalie has posted the third-most wins of any ECAC Hockey goalie this season (13) including the 70th of her career on Saturday at Brown. She also has upped her save percentage to fourth-best in the league at .927 and her goals-against average closed as the fifth-best at 1.69. She also sat tied for second in the conference with four shutouts in 20 ECAC Hockey contests.

The senior captain and reigning All-ECAC Third Team nominee, Boulton established herself as one of the premier defenders not only in the ECAC Hockey but in the nation this season. She well eclipsed her career high with 30 points (six goals, 24 assists) in 33 games played this season. She stood seventh nationally among defensemen in points per-game (0.91) and tied with St. Lawrence's Amanda Boulier for second among ECAC Hockey defenders at the end of the regular season. Down the final nine games of the season, no other Bobcat scored more than Boulton except for Babstock. Boulton posted 10 points (two goals, eight assists) over the Bobcats' final nine games, eight of which were against ECAC Hockey opponents. Her 16 assists in ECAC Hockey play placed her in a tie with Clarkson's Erin Ambrose for second-most among defenseman. Boulton also helped lead the ECAC Hockey's most efficient power play unit this season. She has been the point man all season for the Bobcats on the power play and it clearly was an area of success for Quinnipiac as their 20.5 percent clip was the best among all ECAC Hockey teams. Boulton tied for fourth in power-play points per game (0.45) She also tied for second on the team with six power-play goals this season as all of Boulton's tallies have come on the man advantage. Her leadership along the back line cannot be understated as she has committed the fewest penalty minutes (four) of any ECAC Hockey defender who has played all 22 games. The Bobcats have prided themselves on discipline and they've help the top spot as the nation's least-penalized team for a majority of the season due in large part to play and leadership capabilities of Boulton. She owns a +15 plus/minus rating which leads all Bobcat defenders and also has chipped in 27 blocked shots throughout this season. Boulton has recorded at least two helpers in seven games this season and the Bobcats are a perfect 7-0 when she chips in multiple assists. She played perhaps her best game of the season on Feb. 8 when the Bobcats took down then-No. 4 Cornell, 4-1, and Boulton finished with two assists and a season-high +3 rating. She followed with another two assists on Feb. 10 against Colgate to become Quinnipiac's second-leading scorer in program history. Boulton passed Vicky Graham '05 and stands alone in second place with 77 career points (24 goals, 53 assists) as a Bobcat.

Kosta's Third Team distinction is the first All-League mark in her illustrious career. The team leader in assists throughout the season with 28 total, Kosta tallied 15 helpers in conference play to land her in a tie for ninth in the ECAC Hockey standings. Looking at her 15 assists through ECAC Hockey action, Kosta's elite vision and passing ability can be evidenced by the fact that she was the "lead" assist on 11 of her 15 helpers this season. Kosta also assisted on two game-winning goals and one game-tying goal that helped seal a 2-2 tie against Yale. When called upon to shoot the puck, Kosta tended not to shy away as she totaled 92 shots this season, good for seventh-most among all ECAC skaters. She also pumped in eight goals to give her 23 points, the ninth-highest total among conference players. Kosta won her first career ECAC Hockey Player of the Week after either scoring or assisting on all five of the Bobcats' goals over the weekend road series at Colgate and Cornell. She recorded two assists on Nov. 2 at Colgate and then tallied two goals with one assist on Nov. 3 against Cornell. Kosta finished with her first career hat trick on Oct. 27 against Dartmouth and she added an assist to give her a career high four points against the Big Green. Certainly one of the most durable Bobcats, Nicole Kosta has led her team on both ends of the ice all season. She played at the top of the Quinnipiac penalty killing unit throughout the season and posted 15 blocked shots in 33 games this year. Kosta also yielded a remarkable streak as she didn't commit one penalty in conference play until the Bobcats' game at Yale on Feb. 22 (21 games into the ECAC Hockey schedule). She tied with Princeton's Kelly Cooke for the fewest penalty minutes among forwards with two this season. Her +21 plus/minus rating also puts her tied for fourth among ECAC Hockey forwards.

Quinnipiac also were distinguished with the Turfer Athletic Trophy for displaying the most sportsmanship of any team in the ECAC Hockey throughout the season. The Bobcats played the cleanest hockey of any team in the league as their committed just 116 penalty minutes in 22 conference meetings this season for an average of 5.3 minutes per-game. Their next-closest competitor was Union who averaged 6.5 penalty minutes per-game.

The Bobcats finished the season with a 20-13-4 overall record and also finished with the most single-season conference victories (13) in program history. Quinnipiac's four All-League honorees is the second-most of any team in the ECAC Hockey as regular season champion Cornell garnered five players on the list including Player of the Year Brianne Jenner.

ECAC Hockey Postseason Awards

FIRST TEAM ALL-LEAGUE
Forward        Kelly Babstock               Quinnipiac
Forward        Jillian Dempsey                  Harvard
Forward        Brianne Jenner                  Cornell
Defense        Amanda Boulier                 St. Lawrence
Defense        Lauriane Rougeau             Cornell
Goaltender    Erica Howe                       Clarkson

SECOND TEAM ALL-LEAGUE
Forward        Jamie Lee Rattray              Clarkson
Forward        Kelly Sabatine                    St. Lawrence
Forward        Jillian Saulnier                    Cornell
Defense        Erin Ambrose                     Clarkson
Defense        Regan Boulton                 Quinnipiac
Goaltender    Victoria Vigilanti              Quinnipiac

THIRD TEAM ALL-LEAGUE
Forward        Lyndsey Fry                      Harvard
Forward        Nicole Kosta                    Quinnipiac
Forward        Carly Mercer                     Clarkson
Defense        Sarah Edney                     Harvard
Defense        Laura Fortino                     Cornell
Goaltender    Lauren Slebodnick             Cornell

ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
Forward        Alexa Gruschow                 Rensselaer
Forward        Abbey McRae                     St. Lawrence
Forward        Laura Stacey                     Dartmouth
Defense        Erin Ambrose                     Clarkson    
Defense        Cassandra Poudrier          Cornell
Goaltender    Emerance Maschmeyer     Harvard

COACH OF YEAR
Winner is Doug Derraugh, Cornell

BEST DEFENSIVE DEFENSEMAN
Winner is Lauriane Rougeau, Cornell

BEST DEFENSIVE FORWARD
Winner is Kalley Armstrong, Harvard

ROOKIE OF YEAR
Winner is Erin Ambrose, Clarkson

GOALTENDER OF YEAR
Winner is Erica Howe, Clarkson

PLAYER OF YEAR
Winner is Brianne Jenner, Cornell

MANDI SCHWARTZ STUDENT-ATHLETE OF YEAR
Winner is Alyssa Zupon, Yale

TURFER ATHLETIC TROPHY
Winner is Quinnipiac

Contact: Maxx McNall; maxx.mcnall@quinnipiac.edu