HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team joined together for their annual year-end banquet at the University Club of the TD Bank Sports Center on Sunday, April 28. The Bobcats took time to commemorate their 2012-13 season and honor several members of the squad with individual awards and accolades.
Head coach Rick Seeley presented five awards following a lunch with players, staff and friends of the program and also announced the captain for next year's team. Junior Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) was named the Most Valuable Player, senior Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) earned the Coach's Award, senior Felica Vieweg (Port Orange, Fla.) was announced the Best Defensive Player, Nicole Connery (Newmarket, Ontario) was named the Rookie of the Year and senior Brittany Lyons (Canton, Mass.) took home the inaugural Friends of Women's Hockey Fan Favorite.
Babstock earns her third consecutive MVP award after another stellar season, securing her place as the best player to ever lace it up for Quinnipiac. The junior forward was selected to the All-ECAC First Team after finishing with the second-most points (55) of any Bobcat in program history. Currently first in all career offensive statistical categories in Quinnipaic's history including goals (76), assists (78) and points (154), Babstock's play was recognized on an international-level as she was invited to the Team USA Women's National Team Training Camp in late February. Babstock also earned All-New England All Star laurels for the third straight season.
The senior captain, Boulton broke out with a career-year as she amassed six goals and 24 assists for a career-high 30 point season on her way to earning the Coach's Award. Her leadership and dedication to the program were evidenced as the team ranked as the least-penalized team in the nation throughout the 2012-13 season. She closed out her career as the second-leading scorer in program history with 77 points (24 goals, 53 assists) in 138 games played. Boulton is the highest scoring blue liner ever to lace it up for Quinnipiac and earned All-ECAC Second Team honors as well as an All-New England All-Star honor following her stellar senior campaign.
Vieweg stepped up her play considerably last season as her imposing play along the back line helped senior goalie Victoria Vigilanti post her lowest goals-against average (1.76) since her freshman season. The defenseman finished her career as the most-durable player ever to lace it up for Quinnipiac. The stalwart defender never missed a game in her four seasons with the Bobcats as she leaves with the most games played of any Quinnipiac player in program history with 147. She tallied 29 career points (seven goals, 22 assists) with a single-season career high four goals her senior year to go along with four assists.
One of the most dynamic freshman skaters for the Bobcats, Connery tallied the fourth-highest point total for a freshman skater in program history. The Ontario native finished the year with 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) while manning the center position on the team's second line throughout the majority of the season. She finished with two multi-goal games throughout the year and back-to-back game winners against Robert Morris and Brown.
Finally, Lyons was honored with the inaugural Friends of Women's Hockey Fan Favorite Award. The senior forward and Canton, Mass native played inspired hockey throughout her four years with the Bobcats and was an undeniable team leader in the locker room. One of the more dynamic goal scorers in Quinnipiac history, Lyons finished her four-year career with 69 points and 39 career tallies. The 39 goals is the third-most all-time for the Bobcats and she is coming off a breakout senior year in which she recorded a single-season career high 16 goals, also the fourth-most ever in a single-season at Quinnipiac.
The captain selection was made at the end of the program with junior Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.) earning the distinction. An assistant captain in 2012-13, Colin becomes the 10th player in program history to done the "C" for the Bobcats.
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