Quinnipiac women's ice hockey junior Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbrigde, Ontario) and men's basketball sophomore Ike Azotam (Boston, Mass.) have been named December's Athletes of the Month by Quinnipiac Athletics.
Vigilanti, named the ECAC Hockey/Fischer-Hockey Player And Goaltender Of The Month on Jan. 3, 2012, was a perfect 63-of-63 in save opportunities between the pipes during the month of December, turning in three-straight shutout performances for the first-place Bobcats. She helped the squad to a 3-0 win over Brown on Friday, Dec. 2 with a 16-save evening, followed by a game-high 26 saves against Princeton on Friday, Dec. 9 during the team's 1-0 win. Vigilanti retained perfection in the month with another 21 saves the following Saturday, Dec. 10 against Princeton, leading Quinnipiac into its winter break with a program-high seven consecutive victories. The junior finished the month as the NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey leader with six shutouts on the season, and moved into a four-way tie for sixth place all-time among NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey Goaltenders with 20 career shutouts.
Other nominees included women's basketball senior Felicia Barron.
Azotam was the driving force behind a 6-2 mark for the men’s basketball team in December. Azotam averaged a double-double in eight games for the Bobcats, compiling 16.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per outing. The highlight of his month came in a four-point triumph over Niagara, where the 6-foot-7 forward powered his way to a career-high 32 points. Azotam went 13-of-18 (72 percent) from the field and grabbed nine rebounds in one of the best individual performances this season within the Northeast Conference.
Men's ice hockey senior Yuri Bouharevich (Montreal, Quebec) was also nominated for the monthly award.