February 24, 2010

Vigilanti And Hughes Earn All-ECAC Hockey Honors

HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac University women's ice hockey freshmen Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) and Heather Hughes (Stouffville, Ontario) have been honored by ECAC Hockey as each have been named to the ECAC All-Rookie Team. In addition to the All-Rookie honors, Vigilanti was also named goaltender on the All-ECAC Hockey First Team. This is the first time since the 2006-07 season that the Bobcats have earned a postseason award, and it is the first time in program history for two players to be honored in the same season.

Vigilanti had a stellar rookie season in net for Quinnipiac, finishing the regular season ranked first amongst ECAC Hockey goaltenders in overall save percentage (.948) and in save percentage in conference play (.957). Her goals-against average rank her first overall (1.31), while her conference goals against (1.15) ranks second amongst league goaltenders. Her first-year numbers also garnered national recognition, as she finished the regular season ranked second in the country in goals against average and fourth in save percentage.

The rookie netminder started in 33 games for the Bobcats this season, posting a 17-8-8 overall record between the pipes. She started all 22 conference games, recording an 11-4-7 mark in ECAC play. Both records are program-bests for Quinnipiac in its nine-year history. The rookie set her personal season-high save record against Cornell (Feb. 5) and Clarkson (Feb. 13) when she turned aside 37 shots in both games. Her efforts in net earned her seven weekly awards on the year, as she was named ECAC Goaltender of the Week four times and ECAC Rookie of the Week three times.

Hughes finished the regular season tied for first amongst all ECAC rookie forwards with 10 goals in conference play. The freshman tallied eight assists and totaled 18 points in ECAC action, ranking third amongst all rookie forwards in the conference in both categories. Overall, Hughes finished the season 12th amongst all ECAC forwards in points with 25, while her 14 goals scored ranked eighth in the league.

The freshman forward put up great numbers for the Bobcats this season, matching the program record for points in a game twice this season when she tallied four points against RPI and Sacred Heart. Hughes came through for Quinnipiac in key moments as she led the team in game-winning and power-play goals on the year. Her 25 points this season lead the Bobcats, scoring 14 goals and adding 11 assists in 33 games played. After her impressive rookie campaign, Hughes lands near the top of two Quinnipiac season-scoring lists, ranking second for goals in a season with 14 and third for points in a season with 25.

Also named to the All-League first team was Cornell forward, Catherine White, and defensemen, Laura Fortino and Lauriane Rogeau, along with Harvard forward, Kate Buesser, and Colgate forward, Katie Stewart. Fortino and Rogeau were also named to the All-Rookie team, in addition to Harvard forward, Jillian Dempsey, and Dartmouth forward, Camille Dumais.

The Bobcats return to action this weekend when they host RPI in a best-of-three playoff game series at the TD Bank Sports Center. The series kicks off Friday afternoon at 4 p.m.