Women's Ice Hockey Announces 2011-12 Team Awards At Annual Banquet
HAMDEN, Conn. – After another prolific season with the Quinnipiac women’s ice hockey team, sophomore forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) was named the team’s Most Valuable Player for the second-consecutive season, as announced at the team's annual end-of-the-year banquet on Friday evening at the TD Bank Sports Center. Joining Babstock with a postseason award was Rookie of the Year recipient Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ontario), Coaches’ Award recipient, senior Jordan Elkins (Wasilla, Alaska), and Defensive Player of the Year recipient, junior Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba).
Babstock once again finished with team-high totals in both goals (18) and points (40), and was second on the squad with 22 assists. She finished tied for seventh in both league points (26) and goals (13), and tied for 13th in league assists (13). Babstock’s year was highlighted by multiple record-breaking moments, 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 was a two-time ECAC Hockey Player of the Week winner in 2011-12, increasing her career total to four. She earned her second-consecutive ECAC Hockey All-League honors (Second Team), as well as her second-consecutive New England Division I Women's Ice Hockey All-Star Team selection, in which she was one of just three ECAC Hockey players named to the prestigious team. 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.
Kosta had an impressive year of her own for the Bobcats, as she finished the season first on the team in assists (25) and second overall in total points (33). She was a two-time ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week honoree, earning the honor in back-to-back weeks. Kosta ranked tied for fifth overall in league assists (16), was third among ECAC Hockey rookies with 18 total (two goals, 16 assists) league points.
The freshman’s most memorable assist came on November 22nd against No. 4-ranked Boston College, as her touch-pass to Babstock led to the game-tying goal with 10 seconds remaining in regulation. Quinnipiac went on to defeat the Eagles in overtime, 2-1, defeating the highest ranked opponent in program-history.
Elkins, a two-time captain, earns the Coaches’ Award following another season in which she was both the physical and emotional leader on the ice. She finished the season ranked third on the team among defensemen in total points (10), and graduates with career totals of nine goals and 27 assists for 36 points. Elkins is the team’s 2011-12 Mandi Schwatrz Student-Athlete of the Year Nominee, which is presented by ECAC Hockey to those athletes who excel in leadership roles both on and off the ice.
Boulton evolved into one of the league’s best defenders during her junior season, finishing third on the squad overall (and first among Quinnipiac defenders) with a career-high 21 points. Her 13 assists were also a career-high, as she ranked fourth overall in the respective category. Among all ECAC Hockey players, she ranked tied for first with five power play goals and was tied for second in league power-play points (10). Her 16 points in ECAC Hockey action had her tied for fourth overall among defensemen, as her 21 total points ranked her tied for eighth among league players.
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