HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac women’s ice hockey junior goaltender Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario) and sophomore forward Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) were each honored with an ECAC Hockey Preseason All-League selection, as announced by the league on Thursday, Sept. 15. For Babstock, the 2010-11 ECAC Hockey Player and Rookie of the Year, this was her first Preseason All-League selection while Vigilanti, the 2009-10 ECAC Hockey Rookie and Goaltender of the Year, earned her second-consecutive Preseason All-League nod. Joining Babstock and Vigilanti are four Cornell skaters, including defenders Laura Fortino and Lauriane Rougeau, and forwards Rebecca Johnston and Brianne Jenner.
Babstock had a historic 2010-11 season, as she re-wrote the record books for the Bobcats’ women’s ice hockey program. She set the program all-time record for most goals (30), assists (28) and points (58), while also setting the single-game record for points (six). The Mississauga native also led the ECAC Hockey in overall goals and points, and finished second in assists. As a freshman, she also finished first among all NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey rookie skaters in all three statistical categories, as well as finishing tied for first in the country with nine game-winning goals.
Babstock, a two-time ECAC Hockey Player of the Week and a five-time Rookie of the Week, led all ECAC Hockey skaters in conference goals (21) and shots (188), while finishing tied for first with two short-handed goals on the year. During the season, Babstock was highlighted in Sports Illustrated’s weekly publication of its “Faces In The Crowd” section, becoming just the second athlete from Quinnipiac to be featured in the nationwide magazine publication. At season’s end, Babstock was recognized with a Patty Kazmaier nomination, which is given annually to the most outstanding player in Division I Women’s Ice Hockey.
Vigilanti had another solid year in net for the Bobcats, as she finished the year with a 1.68 goals against average, to go along with a .932 save percentage, ranking her third and fourth, respectively, among all ECAC Hockey goaltenders. Vigilant was one of the most durable goalies in the league, as she led all ECAC Hockey netminders with nearly 2200 minutes in net and 841 saves on the year. The Woodbridge native, who was a five-time ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week recipient, set a new personal record and finished as the league leader with nine shutouts on the year.
Including Babstock, the Bobcats return all nine of their top scorers from a season ago. Senior forward and captain Kate Wheeler (Oakville, Ontario) (12 goals, 17 assists) and sophomore forward Erica Uden Johansson (Sundsvall, Sweden) (11 goals, 14 assists), who are both first-line talents, each return as the only other skaters on the team to have recorded double-digit goals and assists on the year. Junior forward and one of the first-round playoff hero’s for the Bobcats, Brittany Lyons (Canton, Mass.), will continue to be a scoring threat up front, as she finished fifth on the squad with 21 points on 12 goals, nine assists.
Senior defender Bethany Dymarczyk (Hamden, Conn.), who led all defenders with 24 points and finished second on the team with 18 assists, rejoins fellow defenders, senior captain Jordan Elkins (Wasilla, Alaska) (five goals, eight assists) and junior Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) (nine goals, seven assists) to anchor the defense for the Bobcats. Sophomore defender Shelby Wignall (Hamilton, Ontario) finished second among all defenders on the squad with a plus-10 mark, followed closely by Felica Vieweg’s (Port Orange, Fla.) plus-eight.
Senior skaters Chelsea Illchuk (Lockport, Manitoba) and Melissa Perry (Chelsea, Mich.) bring their veteran leadership to the ice once again, and look to continue to be mentors for fellow forwards, sophomores Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.) and Elena Orlando (Chico, Calif.), who both experienced strong finishes to the 2010-11 season.
The Bobcats welcome five new skaters to the squad in 2011-12, freshmen forwards Nicole Kosta (Mississauga, Ontario), Morgan Fritz-Ward (Mason City, Iowa), and Anna Borgfeldt (Kristianstad, Sweden), as well as freshman goaltender Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) and junior transfer forward Breann Frykas (East Paul, Minn.).
Quinnipiac begins its regular season schedule on the road with a two-game set against Mercyhurst on Friday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. and again on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 2 p.m.