Babson's Murray a Hockey Humanitarian Finalist
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BABSON PARK, Mass.—Babson College senior goaltender Jamie Murray (Scituate, Mass.) was named one of five finalists for the prestigious BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award for the second consecutive year on Thursday afternoon. The finalists were selected from a list of 18 nominees, which were announced in January.
The Hockey Humanitarian Award recognizes college hockey’s finest citizen and will be presented for the 21ststraight year to a Division I, II or III student-athlete who has made significant contributions to his or her team, as well as the community through leadership and volunteerism. One of just four Division III nominees, Murray is the only repeat and non-Division I finalist. Last year, he was the first Division III finalist since 2012 and the first from Babson since Derek Nisula ’04 in 2004.
Joining Murray among the five finalists are seniors Kyle Criscuolo (Southampton, N.J.) of Harvard University, Chris Dylewski (Colorado Springs, Colo.) of the Air Force Academy, Morgan Richardson (Ottawa, Ontario) of Cornell University and Allison Rolandelli (Minnetonka, Minn.) of Brown University. The recipient of this year’s award will be selected on Friday, April 8, as part of the Division I Men’s Frozen Four in Tampa.
"We are incredibly proud of Jamie for all of his accomplishments off of the ice, and none more so than his selection as a two-time finalist for the Hockey Humanitarian Award,” stated head coach Jamie Rice. “Jamie embodies everything we strive for; academic excellence, passion for his teammates and his sport, and being an outstanding citizen. Jamie and his entire family will leave here having made a tremendous impact on our entire program. While his on-ice career has been truly outstanding, it is his character, eagerness to help others, and how he has represented our program that have elevated him as one of the finest young men to have ever played here. Congratulations to Jamie the other four finalists on their selection."
One of the top goaltenders in the nation, Murray is a two-time American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) All-America East first-team selection and became the Beavers’ first Joe Concannon Award winner last season. He is 11-4-2 with a 1.69 goals against average and a .939 save percentage this year and has gone 59-19-8 with a 1.70 GAA, a .939 save percentage and 15 shutouts in 86 career starts for Babson. Additionally, Murray earned conference goaltender of the year honors each of the last two seasons, was selected as the league player of the year in 2014, and is a two-time academic all-conference selection.
Despite all of his accolades on the ice and in the classroom, Murray’s tireless work in the community is equally impressive. In 2010, he organized the Cure for Cole Wiffleball Tournament to benefit his neighbor, Cole Pasqualucci, who was diagnosed with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis at a young age. The tournament has attracted over 1,110 competitors and raised more than $31,000 over the last six years in support of Cole and his family.
Following the Boston Marathon tragedy in 2013, Murray organized Roller Hockey To Remember at his hometown hockey rink, which has raised close to $3,000 over the last three years. This event has benefitted the One Fund, the Derek Hines Solider Assistance Fund, designed to honor the late brother of former teammate Trevor Hines ’13, and charities organized by the family of Corey Griffin ’10, who tragically passed away in 2014.
Additionally, Murray is involved with the Special Olympics through Rob Reilly and Northeast Elite Hockey, and was instrumental in running a memorial hockey tournament for his late friend, Patrick Falaro, that raised $8,200 for Scituate Recreation and the Pine Street Inn.
“Being named as a finalist for an award like this speaks volumes about the person that Jamie is,” said Director of Athletics and Recreation Josh MacArthur. “His on-ice accolades are well documented, but his genuine concern for others is what sets Jamie apart. As a student-athlete and through his work in the community, Jamie is always committed to giving maximum effort for those important to him.”
Tim Coghlin wins 500th career game
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St. Norbert College head coach Tim Coghlin scored his 500th win as a collegiate head coach as the Green Knights downed Northland, 3-0, on Saturday afternoon.
|St. Norbert's Tim Coghlin became the 26th coach to win 500 career games.
Photo: St. Norbert Athletics
A 1989 graduate of UW-Stevens Point and captain of the Pointers’ 1989 national championship team, Coghlin holds a career mark of 500-130-50 and became just the 26th men's ice hockey coach in NCAA history and to amass 500 victories, and became just the ninth to accomplish the feat exclusively in Division III. All of Coghlin's wins have come at St. Norbert.
The milestone win came in Coghlin's 680th game as head coach, which made him the third-fastest coach to crest the 500-win threshold. Only UMass Dartmouth's John Rolli (658) and Bemidji State's Bob Peters (677) have achieved the feat in fewer games.
Coghlin has led the Green Knights to an astounding 20 consecutive seasons with at least 18 wins, and with two more wins this season they will have won 20 or more games in all but two of those seasons.
Under Coghlin, St. Norbert has won 14 regular season NCHA championships and 12 NCHA postseason titles. He has been named NCHA Coach of the Year six times, most recently in 2010. At the national level under Coghlin, the Green Knights have appeared in 17 Division III national tournaments, nine Frozen Fours, and won the national championship in 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2014.
Following the 2008 and 2011 championship seasons, Coghlin was presented the Edward Jeremiah Award, which is presented annually to the men's Division III national coach of the year.
Since 1998, St. Norbert players have received AHCA All-American accolades 46 times and four have claimed the Sid Watson Award, which is presented annually to the nation's best Division III men's player. Additionally under Coghlin, 73 St. Norbert players have been All-NCHA honors, while 105 have claimed Academic All-NCHA honors.
This season, the Green Knights stand at 18-2-1 and are currently ranked No. 2 in the D3hockey.com men’s Top 15.
Under Construction: Success an ongoing process at Salve
By Matthew Noonan
Special to D3hockey.com
Newport, RI-Salve Regina men’s ice hockey head coach Andy Boschetto considers his time with the Seahawks a process.
|Liam Centrella, a Senior, has witnessed Salve's rise firsthand. Photo: Ed Habershaw for Salve Athletics|
When he arrived in Newport, Rhode Island six years ago, he took over a program that concluded its2009-10 campaign with just one victory. Since then, Boschetto and the Seahawks have improved, increasing their win total every season, while finishing as the runner-up twice in the ECAC Northeast.
“I left the finance world – I was working at Northwest Mutual (to take this position with Salve Regina) and the first four years were part-time, but our focus was about building a program through blood, sweat and tears,” said Boschetto.“We just kept building (every season) and now this role is a full-time job, but prior to becoming full-time my guys – (the players and coaches) put a lot of time and effort into it. I think (our program) has seen the results, so I hope every player – current and past skaters – will look back on what we have done (these past few seasons) and apply it to their everyday life and current job.”
Last winter, the Seahawks process continued, winning 12 games – the most wins in program history – while tasting victory in their first-ever home playoff game with a 9-3 win against Johnson & Wales. Days after the exciting postseason victory, Salve Regina ended its season in the conference finals with a 3-0 setback to Nichols College.
“I thought we played really well (against Nichols), but fell short,” said Boschetto. “Their goalie played really well, they buried one of their opportunities and had two empty nets at the end. Hockey is just a game of bounces sometimes, but you can either work together and work great or sometimes it just doesn’t fall your way.“The (loss) has been motivation and our guys came back (from it at the beginning of this season) stronger, faster, and quicker, while our freshmen came in motivated and they want to be a part of it.”
This season, the process has again remained the focus, but a slow start appeared to halt Salve Regina’s momentum. The Seahawks started their current campaign with four losses and one tie, but halted their skid with a 2-1 overtime victory against Becker College.
“We played some of our best hockey right out of the gate, but the losses can weight on guys, so we sat down, talked about it, had team dinners and talked about our goals,” said Boschetto. “We did a lot of team building exercises, but going through this stretch early on – some teams may not go through it until later in the year, so we just talked about how this is going to build us as a team (moving forward).”
Certainly the lessons learned from those early season losses rejuvenated the squad, who promptly went on a seven game win streak and is now just one win away from matching last year’s record win total, and two victories away from establishing a new program mark for victories. At 11-9-1 overall and 6-5-1 in conference play, Salve Regina will look to conclude the month of February by playing its best hockey of the season to position themselves for a postseason run.
Salve Regina currently sits fourth in the conference after Wednesday’s home contest against Becker, while Nichols remains the top squad with Suffolk and Endicott seeded second and third, respectively. Boschetto insists the focus for his hockey club must be themselves first.
“We need to focus on playing the same way, every shift and every game. It doesn’t matter who our opponent is, but if we can do that then we can beat anybody,” said Boschetto. “We have the talent, we have the work ethic in there, so if we can be consistent then the sky’s the limit for this group.“This is a great group of kids, they stay out of trouble, they do well academically, they love each other so it we are at the point where we have to take care of what we do well.”
In addition to adhering to Boschetto’s words of consistency, Salve Regina will need the conference’s second best scoring offense (3.75 goals per game) to light the lamp multiple times during its final five games. Senior Peter Gintoli, who leads the squad with 19 points, has set-up a team-best 12 goals, while sophomore Pat Thompson has located the back of his opponents’ cage nine times.
Freshman Blake Wojtala, who initially began the season behind junior Alexander Devine, earned his spot in the starting line-up by impressing his coaches during early season contests. He made his initial collegiate start against Neuman – a 3-1 setback – but has bounced back quite well, winning 10 games, while turning aside 443 shots.
With the upcoming ECAC Northeast slate on the mind of Boschetto and his players, the sixth-year head coach hopes the current process will guide the program to a conference crown and NCAA title. And whether those accomplishments are met this year or in the future, he also hopes that his skaters will remember that just like in hockey, life is a process too where it takes hard work, focus and determination to be successful.
“At the end of the day, (the members of this program) will remember all the hard work and sacrifice they put it from day one,” said Boschetto. “When you work hard and you have gotten there, but may have failed along the way – but able to finish off what you started us rewarding. To see my guys be able to experience this process from their first day to now and feel it together is probably one of the more rewarding things as a coach because I know this experience will shape them for success outside the rink.”
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