Vigilanti Garners Goaltender-of-Year Award
ALBANY, N.Y. -- ECAC Hockey today announced Quinnipiac University netminder Victoria Vigilanti has been named the league's 2009-10 ECAC Hockey Women's Goaltender of the Year.
Already recently named to the first-team all-league squad, all-rookie team, and Rookie of the Year, the Woodbrige, Ontario native adds the top goaltender award to her list of honors this season.
The first Quinnipiac student-athlete to earn the honor, Vigilanti started all 22 conference games, recording an 11-4-7 mark in ECAC Hockey play. 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.
Vilgilanti helped the Bobcats earn national recognition, as they were ranked No. 10 in the latest USCHO.com Women's Poll releases Monday, March 1. Her efforts in net earned her seven weekly awards on the year, as she was named ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week four times and ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week three times. Vigilanti backboned a Bobcats' defense that saw a team earn a record in conference wins (11) and earn their first postseason host position in the program's history. She finished the regular-season ranked first in the ECAC Hockey standings in save percentage (.957) and second in goals-against average (1.15), and also recorded four shutouts in league games.
Her efforts earned also placed among the leaders on the national level among goaltenders, as she ranked second in both save percentage (.950)???and goals-against average (1.25). The Bobcats' defense was also tops in the nation in scoring defense only surrendering 1.38 goals per game this season.
The other finalists for the award were Lauren Dahm of Clarkson and Amanda Mazzotta from Cornell.