BABSON PARK, Mass.—Few collegiate athletic departments have enjoyed the type of individual success bestowed upon Babson College in 2016 when men's ice hockey goaltender Jamie Murray '16 and men's basketball's Joey Flannery '17 were selected as the Division III national player of the year in their respective sports.
Murray was chosen as the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) Sid Watson Award winner on March 24, while Flannery was tabbed as the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division III Player of the Year just a day later. Murray's player of the year award was the first for the men's ice hockey program since Tom Sasso '88 won the second of two straight Hobey Baker Awards in 1987. Flannery, who repeated as the NABC Player of the Year in 2017 after leading the Beavers to a national title, was the first and only player in program history to receive Division III's top honor.
A three-time CCM/ACHCA All-America East first-team selection, Murray went 14-5-3 with a 1.61 goals against average, a .940 save percentage and four shutouts in 22 starts as a senior during the 2015-16 campaign. He tied for third in Division III in shutouts, ranked fifth in goals against average and was eighth nationally in save percentage for the 19-6-3 Beavers, who suffered an overtime loss in the conference tournament final.
The most decorated goaltender in program history, Murray went 62-20-9 in 91 career games and ranked second in save percentage (.940), fourth in shutouts (16) and ninth in goals against average (1.69) in Division III upon graduating.
Not to be outdone, Flannery averaged 23.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.4 steals as the Green and White followed up a trip to the 2015 Final Four by advancing to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in 2016. He surpassed the 20-point mark in 22 of 28 contests, ranked 13th in Division III in scoring and became the program's all-time leading scorer.
In addition to earning his second consecutive player of the year honor, Flannery was a first-team All-America selection for the third year in a row as Babson captured the program's first national championship in 2017. He graduated with 2,620 career points, a mark that still ranks eighth all-time in Division III history.