Rice Named Coach of the Year, Murray Selected as Player and Goaltender of the Year
CENTERVILLE, Mass.—After wrapping up the regular season with 19 victories and a share of the conference title, the Babson College men's ice hockey team had six members of the program honored when the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East announced its postseason award winners on Thursday afternoon. Head coach Jamie Rice was selected as the league's coach of the year, while sophomore Jamie Murray (Scituate, Mass.) was selected as both the ECAC East Player of the Year and Goaltender of the Year.
Additionally, Senior Ryan Heavey (Andover, Mass.) and junior Mike Driscoll (Milton, Mass.) both earned first-team All-ECAC East accolades. Sophomore Mike Vollmin (Wilmington, N.C.) garnered honorable mention all-conference accolades, while first-year Michael Phillips (Richmond Heights, Ohio) was named to the league's all-rookie team.
Rice, who was also selected as the ECAC East Coach of the Year following the 2005-06 season, has led the Green and White to a 19-4-2 record this season and its most regular-season wins since 1987-88, when he was a sophomore forward for the Beavers. Rice has now won 17 or more games six times during his 10-year tenure at Babson, where he has an overall record of 156-95-24.
Murray is the first player in program history to be selected as the ECAC East Player of the Year, and first goaltender since the 1997-98 season to win the award. After garnering a spot on the all-rookie team last season, Murray has been sensational this winter, posting a 1.49 goals against average and a .948 save percentage while going 18-4-2 in 24 starts. He currently leads the nation in victories, save percentage and minutes played, and his goals against average is fourth nationally.
Murray, who set a new single-season record with four shutouts this winter, is just the third netminder in program history to be named as the conference's top goaltender. Craig Weiner '06 won the award in 2005 and current assistant coach Zeke Testa '13 was tabbed as the ECAC East Goalie of the Year last season.
A two-time second-team all-league honoree, Heavey was a first-team selection after helping to anchor the conference's top defensive unit. He has started all 25 games this winter, scoring one goal and adding eight assists, while holding opponents to just 1.58 goals per game to rank third nationally in scoring defense.
Driscoll, who earned an ECAC East All-Rookie Team nod in 2012, has been a major force offensively for the Beavers. The team's leading scorer with 11 goals and 12 assists for 23 points, Driscoll notched nine goals and 16 points against conference foes, and has three power play tallies and two game-winning scores on the year.
Vollmin was selected to the all-conference honorable mention squad for the first time after scoring three goals to go along with eight assists for 11 points this winter. The Green and White's highest-scoring defenseman, Vollmin appeared in all 25 games notching a pair of power play goals and one game-winning tally.
Phillips had a terrific first season for the Beavers, scoring six goals and recording a team-high 15 assists to finish second on the team with 21 points. He played in all 25 games and scored four times on the power play and was second on the squad with three game-winning goals.
Second-seeded Babson, which is ranked eighth nationally in both the USCHO.com and D3hockey.com polls, hosts seventh-seeded University of Southern Maine in a ECAC East Tournament quarterfinal on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Babson Skating Center.