MARSHFIELD, Mass.—The Babson College men's ice hockey team had 10 members of its program recognized for their work in the classroom when the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) announced its Academic All-Conference team late last week.
Seniors Bryan Botcher (Mequon, Wis.), Matt Brazel (Hingham, Mass.), Matt Michalke (Parma, Ohio), Tommy Munichiello (Weymouth, Mass.) and Matt Pompa (Palm City, Fla.) were all honored for the third year in a row, while juniors Josh Beck (Scituate, Mass.) and Connor Dahlman (Stamford, Conn.) were named to the squad for the second year in a row. Sophomores Brendan Casey (Glastonbury, Conn.), Patrick Flynn (Framingham, Mass.) and Cooper Norton (Williston, Vt.) all earned academic all-conference recognition for the first time.
In order to be eligible for the NEHC Academic All-Conference squad, student-athletes must carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher, and have completed at least one full year at their current institution.
Two of the top goaltenders in the nation over the last three years, Pompa and Botcher combined to win 52 games while posting a 2.14 goals against average and a .928 save percentage over 77 contests. Munichiello put up 21 points in 27 outings this winter and produced 65 points in 98 career games, while Brazel put up 53 points on 18 goals and 35 assists in 95 career contests at Babson.
Dahlman finished second among the team's defensemen with one goal and seven assists for eight points in 27 games this past winter, while Beck contributed one assist in five contests for the Beavers. Flynn scored a career-high 11 goals and finished with 17 points on the year, Norton chipped in with one goal and three assists in 19 games, and Casey produced three assists from the blue in 22 contests this past winter.
Babson wrapped up the season at 17-7-3 overall after falling to eventual NCAA Division III runner-up Norwich in the NEHC semifinals.