BABSON PARK, Mass.—Following a 17-win campaign that included the program's eighth consecutive top-three finish in one of the nation's top conferences, the Babson College men's ice hockey team is primed to continue its proud tradition of success in 2019-20.
SUCCESS STARTS AT THE TOP
Head coach Jamie Rice '90 begins his 16th season at the helm of the program just three wins shy of passing Steve Stirling as the Beavers' all-time winningest coach. He returns 21 players, which includes its top four scorers and its seven defensemen from a team that went 17-7-3 overall and 11-4-3 in NEHC play last winter.
DEPTH ON DEFENSE
Despite graduating a pair of goaltenders, the Green and White returns nearly all of its defensemen, highlighted by the senior duo of Connor Dahlman (Stamford, Conn.) and Ryan McDougall (Milton, Mass.). Dahlman has missed just one game of his first three seasons and registered a career-high seven assists last season, while McDougall led all Babson defensemen in scoring (3-9-12) on the way to earning his first all-conference honor. In addition to the two seniors, junior Brendan Casey (Glastonbury, Conn.) has played in 48 games over his first two seasons at Babson, and chipped in with three assists later winter.
FIREPOWER UP FRONT
The Beavers return four players that produced 20 or more points and their top four goal scorers from last year's squad. Junior Nick Rosa (Birmingham, Mich.) finished with 14 goals and 16 assists to record the program's first 30-point season since 2010, while sophomore Mike Egan (Billerica, Mass.) earned Babson's first conference rookie of the year honor since 2003 after putting up the most points by a first-year player (27) since 2007. Classmate Ryan Black (Pomfret, Conn.) finished with nine goals and 16 assists for 25 points, fellow sophomore Matt Wiesner (Newport Beach, Calif.) put up a team-high 16 goals and was fourth on the squad with 23 points, and junior Patrick Flynn (Framingham, Mass.) produced 11 goals and 17 points despite the first six contests of the year.
Babson's 2018-19 roster featured 13 first-year players, nine of which saw action in at least 20 games last winter. John Corrigan (Stoneham, Mass.), Cam Schmitt (Andover, Mass.) and Ryan Campbell (Wayland, Mass.) were dressed for all 27 contests and combined to produced two goals and 16 assists from the blue line, while forwards Zach Richterman (Canton, Ohio) and Jack Nisbet (Scituate, Mass.) both scored twice and finished with six points. Classmate Cole Sanderson (Basking Ridge, N.J.) also finished fourth among the team's defensemen with six assists in 20 games.
Junior Christian Faggas (Norwood, Mass.) is one of eight returning players to produce double-digit points last winter after finishing with five goals and seven assists. He did much of his damage in league play, netting four goals and putting up 11 points in 17 games. Senior Josh Beck (Scituate, Mass.) and junior Cooper Norton (Williston, Vt.), who has 11 points over his first two seasons, give the Green and White plenty of depth at forward.
NEW FACES BETWEEN THE PIPES
The Beavers will have a new look at the goaltender position after graduating a pair of netminders that had combined to start all 81 games over the previous three seasons. Sophomore Aidan Murphy (Walpole, Mass.), who stopped 17 of 18 shots over 36 minutes of work in two games last year, is the lone returner, while junior Brad Arvanitis (Holliston, Mass.) joined the program after seeing action in four games at Massachusetts, which finished as the Division I runner-up last year.
PRESENCE IN THE POLLS
The Beavers, who were picked fourth in the league preseason poll despite their eight straight top three finishes, came in at No. 15 when USCHO.com released its preseason national poll earlier this week. The Green and White is one of four NEHC programs that will begin the season ranked.