March 1, 2012

Men's Ice Hockey All-NESCAC Selections Released

Amherst’s La Rose Becomes First Goaltender to be Named Player of the Year

Senior goaltender Jonathan La Rose of Amherst HADLEY, Mass. – Senior goaltender Jonathan La Rose (Edmonton, Alberta) has been named the 2012 NESCAC Player of the Year, as determined by the conference coaches. La Rose has been the foundation for a remarkable season for the Lord Jeffs, as they rolled to the number-one seed in this year's NESCAC championship with a 17-1-0 conference mark. The first goaltender to ever win the league's top honor, La Rose is the third Amherst player to claim Player of the Year, joining the ranks of former Jeff greats Jim Smith (2001) and Jeff Landers (2009), both defenders.

La Rose leads the NESCAC in every major goaltending category, boasting a 1.51 goals against average, a .943 save percentage that is the best in the nation, a 16-1-1 overall record, and five shutouts. Since surrendering seven goals in a 7-4 loss at Bowdoin on Jan. 6, his only setback of the year, La Rose has been nearly unbeatable between the pipes, allowing just six goals over his next 10 appearances for a sterling .977 save percentage during that stretch - all wins. He made a season-high 42 stops in a 3-1 victory at Williams on Feb. 18, then came back the following day and turned aside 30 shots in a 2-1, come-from-behind win at Middlebury. Already the NCAA record holder for the best save percentage in a single season after posting a .956 mark during the 2008-09 campaign, the same season Amherst won its first NESCAC crown, La Rose could add the career save percentage record to his resume when his time with the Lord Jeffs is complete (.943). In addition to being named Player of the Year, La Rose earned a spot on the All-NESCAC First Team. He was chosen to the Second Team in 2009.

Bowdoin placed two skaters on the All-Conference First Team for the second year in a row with a pair of first-time honorees. Senior defender Jordan Lalor (Needham, Mass.) is enjoying a career year for the Polar Bears with 27 points on eight goals and 19 assists. Bowdoin's top playmaker, Lalor is second among his teammates in points and first among league blue-liners. Just ahead of Lalor on the Polar Bear stat sheet is sophomore forward Colin Downey (East Sandwich, Mass.). Downey sits in a two-way tie for fourth in the NESCAC in scoring heading into the weekend, collecting eight goals and 21 assists for 29 points. Half of his eight tallies have proven to be the game-winner for Bowdoin.

After coming away as the NESCAC Rookie of the Year last winter, Hamilton sophomore Mike DiMare (Medford, Mass.) earned conference honors for the second-straight year by being selected to the All-NESCAC First Team. DiMare surpassed the 27 points he scored in his first season with the Continentals, finishing second in the league in points with 33 on 16 tallies and 17 helpers. Over half of DiMare's goals came on special teams, scoring seven on the power play and two short-handed, and in 10 outings he managed to record multiple points. DiMare netted 15 points while Hamilton had the man-advantage.

Also at forward on the First Team was Wesleyan sophomore Nik Tasiopoulos (Norwell, Mass.). Held off the score sheet in only four of the Cardinals' 25 outings, Tasiopoulos managed to pace his squad in scoring for the second consecutive winter with a conference-high 19 goals and 34 points. He recorded seven goals and five assists on the power play for a total of 12 points (4th NESCAC).

Williams senior defender Justin Troiani (Woodbridge, Ontario) completes the 2012 All-Conference First Team. Troiani has had his finest year in an Eph sweater, tallying eight goals and 15 assists for 23 points - all career-best figures - to rank second among his teammates and second among NESCAC defenseman. He previously was honored on the First Team during the 2008-09 season.

Freshman forward John McGinnis (Cocoa, Fla.) of Bowdoin earned Rookie of the Year. One of only two Polar Bears to have suited up for every game this season, McGinnis leads rookie skaters in goals (10), assists (16), and points (26). His 26 points put him third among his teammates and ninth in the conference overall. McGinnis is the fourth Polar Bear to take home the conference's first year player award since 2000.

Tufts bench boss Brian Murphy was the choice among the coaches, garnering NESCAC Coach of the Year for the first time. In his 14th season with the Jumbos, Murphy guided his squad to its best finish in the conference standings with a fourth place showing along with a home quarterfinal contest in the NESCAC championship for the first time ever. Tufts went 9-8-1 in league play this year.

         

 2011-12 NESCAC Men's Ice Hockey All-Conference

  First Team Institution         
Yr.  Hometown 
F
Mike DiMare
Hamilton
So.
Medford, Mass.
F
Colin Downey
Bowdoin
So.
East Sandwich, Mass.
F
Nik Tasiopoulos
Wesleyan
So.
Norwell, Mass.
D
Jordan Lalor
Bowdoin
Sr.
Needham, Mass.
D
Justin Troiani
Williams
Sr.
Woodbridge, Ontario
G
Jonathan La Rose
Amherst
Sr.
Edmonton, Alberta
         
  Second Team Institution        
Yr.  Hometown 
F
Kyle Gallegos
Tufts
So.
Westminster, Colo.
F
Charlie Strauss
Middlebury
Sr.
Eagle River, Wis.
F
Keith Buehler
Wesleyan
So.
Skaneateles, N.Y.
D
Mike Baran
Amherst
Sr.
Duxbury, Mass.
D
Mike DeMayo
Trinity
Sr.
Seaford, N.Y.
G
Scott Barchard
Tufts
Sr.
Reading, Mass.
         
  Player of the Year      
G
Jonathan La Rose
Amherst
Sr.
Edmonton, Alberta
         
  Rookie of the Year      
F
John McGinnis
Bowdoin
Fr.
Cocoa, Fla.
         
  Coach of the Year    
  Brian Murphy
Tufts
   
         
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