For the second consecutive season Hobart College Head Coach Mark Taylor was voted as the ECAC West Hockey Coach of the Year. Also garnering top honors were junior Craig Levey and first-year Jonathan Swift as the conference’s Co-Player of the Year and Co-Rookie of the Year, respectively.
Joining Levey on the first-team is junior goaltender Adam Lavelle, while sophomore forward Will Brame and sophomore defenseman Greg Gallagher captured second-team accolades. Swift and classmate Mike Polsonetti both earned All-Rookie Team honors.
In just his fourth season at the helm, Taylor has led the Statesmen to new heights, posting consecutive winning seasons for the first time in the program’s 26-year history as well as winning its first-ever regular season title. Since his arrival, Taylor has averaged nearly 11 wins per season, compared to just 8.5 per season in the 22 season prior. He has guided the Statesmen to many firsts this season, including a leap into the national rankings and a winning conference record.
A 2003 ECAC West first-team selection, Levey has sparked the Hobart offense all season. Leading the team with 16 goals and 16 assists for 32 points, he has scored at least one point in 17 of the 22 games in which he’s played. He tallied a season-high four points on a hat trick and an assist in Hobart’s win at Elmira. Levey ranks ninth on the all-time career goals list (47) and fifth in power-play goals (19), while his seven extra-man scores this season is seventh best.
A power winger for the Statesmen, Swift has caught fire in the past three games, scoring four goals, including two game-winners, and notching two assists. He tallied the game-tying and game-winning goals in Hobart’s 5-4 victory over RIT, earning him Rookie of the Week honors from the conference. The top rookie scorer for the Statesmen with 17 points, Swift ranks seventh among all first-years in the league.
Hobart’s all-time winningest goalie, Lavelle has been impressive between the pipes, especially in Hobart’s five-game win streak to close the season. During the recent win streak he stopped 92 percent of the shots he faced, allowing just 2.40 goals per game. For the season, he sports an .881 save percentage and a 3.58 goals against average. A three-year starter, he hold the career records for wins (32), saves (917), and goals against average (3.63), as well as the single season records for saves (795) and wins (14).
Centering the Statesmen’s top line, Brame is second on the team in goals (10) and third in overall points (18). He has started all but four games this season, tallying at least a point in 14 games, doubling his point production from his rookie season. Brame notched a career-high two goals against Geneseo on Jan. 13.
Gallagher leads all Hobart defensemen in scoring and is sixth in the conference among blue liners with 16 points. He notched a pair of assists twice this season and has provided a helper in each of Hobart’s previous six games. In two seasons, Gallagher has scored four goals and added 22 assists.
The lone rookie in the defensive corps, Polsonetti is third among defensemen in points (10). He notched his first career assist against Lebanon Valley and tallied his first collegiate goal at Potsdam. Polsonetti got a goal and an assist twice this season and provided the game-winning helper in Hobart’s 3-1 victory over Neumann College.