HADLEY, Mass. – The Connecticut College men's ice hockey team was recognized for its breakthrough season by winning all three major awards when the All-NESCAC Teams were released earlier today. Sophomore goalie Connor Rodericks (Buzzards Bay, Mass.) was named the NESCAC Player of the Year, freshman forward Paul Capozzi (Lake Forest, Ill.) earned NESCAC Rookie of the Year accolades, and Jim Ward was awarded NESCAC Coach of the Year laurels.
Rodericks is the first player in program history to be named the league's player of the year. The netminder finished the 2018 campaign with a .937 save percentage and a 2.16 goals against average to go along with three shutouts. He also racked up 620 saves, which included turning away a career-high 50 shots in a 2-2 draw at Hamilton on Feb. 10.
Capozzi is the second player in program history to be named the NESCAC Rookie of the Year after Greg Parker most recently won the award in 2007. The freshman led all of the conference's rookies in scoring by accumulating 19 points on 10 goals and nine assists. Capozzi's best performance came against Bowdoin when he scored three goals and added an assist in a 7-1 road win over the Polar Bears on Dec. 9. He also scored the game-winning goal in a 3-2 overtime victory against Wesleyan on Jan. 19.
Ward is being recognized as the coach of the year for the second time of his career after piloting a remarkable turnaround from behind the bench this season. After missing the playoffs the past two years, the Camels registered a 9-5-4 conference record and earned the second seed in the conference tournament, which was also the highest in program history.
In addition, sophomore forward Jacob Moreau (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec) earned a place on the All-NESCAC Second Team. He joined Capozzi to help make up one of the top scoring lines in the league by piling up 11 goals and 11 assists for 22 points. Moreau had five multi-point games and most notably contributed two goals and an assist in the team's 3-2 overtime win over Wesleyan on Jan. 19.
Today's announcement marks the third time a school has swept the three major awards. Connecticut College is slated to return more than 20 letterwinners next season, which includes its starting goalie and top three scorers.