PISCATAWAY, NJ - For their roles in Rutgers’ 8-7 overtime victory against 19th-ranked Hobart last Saturday, senior goalie Greg Havalchak (Corning, NY) and freshman attackman Mike Dugan (Summit, NJ) have been honored by the ECAC. Havalchak is the Defensive Player of the Week while Dugan is the Rookie of the Week, the conference office announced today.
Havalchak made a season-high 16 saves against the Statesmen, including five in the critical fourth quarter. The 6-1, 225 lb. senior made his biggest stop of the day as time was expiring, stopping a point-blank shot by Hobart’s Mike Conklin from 15 yards out to preserve a 7-7 tie. He also spearheaded a defense that held Hobart, the conference’s third-highest scoring offense, to just seven goals, three below its average. RU also limited the Statesmen to just two goals in the second half.
Through six games, Havalchak has a 6.49 goals-against average, .600 save percentage and 57 saves. A four-year starter, he is a veteran of 47 career games with 553 saves, the fourth highest total in school history. Havalchak’s career resume includes consecutive USILA All-America honors and two ECAC Defensive Player of the Year awards.
Dugan finished with three goals in Saturday’s win, including two when Rutgers came back from a 6-3 third-quarter deficit. He netted an extra-man goal at the 2:35 mark of the second quarter and then closed out the third quarter when he blasted a shot from eight yards out with just eight seconds left to play, knotting the score at 6-6. Dugan broke the tie five minutes into the fourth quarter, taking a pass from Jeff Rommel (Syracuse, NY) and sending a shot past Hobart goalie Mike DeSantis.
A freshman from Summit High School, Dugan has six goals on the season. He had his first collegiate hat trick with three goals in a 15-2 victory over Manhattan on March 14. Dugan is a former high school All-America for Summit, leading the Hilltoppers to a 20-4 record and the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions final last season as a senior.
Rutgers returns to action on Tuesday, March 28, when it travels to Stony Brook for a 7:00 p.m. contest against the Seawolves.