PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers freshman goalie Greg Havalchak (Corning, NY) has been named ECAC Rookie of the Week for the third time this season, the league office announced today. Havalchak also received the honor on March 3 and April 14.
Havalchak was one of the key pieces in RU’s 12-9 upset victory over No. 3 Massachusetts on Saturday, May 3. Havalchak made 15 saves in the contest, and he has now accrued an equal amount or more saves than his opponent in every game this season. He has stopped more shots than the opposing goalie in 13 of 14 games, and tied Penn State goalie Pat Garrity with 14 saves on April 19. He has 175 saves this season, which moves him into 14th place on the Rutgers single-season saves list. He enters Sunday’s NCAA first round game vs. Georgetown six saves away from entering the top-10 with 181 saves. In addition, his 175 saves are the most by a freshman in school history.
In his career debut on the road against No. 13 Towson on Sunday, Feb. 23, Havalchak offered a glimpse of what was to come by accumulating a career-high 20 saves as RU upset the No. 13 Tigers in overtime, 10-9. In his second game, at home against Manhattan on Wed., Feb. 26, Havalchak made 11 saves while allowing just three goals in a 7-3 Rutgers victory. The three goals allowed by Rutgers were the fewest since a 19-2 win over Albany on April 7, 2001.
Entering the UMass game last weekend, Havalchak was ranked first in the ECAC with a save percentage of .627 and second with a goals-against average of 7.44. In the national rankings, he ranked sixth and ninth, respectively, in the same categories.