PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers freshman goalie Greg Havalchak (Corning, NY) was named ECAC Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year and head coach Jim Stagnitta was named Coach of the Year, the league office announcedtoday. In addition, Havalchak, junior Delby Powless (Six Nations, Ontario) and senior Jeff Duca (Fair Lawn, NJ) were named to the All-ECAC First Team. The Rutgers coaching staff, consisting of Stagnitta, Brian Grady, Brian Fisher and Jason Basso, was named Staff of the Year, as well. " />
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HAVALCHAK NAMED ROOKIE, DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers freshman goalie Greg Havalchak (Corning, NY) was named ECAC Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year and head coach Jim Stagnitta was named Coach of the Year, the league office announced today. In addition, Havalchak, junior Delby Powless (Six Nations, Ontario) and senior Jeff Duca (Fair Lawn, NJ) were named to the All-ECAC First Team. The Rutgers coaching staff, consisting of Stagnitta, Brian Grady, Brian Fisher and Jason Basso, was named Staff of the Year, as well.

    Havalchak is the first player to win both rookie of the year and defensive player of the year in the same season since the ECAC was formed in 2000. He is also the first freshman to earn offensive or defensive player of the year for the league and is the first Scarlet Knight to earn either award.

    Havalchak, who earned ECAC Rookie of the Week honors three times this season, was one of the most dominant goalies in the nation. Entering the postseason, he ranks fourth in the country for save percentage (.627) and 12th in goals-against average (7.55). He ranked first and second in the same categories in the ECAC, respectively.

    During the regular season, Havalchak matched or exceeded the save totals of his goalie counterpart in every game. He saved more shots than his opposition in 13 of the 14 games and tied Pat Garrity of Penn State with 14 saves each on April 19. Havalchak has 175 saves to his credit, while the opposition has come up with just 121. With 15 saves against UMass in the regular season finale, Havalchak moved into 14th place on the Rutgers all-time list for saves in a single season. With just six more saves, he’ll move into the top 10 on the list with 181 saves. His 175 saves are also the most for a freshman in program history.

    Duca and Powless were the most consistent offensive contributors on the team this season, scoring 40 percent of the Scarlet Knight goals (56 of 140) during the regular season. Powless led with 31 goals, while Duca had 29. Powless also led the team with 34 points in the regular season, while Duca was next with 33. Both were named ECAC Offensive Player of the Week once during the season. Powless enjoyed one of the most impressive single games in Rutgers history when he netted seven goals at No. 10 Navy on March 15.

    The seventh-ranked Scarlet Knights will host No. 8 Georgetown at Yurcak Field on Sunday, May 11, at 1:00 p.m. in the first round of the 2003 NCAA Championships. The game will be aired live on WRSU Radio, 88.7 FM and can also be heard on www.scarletknights.com.

    2003 ECAC Awards
    Offensive Player of the Year
    Chris Fiore, Massachusetts, Sr., midfield, Freeport, N.Y.

    Defensive Player of the Year
    Greg Havalchak, Rutgers, Fr., goalie, Corning, N.Y.

    Rookie of the Year
    Greg Havalchak, Rutgers, Fr., goalie, Corning, N.Y.

    Coach and Staff of the Year
    Head Coach: Jim Stagnitta, Rutgers
    Assistant Coaches: Brian Grady, Brian Fisher, Jason Basso

    2003 FIRST TEAM All-ECAC

    A Jeff Zywicki, Massachusetts, Jr., Nepean, Ontario
    A Mike Hammer, Georgetown, Sr., Fairfax, Va.
    A Delby Powless, Rutgers, Jr., Six Nations, Ontario
    M Steve Dusseau, Georgetown, Sr., Columbus, Ohio
    M Chris Fiore, Massachusetts, Sr, Freeport, N.Y.
    M Jeff Duca, Rutgers, Sr., Fair Lawn, N.J.
    M Kevin Leveille, Massachusetts, Sr, Delmar, N.Y.
    D Matt Zappia, Penn State, Sr., Canandaigua, N.Y.
    D Matt Garcia, Massachusetts, So., Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.
    D Pat Collins, Georgetown, Sr., Mountainside, N.J.
    G Greg Havalchak, Rutgers, Fr., Corning, N.Y.
    LS Kyle Sweeney, Georgetown, Sr., Springfield, Pa.

    2003 SECOND TEAM All-ECAC

    A Ian Dingman, Navy, Fr., Deferiet, N.Y.
    A Jordan Vettoretti, Georgetown, Sr., Carmel, N.Y.
    A Nate Whitaker, Penn State, Fr., Alexandria, Va.
    A Luke Ogelsby, Penn State, Sr., Bryn Mawr, Pa.
    M Trevor Walker, Georgetown, Sr., Haverford, Pa.
    M Walid Hajj, Georgetown; Jr., Baltimore, Md.
    M Marshall Feldman, Penn State, Sr., Davidsonville, Md.
    D Jack Reid, Massachusetts, Fr., Glastonbury, Conn.
    D Brant Gresham, Georgetown, Sr., New Canaan, Conn.
    D Chris Stebbings, Navy, Sr., New Freedom, Pa.
    G Chris Garrity, Penn State, Sr., Annapolis, Md.
    LS Rob Bateman, Penn State, Jr. Parkton, Md.

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