The ECAC’s year-end awards were handed out Thursday morning at the annual ECAC brunch, with Cleary Cup champion Cornell leading the way. The Big Red captured four of the individual awards and placed four players on the first two ECAC All-Star squads.
Mike Schafer picked up the Coach of the Year Award, guiding the Big Red to their best ECAC season and first regular-season title since 1973.
The defensive awards also went to the Big Red. Matt Underhil received the Dryden Award, captain Stephen Baby was awarded the Defensive Forward of the Year and Brian McMeekin took home the Defensive Defenseman of the Year.
The Yale Bulldogs featured the league’s Rookie of the Year as the leading rookie scorer, Chris Higgins, picked up the honors.
Player of the Year went to Rensselaer junior forward Marc Cavosie. Cavosie led the league in scoring this season and is also a Hobey Baker finalist.
The ECAC First Team All-Stars included two members of the Big Red and two Engineers. Along with Underhill, Cornell defenseman Doug Murray gathered First Team honors. Murray is the other ECAC representative among the Hobey Baker finalists.
Matt Murley, the second leading scorer in the ECAC, joined teammate Cavosie as a First Team All-Star. Mike Maturo of Dartmouth was the other forward on the first team while Kerry Ellis-Toddington of Clarkson was the other nod at defense.
The second team also featured two members of the Big Red as Baby and Mark McRae were named at forward and defense respectively. Higgins and Harvard forward Brett Nowak filled out the forwards. Trevor Byrne of Dartmouth was listed on defense and Yann Danis of Brown was the goaltender.
The ECAC All-Rookie team featured David LeNeveu of Cornell in goal, Noah Welch of Harvard and Randy Jones of Clarkson on defense. The forwards were Higgins, Jordan Webb of Union and Lee Stempniak of Dartmouth.
ECAC Player of the Year
Marc Cavosie, F, Jr.. Rensselaer
ECAC Coach of the Year
Mike Schafer, Cornell
ECAC Rookie of the Year
Chris Higgins, Yale
ECAC Defensive Forward of the Year
Stephen Baby, Jr., Cornell
ECAC Defensive Defenseman of the Year
Brian McMeekin, Sr., Cornell
Matt Underhill, Sr., Cornell
ECAC All-Rookie Team
F Chris Higgins, Yale
F Jordan Webb, Union
F Lee Stempniak, Dartmouth
D Randy Jones, Clarkson
D Noah Welch, Harvard
G David LeNeveu, Cornell
F Marc Cavosie, Jr., Rensselaer
F Mike Maturo, Jr., Dartmouth
F Matt Murley, Sr., Rensselaer
D Kerry Ellis-Toddington, Sr., Clarkson
D Doug Murray, Jr., Cornell
G Matt Underhill, Sr., Cornell
F Chris Higgins, Fr., Yale
F Brett Nowak, Jr., Harvard
F Stephen Baby, Jr., Cornell
D Trevor Byrne, Jr., Dartmouth
D Mark McRae, Jr., Cornell
G Yann Danis, So., Brown
F Jamie Herrington, Sr., Dartmouth
F Dominic Moore, Jr., Harvard
D Rob Brown, So., Colgate