Hamilton’s Buitenhuis second goalie to claim NESCAC Player of the Year honors

Hamilton junior goaltender Evan Buitenhuis has been chosen by the conference coaches as the 2017 NESCAC Player of the Year.

Buitenhuis leads all conference goaltenders with a 1.52 GAA and a .948 save percentage. He owns a 15-3-4 record and anchors a Continental defense that has allowed just 1.60 goals per game. Buitenhuis is the third Continental to earn Player of the Year honors, joining Gus Katsuras (2005, 2006) and Joe Houk (2011). He is also the second netminder to ever receive the award, and is the first since 2012 (Amherst’s Jonathan LaRose).

Wesleyan’s Walker Harris has been selected as the NESCAC Rookie of the Year. Harris is the first Wesleyan player since 2006 to earn the honor and third overall, joining Will Bennett (2004) and Dallas Bossort (2006). Harris is tied for second among the league leaders in power-play points (12) and ranks second on the Cardinals in scoring with 21 points on nine goals and 12 assists. Harris scored all nine goals during conference play and tallied 19 points in 18 NESCAC contests.

Rob Haberbusch of Hamilton is the NESCAC Coach of the Year for the first time in his six years at the helm of the Continentals. Haberbusch guided Hamilton to the No. 1 overall seed in the NESCAC championship after posting a 17-3-4 overall record and an 11-3-4 conference mark. The Continentals opened the year with a 13-game unbeaten streak (11-0-2) and are allowing a league-low 1.58 goals per game. Haberbusch is the second Hamilton coach to earn Coach of the Year honors, joining Norm Bazin (2010, 2011).

In addition, the NESCAC announced a pair of All-Conference Teams.

First Team All-NESCAC

Player's NamePositionClassSchool
David ItalianoFJr.Williams
Anthony SabitskyFJr.Trinity
Brandon WillettFJr.Hamilton
Jack BurtonDSr.Colby
Frankie MorkDSr.Williams
Evan BuitenhuisGJr.Hamilton

Second Team All-NESCAC

Player's NamePositionClassSchool
Roberto CelliniFSo.Williams
Thomas LindstromFJr.Amherst
Sean OrlandoFSr.Trinity
Jon CarkeekDSr.Hamilton
Chad MalinowskiDSo.Wesleyan
Nik NugnesGJr.Tufts