Quinn provides spark at Saint Anselm
Alison Quinn is at her best scrapping for goals in front of the net. So it was fitting that her go-ahead goal Sunday night, handing Saint Anselm a 2-1 lead over host Holy Cross in the final of the ECAC Open tourney, came when the freshman from Canton knocked in her own rebound.
The tally held up and the Hawks captured their third consecutive ECAC title at the Hart Center in Worcester. It was also the fifth game-winning goal of the season for Quinn, a graduate of the Southfield School in Brookline, where she was a three-sport athlete.
“She’s constantly hunting for the puck and going to the net,” said Saint Anselm coach Kerstin Matthews. “Alison has a goal scorer’s touch, but a lot of it comes from just being a hound for the net. She drives to the net every chance she gets.”
The 5-foot-3 Quinn, a former Globe All-Scholastic, finished her first season with a team-high 14 goals and 13 assists, earning ECAC East Rookie of the Year honors.
“I whiffed on the first try and just went in for the second chance,” said Quinn of her game-winner. She also had a goal and assist in a 5-0 semifinal win over St. Michael’s.
“There was a pretty intense scrum in front of the net,” she said, “and I just caught my own rebound. It was a really exciting win.”
Quinn was a terror down the stretch, registering at least a point in 10 of the Hawks’ final 11 games. She potted a pair of goals in a 3-1 victory over Holy Cross earlier this month.
“The biggest thing for me is consistency from game to game, and I thought that Alison was our most consistent freshman,” said Matthews. “She brought it every night and there were very few nights off.”
In addition to her nose for the puck, Quinn also has tremendous speed on the ice.
“I’m a pretty fast skater and that allows me to control the puck pretty well,” said Quinn, who was a New England Prep Division 2 All-Star as a senior at Southfield, scoring 21 goals. “I definitely look to make plays and shoot the puck whenever I can.
“The biggest challenge for me this year was learning the system. When one player moves, all the others have to react, so it was important to learn the system and where my teammates would be on the ice.”
On a squad that featured 10 freshmen and seven sophomores, developing that chemistry was integral on the way to a successful 24-3 season.
“Alison is unbelievably fast,” said Matthews. “Her speed is something that brings her game to another level because she can actually pull away from people and create things. She wants to score goals. To be honest, teaching kids to play defense is easier than teaching kids to score goals.
“We’re a very young team with 17 freshmen and sophomores. I wouldn’t use the term rebuilding, but I thought this would be a reloading year. But the young players like Alison really came through for us.”
Duxbury High grad Martha Findley played in all 27 games as a freshman, splitting time between forward and defense, finishing the year with two assists.
“Martha played a lot for us in both positions and she is unbelievably patient with the puck and is a great skater,” said Matthews. “We were very happy with Martha’s progress this year.”
Murray wins league player of year award
Jamie Murray has put together a magnificent season in goal for the men’s hockey team at Babson College. The 6-3 sophomore from Scituate leads Division 3 in wins (19), save percentage (.949), and minutes played (1,501:45), and is fourth in goals-against average (1.44).
He has also registered a program-record five shutouts for the Beavers (19-4-1). And now he is the first player in the rich annals of Babson hockey to earn ECAC East Player of the Year honors. He is the first goalie to win the award since the 1997-98 season.
His fifth shutout came in a 6-0 whitewash of Southern Maine in the quarterfinals of the ECAC East tourney on Saturday night. The Beavers will host the University of Massachusetts Boston (17-5-4) in the semifinals Saturday. Mike Driscoll, a junior forward from Milton who leads Babson in goals (12) and points (25), was a first-team selection to the all-ECAC East squad.
Freshman defenseman Matt Sullivan of Duxbury scored with 16 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Bowdoin men’s hockey team a 4-3 win over Wesleyan on Feb. 15. The BC High grad, the son of former Boston Bruins coach Mike Sullivan, now an assistant on John Tortorella’s staff in Vancouver, has one goal and one assist.
Race sign-up open
Registration is open for the 38th annual Cohasset Road Race by the Sea 10K presented by Rotary Club of Cohasset on April 6. The Fran Coffey Memorial Walk starts at 10 a.m. at the Sandy Beach parking lot. The race goes off at 1. The registration fee is $30 until March 15; and $35 after. Register at www.roadracebythesea.com.John Johnson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.