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Pro Scouts On The Prowl For Oxon Hill’s Anderson

Pro Scouts On The Prowl For Oxon Hill’s Anderson
By Zach Smart

HAMDEN, Conn.– True story. DeMario Anderson sauntered into a restaurant on Whitney Ave., sporting a black fitted hat with “D.C.” emblazoned on the front. Suddenly, he was approached by two model-slender and strikingly pretty young women. Both were resident students and apparently supporters of the basketball team at Quinnipiac University, where after two seasons the Oxon Hill, Md. product has left a legacy that few can eclipse.

“Can I just shake your hand?” Asked one of the women, her eyes lit up like mini-fireballs.

Anderson, “D.A.” to the burgeoning basketball culture at Quinnipiac, responded with his hallmark ear-to-ear smile. Taken aback, Anderson let out a few abrupt laughs. When Anderson asked why they sought his permission (he would later explain he’s never had anyone ask to shake his hand before) to do so, one of the women was quick to answer.

“Because you’re like… famous.”

A bundle of talent, a winning personality, and an uncanny ability to thrive in the face of adversity. These are just some aspects that have helped Anderson skyrocket to small-school stardom. Now these facets are helping him mount a promising professional stock.

Anderson is a full package. He’s an intriguing blend of otherwordly, wunderkind-like athleticism, strength, and talent. He’s 6-3 (maybe 6-3 and some change) with a penchant for losing defenders off the dribble and scoring in traffic. Because of this, Anderson–who cooked opponents to the recipe of 21.7 points and 6.5 boards per game this season— is prolonging an unpredictable basketball career that began at Central Connecticut. Despite being utilized as the Bobcats’ clear go-to-guy, a wing whom they featured nearly every game, Anderson handed out a team-high 91 assists on the season. How’d he manage this, you ask? It’s simply what his coach expected of him.

Tom Moore, the former UConn assistant (and associate head coach during his last two years at the Big East NBA factory), said he was sold on Anderson’s potential since he opted to take the Quinnipiac job late last March.

“You become mercenary and see what type of hand you’ll be dealt if you do decide to take a job,” explained Moore in an interview with the New Haven Register last month.

“I knew what I was getting from him. I wanted to give him some ownership of this team, that’s how much I thought of him…He made this year seamless for me, and I’ll always be indebted to him for that.”
Ever humble, Anderson deflects most of the praise that’s been sprinkled on him over the past year. He’s certainly not shy, however, when it comes to the subject of his hoops future.

“Basketball is definitely in my future,” said Anderson, he of the thick Washington, D.C.-drawl. “I’m definitely trying to get to the (NBA) league. I mean it’s really been my goal since the summer. I’d be lying if I told you otherwise.”

He’s D.C. through and through. With a streetball-like savvy and an arsenal moves off the dribble and slashes to the cup, Anderson created matchup problems for nearly every team in the Northeast Conference this season.

“DeMario is a better than a lot of Big East players,” opined Mike Rice, the first-year Robert Morris head coach.

Oddly enough, despite the fact that he led the league in several statistical categories and turned in titanic performances against in-state foes Sacred Heart and Central Connecticut (at Central), Tony Lee of Robert Morris was handed Player of the Year accolades.

A royal snubbing?

More like “politics as usual,” as one may conclude. Robert Morris captured the regular season title and the team’s overall success typically dictates which player will take home the prestigious conference Player of the Year hardware.

Anderson took the world by storm this year, sometimes serving as a one-man wrecking crew as his numbers vaulted him to an elite class of the NCAA’s scorers.

Now a surplus of pro scouts are starting to take notice. Anderson says his cell phone has been flooded with messages lately. Everyone from Lebanon (where former Quinnipiac forward and Cheverly-bred Kevin Jolley dominated a year ago) to Spain, to throughout the European seaboard has been in contact with Anderson. The NBA agents have also jumped into the fray, urging him to attend the upcoming Portsmouth Invitational. The event scouts prospective NBA players

Not bad for a kid who didn’t start playing organized ball until his junior year of high school, when he was employed as an instant sparkplug off the knot. At Oxon Hill High, the alma mater of the Chicago Bulls’ Michael Sweetney, Anderson re-wrote the record books. He immediately surfaced as one of Maryland’s top players his senior season, garnering an All-County selection and an invite to the Capital Classic.

Putting The Bobcats On The Map
Quinnipiac, a perennial power in hockey, had been striving for some national visibility since the University shelled out a king’s ransom on the TD Banknorth Sports Center. The 3,500-seat arena dwarfs those of conference foes and would be fitting for an A-10 or MAAC school.

Moore, widely recognized for grooming a torrent of talent during his stay at UConn (see Butler, Caron or Gordon, Ben for more details) became the first coach in Anderson’s traveled five-year career (Anderson went to Global Institute in Manhattan for a year, but sat out to circumvent an NCAA rule that prevents a player from transferring schools in the same conference) to fully utilize the talent which cracked the surface.

Former coach Joe DeSantis’ system featured a motion offense that emphasized crisp ball movement and perimeter shooting. Playing in the wake of grief (Anderson’s mother, Lisa Duncan, died of cancer in 2006), Anderson struggled to get acclimated to the new system through the first ten games. Then one Saturday in December of 2006, he hung 20 points on Vermont. Following this, D.A. quickly came into his own. Anderson averaged 22.3 points over the final six games of the regular season and his evolution as the Bobcats’ feature player had the slowly growing basketball culture buzzing. He managed to do all this despite popping off the bench as the team’s sixth man. DeSantis, who took ten seasons to reach his 100th win, opted to start three-point assailant Van Crafton instead.

Not this year. Moore swooped in and ripped the straight jacket off Anderson’s back. The Bobcats’ offense allowed Anderson to execute the freelance mano y mano moves that makes the senior such a unique threat. It was under Moore that Anderson’s game truly flourished, as he flee from a cloud of obscurity this season.

The University got what it wanted at the near-conclusion of the season. Anderson avenged a loss at Central by winning an overtime thriller in astonishing fashion. With the score deadlocked at 73, Anderson launched a buzzer-beating, half-court prayer that splashed through the net, sending the gym into a mix of shock and frenzy. He then ran out of the Detrick Gymnasium, his teammates chasing after him, to celebrate the glory.

The game-winner would shoot to No.1 on SportsCenter’s “Top Ten Plays” that Feb. 28 night. It later became a finalist for Pontiac’s Game-Changing performance.

No national visibility? No problem. Give the ball to DA, and let him go to work.

Now basketball junkies around the country are voting amongst game-changing plays made by first-class schools like North Carolina, Memphis, Indiana, Stanford, Pittsburgh, and Wisconsin—and now Quinnipiac. The image may be re-constructed. Maybe DA’s eye-popper allows the school situated in the suburbs of New Haven County to be recognized for more than just its political polls, prestigious Physical Therapy department, and nationally ranked hockey team.

Enhancing The Image?
When a school has grows by leaps and bounds as quickly as Quinnipiac—once the tiny, Division-II liberal arts school—high expectations, hype, and hearsay tend to brew around campus faster than a freshman beer fest on spring weekend. There had been some hearsay about Quinnipiac eventually becoming a “Junior Ivy League.”

Yeah, right. And I’m the next Brad Pitt.

Whatever the University is doing to keep up with these Ivy League foes, Anderson certainly exacerbated Ivy League relations with his scoring prowess this season.

In an 85-63 dumping of Dartmouth back in December, Anderson used a compilation of mid-range jumpers and quick slashes to the hole to help blood-letter the Big Green. He finished with 27 points in 27 minutes. Against Cornell, Anderson turned in a 20-point showing—in the second half.

Against Sacred Heart mid-way through the season, Anderson scored 30 and had a hand in virtually every play. It was a down-to-the-wire clash which concluded in video game fashion. When the Pioneers’ Drew Shubik hit a three, Anderson would answer with a three of his own. When Shubik got free for a lay-in, Da would break through two defenders and complete a reverse layup. In the end, however, the DA transit ran out of gas as the Bobcats suffered a dizzying one-point loss.

“I’m not even going to vote for Player of the Year,” said Moore after that game. “I’m just going to send the (game) tape in. If he doesn’t get (Player of the Year), that would just be criminal.”

Wow.

D.A. backed up his coach’s potent words the following game, when the Bobcats walloped lowly St. Francis (Pa.) at home. DA did his best Chris Paul impression that game–handing out a game-high six dimes. When they tried to trap him, they weren’t there in time. When they keyed on him, his teammates were beneficiaries of his presence.

The D.A. transit was looking to drive deep into the playoffs this season, but the Bobcats lost a tough one to eventual champion Mount St. Mary’s in the opening round.

Dickenman Saga: Squashing The Beef
Anderson emerged into Central’s leading scorer as a sophomore, averaging 14 points and turning in a Godzilla-like, 32-point eruption against, oddly enough, Quinnipiac. His career as a Blue Devil would hit a major pothole however, after a scholarship dispute with head coach Howie Dickenman emerged. At the end of his sophomore year at Central, Anderson asked to be released from his scholarship. Dickenman refused to meet his wish.

“There isn’t really any hard feelings between us (anymore),” said Anderson, who is still close friends with Blue Devil guard Tristan Blackwood. “He just never let me out. That got real personal because it not only changed my basketball future but my academic future as well.”

Dickenman maintains that there’s another side to it. He explained to the New Haven Register that Anderson didn’t take advantage of the opportunity to appeal the decision.

“I don’t think (his decision to transfer) had to do with him bumping heads with coach really,” said Justin Chiera, the former three-point assassin for Central who now works as a basketball instructor in New Jersey.

“He wasn’t happy (at Central), it was a personal decision of his. That’s the real reason why he left. As far as how his career went, I honestly think he would have done his thing either way, had he stayed at Central. Just having him on the court was such a luxury, because with D.A., there’s just so much he can do when the rock is in his hands.”

Handling Adversity
You’ll find that few things in life faze Anderson. The 22-year-old was forced to be extraordinarily self-reliant in the months following his mother’s death. He also tries to be instrumental in the upbringing of his younger sister, Parris. Anderson has her name tattooed on his right arm.

This season, Anderson lost his grandfather and was forced to miss a pair of games against Wagner and Monmouth. After returning to Connecticut from the funeral, Anderson responded in the wake of grief (once again) by pouring in 25 points and hauling down 11 boards in a loss to Sacred Heart.

D.C. Pipeline
Anderson, along with teammates Louis Brookins, Jeremy and Evann Baker, all hail from the D.C.-area. Former Quinnipiac forwards Victor Akinyanju and Kevin Jolley, also from Maryland/D.C. areas, are enjoying prosperous careers overseas. Exactly when D.C. became the Quinnipiac pipeline is open to question. Most people can date it back to Rob Monroe, the 5-foot-10 guard who became one of the NCAA’s scoring and assists leaders during his final season (2004-2005 campaign) with the Bobcats.

Never heard of DeMario Anderson before? Don’t worry, you will soon.

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Bobcats Taken Down by UConn, Wind In Home Opener

Bobcats Taken Down by UConn, Wind In Home Opener
by Tom Butto
March 21, 2008

HAMDEN – The Quinnipiac Bobcats softball team lost to UConn 9-0 in five innings of play in their home opener at Bobcat Field on Thursday. The Bobcats who fell to 7-14 on the season were looking to stop an eight game losing streak.

The Bobcats came home after playing in three tournaments in Virginia and Florida where they played tough competition such as Yale and Longwood.

The game started off good for the Bobcats, with Jaimie Iaquinto, a sophomore pitcher, turning in an impressive three inning, four hit performance, while striking out two and giving up one unearned run.

The trouble for the Bobcats came when Carolyn Schmolz replaced Iaquinto and when the wind started whipping around. UConn touched up Schmolz, scoring eight runs in her two innings of work.

Danielle Del Ponte and Micah Truax of UConn both hit two-run homers in the fifth inning which put the game out of reach for the Bobcats for good.

The mercy rule in softball is if a team has an eight run lead after five innings of play.

When Quinnipiac’s pitching started to falter, UConn’s starter, Tricia Sullivan, was dominant the whole game.
Sullivan struck out six batters and only gave up a single to Kristin Sheriff.

The wind played a factor in the fourth and fifth inning when two routine pop ups to Christine Bourdeau, Quinnipiac’s shortstop, turned into adventures. Both pop ups seemed to be going right to Bourdeau’s spot at shortstop, but both times the wind carried the ball all the way to the middle of the infield, leading to base hits.

The Bobcats will head off to Stony Brook, N.Y on Friday to play at the Stony Brook Invitational where they will be looking to end their nine game losing streak.

Hamden made it drizzle, Iona made it rain

Hamden made it drizzle, Iona made it rain
By Kevin Lo
March 19, 2008

HAMDEN, Conn. – The Bobcats fell to Iona 71-59 in their first ever postseason appearance for the Quinnipiac women’s basketball program at the Division I level in tonight’s first round NIT game.

The Bobcats struggled to find their rhythm early and trailed at the half 43-30. They never had the opportunity to get close as Iona’s superior post play was able to stretch the lead.

Iona outscored the Bobcats 36-26 in the paint and out rebounded the Bobcats 46-31. Anna McLean led Iona in both scoring and in rebounds with 24 points and 18 boards.

Iona also shot well from the perimeter as they hit 9-19 of their 3 point attempts.

The Bobcats caught a tough break with 12 minutes to go in the second half when Erin Kerner went down with an injury to her left leg. She returned to the game minutes later but this time injured her right leg and was forced to sit out for good.

During this span Quinnipiac was able to cut it to 10 but it would not be enough. The Bobcats actually outscored Iona in the second 29-28 but the huge deficit they faced from the first half would make a comeback improbable.

The Bobcats struggled to keep it close throughout the first half. Both teams came out in a full court press and kept the defensive pressure high for the first few minutes of the game.

QU had a tough time finding a rhythm offensively early on. They seemed to do their best work on the break and at the line. Catherine Lutz went on a tear late in the first half and stopped a potentially huge Quinnipiac run. She poured in 4 straight threes from the 3 point line and helped stretch the Iona lead to 12.

Mandy Pennewell led the team with 15 points and Brianna Rooney chipped in 13 points and 3 steals.

Tennis’ Mikkelson named NEC Player of the Week

Tennis’ Mikkelson named NEC Player of the Week
By Andrew Fletcher
March 19, 2008

Freshman Brian Mikkelson earned Northeast Conference Player of the Week honors last week, the league office announced. He won three of four matches he played this week, including sweeping his Hartford opponents.

Against Hartford, Mikkelson defeated Emmett Drake at No. 2 singles and defeated Drake and Tim Glickman at No. 2 doubles, paired with Joe Nuara (Little Silver, N.J.).

Mikkelson came back to defeat Rhode Island’s Jeff Cote in No. 2 singles. After dropping the first set, he won the second set 7-6 in a tie-break and took the third set easily. While playing alongside Sean Pease (Falmouth, Mass.), he was beaten 9-8 in No. 1 doubles by Cote and Jared Dorfman.

The Mequon, Wisc. native, is now 28-7 in his freshman season for the Bobcats, including a 15-2 record in doubles play when paired with Pease.

The 3-3 Bobcats, who have been off for 10 days, return to action tomorrow. They will travel to Storrs, Conn. to take on the Connecticut Huskies at 2 p.m. The Huskies have a record of 3-5 and are coming off of a 4-3 victory against Monmouth.

Quinnipiac Golf Readies for Spring Season

Quinnipiac Golf Readies for Spring Season
By Jeremy Schilling

After having a long cold, wet winter to think about their disappointing fall play, the Quinnipiac Bobcats Men’s Golf team is ready to start anew for the Spring 2008 season with visions of a championship.

Earlier this year, the Bobcats were picked 7th in the Preseason Northeast Conference Coaches Poll. The first six teams are, in order, Central Connecticut State, Sacred Heart, Mount St. Saint Francis (Pa.), and Long Island University. Following the Bobcats in the poll are Robert Morris, Fairleigh Dickinson, Wagner and St. Francis (N.Y.). Head Coach John O’Connor summed up the Bobcats placement in the Poll by saying, “The ranking is about where I expected us to be. The other teams are just better than we are.”

The Bobcats will be looking for a bunch of players to step up this semester to help them return to their form of Fall 2006. Coach O’Connor said that “Ian O’Connor is one of the best golfers in the conference but still has some bad days on the course; we need him to perform well every time out. Jayson Loranger has some great potential but needs to stay focused for the entire round. Charlie Niland has done very well in junior tournaments but if he can adjust to college golf, [he] has some great potential. Brady Giroux is our most steady golfer that can go low.”

Their spring season begins this weekend at the George Washington Invitational at the Bear Trap Dunes course in Bethany Beach, DE. Coach O’Connor’s prediction for the weekend? “This weekend will be tough as we have only had a few days on the golf course and our tempo and timing will need some time to develop. I do continue to have very high hopes and expectations for the kids.” Play begins at 9 a.m.

Quinnipiac Baseball Endures Disappointing Spring Road Trip

Quinnipiac Baseball Endures Disappointing Spring Road Trip
By Jamie Palatini
March 19, 2008

It’s certainly not the start Head Coach Dan Gooley was hoping for.

Quinnipiac University’s Baseball Team kicked off its season with a southern spring road trip that ended this past Sunday. The Bobcats finished the road trip with a 2-8 record against some of the stiffest competition they will face this year, which included Duke, Michigan State, and Davidson.

If you want to find reasons for this team’s struggles so far, look no further than the pitching staff. Through 10 games the Bobcats pitching staff’s ERA is 7.67, and overall the team has allowed 85 runs. They have also allowed 10 or more runs in six of their 10 games.

But despite the poor pitching, Quinnipiac has had good offensive production during the first week of the season. The Bobcats scored 15 runs in both of their two wins and are averaging over six runs per game.

Some standout performers from the road trip for the Bobcats include First Baseman/Designated Hitter Pete Kummerfeldt and infielders Tyler Turgeon and John Delaney. Kummerfeldt homered in each of the Bobcats first three games, and currently leads the team those three home runs, a .385 batting average and 11 RBIs. Freshman Tyler Turgeon made an immediate impact with six RBI’s in the Bobcats first game, a 15-10 win over Davidson. Senior infielder John Delaney is tied for the team lead in hits with 15, and has been one of the most consistent performers for the team thus far with a .325 average, two home runs and nine RBIs.

However, the lack of pitching has to be a concern for Gooley. Of the 6 pitchers who have started games for Quinnipiac, only 2 have ERAs below 9.00. Luckily for the Bobcats, they’ve made their way through the toughest part of their schedule, and hopefully this experience will pay off down the road. They’ll try and right the ship this Thursday when they host Fairfield at 3 PM.

Controversy, shorthanded goal help doom Bobcats

Controversy, shorthanded goal help doom Bobcats
by Seth Rothman
March 16, 2008

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – There was no other logical way for Quinnipiac’s season to end other than in the oddest way possible.

With 15:10 remaining in the third period and the Bobcats down by one, junior defenseman Andy Meyer drove to the net. After he put the disk on net, it appeared to slingshot over Harvard goaltender Kyle Richter, and according to Meyer, land five or six inches over the goal-line.

But the goal judge didn’t put the red light on, and none of the referees claimed to see the puck go in.

“I rushed it up the ice. I had [a Harvard defender] wide, so I cut wide, I cut along the goal-line and saw [Richter] kind of falling back into the net, so I tried to put it up high,” Meyer explained. “I saw him falling backwards and I thought it bounced off him, came straight down and hopped over the goal-line. A couple guys in front of the net like [Mark Agnew] said it was in for sure; five or six inches over the line.”

“[Referee John Gravallese] said none of the three [referee and linesmen] were in position to see it, and the goal judge said it wasn’t in,” Bobcats captain Jamie Bates said. “We had four guys on our team all around the net that said it was clearly in.”

“Before you guys ask me questions, was that puck in, or not?” Bobcats coach Rand Pecknold asked the throng of reporters before he answered questions. “All my players said it was definitely in. I got no explanation.  [Gravallese] didn’t come down to talk to me. I would have appreciated an explanation, though.”

Just over ten minutes later, Harvard sophomore Doug Rogers took a shot that Fisher saved, but the rebound ping-ponged off the chest of senior captain Mike Taylor and into the net with 4:15 left in the contest. That gave Harvard its final margin of 3-1, and accentuated the Cantabs march to Albany, where they will face Cornell in the ECAC Hockey semifinals Friday evening at 7.

The game started slowly for the Bobcats (20-15-4), who, according to Pecknold, seemed not to have enough energy playing for the 3rd consecutive day on the road at the Bright Hockey Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

“First period I thought was awful,” Pecknold said. “I thought we lacked energy and we were tired. Harvard out-played us. We played a lot better in the 2nd and 3rd.”

Harvard outshot the Bobcats 14-3 in the opening stanza, and tallied first on a shorthanded goal.

After Harvard sophomore Ian Tallett took a roughing penalty 11:41 into the opening stanza, freshman Zach Hansen tried to set up the power play on the point with Meyer.

But Hansen’s attempted pass to the junior from St. Louis was intercepted by Taylor. He came through the neutral zone on a 2-on-1, and took care of matters himself. His shot from the left circle trickled past Quinnipiac goaltender Bud Fisher and into the net, giving the home-standing Crimson (16-12-4) the 1-0 lead just over thirteen minutes in.

“I thought we wanted it bad. We came out a little lethargic in the beginning; three games in three nights is tough,” Meyer said. “We have leaders, the seniors are awesome guys. We tried to follow their lead and came out strong in the second and third periods. I thought we played hard.”

Quinnipiac was able to pick up the pace in the second period, and scored on a tough-angle goal by junior Bryan Leitch.

Hansen sent the puck across the zone to Leitch, who was standing by the goal-line on the right side. With Richter out of position, Leitch flung the puck towards the net, scoring on the odd-angle shot.

Just as the Quinnipiac fans behind their team’s bench got into the game, they were taken out of it.

Twenty-two seconds after Leitch’s goal, sophomore winger Mike Atkinson got called for a high-sticking penalty. Harvard made quick work of the man-advantage that was contested verbally by Pecknold.

Sixteen seconds later, Harvard had the game-winning goal. Taylor sent the puck to Rogers, a game-time decision due to an injured leg. He wristed the biscuit blocker side past Fisher to give the Crimson all the scoring they would need, thanks in large part to the goaltending of Richter.

“I don’t think we played our best game. I don’t think Harvard did, either. It’s tough to play three games in three nights,” Pecknold said. “It was a little sloppy out there. Harvard capitalized a little more, they had a better first period. I thought we played better in the second and third, but just couldn’t find a way to score. Richter played great.”

Early in the third, Quinnipiac had a power play, and looked sure to score. Despite three grade “A” chances, Richter proved ambidextrous, stopping everything the Bobcats sent his way, and helping to ensure his team’s win.

But then came controversy, in the name of a puck that may have gone in. All five skaters in blue raised their sticks in celebration, and all five skaters in white stopped playing, expecting the red light to go on. It never did. 

Gravallese signaled no goal after conferring with assistant referees Scott Whittemore and Mark Messier (no relation to the NHL Hall-of-Famer).

Pecknold and his club were sure it went in, though.

“That second non-goal is a big part of the hockey game. We’ll have to look at the video to see whether or not it went in. My guys feel pretty confident that it did,” Pecknold said. “It [would have been] 2-2 with 15 minutes left. It’s a different hockey game right there. Whether or not it was in, I have no idea. I thought it was in, but we’ll have to look at the tape. If that’s a goal, it’s anyone’s game.”

“Playing three games in three nights is tough, but its tough for Harvard, too,” Bates said. “They came out with a lot of jam tonight, we looked a little slow off the get-go, and Bud kept us in it, which is all you can ask of a goaltender. I think from the 2nd and 3rd period on, it was a dogfight.”

For Bates, the senior captain, the loss is a tough pill to swallow. For him and the other seniors on this Bobcats team, it’s the end of their collegiate careers.

“I’m obviously very disappointed. Disappointed in the outcome tonight,” Bates said, appearing to hold back tears. “It’s going to be tough not lacing them up with the boys in that room again. That’s probably the most difficult thing right now.”

“I think it was a good year. I’m real happy with how the guys responded [Saturday] after the thrashing we took on Friday night,” Pecknold said. “That was a big win for us. Would have liked to have gotten one more tonight and gone back to Albany, but you have to give Harvard credit, they were good.”

It’s a tough loss to swallow, but Pecknold was quick to praise his team for an adversity-filled season that saw the team playing without three of its defenseman for long stretches of time.

“It’s tough to [win twice at Harvard]. It’s even harder for us with Matt Sorteberg, Jake Bauer, and Mark Nelson – three of our top six defensemen out of the lineup. We’ve had to deal with injuries all year. Actually, to get 20 wins with all the injuries we had is amazing,” Pecknold said. “Fisher’s been hurt the last month and a half of the season. That’s why I pulled him early on Friday, I wanted to try to save him. Beaudoin’s hurt, we got half our lineup hurt; we’re pretty banged up. To get 20 wins with the amount of injuries we had, I’m pretty happy with that.”

Meanwhile, it is a team that won 20 games for the 4th consecutive season, and 9th year out of 10. It was hard for Pecknold to call the season a disappointment because they didn’t get back to Albany for the second consecutive year. In fact, he refused to.

“I think we had a good year. Any time you can win 20 games is great,” Pecknold said. “We definitely struggled at the end – the injuries caught up to us. We had that 9-0-1 streak, we had a ton of injuries then.”

“I’m extremely proud of the guys,” Bates said. “As a team, we really came together. We keep saying it every year, but this is probably one of the closest teams I’ve ever been on. We had a lot of adversity this year with injuries, and some tough games, late goals to get losses, but we just kept battling back. It was an honor to play with these guys.”

NOTES: Bates, Ben Nelson, Dan Travis, Dan LeFort, Mark Agnew, and Dan Cullen all dressed for the final time in a Bobcats uniform. … Senior Matt Sorteberg was injured for the contest, but might try to apply for a medical redshirt so he can compete against next season. … Quinnipiac outshot the Cantabs 17-8 in the third period. … Friday’s other ECAC Hockey semifinal will pit #2 seed Princeton against #8 seed Colgate at 4pm.