WORCESTER, Mass. - The 2005-2006 winter sports season has come to a close for Holy Cross, with the men's ice hockey, men's basketball and women's basketball teams all having successful years. Following the conclusion of their seasons, a number of Crusader athletes were honored by their conferences for their individual accomplishments.
For the men's ice hockey team senior forward Tyler McGregor (Ajax, Ontario) led the way by being named the Atlantic Hockey Association Player of the Year. He led the team in scoring with 54 points on 26 goals and 28 assists, while scoring the game-winning goal against Minnesota in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. McGregor also earned the Atlantic Hockey Sportsmanship Award, and was named first team all-league. Junior defenseman Jon Landry (Lexington, Mass.) was also selected to the all-conference first team, while senior forward Pierre Napert-Frenette (Bathurst, New Brunswick) and senior goalie Tony Quesada (South Freeport, Maine) earned spots on the second team. In addition, senior forward Blair Bartlett (Dryden, Ontario) received the league's Best Defensive Forward Award, and junior Rob Godfrey (Thunder Bay, Ontario) earned the Best Defensive Defenseman Award.
For the men's basketball team, senior guard Kevin Hamilton (Queens Village, N.Y.) was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year. He led the conference in scoring (17.6 points per game), rebounding (6.3 rebounds per game) and steals (3.3 steals per game), and was the only player in the nation to lead his league in each of those three categories. Hamilton was also selected first team All-Patriot League, along with junior guard Keith Simmons (Kingston, N.Y.). In addition, junior guard Torey Thomas (White Plains, N.Y.) was named second team All-Patriot League, and freshman forward Alex Vander Baan (Uxbridge, Mass.) was chosen to the Patriot League All-Rookie team.
In women's basketball, junior center Kaitlin Foley (Albany, N.Y.) and junior guard Brittany Keil (Sparta, N.J.) were both named to the All-Patriot League team. Foley was selected to the first team, while Keil earned second team honors.
The men's ice hockey team finished the year with an overall record of 27-10-2, while placing first in Atlantic Hockey with a 19-7-2 mark in league games. Men's basketball had an overall record of 20-12, and was second in the Patriot League with an 11-3 mark. The women's basketball squad went 16-14 overall, and also placed second in the Patriot League with a 10-4 mark in the conference.