Men's Hockey Announces Team Awards

Adam Schmidt

WORCESTER, Mass. The Holy Cross men's hockey team has announced its team awards for the 2011-2012 season. The awards were presented at the team's annual banquet on April 14. Sophomore forward Adam Schmidt (Warrington, Pa.) was named the MVP, while senior defenseman Kyle Atkins (Brockville, Ontario) was awarded the Glenn "Spike" Crane Memorial Award. Senior forward Jay Silvia (Burlington, Mass.) received the Dr. James M. Stewart Memorial Award, while senior forward Andrew Cox (Lombardy, Ontario) and freshman goalie Matt Ginn (Lindsay, Ontario) earned the Seventh Player Award. Senior defenseman Matt Clune (Toronto, Ontario) previously received the Michael P. Quinn Award.

Schmidt led the team with a career-best 18 goals and a career-best 37 points. He was second with a career-best 19 assists. His 18 goals are tied for fourth all-time for a Division I season at the school. This season, Schmidt earned second team All-Atlantic Hockey honors as he was the first Crusader to earn All-League accolades since 2008. Schmidt was named the Hockey Commissioners' Association (HCA) National Division I Player of the Month for February and also the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Month. Schmidt led the Crusaders for the month with seven goals, nine assists and 16 points as Holy Cross went 7-0-1. He posted at least one point in all eight games. He tallied one goal and two assists for three points in the 6-1 win versus AIC on Feb. 3, while he posted three goals for his first career hat-trick in the 6-4 victory versus Bentley on Feb. 25. He was named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week on Feb. 27 for his five-point performance in the two-game series against Bentley. He tied for third in Atlantic Hockey this season in goals and ranked fourth in goals. As a freshman, Schmidt recorded six goals and 15 assists for 21 points as he ranked fifth on the team in points. He was also named the AHA Rookie of the Week once. For his career, he has 24 goals and 34 assists for 58 points in 75 contests.

The Glenn "Spike" Crane Memorial Award is given to the player who excels most in the little things and leads his teammates by example. This is the second time that Atkins has earned this honor as he also won it as a freshman. This season, Atkins posted a career-best six goals and 15 points. For his career, he played in 113 games with 10 goals and 29 assists for 39 points.

The Dr. James M. Stewart Memorial Award is the Coaches Award given for commitment, leadership and performance. Silvia played in 140 career games which are tied for seventh all-time at the school. His 34 career goals and 10 game-winning goals were the most by any current member of the team. He also posted 30 assists for 64 career points. As a freshman he won the team's Seventh Player award. Also over his career he was named the Atlantic Hockey Player of the Week, the AHA Rookie of the Week and the AT&T Crusader of the Week. This season, he played in all 39 games with seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points. As a junior he was named to the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic team.

The Seventh Player Award is given to the player who performed above expectations. Cox played in all 39 games this season as he was second on the team with a career-best 33 points, while he was tied for second with a career-best 15 goals and ranked third with a career-best 18 assists. He was also named the AT&T Crusader of the Week this season. He tied for sixth in Atlantic Hockey in points, tied for eighth in goals and tied for first with a career-best five game-winning goals. Cox played in 133 career games with 30 goals and 38 assists for 68 career points. Last season he won the Holy Cross Winter Homecoming MVP and he is a three-time member of the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic team.    

Ginn was named to the Atlantic Hockey All-Rookie team this season. Ginn, who was named the HCA's National Rookie of the Month for February, was named the Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week three times, Rookie of the Month twice and Goalie of the Week once. He went 17-8-2 this season as his 17 wins are tied for second on the school's Division I single-season list. Ginn's .667 winning percentage was ranked seventh nationally and second in Atlantic Hockey. His 629 saves are sixth all-time for a Division I season, while his 2.42 goals against average is fourth. Ginn went 7-0-1 in the month of February with a 1.61 goals against average and a .937 save percentage. He posted two shutouts on the season.

The Michael P. Quinn Award is given to the best defensive Holy Cross hockey player over the course of the season. Clune played in 140 career games which are tied for seventh all-time at the school. This season, he posted a career-best 16 assists and 20 points. His 16 assists were fourth on the team. For his career he tallied 14 goals and 39 assists for 53 points. He is a two-time member of the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic team.