Union may not have made it to the ECAC Hockey tournament semifinals, but its best regular-season finish ever helped three of its players get recognized by the league’s coaches.
Junior defenseman Lane Caffaro was named to the All-ECACH second team. Two freshmen, goalie Corey Milan and forward Adam Presizniuk, were named to the league’s All-Rookie Team.
The Dutchmen were 10-7-5 in the ECACH, finishing a program-best fourth and earning its first-ever first-round bye. Cornell swept Union in last weekend’s quarterfinals. Union was 15-14-6 overall, just the third winning season in the program’s 17-year history.
Caffaro had two goals and 10 assists in 22 ECACH games, tied for 10th in defensemen scoring. Overall, Caffaro had three goals and 13 assists in 33 games. He was an alternate captain until Januray, when he promoted to co-captain.
Caffaro, usually paired with sophomore Mike Wakita and freshman Brock Matheson, cut down on his penalty minutes for the second straight year. He had career-low 33 minutes. Last year, he had 63 minutes, and set a team record his freshman year with 101.
Milan had the fifth-best goals-against average in league play at 2.33. He was 5-4-5 with a .905 save percentage and one shutout. Overall, Milan was 6-8-6 with a 2.53 GAA and a .907 save percentage.
Presizniuk led the Dutchmen in league and overall scoring. He had five goals and 11 assists in 22 ECACH games, finishing fourth among freshmen. He had seven goals and 18 assists in 35 games overall. Presizniuk is the first Union freshman to lead the team in scoring since Chris Ford in 1993-94.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute freshman forward Chase Polacek was named to the All-Rookie Team. Polacek was third in freshmen league scoring with four goals and 13 assists. Overall, he was RPI’s second-leading scorer with seven goals and 21 assists, one point behind fellow freshman forward Tyler Helfrich (9-20-29).