MARSHFIELD, Mass.—Four members of the Babson College men's ice hockey program were honored when the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) announced its postseason awards on Thursday.
Head coach Jamie Rice '90 was selected as the league's coach of the year, while first-year Mike Egan (Billerica, Mass.) was tabbed as the conference rookie of the year in addition to earning all-rookie and All-NEHC third-team honors. Sophomore Nick Rosa (Birmingham, Mich.) collected all-league first-team accolades, while junior Ryan McDougall (Milton, Mass.) was named to the all-conference third team.
Rice, who earned his third conference coach of the year honor and first since 2014, guided the youthful Beavers to an overall record of 16-6-3 and an 11-4-3 mark in NEHC play during the regular season. The Green and White ranked second in the league on the penalty kill and third in both scoring offense and the power play, while scoring an NEHC-best 28 third-period goals in 18 contests.
The second winningest coach in program history with 243 victories, Rice has led the program to 15 or more wins each of the last seven years and in 11 of his 15 seasons overall. Additionally, the Beavers enter the conference playoffs as a top-three seed for the eighth year in a row.
The program's first conference rookie of the year since Jamas LaFreniere '06 in 2003, Egan ranks second on the team and leads all NEHC rookies in scoring with 12 goals and 14 assists for 26 points. He scored twice on the power play, is tied for first in the league with four game-winning tallies, and his 26 points are good for the most by a Babson first-year since Jason Schneider '10 put up 26 back in 2007.
Rosa, who earned all-league honors for the second year in a row after being named to the all-rookie team in 2018, has contributed career highs of 13 goals, 15 assists and 28 points in 25 games this winter. He ranks third in the NEHC in points, is tied for first in the conference with four power play tallies, and has scored a team-best four times on the power play.
Rosa's 28 points are the most by a Babson player since Terry Woods '11 finished with 30 during the 2009-10 campaign.
McDougall collected the first all-conference award of his career after finishing the regular season as the Beavers' top-scoring defensemen with career highs of three goals and eight assists for 11 points. He scored twice on the power and contributed two goals and four assists for six points over the final five games of the regular season.
Third-seeded Babson, which is ranked 15th by USCHO.com, will host sixth-seeded Skidmore in an NEHC Tournament quarterfinal on Saturday at 7 p.m. inside the Babson Skating Center.