GENESEO, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo senior forward Stephen Collins was named the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Herb Hammond Men's Ice Hockey Player of the Year for the second year in a row, while first-year forward Conlan Keenan landed Rookie of the Year honors, announced Thursday. Collins was also named a first-team SUNYAC All-Star, while Keenan and senior defenseman Derek Stahl were also tabbed second-team honorees.
Collins currently leads the SUNYAC and stands second in Division III with a career-high 48 points, including 29 assists which is the third-highest total in the nation. Held without a point in only five of the Knights' 26 games this season, he scored three goals and added an assist in the Knights' 7-0 SUNYAC Quarterfinal victory over Brockport, Wednesday, and also notched three assists in the squad's 8-0 shut-out versus Potsdam (Feb. 18) on the final day of the regular season. Now a three-time SUNYAC All-Star after also garnering second-team honors in 2014, Collins scored a career-high four goals in a 7-4 victory at Cortland (Jan. 20) while dishing out four assists en route to a five-point effort in an 8-5 win at Canton.
Keenan is currently tied for second in Division III with 21 goals, including eight power-play tallies that are tied for the sixth-highest total in the nation. He notched his first collegiate hat-trick in Geneseo's 11-2 victory over visiting Cortland (Nov. 4) and also notched three goals to go along with an assists in last Saturday's win over Potsdam. Keenan tallied two goals and an assist in back-to-back wins over visiting Brockport, 6-2 (Nov. 19) and host Bowdoin, 7-4 (Nov. 26) during a nine-game goal scoring streak earlier in the season. He also leads the squad with five game-winning goals, including the deciding marker in the Knights' 4-3 victory at Colby (Nov. 27) to clinch the Bowdoin/Colby Face-Off Classic.
Stahl ranks second on the team in appearances over the last four years, making 110 showings in a possible 113 games during his career in a Geneseo sweater. Compiling high water marks in points (12) and assists (11) this season, he notched what proved to be the game-winning goal in the Knights' 3-0 shutout over No. 12 Buffalo State (Feb. 11) and also assisted three tallies in the season finale opposite Potsdam. Stahl anchors a penalty killing unit that ranks 23rd nationally (.842) and has only allowed one power play goal in the team's last nine outings, shutting down 33 of 34 short-handed opportunities.
Defending SUNYAC Champion Geneseo (17-6-3) hits the road on Saturday (Feb. 25) for a 7:00 p.m. face-off with second-seeded Plattsburgh in the conference semifinals. Seeded third for the second-straight season, the Knights defeated the host Cardinals, 7-1, in last season's conference tournament final to clinch the program's first championship since winning back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006.