GENESEO, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo senior forward Stephen Collins was named one of seven finalists for the 2016-17 Sid Watson Award, given annually by the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) to the best NCAA Division III men's ice hockey player in the country. It is the second-straight season Collins has been named to the list.
Also named the Herb Hammond State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Player of the Year for the second-straight season, Collins finished the season ranked third in Division III with a career-high 48 points, including 29 assists which is the fifth-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 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.
A three-time SUNYAC All-Star after landing first-team honors the last two years as well as second-team recognition 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.
Collins finished his Geneseo career tied for 15th on the Knights' career-scoring list with 137 points, including 78 assists that rank 16th and 59 goals that stand 17th.
Geneseo finished the season with a 17-7-3 record, including a 10-5-1 SUNYAC mark to earn the third seed for the conference tournament. Following a 7-0 shutout over visiting Brockport in the first round, the Knights fell at eventual conference champion Plattsburgh, 5-2, in the semifinals.