GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo junior forward Stephen Collins was named the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Men's Ice Hockey Player of the Year and joined three other Knights in being named All-SUNYAC.
Collins currently ranks fourth nationally with 40 points, including 20 goals which are tied for third and 20 assists which are tied for 14th in Division III. He was named the SUNYAC Player of the Week on Jan. 18 after scoring seven goals during a three-game stretch for the Knights, including a hat-trick opposite Division II Franklin Pierce (Jan. 16). Also voted a second-team all-conference pick as a first-year, Collins' notched a six-point showing (2 goals, 4 assists) in a 7-4 victory over visiting Canton (Nov. 6) earlier this season.
Held scoreless in only five of the Knights' 25 games this season, Collins enters the postseason having scored at least one point in nine of Geneseo's last 11 games, including the overtime game-winning tally and a pair of assists the squad's key conference victory over Fredonia (Feb. 13) and another goal and two assists in the Knights' 3-3 tie at No. 2 Plattsburgh last Saturday (Feb. 20) on the final day of the regular season.
Named the SUNYAC Player of the Week on three occasions throughout the season, Hills is currently tied for seventh in the nation with 18 goals, including 10 power-play tallies that leads the nation. He compiled five points, including three goals, in a 7-4 victory over visiting Canton (Nov. 6) and also logged a hat-trick in Geneseo's 5-3 over visiting Nazareth (Dec. 11). Hills was credited with two goals and an assist in a 6-2 win at Potsdam (Dec. 4) and again opposite Fredonia (Feb. 13) in a game that saw him score the game-tying goal and assist the game-winning tally in overtime.
Condon stands fourth for the Knights with 13 assists and fifth with 16 points. Tied for fourth among all SUNYAC blue-liners in scoring, he logged a three-assist game opposite Nazareth and also had a goal and two assists in the home win over Fredonia. He also had two assists in Geneseo's 4-2 win over Brockport (Nov. 13) as well as two more in the home win over Potsdam while he scored the game-tying tally in the draw at nationally-ranked Plattsburgh.
Tied for first in the SUNYAC in victories, McDonald has totaled a 12-2-5 record in his first season with the Knights. The owner of a .911 save percentage and a 2.71 goals against average, he compiled a career-high 41 saves to preserve a 5-5 tie with visiting No 14 Neumann (Jan. 15). Credited with and also had 37 saves opposite No. 4 Hobart (Jan. 8). He was named SUNYAC Goalie of the Week in back-to-back weeks during a 3-0 stretch in December that included a 29-save showing versus Potsdam and a 27-save performance opposite top-ranked Plattsburgh that also landed him his second SUNYAC Rookie of the Week honor.
Seeded third for the SUNYAC Tournament, Geneseo hosts sixth-seeded Potsdam on Wednesday (Feb.24) at 7:00 p.m. in the quarterfinals.