Collins Named First-Team All-America, Sid Watson Award Runner-Up


GENESEO, N.Y. – For the second-straight season, SUNY Geneseo senior forward Stephen Collins was named a First-Team All-American and runner-up for the 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. 

Collins is the first player in program history to be named a repeat First-Team All-American, and is only the second player to land multiple All-America recognition, joining goalie Mark Breeden '99 who was named a second-team honoree in 1998 and 1999. Twelve players have now brought home 14 All-America honors in Geneseo history 

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.