LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – For the second consecutive season, Harvard senior co-captains Jimmy Vesey and Kyle Criscuolo have been honored with two of the top awards handed out by ECAC Hockey. Vesey has been named the conference's Player of the Year, while Criscuolo has been selected as the league's Student-Athlete of the Year.
In addition to those honors, Vesey earned a spot on the All-ECAC first team, Criscuolo garnered a spot on the second team and fellow linemate Alexander Kerfoot was named to the third team. The trio was among the eight players in the league to have over 20 points in conference games.
Vesey adds the Player of the Year honor to his growing collection of awards, as he has already been named the Ivy League Player of the Year for the second-straight season, he is a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, the reigning Walter Brown Award winner and recently named top-10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award after finishing as the runner-up last year. He ranks third in the nation in goals per game at 0.77 and fifth in points at 1.47.
He led the ECAC this season with 32 points and 17 goals, while finishing second in assists to Kerfoot. He was the only player in the league more than 30 points against conference opponents. Four of his five game-winning goals, which is the 11th-most in the country, came against ECAC foes, helping lead the Crimson to Lake Placid and the ECAC Hockey Tournament semifinals this weekend.
Criscuolo, a second team honoree for the last two years, finished the year with 21 points on 10 goals and 11 assists in the ECAC to tie for sixth. Entering the championship weekend of the ECAC Tournament, Criscuolo has 18 total goals and 31 points. A clutch player, Criscuolo is tied for second in the nation with seven game-winning goals. Four of his winning strikes have come against ECAC opponents, while he has the tournament winners to his credit at the Shillelagh and Mariucci Tournaments.
Criscuolo has been a model student in the classroom during his entire career, leading to his two ECAC Student-Athlete of the Year awards, as well as being named a finalist for the Hockey Humanitarian Award and a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award. He is a psychology concetrator with a minor in economics. His leadership on and off the ice led him to be elected captain by his teammates as a junior and senior, becoming the just the fourth Harvard player to do that and first since George Owen, Jr. '23.
Kerfoot finished the season as the ECAC's leader in assists with 19, four more than Vesey. He added four goals in conference play to finish with the fifth-most points at 23. Overall, Kerfoot has 33 points and 29 helpers. His 0.97 assists per game average is fourth-best in the country. The selection to the All-ECAC third team is the first all-conference selection of Kerfoot's career.
Harvard faces St. Lawrence Friday night at 7:36 p.m. in the ECAC Tournament semifinals. American Sports Network will broadcast the game with a live stream available on ECACHockey.com.
ECAC Hockey Player of the Year
Jimmy Vesey – Harvard
ECAC Hockey Student-Athlete of the Year
Kyle Criscuolo - Harvard
FIRST TEAM ALL-LEAGUE
Forward - Sam Anas, Quinnipiac
Forward - Nick Lappin, Brown
Forward - Jimmy Vesey, Harvard
Defense - Gavin Bayreuther, St. Lawrence
Defense - Rob O'Gara, Yale
Goaltender - Alex Lyon, Yale
SECOND TEAM ALL-LEAGUE
Forward - Kyle Criscuolo, Harvard
Forward - Tim Clifton, Quinnipiac
Forward - Travis St. Denis, Quinnipiac
Defense - Eric Sweetman, St. Lawrence
Defense - Devon Toews, Quinnipiac
Goaltender - Jason Kasdorf, Rensselaer
THIRD TEAM ALL-LEAGUE
Forward - Alexander Kerfoot, Harvard
Forward - Tyson Spink, Colgate
Forward - Mike Vecchione, Union
Defense - James de has, Clarkson
Defense - Paul Geiger, Clarkson
Goaltender - Michael Garteig, Quinnipiac