Fox Named Ivy League Player of the Year, Dornbach Earns Rookie of the Year Honors

Fox Named Ivy League Player of the Year, Dornbach Earns Rookie of the Year Honors

Adam Fox and Casey Dornbach earned top honors from the Ivy League.

Junior defenseman Adam Fox was named Ivy League Player of the Year, and first-year forward Casey Dornbach earned Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors, the conference announced on Wednesday (March 13).

In addition, Fox was a unanimous selection for First Team All-Ivy honors, while Dornbach and sophomore defenseman Reilly Walsh earned Honorable Mention All-Ivy recognition.

Harvard has had the Ivy League Player of the Year in four of the last five seasons, while Fox also earned Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors in 2016-17. All-Ivy recognition is based on performance in Ivy League games only.

Fox (eight goals, 32 assists) is in the midst of his best season as the top scoring blue liner (per game) in the nation. He also leads Harvard and is third in ECAC Hockey with a plus-20 rating. Fox is fourth in the country in scoring (per game) overall, averaging 1.38 points per contest. He is on pace to near the school record for points by a Harvard defenseman in one season, set by Mark Fusco '83, who had 46 points (13-33-46) in 1982-83. A native of Jericho, N.Y., Fox became the fourth defenseman in Harvard history to reach 100 career points, joining Fusco (135 points), Mark Benning '87 (111 points), and Randy Taylor '87 (102 points). He is the first junior defenseman in college hockey to reach 100 points since Wisconsin's Justin Schultz in 2011-12. 

Dornbach has been an impact freshman from the beginning of the year, leading all Ivy first-years with 28 points (seven goals, 21 assists) in 29 games. He is second in the nation among freshmen with .97 points per contest. A native of Edina, Minnesota, Dornbach has the most points by a Harvard first-year forward since Tim Pettit '04 recorded 31 points in 2000-01. He was particularly effective on Harvard's power play (No. 2 NCAA), leading all ECAC Hockey with 15 power play points (goal, 14 assists).

Walsh had a breakout season for the Crimson, finishing second on the team with 29 points (11 goals, 18 assists). He led ECAC Hockey with eight power play goals, and was tied for eighth in the nation in that category. A native of Andover, New Hampshire, Walsh is ninth in the nation among defensemen in scoring, averaging a point per game.