Six Crusaders Named AHCA All-American Scholars
WORCESTER, Mass. – Six Crusaders between the men’s and women’s ice hockey programs have earned American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) All-American Scholars accolades for their performance in the 2018-19 season. On the men’s team, Mitch Collett, Kevin Darrar, Pete Kessel, and Tommy Nixon and on the women’s team Hannah Gillis and Antonia Matzka were all honored.
The AHCA recognized 497 Division I men and women who attained a 3.6 GPA in each semester of the 2018-19 academic year and participated in 40% of games, with the exception of injuries.
Collett, is a three-time honoree and a four-time member of the Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team as a physics major. He led the team in points in the 2018-19 season, with nine goals and 13 assists for 22 points. In his career at Holy Cross, Collett played in 115 games and picked up 49 points from 23 goals and 26 assists.
Darrar is a first-time honoree, who played in 35 games in the 2018-19 season with eight goals and five assists for 13 points. Darrar tallied two game-winning goals on the season.
Gillis earned the AHCA accolades for the first time in her career. The defenseman played in 33 games and picked up two assists.
Kessel played in 29 games and recorded five points from two goals and three assists. This is the first time Kessel has received the AHCA honor.
Matzka picked up six points from one goal and five assists in 33 games played in the 2018-19 season and is a first-time honoree.
Nixon earned the All-American Scholar for the first time in his career after an impressive senior season. The netminder played in 11 games and made 292 saves for a .924 save percentage and 2.37 goals against average. The 2019 graduate earned a spot in the Holy Cross record books in single-season save percentage (third) and goals against average (ninth).