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Cavosie ECAC's Top Player

RPI Junior from Cohoes Also a Hobey Baker Finalist

By Buzz Gray

Albany Times Union, March 15, 2002

LAKE PLACID - Marc Cavosie of RPI, who chose to play in the neighborhood instead of accepting one of numerous scolarships from other schools, still gained national fame when he was named Player of the Year in the Eastern College Athletic Conference and also a Hobey Baker finalist

The junior forward from Cohoes was honored at a Thursday morning awards ceremony here before playing for the Engineers against Dartmouth in the ECAC Tournament at night.

"It's obviously quite an honor," Cavosie said after leading the league in goals (22) and assists (26). "I've been fortunate to have good coaches and teammates."

A graduate and former star at Albany Academy, Cavosie is only the second RPI player to be voted MVP of the league. Former Engineer Bob Brinkworth was the recipient in both 1963 and 1964.

"He is a credit to the program," RPI coach Dan Fridgen said of Cavosie. "Marc works hard. He deserves the recognition."

A management major, Cavosie is one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award from throughout the nation. The winner, symbolic of the best collegiate player in the country, will be announced on April 5 at the Frozen Four in St. Paul, Minn.

"I won't have time to think about it right now because we're focusing on winning our next game (vs. Dartmouth)," Cavosie said. "That's all that counts right now."

The six-foot, 180-pound skater, tops the ECAC in short-handed goals with two, and power-play points (20). Among all players in Division I, Cavosie ranks fifth in points per game (1.45), ninth in goals per game (0.67) and 20th in assists per game (0.79).

In his first two seasons with RPI, Cavosie accumulated 25 goals and 34 assists in 61 games. A fourth round draft pick (99th overall) of the NHL's Minnesota Wild, Cavosie played on the U.S. team at the World Junior Championship Tournament in Russia last season.

Joining Cavosie on the All-ECAC Team was teammate Matt Murley. The senior from Troy was second only to Cavosie in league scoring.

Murley, a second round choice (51st overall) of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins, is one of only 19 RPI players to ever be chosen to the All-ECAC First Team.

Murley scored 21 goals and assisted on 21 more in 29 games with the Engineers this season. The RPI captain has totaled 71 goals and 100 assists in his four years as an Engineer, ranking him 11th in school history.