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Dynamic Duo Is Honored

By Ed Weaver

Troy Record, March 15, 2002

LAKE PLACID - Cavosie and Murley.

Individually, Rensselaer's solid 1-2 scoring punch of Marc Cavosie and Matt Murley have been the story in the ECAC this season. Both earned first team All-ECAC selections Thursday at the ECAC awards breakfast.

"They're two of the top players in the ECAC, not only from a points perspective, but also they provide a lot of leadership to our team," said RPI coach Dan Fridgen.

Cavosie is glad not only for himself and Murley, but for future RPI teams and Engineers fans.

"I'm happy just to get the RPI name out there (on the national scene)," he said. "Hopefully it'll show younger kids that RPI is a reputable institution where players can achieve and succeed. It's good just for the program and the institution."

Last season, Murley scored 42 points (24-18-42) but wasn't even given honorable mention in the balloting of league coaches, let alone a second team berth. And despite 14 wins, a 2.35 goals against average and a 92.9 saves percentage, Engineers goalie Nathan Marsters was left off the All-Rookie team.

"I think that kind of had (added) motivation," Fridgen said.

"It was a big surprise RPI actually got some recognition," Murley said, only half-kiddingly. "It seems every year we come up here, since my freshman year, we haven't gotten the awards we thought we should have."

TITLE GAME ON TV (ELSEWHERE): The ECAC had no regular-season contract during the 2001-2002 season, but tonight's semifinals and Saturday night's championship game will be telecast live.

New England Sports Network (NESN) will televise tonight's semifinals live and the title game on a tape delay throughout New England.

Empire Sports Network will show the championship game live Saturday night.

Seen virtually everywhere throughout the rest of New York state, Albany Time-Warner still does not make Empire available to the vast majority of the Capital Region.

FINAL FIVE: Next season, the ECAC playoffs will be open to all 12 teams. So, the Final Five format will cease to exist.

Instead, the top four seeds will get a first-round bye, with the No. 12 meeting No. 5, 11 vs. 6, etc. in a one-game preliminary round at campus sites of the higher seeds. Then, the remaining eight would play a best-of-three series at the higher seed's rink. The surviving four meet in the semifinals here.

The awards breakfast will be switched to an awards dinner on the eve of the semifinals.

NCAA TO 16? Perhaps the NCAA's refusal to increase the championship tournament field from 12 to 16 has softened.

Reportedly, the NCAA will meet in August to discuss just that idea for the 2003 tournament.

The NCAA has until now maintained that with just 60 Division I hockey teams, a 16-team field was too many.

But with the collective voice of coaches from the four established conferences voicing displeasure with the automatic bids afforded the new MAAC and CHA (that voice simply wasn't loud enough before the fact), the NCAA is strongly reconsidering.

T-SHIRT FLAP: Final Five souvenir T-shirts selling for $18 spelled Rensselaer R-E-N-N-S-E-L-E-A-R at the Olympic Center. School officials and RPI fans were not among those amused by the error.