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Cavosie Named ECAC's Best

By Ed Weaver

Troy Record, March 15, 2002

LAKE PLACID - All season long, Marc Cavosie stood above other players in the ECAC statistically.

Today, he does so officially.

The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute junior center-right winger was named the ECAC Player of the Year on Thursday. He is the first RPI player to earn the honor since Bob Brinkworth won the award after the 1963 and 1964 seasons.

Cavosie also rates with the best players in the country. The 6-foot, 180-pounder was also named as one of 10 Hobey Baker Award finalists, presented annually to the best Division I player in the country. That award will be presented April 5.

Cavosie, a fourth-round choice (99th overall) is the sixth RPI player to be named a Hobey Baker finalist, joining Adam Oates (1984-85), Joe Juneau (1989-90, 1990-91), Neil Little (1993-94), Eric Healey (1997-98) and Joel Laing (1999-2000).

Cavosie, teammate Matt Murley, Mike Maturo of Dartmouth, defenseman Kerry Ellis-Toddington of Clarkson and Cornell defenseman Doug Murray and goalie Matt Underhill were named to the All-ECAC team.

Cavosie, a Cohoes native, was subdued after winning the honor at the ECAC's awards breakfast banquet. His reaction to the award will wait; the Engineers' semifinal qualifier game against Dartmouth last night was foremost on his mind.

"It's a great honor," he said. "There are a lot of deserving players in the league and for them to find me deserving of (winning) the award means a lot."

Cavosie, who led the conference in scoring - within conference play (13 goals, 17 assists, 30 points) and overall (22-26-48 to date) - was asked if there was a point in the season when he began thinking he had a good shot at the conference's top award.

"Not at all," he said. "I actually forgot about it because we didn't even come up (qualify) to Lake Placid last year, so I forgot about the awards banquet and everything until someone mentioned it right before we came up."

"It's really an award you attribute to the team and players around you," Cavosie added. "Without good linemates, none of this is possible. You've got to get the puck from somewhere."

Cavosie ranks fifth in the country in points per game (1.45), ninth in goals per game (0.67) and 20th in assists per game (0.79).

He started the season strong, scoring a hat trick in the season-opening 6-5 loss at Boston University. Cavosie added a second hat trick against Yale and had a trio of four-point games, including two goals and two assists that sparked the Engineers' amazing 4-3 comeback victory over Clarkson. That capped a sizzling eight-game stretch in which he totaled 18 points (8-10-18).

Rensselaer coach Dan Fridgen praised his star player.

"He put in a lot of work during the summer to make himself a better player, to make himself stronger," Fridgen said. "He did the little things he needed to do."

Part of his summer schedule included a trip to Sweden, where he worked to improve his skating skills.

"It made it easier and that's why I was able to go strong for the whole season and not have any letdowns like in previous years," Cavosie said.

When Fridgen moved Cavosie to right wing on a full-time basis, the team took off.

"I think it balanced the offense a lot more," Cavosie said. "It was a good move by coach. He's also able to double-shift me sometimes when he needs to, being away from the centerman role. It balanced the team out and other players had the opportunity to step in and produce or chip in and portray their role. So not only did it open things up for myself, but I think it opened it up for other players on the team."

A left-handed shooter and a standout left winger earlier in his career, Cavosie's outstanding versatility compliments his great skills.

"He can play any position equally well," Fridgen said. "Marc just wants to play and win games."