In its third year of existence, Collier, Paquette, Palmer, and Schoen received AHCA recognition
EASTON, Massachusetts (September 5, 2019) – Recent graduates Billy Palmer, Kyle Paquette, Connor Collier, and senior Matthew Schoen were tabbed as American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) Krampade All American Scholars Program, as announced by the organization last week.
To be eligible for the award, student-athletes needed to hold a minimum 3.6 grade-point average each semester.
A total of 936 Division II-III men and women were awarded the honor, as 497 Division I recipients earned the recognition last week for a total of 1,433, 123 more than last year.
Palmer, who was recognized as an AHCA All American Scholar last year, started and played in 17 of the 26 scheduled games this season, as he majored in marketing and graphic design. The 2019 graduate wrapped up the season with a 3.56 goals against average, letting up 58 goals and posting a .900 save percentage. He totaled 523 saves between the pipes with a record of 5-12-0, totaling 29-42-9 over his four years.
The Cranston, Rhode Island native broke the Northeast-10 Conference career saves record late in the season as he registered a career high 57 saves against Saint Michael's College in a 3-2 victory totaling 2,560 in his four years in the Purple & White. This year, Palmer received Stonehill's Fr. John McCarthy, C.S.C. Senior Leadership Award for his dedication on and off the ice. Palmer was tabbed on the NE10 Academic All-Conference team three times, while also being tabbed NE10 Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Winner during his senior and junior years. During his freshman year, Palmer assisted the Skyhawks to their second NE10 Championship and was named NE10 Rookie of the Year and selected to the NE10 All-Conference second team.
Schoen, who majors in finance, was also named an AHCA All American Scholar last year with Palmer, as he started two games and played in three during his junior year. As a junior, he gave up seven goals for a 3.16 goals against average, while combining for 66 saves with a .904 save percentage. He finished the season with a 1-1-0 record, where he posted his second-career victory with an 8-3 win over Post University.
The 2016 graduate of Tolland High School has been named to the NE10 Academic and Athletic Director's Honor Rolls over his three seasons. He has also received the Division II ADA Academic Achievement Award twice in his career.
Collier, who wrapped up his four years with the Skyhawks with a degree in economics, skated in 25 games this season totaling eight points. The Madison, New Jersey native tallied eight assists this season, bringing his assist total to 23 with 27 points, with four goals over his career. The defenseman skated a plus-six this season for a plus-13 overall.
Collier was named to the Athletic Director's and NE10 Academic Honor Rolls during his career, while also receiving the Division II ADA Academic Achievement Award three times. The 2019 graduate was a member of Stonehill's Lambda Epsilon Sigma Honor Society.
Along with Collier, Paquette earns his first honor from the AHCA, as he graduated Stonehill with a degree in chemistry while starting in one game and skating in two games this season. As a backup goaltender, Paquette allowed three goals for a 2.26 goals against average, stopping 33 pucks for a .917 save percentage.
The Tewksbury, Massachusetts native was named to the NE10 Academic and Athletic Director's Honor Rolls multiple times, while earning the Division II Academic Achievement Award three times. He was also a member of the Lambda Epsilon Sigma Honor Society.
Stonehill concluded the 2018-19 season with an overall record of 8-17-1 and a Northeast-10 Conference mark of 3-11-1.
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