PROVIDENCE, RI – Brown senior goalie Anthony Borelli (Grand Island, New York) has been named one of 16 semi-finalists, representing 12 teams, for the 61st Walter Brown Award, presented annually by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston to the best American-born college player in New England. One of three goalies to be named a semi-finalist, Borelli is also one of seven players from ECAC Hockey to be recognized.
The nation's oldest nationally-recognized college hockey honor, the award was established in 1953 by members of the 1933 Massachusetts Rangers, the first American team ever to win the World Championship Tournament. Brown coached the Rangers to the title in Prague that year, as the team defeated Canada, 2-1, in overtime in the championship game.
After playing in two of Brown's first 10 games this season, Borelli took over the starting job in late December and has started 10 of the Bears' last 11 games, helping Brown remain in the hunt for home ice for the ECAC playoffs. He has compiled an impressive line of stats, stopping 345 of 365 shots for a .945 save percentage and a 1.54 goals against average. In 14 games, 11 starts, Borelli has a 6-4-4 overall record, including one shutout, a 23-save performance at #18 Cornell in a 3-0 Bears' win. He currently ranks fourth in the country in goals against average and is second in save percentage.
The Gridiron Club of Greater Boston will announce the finalists and winner in March, following League playoffs and before the start of the NCAA Tournament. The formal award presentation is scheduled for the New England College Hockey Writers' Dinner in April.