Kelly Babstock Becomes First Quinnipiac Player to Reach 100 Career Points

Mark Staffieri@@MarkStaff100Contributor IIOctober 12, 2012

Photo courtesy of Quinnipiac Athletics
Photo courtesy of Quinnipiac Athletics

With an assist against Mercyhurst on October 5, 2012, Kelly Babstock became the first Quinnipiac Bobcats player to log 100 career points. She reached the milestone in only her 75th game with the program. Later in the game, she would log two goals to reach the 50 goal plateau.

The lead changed hands several times in the contest. Quinnipiac opened with a power play marker from Felica Vieweg. Anna Borgfeldt, the sophomore forward from Sweden assisted on the goal, for the first assist in her NCAA career.

Mercyhurst tied the score before the end of the first period. Kelsey Welch, a transfer from the Niagara Purple Eagles logged the goal for the Lakers. Entering the second frame, Emily Janiga scored on the power play to give the No. 9 ranked Lakers a 2-1 lead.

Brittany Lyons buried the puck past Amanda Makela to tie the match. Less than two minutes later, Nicole Kosta passed the puck to Babstock who helped give Quinnipiac the lead. Gina Buquet of Mercyhurst would score on a backhand shot past Vigilanti to tie the game at three apiece. In the final frame, Quinnipiac outshot the Lakers 12-4, but Emily Janiga scored her second of the game to put Mercyhurst back in the lead.

Of the two goals Babstock scored, the second one tied the game with 41 seconds left in the third period. Said goal came in dramatic fashion. With 50 seconds left, senior goaltender Victoria Vigilanti vacated the net for an extra attacker. Regan Boulton passed to sophomore Nicole Kosta who shot on Lakers goaltender Amanda Makela. Babstock pounced on the rebound and scored as Quinnipiac earned one point in the 4-4 draw. With the tie, Vigilanti improved her career mark to 53-33-14. 

In the October 6 contest versus Mercyhurst, Nicole Kosta also found herself in the Bobcats records. With a three point performance, she broke Kelly Babstock’s consecutive games scoring record. Dating back to last season, Kosta’s scoring streak is at 9 games, one better than Babstock.

Currently in her junior season, Babstock is already the program’s all-time leader in goals and assists. The following day, she would register another three point game against Mercyhurst. Her six points during the two game span meant Babstock was involved in six of the seven goals scored versus Mercyhurst.

After her superlative performance against Mercyhurst, she was named ECAC Player of the Week for the fifth time. In a stellar career, she has cemented her legacy as the greatest player in the history of the Quinnipiac Bobcats.