Senior forward becomes program's first such selection in 11 years
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- Eastern Connecticut State University senior men's basketball forward Chris Robitaille (Canton) has become the first player from the program in 11 years to earn ECAC New England Division III All-New England honors when he was named as a second-team choice.
At right: Chris Robitaille (Photo by Cris Yarborough)
The 6-foot-5 inch Robitaille was the only player from the Little East Conference to be named to the team, whose members can only qualify by being named to the first team of their respective conference all-star teams. Robitaille led Eastern (22-8) to its first ECAC championship last Sunday by averaging a double-double (20.0 points/10.3 rebounds) with a .614 shooting in three tournament victories. The No. 3-seeded Warriors defeated No. 1 seed and host Westfield State University, 74-60, in the title game.
A four-year player and 2012/13 tri-captain, Robitaille led the conference in field goal percentage (.573/currently 35th in the NCAA) for the second straight year and was first in the LEC in minutes (33.0), tied for second in rebounding (8.4), tied for fourth in scoring (14.6), tied for fifth in blocks (1.1) and tied for ninth in assists (2.3), all of those marks except field goal percentage representing season-highs in his career. During the year, Robitaille had 12 double-doubles (currently 27th nationally and the most in the conference), with five of them coming in the final seven games, and reached the 1,000-point mark in the final game of his career in the ECAC title game.
Robitaille concluded his109-game career with 1,003 points (9.2 ppg.) and 638 rebounds (5.9), 93 blocks and 136 assists and a .573 field goal percentage, ranking among the program's all-time Top 10 in rebounds and blocks and third in field goal percentage.
Six players were named to the All-ECAC first team and five to the second, with Aaron Toomey of Amherst College and Quarry Greenway of Johnson & Wales University being voted Player and Rookie-of-the-Year, respectively. Robitaille, one of only two selections from a public university, becomes the program's sixth All-ECAC choice since 1985/86 and the first since Rich Vega repeated as a third-team choice as a senior in 2001/02.
"Chris being honored by the ECAC is a tremendous recognition for all his hard work," cited 11th-year head coach Bill Geitner. "This year, Chris consistently demonstrated that he was one of the best forwards in the country. He has been a special ambassador for our basketball program," added Geitner, "and I am happy for him to be recognized by the ECAC."
Robitaille and fellow seniors Joe Ives (Avon) and Tyler Hundley (Cheshire) paced the Warriors to four consecutive 20-win seasons in their careers - the winningest four-year period in the program's 72-year history -- one LEC regular-season and tournament crown, a berth in the 2011/12 NCAA Sweet 16 and to the No. 1 seed in the ECAC tournament in consecutive seasons.