BOSTON—Babson College sophomore Nick Rosa (Birmingham, Mich.) was tabbed as one of five finalists for the prestigious Joe Concannon Award on Thursday morning in an announcement made by Greater Gridiron Club of Boston president Cheryl Schoenfield.
Brady Laurent of the University of New England joined former Babson standout Jamie Murray '16 as the only two-time winner of the award, which has been presented annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England at the Division-II/III level since 2001. Rosa, Ryan Bloom of the University of New England, Michal Covach of Plymouth State, UMass Boston's Nolan Redler and Tim Sestak of Wesleyan made up a group of five finalists. Twenty-five semifinals had previously been announced on February 7.
The first Joe Concannon Award finalist since Murray won for the second year in a row in 2016, Rosa produced career highs of 14 goals and 16 assists for 30 points in 27 games this winter. He ranked third in the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) in points and tied for sixth in the league in goals while producing the Beavers' first 30-point season since Terry Woods '11 back in 2010.
A 2018 NEHC All-Rookie team selection, Rosa was named to the all-conference first time this winter. He led Babson with five power play goals and tied for the team lead with four game-winning tallies. In 53 career games, Rosa has produced 24 goals and 24 assists for 48 points.
Rosa is the fourth inidividual in program history to be named as a finalist for the Concannon Award joining Murray, Brad Baldelli '09 in 2009 and John Gevard '08 in 2008.
The Joe Concannon Award was established by the Gridiron Club of Boston in 2001 to honor Joe, a lifelong devotee of college hockey, former member of the Walter Brown Award Selection Committee and, as a journalist, a staunch advocate for the amateur athletes he knew and covered. Joe graduated from Boston University in 1961 and served as the sports information director at the College of the Holy Cross before joining the Boston Globe in the late 1960's to cover college sports.