Friday, 09 March 2012 00:00
Former Farmingdale varsity black roller hockey player, Nicholas Vitale, was one of two freshmen picked for the University at Albany Great Danes Division II Roller Hockey Team. The Eastern Collegiate Roller Hockey Association chose the defenseman to participate in the 2012 All Star Game played in Feasterville, PA.
A few weeks later, the ECRHA selected Vitale as the second nominee for the 2012 Rookie of the Year.
In 18 games played so far for the Great Danes, Vitale is the second leading scorer with 10 goals plus 18 assists for 28 points. He has four power play goals and had the game-winning goals in two contests.
In the last regular season tournament, played in Glastonbury, Connecticut, the Great Danes were fighting to reach the playoff bracket. They needed two wins to secure a spot. The first win came against the University of Vermont, 3-0.
In a must win situation against Boston University, Albany prevailed with a 3 -2 win landing them the 7th seed in the playoffs. Albany’s goalie and Long Islander, Matthew Grieco from Roslyn, made some spectacular saves. That Albany win knocked out Scranton University.
The University of Delaware was able to pick up the final playoff position because Boston was unable to beat Northeastern.
Albany presently holds a record of eight wins and 10 losses for 16 points. They begin their playoff quest as the seventh seed. The first round of the playoffs consist of a four-team-bracket with Albany competing against Northeastern, Queens College, and Slippery Rock. If successful they could advance to the National level.