SALEM NEWS: Ice Dogs Jamie DiGiulio wins coveted Cating AwardMay 13, 2007
DiGiulio received prestigious award at Assumption
By Matt Jenkins, Staff Writer
Salem News (Sunday, May 13, 2007)
JAMIE DIGIULIO didn't really know what to think when his hockey coach at Assumption College told him that he would be honored at the school's Student-Athlete Awards Ceremony.
The Peabody native knew he had a pretty good season as the Greyhounds freshman goalie, but he had no knowledge of the William Cating Memorial Award.
"I had no idea (what the award was). I couldn't have told you anything about it," DiGiulio said. "Come to find out, it's all about who showed the best sportsmanship and who was most coachable."
The award is named after William Cating, a 1964 graduate of Assumption College, who passed away in 1969. Cating served as a manager for both the baseball and soccer teams.
One male and one female student-athlete receive the award, which is given to individuals who show the same enthusiasm Cating did toward athletics. The players must also be considered "most coachable" by their respective coaches.
Assumption finished the season 7-18-2, but DiGiulio guided the Greyhounds to their first road playoff win in the conference when he stopped 54 shots in their 4-2 win over St. Michael's.
He finished the season on a tremendous hot streak, taking home the NE-10 Conference Player of the Week, Goalie of the Week, and Freshman of the Week just before Assumption was eliminated by Stonehill.
DiGiulio made 29 saves in a 5-0 win over Worcester State, stopped 39 shots in the Greyhounds' 3-3 tie with Curry, and then came up with his 54-save gem in the playoffs.
"It was tough to get my feet wet as a freshman, playing behind a sophomore. I went in with a pretty positive outlook," DiGiulio said. "I ended up starting 16 of 28 games and playing in 20-something. For a freshman that's a lot of playing time. In the beginning it was frustrating not playing. You have to wait your turn. One day it came and I never looked back."
DiGiulio will remain busy with hockey this summer. He'll work several hockey camps and will be a goalie on a United States team that will play in Budapest in August. It's DiGiulio's third stint with this particular Team USA.
The former Bishop Fenwick and Tilton School star is excited about where Assumption can go next year after finishing this season strong.
"We had a huge win over St. Michael's in Vermont, which was the first time in school history we beat St. Mike's and won a playoff game on the road," DiGiulio said. "I had that 54-save night to get into the (school) record books for saves in a game. I made it onto that list, but not quite at the top. Obviously the big thing is that it added to my confidence and fueled my fire."