By Jessica Levine
MAHWAH, NJ – February 16, 2018
The Roadrunners wrapped up the regular season last weekend with a pair of wins in conference play against Fordham and St. Thomas Aquinas. Friday’s 3-2 overtime win against Fordham was a particularly meaningful game for the squad, having previously lost to long-time rival Fordham earlier in the season in a 4-3 defeat. Freshman defenseman Luke Campomenosi delivered Friday’s game winning goal with a wrister from the blue line to earn the Roadrunners the distinction of being the only team in the conference to win against the top ranked Rams. Ramapo bested STAC by a score of 5-3 on the following day in their final game of the regular season. With the two wins, the Roadrunners secured 2nd place in the MCHC playoffs.
Ramapo also battled valiantly for a spot at ACHA Regionals and finished 13th in the Atlantic, missing the cut for being a top ten Regionals bound team by a very narrow margin. Despite this unfortunate blow, the Roadrunners have irrefutably made a name for themselves in ACHA conversation. Ramapo’s top line of sophomore standouts Kyle DeBel, Keith Doherty, and Bobby Spetz all finished top 12 in the nation for D3 scoring and proved to be the most lethal line in the nation, outscoring all other lines with 265 points in 24 games.
In individual scoring, DeBel tied for first in points in the national D3 scoring race with 106 points (38G, 68A) in 23 games. DeBel’s 106 points puts him in the elite class of players to tally more than 100 points in the regular season, a feat that only two other players have accomplished since 2014-15. DeBel additionally finished first nationally in assists with 68, earning ten more than the next closest player, and tied for first in shorthanded goals with five. Doherty finished eighth in the points race with 83 points (45G, 38A) and finished seventh in goals. Spetz earned the eleventh spot in the nation with 76 points (38G, 38A).
With the regular season officially wrapped up, the Roadrunners now have their sights set on defending their championship title in the MCHC playoffs this weekend. As the 2nd seed, Ramapo will face off against 3rd seed rival Suffolk in the opening round on Saturday at 2:00 PM, while 1st place Fordham and 4th place Hofstra will battle it out later that day. The winners of the two games will compete for the league championship on Sunday at 4:30 PM. All playoff games will be held at Dix Hills Park in Dix Hills, NY.