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Rodrigues Named OSU Athlete of the Year

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OSWEGO, N.Y. – Oswego State men’s ice hockey player Paul Rodrigues (Etobicoke, Ontario) and women’s soccer player Shelly Bateman (Fulton, N.Y.) have been named the 2013 Oswego State Outstanding Senior Male and Female Athletes of the Year by the Oswego State Athletic Department.

Paul Rodrigues leaves Oswego State as one of the most decorated athletes in school history, and part of one of the most successful four-year period in men’s ice hockey history. He recorded 50 goals and 83 assists for 133 career points en route to a career record of 98-17-2, making four consecutive Frozen Four appearances, posting two NCAA Runner-Up finishes, and earning two State University of New York Athletic Conference Championships

As a senior, Rodrigues became the first athlete in school history to receive National Player of the Year recognition in any sport when he was named the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) Sid Watson Memorial Award winner, which is symbolic of the nation’s best Division III men’s ice hockey player. It also marked the first time that a SUNYAC player garnered the award. He was later named the D3hockey.com and USCHO.com Division III Men’s Ice Hockey National Player of the Year. Rodrigues also became the ninth Laker in program history to earn the SUNYAC Herb Hammond Most Valuable Player award, after being named Second Team All-SUNYAC as a junior.

In his final year, Rodrigues finished second in the nation in scoring with 16 goals and 30 assists in 30 games to average 1.53 points per game. By the end of his career, Rodrigues earned the nickname “Mr. Overtime” after scoring four overtime goals, including game-winners in the 2012 NCAA semifinal game against Amherst and the 2013 NCAA quarterfinal game against Adrian.

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