April 15, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College honored its top student-athletes at the 52nd Annual All-Sports Gala on Monday, April 15, 2013. The social hour was held at `64 Hall, while the gala was held at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium on the campus of Providence College in Providence, R.I.
Junior men's basketball player Bryce Cotton (Tucson, Ariz.), who earned All-BIG EAST First-Team honors after leading the league in scoring, was named Male Athlete of the Year for Team Sports. Sophomore Shane Quinn (Waterford, Ireland), of the cross country/track team, was named Male Athlete of the Year for Individual Sports. Quinn, an All-BIG EAST performer in cross country, also won the BIG EAST 5,000-meter title during the indoor season. Senior women's soccer player Jenna Roncarati (Cumberland, R.I.) was honored as Female Athlete of the Year for Team Sports. Roncarati finished her career at Providence as the only Friar defender ever to earn All-BIG EAST honors. Junior All-American Emily Sisson(Chesterfield, Mo.), of the cross country/track team, claimed Female Athlete of the Year for Individual Sports for the second-consecutive season.
Along with the Athlete of the Year Awards, five other major awards were presented at the banquet. Senior Marisela Aviles-Duron (Tegucigalpa, Honduras), of the women's tennis team, was the winner of the Paul Connolly Award as the female athlete who has distinguished herself among her peers through sportsmanship, courage and honor. Redshirt junior men's soccer player Wilder Arboleda(Pawtucket, R.I.) was the recipient of the Mal Brown Award. The Mal Brown Award is given annually to the male athlete whose career of intercollegiate competition portrayed sportsmanship, courage and honor.
The Sine Qua Non Awards, given annually to the male and female athletes who have distinguished themselves among their peers without receiving proper recognition, were presented to senior men's lacrosse player Daniel Textor (Rockville Centre, N.Y.), senior men's hockey player Kyle Murphy (Fairhaven, N.J.) and senior women's diving stand-out Allie Black (Mystic, Conn.). Senior Cassie Muzzonigro(Gibsonia, Pa.), a member of the women's volleyball team, was the recipient of the Jane Thompson Award, which is presented to the male or female senior student-athlete, who personifies all that is good about being a student-athlete at Providence College and exhibits selflessness, dedication, loyalty, courage and perseverance.
Cotton had an outstanding offensive season as he led the Friars to a 19-15 mark, a 9-9 record in the BIG EAST and a 2-1 mark in the NIT. Cotton earned All-BIG EAST First-Team honors in March. He finished the BIG EAST season as the scoring leader, averaging 18.3 points per game. He is the fifth Friar all-time to lead the league in scoring, and the first since Marshon Brooks(26.0 ppg) in 2011. Cotton became the 10th Friar all-time to earn All-BIG EAST First-Team honors and the first since Brooks earned the accolade in 2011. It also marked the 11th time a Providence player received All-BIG EAST First-Team honors. Cotton scored 20 or more points in 19 of the 32 games he played this season, including a season-high 33 points versus Boston College on December 22. He also led the BIG EAST in scoring in overall action, averaging 19.7 ppg, and three-point field goals made per game (3.1). He also set the Providence record for three-point field goals in a season with 98. Cotton was named team MVP and Rhode Island Basketball Writers Division I Player of the Year.
Roncarati earned a place in the Providence College women's soccer record books with her achievements over the course of her four-year career. Roncarati started all 18 games for the Friars this season and served as the backbone of the Friars' defense. She helped Providence to three shutouts this season. The senior defender was named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team, becoming the only Friar defender to earn All-BIG EAST post-season honors. She was a two-time All-BIG EAST Third-Team selection in 2010 and 2011 and an All-Rookie Team honoree in 2009. Roncarati is the only Friar in program history to earn All-BIG EAST honors multiple times as a member of the First, Second or Third Team. Roncarati recently signed a contract to play professional soccer and will join Afturelding FC in Iceland upon graduation. Roncarati is the first women's soccer player from the College to play professionally.
Sisson has enjoyed one of the top campaigns in the nation this year. During the cross country season, she placed sixth at the NCAA Northeast Regional and 15th at the NCAA Championship, helping the Friars finish as runner-up at the 2012 NCAA Cross Country Championship. She earned All-America status for her performance at nationals. During the indoor season, she set an NCAA and World-leading time in the 5,000-meters, when she placed first with a time of 15:44.40 at the Boston University Terrier Invitational on January 25. Sisson later earned Second-Team All-America honors with a ninth-place finish in the 5,000-meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Quinn has been a consistent force for the Friar cross country and track teams. This fall, he was the first Friar to cross the finish line in every race he participated. Quinn helped the cross country team earn a fourth-place finish at the BIG EAST Championship after finishing second overall, less than a second behind the first-place finisher. He went on to finish tied for 69th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships as an individual participant. During the indoor season, Quinn won the BIG EAST title in the 5,000-meters, as well as the New England Championship title in the 3,000-meter run. He was also a member of the distance medley relay team that won at the New England Championships.
Arboleda started 15 of Providence's 16 games and led the Friars in goals (six), points (13), game-winning goals (two) and shots (39). His two game-winning goals came in overtime. On Aug. 31, he broke a 0-0 tie at Bryant when his header found the back of the net with 53 seconds to play in double overtime. Arboleda's other overtime game-winning goal came on Oct. 13 when he finished off Pittsburgh by completing a hat trick at 93:12 to give the Friars a 3-2 win. His impressive performance against the Panthers included three goals in just under 30 minutes of play. Arboleda added goals versus Boston University (Sept. 7) and at Columbia (Oct. 9). He also notched an assist against Holy Cross (Sept. 12). The Friars were 3-0-2 when Arboleda registered a point during the 2012 season. He was named a 2012 NCAA Division I Men's All-Northeast Region Third-Team honoree by the NSCAA and was named to the All-BIG EAST Third Team at the conclusion of the 2012 season. He also was named to the 2012 Ocean State Classic All-Tournament Team.
Aviles-Duron has had a standout season for the Friars with a career high 22 wins in singles play and 20 wins in doubles. She has helped the team to its first winning season since the 2001-02 season. She topped the Friar record books with the most career wins at the No. 1 singles (75) and doubles (57) positions. The senior captain is now the leader for most combined wins at No. 1 singles and doubles at Providence College, with 132 combined wins. Aviles-Duron broke the singles record on October 20 and then topped the doubles column on March 5.
Textor has enjoyed a four-year career with the men's lacrosse program where he has competed in 53 career games. The senior midfielder has tallied 38 career points on 21 goals and 17 assists. Textor has been a catalyst for the Friars this season competing in all 13 games that Providence has played. He has tallied a single-season best nine goals and seven assists for 16 points. Textor has recorded two multi-goal games this season, notching two goals in each game against Siena and Bryant. Textor dished out a season-best three assists against Rutgers to help the Friars to their first BIG EAST win of the season and second conference victory since joining the BIG EAST in the 2010 season.
Murphy captained the Friars for the 2012-13 season and was named the 2013 Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award Winner, as announced by the Hockey Commissioners Association (HCA) in Pittsburgh, Pa. on April 12. Murphy's leadership and contagious work ethic were part of the reason the 2012-13 Friars - with the second-most freshmen in the country (13) - entered the last weekend of the regular season in contention for the Hockey East title for the first time ever. Murphy and the Friars went on to earn home ice for the Hockey East Quarterfinals (for the first time in 10 seasons) and advanced to the Hockey East Championship Semifinals for the second consecutive season. With three goals and eight assists, Murphy was also a contributor to a balanced Friar offense that saw 15 players notch at least 11 points on the year. Two of his three goals were game-winning tallies, including the deciding goal in PC's 6-5 win at No. 3 UNH on Jan. 19 - Providence's first win at the Whittemore Center since 2004. Murphy was also one of PC's key face-off takers and penalty killers. He finished the year with 44 blocked shots to lead the team.
Black won 13 of her 14 contests this season and qualified for the BIG EAST Championships for the fourth time in her career. At the NCAA Zone A Regionals, Black finished 17th out of 43 divers for the second-consecutive year. Earlier this season, Black set the school record in the 1-meter dive with 318.00 points.
Muzzonigro played in all 31 matches and 108 sets this season and was named to the Bucknell University Tournament All-Tournament Team. Muzzonigro collected 473 digs this season, the fourth-highest single-season total in Friar history. Muzzonigro closed her career with 1,787 digs, a Providence College record. The two-year SAAC member worked with Special Olympics, The Gloria Gemma Foundation and Save the Bay among many other organizations. With volleyball, she worked with Dig Pink in support of finding a cure for breast cancer, Habitat for Humanity and the Ronald McDonald House. Muzzonigro helped facilitate the adoption of a child through Friends of Jaclyn, a charitable organization that pairs children with pediatric brain tumors with college sports teams.
More than 300 hundred student-athletes attended the event and each senior received a gift.