May 5, 1997

Top Athletes Honored at Annual Awards Banquet

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Providence College honored its top athletes at the 36th annual Athletic Awards Banquet at the College's Peterson Recreation Center on Monday, May 5.

Eight-time cross country and track All-American Marie McMahon (Sr., Ennistymon, Ireland) and track All-American Michael Donnelly (Sr., Somerset, Mass.) were honored as the College's Female and Male Athletes of the Year for Individual Sports. Laurie Baker (So., Concord, Mass.), who earned ECAC First Team All-Star honors while leading the Lady Friar hockey team to a 20-8-2 record, was selected as the school's Female Athlete of the Year for Team Sports. Austin Croshere (Sr., Los Angeles, Calif.), a unanimous First Team All-BIG EAST selection who helped the men's basketball team advance to the NCAA Elite Eight, was honored as the Male Athlete of the Year for Team Sports.

Providence College Athletic Awards winners.

Along with the Athlete of the Year Awards, four other major awards were presented at the banquet. Second Team All-BIG EAST swimmer Colleen Doyle (Sr., Seattle, Wash.) received the Paul Connolly Award as the female athlete who has distinguished herself among her peers through sportsmanship, courage and honor. Mike Harrington (Sr., Seaford, N.Y.), a three-year starter on the baseball team, was honored as the Mal Brown Award winner given annually to the male athlete whose career of intercollegiate competition portrayed sportsmanship, courage and honor. The Sine Quo Non Awards, given annually to the male and female athletes who have distinguished themselves among their peers without receiving proper recognition, were presented to lacrosse star Chris McManus (Manhasset, N.Y.) and softball captain Marie McNulty (Sr., Concord, Mass.).

A special recognition award was presented this year to women's basketball player Jennifer Davis (Sr, Coventry, Conn.) as she will become the only athlete, male or female to graduate with a perfect 4.0 grade point average at Providence College.

McMahon, who received the Female Athlete of the Year Award in 1996, joins former Lady Friars Kathy Finn, Jackie (Gladu) Barto and Amy Rudolph as the only two-time winners. McMahon placed second and earned her eighth All-America accolade as she led the PC cross country team to a seventh-place finish at the 1996 NCAA Cross Country Championship. McMahon captured individual BIG EAST and New England cross country titles while leading her team to victory at both events. In April, she won the 5,000 meters at the prestigious Penn Relays.

Donnelly finished fifth in the 5,000 meters at the 1997 NCAA Indoor Track Championship and became the first walk-on in the history of the PC track program to earn All-America honors. In January, he finished third in the 5,000 meters (13:55.22) at the Terrier Classic and posted the fourth fastest collegiate time of the season. Donnelly led the Friar cross country team to the New England and BIG EAST titles in 1996. He was the Friars' top finisher in five of his six cross country races.

Baker, who earned First Team ECAC and New England Hockey Writers's All-Star honors for the second consecutive year, led the team in scoring with 71 points (43 goals, 28 assists). With 43 tallies this season, she ranks second on PC's single season goals list. Baker registered six points (two goals, four points) in five games and finished tied for second in scoring on the U.S. National Team which earned a silver medal in April at the IIHF Women's World Championship.

Croshere, a native of Los Angeles, California capped his brilliant career by leading the Friars in scoring for the season with 17.9 points per game and 7.5 rebounds. A unanimous First Team All-BIG EAST choice for the regular season, Croshere was also selected First Team All-ECAC and was the ECAC Co-Player of the Year with Colgate's Adonal Foyle. During the season, he set the Providence College and BIG EAST consecutive free throw marks, making 57 in a row. In the NCAA Tournament, Croshere got the ball rolling for the Friars as he scored a career high 39 points in PC's opening win against Marquette. One of PC's tri-captains, Croshere led the Tournament in scoring with 91 points in four NCAA Tournament games. Croshere became the 32nd player in school history to go over 1,000 points in his career and finished eighth all-time with 1,523 career points.

Doyle, a co-captain on the swim team, was named to the GTE CoSIDA District I Academic All-America squad this season. Doyle led the squad all season in the 200 and 400 IM winning several first place honors. She won three events at St. John's and was named PC Athlete of the Week for those efforts. An American Studies major, Doyle has the second highest GPA among all athletes at Providence.

Harrington, one of PC's baseball captains, was a member of Providence College's most successful baseball class ever as the Class of 97 recorded 134 wins in four seasons. A model of hard work and perseverance, Harrington moved from the infield to the outfield as a sophomore and has never looked back. The Seaford, New York native led the Friars in hitting this season both overall with a .356 average and in the BIG EAST with a .367 mark. He registered career highs in doubles (10), triples (2), home runs (8) and runs batted in (43). He had six assists playing right field for the Friars as they finished the season with a 26-23 overall record and were 10-15 in the BIG EAST.

McNulty, the captain of the softball squad, started in centerfield for the Lady Friars this season. A walk-on as a freshman, McNulty finished her career as a starter after playing in 37 games this season and tallying 12 hits. In the field, she chalked up a .960 average with only one error all season.

McManus, who led the PC lacrosse team in scoring each of his four years at the College, finished his career as the school's all-time leading scorer with 183 points (104 goals, 79 assists). He also ranks second all-time in goals and third in assists. McManus is only the third player to ever score 100 more goals for the Friars. This season, he tallied 31 goals and 17 assists in 15 games.

More than 300 athletes from PC's 22 varsity sports attended the dinner. Watches were presented to the graduating senior athletes.

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