PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women’s hockey team held its annual year end banquet at Schneider Arena on April 17. The team honored its five graduating seniors, two senior managers, and announced its seven team awards.
Seniors Sarah Bryant (Bethlehem, Pa.), Courtney Kukowski (Apple Valley, Minn.), Allie Morse (Cottage Grove, Minn.), Lexi Romanchuk (San Jose, Calif.), and Brittney Thunstrom (Coon Rapids, Minn.) were recognized for their contributions to the program. Senior team manager Maggie Ciaccio and senior equipment manager Doug Ferry were also recognized.
Following the senior presentations, was the announcing of their seven team awards: Academic Award, Captain's Award, Unsung Hero, Seventh Player Award, Most Improved Player, Coaches' Award and the team's Most Valuable Player.
The team's Academic Award was presented to the player with the highest cumulative grade point average from the spring semester of 2015 through the fall semester of the 2015 academic year. Bryant and Kukowski shared the honor, each earning a 3.91 GPA. Bryant won the Academic Award in 2015 as well, as a Biology major, while Kukowski is a Marketing major.
The team’s Captain’s Award went to Romanchuk. The senior defender played in 142 career games, tied for second all-time at Providence in games played, and served as captain in her senior campaign. She served as an assistant captain during her junior season.
Kukowski was named the Friars’ Unsung Hero after playing in all 36 games during the 2015-16 season as an assistant captain. The forward recorded five points on four assists and one goal.
The Seventh Player Award went to freshman goaltender Madison Myers (Colchester, Vt.) who played 27 games and 1,512:28 minutes and made 617 saves. Myers is credited with nine of the Friars 10 wins in the 2015-16 season and recorded a career high 42 saves in the Hockey East Quarterfinals against nationally ranked Northeastern on Feb. 26.
Cassidy MacPherson (Oakville, Ontario) was named the team’s Most Improved Player. The freshman forward collected 13 points on one goal and 12 assists and played in all 36 games. MacPherson posted a career-high two points three times over the season and registered eight points in the last eight games of the season.
The team’s Coaches Award went to Thunstrom who played in all 36 games and registered seven points. The forward notched a career-high two goals against Merrimack on Dec. 11.
The final award was given to Romanchuk as the team’s Most Valuable Player. Romanchuk led the team as captain and recorded a season-high 20 points on seven goals and 13 assists. The defender played in every game of her career (142), and was recognized as a Hockey East Top Performer twice. She posted a career-high three points on Nov. 28 in the Friars’ 6-1 victory over Brown for the Mayor’s Cup.
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