PROVIDENCE, R.I. â?" - The Providence College women's hockey team held its annual year end awards banquet at Schneider Arena on April 23. The team honored its five graduating seniors and announced its seven team awards.
Seniors Ariana Buxman (Glenwood Springs, Colo.), Cassidy Carels (Bruxelles, Manitoba), Kendra Goodrich (Apple Valley, Minn.), Lauren Klein (Shoreview, Minn.), and Arianna Reid (Lakeville, Minn.) were recognized for their contributions to the program.
Following the senior presentations, was the announcing of the 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 2016 through the fall semester of the 2016 academic year. Carels earned the honor for the first time, earning a 3.92 GPA. Carels is an Elementary/Special Education Major.
The team's Captain's Award went to Carels. The senior forward played in 141 career games, tied for third all-time at Providence in games played, and served as captain in her senior campaign. Madison Sansone (Lockport, N.Y.) also received the award as a co-captain in her junior season. Sansone played in 37 games in 2016-17 and finished with 20 points, a career high for her.
Avery Fransoo (North Battleford, Saskatchewan) was named the Friars' Unsung Hero after playing in all 37 games during the 2016-17 season. Fransoo had an impressive rookie season, finishing with 17 points and a plus 8 rating. When Fransoo recorded a point, the Friars were 7-5-1.
The Seventh Player Award went to sophomore forward Cassidy MacPherson (Oakville, Ontario) who played in 37 games and totaled 23 points on 10 goals and 13 assists. MacPherson contributed three game-winning-goals this season. MacPherson has also tallied five power play points.
Meaghan Rickard (Coventry, R.I.) was named the team's Most Improved Player. The rookie forward collected 20 points in 37 games for the Friars. Fourteen of Rickard's 20 points came in the last 15 games of the season, including two three-point outings and two multi-point games. Rickard collected one game-winning goal against Maine on Jan. 28 and five game-winning assists.
The team's Coaches Award went to Buxman who played 85 career games as a Friar. Buxman was an important contributor to the Friars' community service outreach programs. In 2016, Buxman organized and coordinated the purchase, wrapping, and delivery of over 300 gifts for 110 local children at Christmas.
The final award was given to Carels as the team's Most Valuable Player. Carels led the team as a captain and recorded a season-high 37 points on 18 goals and 19 assists. The forward played in 35 games in 2016-17 and her 37 points is the most of any Friar in a single season since 2006-07. She opened the season with a seven game point streak, with 10 points. Carels collected her 100th point on Feb. 3 and finished her career with 108 points. The Friars were 14-9-3 when Carels recorded at least one point. She recorded eight multi-point games and finished with a team high plus 14 rating.
Head Coach Bob Deraney announced the 2017-18 team captains. Madison Sansone will serve again as co-captain with Kate Friesen (Altona, Manitoba). Brooke Boquist (Thunder Bay, Ontario) will serve again as an assistant captain and Blair Parent (Blaine, Minn) will join Boquist as an assistant captain.
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