April 27, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's hockey team held its annual year end banquet today (April 27) at the Marriott Hotel in Providence, R.I. The team honored its six graduating seniors as well as announced its seven team awards.
Seniors Corinne Buie (Edina, Minn.), Rebecca Morse (Westfield, N.J.), Maggie Pendleton (Woodbury, Mass.), Nina Riley (Lexington, Mass.), Janine Weber (Innsbruck, Austria) along with student manager Moira Sweeney were recognized for their contributions to the program.
Over the course of her career, Buie captured 100 points on 44 assists and 56 goals in 128 career games. Buie was the 33rd Friar to join the 100-point club. The senior forward was the first Friar to post 24-plus point totals each of her four years since Sonny Watrous '07. Buie finished with 26 multi-point games over the course of her career, including a career-high four-point performance against sixth-ranked Boston College this season. During her senior campaign was named Hockey East Player of the Week and was a three-time Hockey East Weekly Top Performer.
Morse played 136 games in a Friar uniform, collecting 16 goals and 44 assists for 60 career points. Her 60 points were the highest scoring career point totals as a Friar defenseman since 2008. She finished her career with 10 multi-point performances as well as three power-play goals and five game-winning strikes. Morse collected an impressive plus-minus rating of plus-27 over her career.
Pendleton, captain of the 2013-14 squad, finished tied for 17th all-time for most career games played with 138. Pendleton finished her career with 42 points on eight goals and 34 assists. In addition, Pendleton collected eight multi-point games, including two three-assist performances over the course of her career.
Riley appeared in goal 26 times over the course of her career, including lifting the Friars to two-come-from-behind wins during the 2012-13 season. Recorded her first post-season appearance and win against New Hampshire in last season's Hockey East Quarterfinal win. While a freshman, faced third-ranked Boston University and collected 26 saves for a .929 save percentage that game. Joined older sister Leigh Riley '11 as the first sibling teammates to play for the Friars since 1988.
Weber joined the Friars as a graduate student for the 2013-14 season. She appeared in all 35 games during her lone season with Providence. Weber finished the season with 11 points on six goals and five assists. Weber collected her first collegiate goal against 10th-ranked Mercyhurst (Oct. 13). Weber later went on to lift the Friars to a 3-2 overtime victory with the game-winning tally against Brown to help the Program capture the 19th Annual Mayor's Cup.
Sweeney spent four years working on the Friar's staff as a student manager. Sweeney was a vital member of the women's hockey staff, handling team logistics as well as statistical information. In addition to her operational duties, Sweeney managed the team's social media platforms for all games and provided color commentary on the Friars' radio broadcast at all home games. During her senior season, she jumped into the role of time-on-ice video coordinator.
The Friars followed the senior presentation portion of the banquet with 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 is presented to the player with the highest cumulative grade point average from the spring semester of 2013 through the fall semester of the 2013 academic year. Pendleton, an English major and Business Studies minor, earned the honor with a remarkable 3.70 GPA. The runner-ups included, junior Haley Frade (Marion, Mass.), who achieved an impressive 3.66 as a Management and Finance double major and sophomore Lexi Romanchuk (San Jose, Calif.), who was third on the team with an outstanding GPA of 3.63 as a Business Economics major.
Pendleton also was awarded with the Captain's award after serving as the lone team captain during her senior season. With the collection of the awards, Pendleton becomes the first Friar to be recognized by her teammates and the coaching staff each of her four years at Providence, earning the Most Improved Player Award her freshman season, the team's Seventh Player Award the following season, and the Coaches' Award her junior year. This season, she was named a Hockey East Weekly top performer after a two-assist effort at Union and recorded the game-winning assist in the Friars 3-2 overtime win for the 19th Annual Mayor's Cup.
Romanchuk was awarded with the team's Seventh Player Award after appearing in all 35 games for the Friars this season. The Seventh Player Awardee is recognized by her teammates as the player who performed above and beyond expectations throughout the season. The Seventh Player contributes heavily to the overall success of the team, yet did not receive the recognition she deserves. Romanchuk led the Friars' defensive core in scoring with a career-best 17 points on four goals and 13 assists. The sophomore defenseman notched the overtime game-winning goal against RPI on Jan. 5 to collect a three-point performance. For her efforts against RPI, she was named Hockey East Player of the Week.
Junior defenseman Victoria Virtue (Walpole, Mass.) earned the team's Unsung Hero award as the player, voted by her teammates, who consistently contributed to the team and its success, but did not necessarily receive the recognition that she deserved.
"Victoria was a constant for us on defense all season," Head Coach Bob Deraney shared. "We relied heavily on her to play many different roles and in many different situations throughout the year and she played them admirably."
Red shirt junior Stephanie Demars (Vermontville, N.Y.) was awarded with the team's Most Improved Player Award, as the player, voted by her teammates, to have shown the greatest improvement over the course of the season.
"There was no question Steph was our most improved player from this season," Deraney shared. "Playing sparingly at the beginning of the season, she constantly fought to make sure that she was bettering herself to make sure that she made that week's line-up. She not only dressed every game this season but by the end of the season was taking a regular shift and was relied on in important situations. We as a coaching staff expect her to make an even greater contribution to next year's team."
The team's Coaches' Award is given by the members of the coaching staff to the person that the coaches believed excelled beyond expectations at her position. Sweeney was awarded the honor after dedicating four years to the Friar program.
"From the first day, she began contributing to our program and every day after her responsibilities grew and grew," Deraney shared. "By the end she was doing the work of three people seamlessly, while making sure everything was running smoothly for the coaches, players, trainer, and equipment people. She held the whole thing together and we are going to try our hardest to prevent it all from falling apart without her."
The final award of the day, the Most Valuable Player of the year award, was earned by junior forward Beth Hanrahan (Poolesville, Md.). Hanrahan was voted by her teammates as the player whose contributions to the team were unequaled and vital to the success of the team as a whole. Hanrahan matched a career-best 20-point season on 10 goals and a career-high 10 assists. In addition, she registered five power-play tallies on the season, including a power-play strike against Boston University in the Hockey East quarterfinal game for her third career play-off point. She led the team with two shorthanded goals and was tied for third in the league with three shorthanded points. This year's awardee tallied four multi-point games throughout the year as well as led the team in shots with 141.
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