May 1, 2009
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's ice hockey team announced its annual team awards during the end-of-year banquet on Friday, May 1 at the Providence Courtyard by Marriot.
Following senior speeches from the six members of the class of 2009, Senior defenseman Brittany Simpson (Barrie, Ontario) was awarded the Captain's Award for her service to the team. Simpson, a sociology major, would later earn the Academic Award, which is presented to the player with the highest cumulative grade point average from the spring semester of 2008 through the fall of 2009, by earning a 3.63 GPA. She is a two-time winner of the award after earning the honor in 2008 as well.
Senior forward Stephanie Morris (South Burlington, Vt.) was the recipient of the Coaches' Award. The award is given annually by the members of the coaching staff to the player who the coaches believe surpassed expectations in order to help the team reach a high level of success. Morris earned playing time in 17 consecutive games to end the season and found herself on the ice during the penalty kill towards the final games of the season. She finished the season with three points on one goal and two assists. For her career, she scored three goals and added six assists for nine points.
Freshman defenseman Breanna Schwarz (Portland, Ore) earned the team's Most Improved Player award as the player that showed the greatest improvement over the course of the season. Schwarz did not see time as a freshman but made such strides on the ice that her teammates voted her the Most Improved Player.
Freshman Abby Gauthier (Lynn, Mass.) was the recipient of the Seventh Player Award. The award is given annually to the player that performs beyond expectations and is an integral part of the team's success as voted by the team. Gauthier finished the season with three goals and seven assists. Two of her three goals were against New Hampshire. She scored the lone goal in the semifinals of the Hockey East Tournament.
Senior Erin Normore (Cambridge, Ontario) was named the team's Most Valuable Player. This season, she scored a career high nine goals and 26 points. She finished her career tied for first with 143 games played at Providence. Over her four seasons, Normore scored 25 goals and recorded 66 assists for 91 points.
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