And now, after much anticipation and fanfare (or not), we are proud to announce the first of 15 winners of this year's BCI Awards.
There were several deserving candidates for Female Athlete of the Year, including the official Eagle of the Year honoree from the school, Corinne Boyles. But rising above the rest to win the vote was women's soccer phenom McKenzie Meehan, who just recently made headlines for being named to the USA team for the upcoming U-20 Women's World Cup to be held in Canada next month.
Meehan had a prolific sophomore season for the Eagles, putting up 20 goals in 23 games, accounting for 40.8% of the team's overall goal total. Her goal total was tied for 6th in the nation, and tied for 1st in the ACC. She also led the league in game-winning goals, and was a pivotal player in BC's run to the Elite Eight. The Smithfield, RI native was called in to several US Soccer camps and exhibitions this year, and obviously impressed enough to earn a spot on the roster for the U-20 World Cup.
As you'll see in the tally below, Meehan narrowly edged lacrosse's Covie Stanwick.
The Final Vote
McKenzie Meehan (women's soccer) - 3 votes
Covie Stanwick (women's lacrosse) - 2 votes
Undecided - 2 votes
Alex Carpenter (women's hockey) - 1 vote
Comments from the Panel:
"Am I allowed to say Alex Carpenter? She's technically still enrolled at BC even if she didn't play for the team this year. Olympic silver medalist and had a strong impact for Team USA despite that really awful finish that we'd all like to forget. If that's not allowed, I'll go with Meehan." -Anonymous voter
[ED NOTE: Yeah, we'll allow it and count the vote for Carpenter. Though if the final result were a tie, I probably would have called it a vote for Meehan to break the tie.]
"I'm going with Lacrosse's Covie Stanwick. 53 goals, 91 points. Tewaaraton Finalist, All-American. Though I would not be upset with Meehan." -Brian Favat
So there you have it, one award down. Did we make the right choice? Come back tomorrow for two more awardees - male athlete of the year, and best individual performance in a game.