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Three Stars: Makenna Newkirk Is This Week's #1 Star

Newkirk edges Demko in a razor tight vote

This week's three stars voting occurred prior to Alex Carpenter's overtime heroics against Boston University last night, so the voting remained pretty wide open to new names who may not have been on the list yet. Topping it was women's hockey freshman Makenna Newkirk. Who else made the list?

#1 Star: Makenna Newkirk, Women's Hockey... 12 points, 3 first place votes

Newkirk notched a natural hat trick in BC women's hockey's 8-1 shellacking of BU at Walter Brown Arena on Saturday, putting an exclamation point on a strong start to her freshman season. Newkirk is second only to Alex Carpenter with 9 goals for BC this season. She has 16 points total and a +14 plus/minus.

#2 Star: Thatcher Demko, men's hockey... 12 points, 2 first place votes

For the first time this year, we had to go to the tiebreaker (most first place votes) to determine this week's winner, as both Newkirk and Demko got the same number of "points" from our panel. Demko's two shutout weekend has earned him plaudits on SportsCenter, honors as NCAA player of the week, and the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week award. He's putting up some goofy numbers right now and is only two shutouts away from tying BC's single season shutout record.

#3 Star: Kelcie Hromisin, field hockey... 3 points

Senior captain Kelcie Hromisin notched a memorable moment in one of her final games, lifting BC to an overtime victory over Wake Forest in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament. With the Eagles resting on the bubble, that win may have been what it took to secure an NCAA tourney spot for the Eagles; they take on Albany Saturday at 2 PM in the first round of the tournament.

Honorable mentions:

#4: Eli Carter, basketball... 2 points: Though it was just an exhibition, Eli Carter's 33 point night against Bentley gave us some hope that the hoops team has a go to player who can carry them while 85% of the roster goes through some growing pains.

#5 Colin White, men's hockey... 1 point: The freshman is steadily coming in to his own as one of the top players for the Eagles, including a goal Friday night that helped seal BC's shutout win over Maine.

Updated Three Stars of the Year Standings

The fans agreed with the staff and voted Matt Gaudreau as #1 last week, earning him a bonus point in the year long standings.

1. Alex Carpenter, 9 points (2 staff wins) (1 fan win)
2. McKenzie Meehan, 8 points (1 staff win) (1 fan win)
t3. Bobby Swigert, 4 points (1 staff win) (1 fan win)
t3. Zeiko Lewis, 4 points (1 staff win) (1 fan win)
t3. Matt Gaudreau, 4 points (1 staff win) (1 fan win)
t6. Kam McLain, 3 points (1 staff win)
t6. Thadd Smith, 3 points (1 staff win)
t6. Eryn McCoy, 3 points (1 staff win)
t6. Makenna Newkirk, 3 points (1 staff win)
t10. Harold Landry, 3 points (1 fan win)
t10. Steven Daniels, 3 points (1 fan win)
t12. John Johnson, 2 points
t12. AshLeigh Sebia, 2 points

t12. Emily McCoy, 2 points
t12. Simon Enstrom, 2 points
t12. Colin White, 2 points
t12 Teddy Doherty, 2 points
t12. Thatcher Demko, 2 points
t19. The entire BC football defense, 1 point (1 fan win)
t19. Alex Howell, 1 point (1 fan win)
t21. Tyler Rouse, 1 point
t21. Jeff Smith, 1 point
t21. Trevor Davock, 1 point
t21. Katty Workman, 1 point
t21. Kevin Kavalec, 1 point
t21. Austin Cangelosi, 1 point
t21. Kelcie Hromisin, 1 point

Who was your #1 star this week? Leave your thoughts below.