Yesterday, we announced the final winner of a 2017 BC Interruption Award. We have spent the past month celebrating the best (and sometimes worst) of the 2016-17 Boston College Eagles seasons. If you missed any of the announcements, here is a rundown of our winners:
Male Rookie of the Year
Ky Bowman, Basketball
Bowman was a bright spot on a struggle basketball team. He was named to the All-ACC Freshman Team after leading all ACC freshmen in field goal percentage, 3-point percentage and 3-pointers made.
Female Rookie of the Year
Caitrin Lonergan, Hockey
Lonergan was BC WIH’s most highly touted recruit this past season, and she did not disappoint. She was third on the team in goals scored and led the Eagles in SOG.
Male Most Improved Player of the Year
Mike Knoll, Football
After a rough season in 2015, Knoll’s improvement was a big deal for BC football. He went 12for 14 on field goal attempts and missed only 3 extra points.
Female Most Improved Player of the Year
Kaileen Hart, Lacrosse
Kaileen Hart might be overlooked when talking about the lacrosse team’s success since she did not put up the numbers that Kenzie Kent and Sam Apuzzo did. But Hart was a major part of the team’s success. Hart had only 6 points in 2015-16... this past season she recorded 75 points.
Play of the Year
Tatiana Cortez hits an emotional homer, Softball
Cortez’s Senior Day game was missing one important thing - her father. Cortez’s father is a police officer and he was injured in the line of duty earlier this year. To support Cortez, more than 100 cops from around Massachusetts came to her final game at Boston College. They were able to watch Cortez win the game for the Eagles with a walk-off home run.
Worst Call of the Year
4th And Forever Against Georgia Tech, Football
Game of the Year
Overtime Win In The Women’s Hockey East Championship, Hockey
There were a number of nominees for this award, but ultimately BC WIH’s OT thriller came away with the prize.
Female Player Best Embodying the Characteristics of a BC Eagle
McKenzie Meehan, Soccer
Meehan has had to deal with injuries during her time at BC, but has always presented herself as a team player and a strong leader. She contributes to the team with leadership skills and a positive attitude, but also with her offensive prowess.
Male Player Best Embodying the Characteristics of a BC Eagle
Austin Cangelosi, Hockey
Cangelosi is the prototypical BC MIH player - he’s short, speedy, and good at creating scoring chances. He’s also a hard worker, who earned an AHL ATO at the conclusion of the season despite going undrafted.
Coach of the Year
Acacia Walker, Lacrosse
This was a hotly contested category, with two deserving nominees: Coach Walker, and BC WIH’s Coach Crowley. Ultimately, Coach Walker won out due to the fact that she led an underdog team to the program’s first even Final Four and NCAA Championship.
Team of the Year
This was the only unanimous vote this year. The lacrosse team demolished the competition in early rounds of the 2017 NCAA Tournament to make to the program’s first ever Final Four. The Eagles beat fellow underdog Navy to earn a spot in the finals, where they lost a hard fought match to an undefeated Maryland team.
Female Fan Favorite of the Year
Kali Flanagan, Hockey
How can you not root for Flanagan? She entered the year never having made a Team USA senior squad, but she earned a spot on the team for this year’s World Championship and helped the US to win gold. Flanagan impressed enough to also be named to the 2018 US Olympic Team, so she will be taking the year off next season to train for and compete in the Olympics.
Male Fan Favorite(s) of the Year
Jesper and Julius Mattila, Hockey
It’s no secret that we love hockey at BCI, so it shouldn’t come as a shock that our fan favorites are all hockey players. BC MIH’s Finnish twins are fun to watch and good sports about our Finland obsession, earning them this shared honor.
Male Player of the Year
Harold Landry, Football
Landry set a new Boston College single season record with 16.5 sacks, which also led the entire NCAA this year. Many were surprised that Landry chose to return to BC for his senior season, and he’s projected to be a high pick when he does enter the NFL Draft.
(Female) Player of the Year
Kenzie Kent, Hockey & Lacrosse
Technically, Kent is our Female POY, but let’s be honest - she’s the POY. Kent is a strong hockey player, who recorded 26 points in 39 games this past season. After the conclusion of the hockey season she joined the lacrosse team, where she was third onl the team in scoring despite only playing half the season. Kent scored 10 points in the lacrosse Championship game and was the first ever player to be named Most Outstanding Player despite playing for the losing team.