We’ve nearly reached the end of the 2018 BC Interruption Awards (The BCI-ys!), and we just have two categories left — the male and female Fan Favorite and Player of the Year awards. We’ll start the beginning of the end with our Female Fan Favorite Award winner.
2017-2018 BCI Female Fan Favorite
Winner: Toni Ann Miano
There were a number of players who received votes for this award, but the winner was arguably the most crucial piece of the Boston College Women’s Hockey roster. After losing three (3) active players to the United States of America Olympic Team, all from the defensive unit, it looked like it was going to be tough sledding for the BC blue line all season.
But senior Toni Ann Miano carried the team defensively, playing Zdeno Chara-like minutes on a unit that at times barely had enough warm bodies to put on the ice. She was unquestionably the nation’s top defender, ranking 11th nationally among all players — not just blueliners — playing Division I schedules with a 18-25—43 line, nine points clear of the next highest defender.
But given the lack of defenders available to play for the Eagles, her scoring wasn’t the only thing BC was relying on. Miano was a rare three-zone force of a player that changed the game whenever she was on the ice. Her +44 led the team — a team featuring three of the country’s top six scorers — and the only player on the roster to even come close to that number was Daryl Watts, the freshman phenom who became the first underclassman to win the Patty Kazmaier Award, with a +43.
Miano was also the architect of one of the most thrilling moments of the 2017-2018 Boston College Athletics season. Her overtime game-winner capped a thriller against Boston University to keep the Beanpot on the Heights for another year.
The Eagles will get their three Olympians back next season, but there’s no doubt that BC is going to miss Miano’s leadership and all-around play. Without her on the roster, the Eagles wouldn’t have been half as good as they ended up being.
Other players who received votes for Female Fan Favorite were lacrosse’s Sam Apuzzo, and Dempsey Arsenault, and women’s hockey’s Daryl Watts.