Boyles, Gaudreau and Williams Named Eagles of the Year
May 2, 2014
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Corinne Boyles, a two-time All-Conference goaltender and co-captain of the women's hockey team, earned female Eagle of the Year honors while hockey sensation Johnny Gaudreau, a two-time All-American and winner of the Hobey Baker Award as the nation's premier player, and running back Andre Williams, a finalist for the Heisman Memorial Trophy and Boston College's first recipient of the Doak Walker Award, shared male Eagle of the Year honors at the school's All-Sports Banquet on Friday, May 2.
The Nathaniel J. Hasenfus '22 Eagle of the Year Award is the considered the highest honor bestowed upon a Boston College student-athlete. It is awarded annually to the male and female student-athletes who are outstanding citizens, leaders, scholars and athletes.
Boyles, a Wheaton, Ill., native, earned Hockey East Goaltending statistical championships and All-Conference second-team honors in each of the last two seasons (2012-13 and 2013-14). She concluded her collegiate career having played in 122 career games and went 74-32-13 with a 2.09 goals against average and a .925 save percentage. She helped lead the team to three straight NCAA appearances and two Frozen Fours.
A recipient of the Hockey East Association's Distinguished Scholar status for maintaining a 3.0 grade points average throughout her career, Boyles earned a bachelor's degree in May 2012 and is currently pursuing a master's in economics from the Carroll School of Management.
Gaudreau, a Carneys Points, N.J., native, recorded the best statistical season in college hockey in more than a decade, becoming Boston College's third player to capture college hockey's top individual prize. The junior left wing recorded 80 points - 36 goals and 44 assists - in 40 games, marking the highest individual scoring output in head coach Jerry York's 20-year tenure at the Heights and the most of any college hockey player since Colorado College's Peter Sejna's 82-point performance in 2002-03. Gaudreau led the country in goals, assists and points per game (2.00). His 31-game point streak matched the Hockey East record set by Maine's Paul Kariya during the 1992-93 season.
The 5-foot-8, 159-pound forward concluded his three-year career with 175 points - 78 goals and 97 assists - in 119 games.
Williams, a Schnecksville, Pa., native, recorded the sixth highest rushing total in the history college football. A unanimous All-America first-team honoree, Williams recorded school records for rushing attempts (355) and rushing yards (2,177) and captured NCAA statistical championships in rushing yards and rushing yards per game (167.5). Only five running backs - Oklahoma State's Barry Sanders (2,626; 1988), Central Florida's Kevin Smith (2,567; 2007), Southern California's Marcus Allen (2,342; 1981) and Iowa State's Troy Davis (2,185; 1996) - have ever compiled higher single-season rushing totals than Williams did in 2013.
A graduate of the Lynch School of Education with a bachelor's degree in applied psychology and human development, Williams concluded his career having registered 704 rushing attempts for a school-record 3,739 yards and 28 touchdowns in 44 games.
The Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Awards were also presented at the banquet. These awards are given annually to a male and female student-athlete from each class for excellence in both the classroom and on the playing field. The winners were Tory Speer from softball and Devin Midgley of fencing from the senior class; Harris Williams of football and Emily Pfalzer from women's hockey and Mikaela Rix of lacrosse from the junior class; Chase Ryan of skiing and McKenzie Meehan of soccer from the sophomore class and Zeiko Lewis of men's soccer and Andie Anastos of women's hockey from the freshman class. Pfalzer has also earned scholar-athlete recognition as a freshman and sophomore.
Alicia McKean of rowing and Anthony Bellitti from the track team were named recipients of the Learning Resources Excellence Award winner, while Katie Zenevitch of women's basketball and Aaron Kramer of football won the LRSA Achievement Award.
Also recognized were 378 BC student-athletes, who earned the Athletics Director's Award for Academic Achievement. They must have an overall grade-point average of 3.0 to garner the honor.