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Ten Terriers Honored at Annual Student-Athlete Awards Reception

GO TERRIERS Director of track & field Robyne Johnson and cross country head coach Bruce Lehane presented distance runner Katie Matthews with the BU Woman of the Year Award.
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Director of track & field Robyne Johnson and cross country head coach Bruce Lehane presented distance runner Katie Matthews with the BU Woman of the Year Award.
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April 22, 2013

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BOSTON - A fantastic collection of talented Terriers was honored Monday evening at Boston University's annual student-athlete awards reception, held at the Francis D. Burke Club Room in Agganis Arena.

Marie-Philip Poulin (ice hockey) and Chantell Alford (basketball) shared the Mildred Barnes Award, given to the top female athlete and Nestor Taffur (wrestling) took home the Mickey Cochrane Award as the top male athlete. The E. Ray Speare and Gretchen Schyler awards, given yearly to the top male and female scholar-athletes, were awarded to Ryan Ruikka (ice hockey) and Jessica Morrow (soccer).

Katie Matthews from the track & field and cross country teams was selected as the 2013 BU Woman of the Year while Josh Friedman (tennis) and Mo Moran (basketball) were the recipients of the John B. Simpson Award, given both to a male and female senior who has demonstrated enthusiasm and leadership.

The president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), Tina Hoppe (swimming & diving), was the winner of the Student-Athlete Service Award and SAAC was presented with the Joseph P. Mercurio Campus Community Recognition Award. Jack Parker, who is retiring after 40 years as head coach of the men's ice hockey team, received the Terrier Pride Award.

After missing a majority of last season due to injury, Marie-Philip Poulin rebounded to help lead BU to its best season in the program's eight-year history. The junior co-captain set new career highs in points (55) and assists (36) and was unanimously selected as a Hockey East First Team All-Star and was also named a New England Division I All-Star. A consummate two-way player, Poulin was one of the best defensive forwards in the league and led BU to the Hockey East regular-season title, their third Hockey East tournament title in the last four seasons, and a spot in the national title game for the second time in the last three years. She also excelled on the international stage for Canada, as she was the MVP of the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women's World Championship.

Chantell Alford made history this season, as she became the first player in the America East to receive three straight Player of the Year honors (2011, 2012, 2013) after being named the conference's Rookie of the Year in 2010. Alford's legacy will be documented throughout the BU record books. She finished her career second all-time with 1,802 career points and owns the program record for most made 3-pointers (244) and career 3-point percentage (40.0). Additionally she is one of two players to eclipse 4,000 career minutes played while also ranking fourth all-time in steals (264) and seventh in assists (349). This year, she led the league with 16.6 points per game and posted a career-high 30 points, including six 3-pointers, against No. 14 West Virginia.

Nestor Taffur won the 157-pound title at the 2013 CAA Championships, which was hosted by BU, to earn a trip to the NCAA Championships for the first time in his career. He earned two wins at the national tournament, emerging victorious in bouts against Andy McCulley of Wyoming and Joshua Kreimier of Air Force. After suffering a season-ending knee injury in the middle of his 2011-12 campaign, Taffur worked hard to return to the mat better than ever. In dual matches, Taffur went 16-1, and he entered the NCAAs having won 17 of his previous 18 bouts. A two-time CAA Wrestler of the Week, Taffur posted a team-best 36 wins and also led the squad in pins (8), technical falls (3) and major decisions (7).

One of the top scholar-athletes to ever wear a BU hockey jersey, Ryan Ruikka overcame injuries to become a regular on the team's defenseman corps for the past three seasons. As an assistant captain this season, he helped the Terriers post 21 victories and reach the Hockey East championship game. Ruikka was a member of the freshman class on BU's 2009 national championship team and went on to play in 97 career games with 19 points on four goals and 15 assists. Ruikka completed a dual-degree program in the College of Arts and Sciences last spring with bachelor's degrees in economics and math in addition to a master's degree in economics. Last year, he received the prestigious CAS Prize for Excellence in Economics. He currently is working on a second master's in administrative studies from the Metropolitan College.

Jessica Morrow concluded her career as a NSCAA Third-Team All-America honoree after claiming America East Defender of the Year honors. She posted a standout season in which she anchored BU's defense that allowed just four goals in eight conference games to lead the league with a 0.49 goals-against average and help the Terriers to a perfect 8-0 league record and their sixth straight America East regular-season title. In addition to being BU's leader on defense, the co-captain tied for the team lead with five assists on the season, which ranked fourth in the conference. The two-time member of the America East All-Academic team owns a 3.80 GPA as a business administration major which earned her NSCAA First Team Scholar All-America accolades.

Katie Matthews turned in one of the finest indoor track seasons in school history, becoming the first BU female to earn All-America honors in two events during the same season thanks to a pair of stellar performances at the NCAA Championships. After breaking her own school record in the 5,000m run at the Terrier Invitational in January, Matthews ran even faster at NCAAs, finishing fifth with a new school record of 15:42.27 en route to being named a First Team All-American. The Rocky Hill, Conn., native was equally strong in the 3,000m run, as she shattered the school record by over seven seconds with a time of 9:05.73 at the Husky Classic. That time earned her an NCAA berths. She went on to place 11th and was named a Second Team All-American. Not only did Matthews exceed expectations on the track, but has also excelled in the classroom. Matthews has maintained a 3.94 grade-point average while pursuing her master's degree in speech-language pathology in Sargent College.

Mo Moran has served as the Terriers' leader on the floor since she arrived at BU four years ago. Under her leadership, the Terriers made three trips to the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) and captured the 2012 America East regular-season title. The point guard shattered the school record for minutes played during her career by logging 4,496 minutes on the court. She also set the program record for assists with 558 and ranks seventh all-time with 1,338 career points. Moran is a four-time all-conference selection and helped lead BU one of its best seasons in program history this year with a 24-6 overall record.

A selfless, tireless and vocal leader both on and off the court, Josh Friedman was named the men's tennis team MVP the last three seasons. He is a two-time all-conference honoree and an America East Commissioner's Honor Roll member. As a sophomore, he moved to the No. 1 singles position and helped the Terriers win 10 matches, a feat not accomplished since 2007. The highlight of his junior season occurred when he defeated No. 60 Harvard's two-time All-Ivy League First Team member, Jon Pearlman. This year competing at the top singles and doubles slots, he led the Terriers to their first winning season in six years and 7-0 sweeps against five opponents.

Tina Hoppe has displayed a dedication to service throughout her time at BU. After serving as President of the America East Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Council last season, Hoppe was voted by her peers to serve as the BU SAAC President this year and has embraced the responsibility. During her tenure as President, she organized the collection of items by BU student-athletes that were donate to the Hurricane Sandy relief effort as well as facilitated the Terriers' participation on the Thanksgiving turkey distribution organized by The Salvation army and the Allston-Brighton Congressional Church.

Through Hoppe's leadership, BU student-athletes performed over 3,000 hours of community service this year while promoting a positive student-athlete image in Boston and its surrounding communities. SAAC has worked on a wide variety of projects, including mentoring children at the Jackson Mann as part of the College for Every Student (CFES) program, raising money at the annual Teddy Bear Toss to benefit the Special Olympics, volunteering at numerous autism awareness events and staffing the entire registration area for the American Cancer Society's "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.

Jack Parker finishes his legendary career with 897 victories, which ranks third all-time amongst NCAA hockey coaches. He led the Terriers to three national championships - most recently in 2009 - four ECAC crowns, seven Hockey East titles and a record 21 Beanpot crowns. The record for appearances in the NCAA hockey tournament by a coach belongs to Parker with 24. A former captain for the Terriers, his teams as a player combined for a 72-22-4 record. As a student and coach at BU for nearly five decades, he helped not only the BU hockey program thrive, but the entire university.

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