Joan L. Hencler ’01 is the most prolific scorer in Rhode Island College women’s soccer history. The Warwick, R.I. native starred for the Anchorwomen from 1996-99, coming to the program just one year after its inception. Hencler totaled 38 career goals and 27 career assists for 103 career points. She is RIC’s all-time leader in career goals, assists and points. She reached the 100-point milestone with a five-point effort, giving RIC its first-ever win over Eastern Connecticut State University on Oct. 23, 1999.


Hencler led the team with 13 goals and nine assists for 35 points as a senior during the ’99 season and was named First Team All-Little East Conference. Not only were the 13 goals and 35 points career-highs for Hencler, but they were also team records for a season at the time. Hencler led the team with five game-winning goals that season. She was second in the Little East in scoring.




Hencler played in 18 games  that season, starting all of them. She was named the Most Valuable Player of both the Roger Williams and the Salve Regina Invitational Tournaments. Hencler was named to the RWU All-Tournament team for the third straight season (1999, 1998 & 1997) as well. She totaled a career-high seven points in a game on three occasions, against Emmanuel, Johnson & Wales and UMass Boston. She recorded a hat trick and an assist in each of those games. She was named the Little East Conference’s Player of the Week twice.


As a junior in 1998, Hencler played in 18 games, starting 17 of them, and was second on the team in scoring with nine goals and 10 assists for 28 points. Her 10 helpers were a program record for a single season at the time. As a sophomore in 1997, she played in 19 games, starting 18, and was second on the team in scoring with seven goals and seven assists for 21 points. As a freshman in 1996, she played in 16 games, starting all of them, and led the squad in scoring with nine goals and one assist for 19 points.




She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Rhode Island College in 2001. Hencler was a special education teacher in the Cumberland School Department for five years and is currently an accounting administrator for Falvey Insurance Group.


She is actively involved in multiple fundraisers to raise money to find cures for Leukemia and Lymphoma.