Athletics Holds Senior Student-Athlete Awards Night
Worcester, Mass. -- The Assumption College Department of Athletics recently held its annual Senior Student-Athlete Awards banquet, recognizing the top accomplishments in Assumption College Athletics for the 2012-2013 academic year.
Capturing the Andrew Laska Award as the “Athletes of the Year” were sophomore Terrance Bobb-Jones (Wilmington, Del./Delcastle-Voc Tech) from the men’s basketball team, along with women’s lacrosse sophomore Amy McNeil (Orange, Conn./Amity) and women’s swimming junior Monique Haney (Rialto, Calif./Bloomington).
Bobb-Jones transferred to Assumption from Division I Quinnipiac and quickly made his presence known as the high-flying sophomore finished the season averaging 13.5 points, a team-best 6.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists while playing 35.9 minutes per contest. Appearing in 27 games with 26 starts, Bobb-Jones posted 13 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals in his Assumption debut and finished the season with 23 double-digit scoring games. Bobb-Jones posted a season-high 27 points in a regular-season win at Southern New Hampshire, along with a season-high 17 rebounds in an NCAA Tournament victory over the Penmen. With a thunderous dunk vs. New Haven on November 28, 2012, Bobb-Jones was featured as the No. 2 play on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays of the Day.
McNeil rewrote the Assumption College women’s lacrosse record book as she finished with single-season school records for points with 76 and goals with 66. The sophomore also set the single-game school marks for goals with 10 and points with 12 in a road win over Franklin Pierce. Scoring at least one point in all but one game in her career, the two-time Northeast-10 Player of the Week posted 12 hat tricks, nine games with at least four goals and a pair of eight-goal games to open the season. After just two seasons, McNeil is second on the Assumption career lists in points with 136 and goals with 122.
Haney, a junior standout and three-time Northeast-10 Swimmer of the Week this season, earned a pair of Northeast-10 individual championships as the Hounds placed a program-best third in the Northeast-10 Championship. She was also named as the Most Valuable Performer at the Worcester City Championship as the team captured its first-ever team title at the event. A former Assumption College and Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Year, Haney holds six individual school records, including three that were set this season. In addition, she claimed the Cathy Desrosiers Award at the Worcester City Championship, which is given to the female Swimmer of the Meet, as the Hounds captured their first-ever city title.
Newly-established this year, the Steve “Merc” Morris ’72 Memorial Awards were given to the “top four-year senior student-athletes”. Morris served as the College’s sports information director for nearly 40 years before his passing in 2011. Earning this award was men’s basketball senior Tim Beinert (Bellerose Village, N.Y./Holy Cross), baseball senior Shane Keddy (Worcester, Mass./Worcester Tech) and women’s basketball senior Gabrielle Gibson (Amityville, N.Y./Copiague).
A two-year team captain, Beinert was a former Northeast-10 All-Conference selection and member of the league’s All-Rookie Team. He finished his career with 1,235 career points, 715 rebounds, 278 assists, 91 blocks and 114 steals while shooting 50.7 percent from the field. This season, Beinert averaged 12.2 points per game to go along with 6.3 rebounds while shooting 50.4 percent from the field to rank ninth in the Northeast-10. A six-time member of the Assumption College student-athlete honor roll, he captained the team to the second round of the NCAA Tournament this season.
A two-year captain, Keddy was a First Team All-Region and Northeast-10 First Team All-Conference selection in 2012. He was chosen as a First Team Preseason All-American this spring and ranks among the league leaders in batting average at .307. A Second Team All-Northeast-10 selection in 2013, he finished the season ranked fifth in the league in triples with four, seventh in the league with 83 total bases and 14th in slugging percentage at .464. For his career, he was a .311 hitter with 101 runs scored, 223 hits, 46 doubles and 109 runs batted in. He also has 62 walks, 22 stolen bases and 314 career putouts.
A Second Team All-Region performer and First Team Northeast-10 All-Conference selection, Gibson finished second in the league with a team-best 17.8 points per game. An eight-time member of the Northeast-10 Weekly Honor Roll and a four-time Worcester Area Basketball Player of the Week, she posted 26 double-digit scoring games and 11 games of 20 points or more. Leading the team to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances over her career, Gibson finished her career with 1,627 points, ranking her second on the Assumption all-time scoring list. A member of the Northeast-10 All-Tournament, she played a key part in the team advancing to the first league championship game in program history in 2013.
The Rev. Armand Desautels, A.A. Memorial Awards are presented each year to the “premier male and female senior student-athletes”, combined athletic performance and academic excellence in the classroom. Earning these awards in 2013 were men’s basketball graduate student Kevin Donahue (Pawcatuck, Conn./Stonington) and women’s swimming senior Amanda Guy (Lakeville, Mass./Apponequet).
A two-time recipient of the Northeast-10 Scholar-Athlete Sports Excellence Award and a two-time Northeast-10 Academic All-Conference selection, Donahue also excelled on the basketball court as he ended his career with 1,249 points. A two-time Northeast-10 Second Team All-Conference selection, he scored his 1000th career point vs. Bentley in January and went on to average 14.1 points per game this season. In addition, he was a two-time Worcester Area Basketball Player of the Week and a five-time member of the Northeast-10 Conference Weekly Honor Roll. Academically, Donahue is a seven-time member of the Assumption College Student-Athlete Honor Roll and has twice earned the Assumption College Student-Athlete Director’s Citation.
Guy is a three-time Northeast-10 Academic All-Conference selection who helped the Hounds to the program’s highest-ever finish at the Northeast-10 Championship this year. She was a member of a three school-record relay teams at the NE-10 Championship, along with a pair of top 10 finishes in the 500 free and 1650 free. A seven-time member of the Northeast-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Guy earned the Assumption College Premier Student-Athlete Award for a perfect 4.0 GPA in the fall 2012 and has earned the school’s director’s citation on six occasions.
The Francis J. Grimaldi ’70 Memorial Award is given to a student-athlete who has displayed “spirit and courage” while overcoming something in their lives. The recipient of this year’s award is women’s lacrosse senior Michelle Santos (Holliston, Mass./Holliston), who was cut from the team her freshman season and after a coaching change in the program, she returned to lead the team in scoring as a sophomore. Three years later, Santos graduates from Assumption as a team captain and one of the team’s leaders as she ended her career with 92 points on 77 goals and 15 assists while starting the last 47 games of her career.
The Rev. Alfred R. Berthiaume, A.A. ’32 Memorial Awards are given to a male and a female student-athlete who have gone “above and beyond” in their time as a student-athlete. The recipients of this year’s award are men’s soccer senior Tom Carroll (Belford, N.J./Middletown North) and women’s soccer/track senior Molly Kessler (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton).
Carroll, a four-year member of the men’s soccer team and a two-time team captain in 2011 and 2012, was the Team MVP this past season. Named to the 2009 Northeast-10 All-Rookie Team, he started all 15 games this season and finished with one goal. His lone score of the season was a game-winning tally on a penalty kick, lifting the Hounds to a 1-0 win over St. Thomas Aquinas in the season opener. A four-year member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and a board member, Carroll served as a Northeast-10 Conference SAAC representative, was a finalist for a spot on the NCAA Division II National SAAC, a multi-year member of the Northeast-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and a member of the Assumption College Student-Athlete Honor Roll. In addition, Carroll is active in the community as he was the co-coordinator of the DKMS Bone Marrow Registry Drive in the Spring of 2012, worked with the Code Blue Committee to promote attendance at home athletic events and worked with the Trick-or-Treat for Canned Goods Food Drive. Carroll helped with the food drive for his entire four years at Assumption, benefitting the Worcester County Food Bank.
Kessler, a two-sport athlete in soccer and track and field, was a women’s soccer and track and field team captain this season for the Hounds. On the soccer field, she was a member of the Northeast-10 All-Conference Second Team as she started all 17 games for the Hounds. She finished the season with 17 points on four goals and a team-high nine assists. In addition, she added the game-winning goal against Saint Michael’s on September 9, 2012. In addition to her contributions on the field, she was a standout on the track as she set both the indoor and outdoor records for the 800 meters. At the Northeast-10 Indoor Championship, she became the first Assumption runner to capture and individual crown as she won the 800-meter title by a .7 second margin. Kessler also served as the president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), was a two-time recipient of the Assumption College Student-Athlete Director’s Citation and was named to the Assumption College Student-Athlete Honor Roll once.
The William Cating ’64 Memorial Award is presented to a male and a female student-athlete each year that has been deemed as “most coachable” by the coaching staff. Earning the awards this year were football senior Sonny Dillinger (Naples, Fla./St. John Neumann) and women’s basketball senior Marissa Velez (Barre, Vt./Spaulding).
Dillinger, a transfer from Division I Wagner College, was a three-year standout safety for the Hounds and a two-time All-Conference player for the Hounds. A team captain, he was also a Worcester Area Football Second Team All-Star and was a one-time selection to the Northeast-10 Conference Weekly Honor Roll. Appearing in all 10 games with nine starts, Dillinger was third on the team in total tackles with 41, including 29 solo stops. He also posted 4.5 tackles for a loss of 16 yards, one interception, three pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. His past game came against Pace on October 27th as the senior posted a season-high 10 tackles in the win.
Velez was the team captain in 2012-2013 as the Hounds tied the program’s single-season school record for wins with 22 and advanced to the program’s first-ever Northeast-10 Championship Game and the NCAA Tournament. Appearing in all 30 games with 29 starts, she averaged 3.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 20.6 minutes per game. Leading by example, she posted back-to-back double-digit scoring games in February, including a career-high 15 points in a Senior Night win over American International. Velez appeared in 98 career games, starting 56 of her 57 appearances as she ended her career with 220 points, 183 rebounds, 91 assists, 62 steals and 15 blocks.
The Albert S. Banx Memorial Award is presented to students who have demonstrated “outstanding student service to the department” during their time at Assumption. Earning the award this year was women’s swimming and diving team manager Sean Frere (Westfield, Mass.) and sports medicine senior Kathy Moffett (Lowell, Mass./Lowell). Frere was a four-year manager for the swimming and diving team and was responsible for operating the program’s in-meet electronic timing system at each home event, among other duties. Moffett was a four-year work study student in the Sports Medicine department, as well as a four-year defensive standout and 2012 team captain on the Assumption field hockey team who led the nation in defensive saves as a senior.
Each year, the Rev. Joseph A. Pelletier, A.A. ’32 Memorial Award is presented to someone on campus who is not a student for “outstanding service to the athletic department.” This year’s recipient was John Landers from the campus copy center. Landers, along with the other members of the copy center staff, assist the athletic department on a regular basis with the producing of game day programs, photographs, banners, posters and signage for events and more, including much of that on short notice.
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