Worcester, Mass. (May 8) -- On Monday night, the Department of Athletics and Recreation held its annual Senior Student-Athlete Awards Night in the Hagan Campus Center. At the event, each senior was recognized for their contributions to their programs during their Assumption careers, along with the presentation of the department’s major End of the Year awards.
Senior football captain Mike Bates (Holden, Mass./Wachusett) and senior swimmer Monique Haney (Rialto, Calif./Bloomington) were the big winners as they took home two awards each. Bates earned the Rev. Armand Desautels Memorial Award, given to the “Premier Senior Student-Athlete” as the award encompasses outstanding athletic and academic performance. He also picked up the Steve “Merc” Morris ’72 Memorial Award, given to the “Top-Four Year Senior Athlete.” Bates, a three-time Northeast-10 All-Conference selection and a three-time Academic All-Conference honoree, was the 2012 recipient of the Northeast-10 Sport Excellence Award as the top football student-athlete in the league. A First Team All-Conference selection in 2013, he finished the season with a team-leading 96 total tackles.
Haney, who helped lead her team to the Northeast-10 Conference Championship, was named as the Andrew Laska “Female Athlete of the Year” for the second straight season. She was also the female recipient of the Steve “Merc” Morris ’72 Memorial Award. In the 2013-2014 season, Haney picked up three victories at the Northeast-10 Conference Championship to help the Hounds to the program’s first league title in just the seventh year of the team’s existence. For her career, the former Northeast-10 Rookie of the Year finished with six overall Northeast-10 individual championships in 12 chances. In addition to NE-10 rookie honors, Haney was also the 2011 Assumption College Freshman Athlete of the Year.
The female recipient of the Rev. Armand Desautels Memorial Award was senior softball center fielder Tanya Robidoux (Hooksett, N.H./Manchester Central), who is a biology major that started all 175 games for her career and was the team captain this season. A two-time Northeast-10 All-Conference selection, she finished her Assumption College career with 190 hits, 131 runs scored, 62 runs batted in, 34 doubles, four triples and 10 home runs. As a rookie, she was named as the Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Year and the Assumption College Freshman Athlete of the Year. Academically, she was a two-time Northeast-10 Academic All-Conference selection and is poised to earn that award for a third time when announced later in May. In addition, she was also named as a Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team member in 2013.
The male recipient of the Andrew Laska “Athlete of the Year” Award was junior cross country and track and field standout Tony Fierimonte (Northborough, Mass./Algonquin Regional). Fierimonte, a First Team Northeast-10 All-Conference selection, became the first male runner in Assumption history to advance to the NCAA Cross Country National Championship. He eventually finished in 65th place at the national championship meet and was the fourth finisher from the East Region. Last weekend, he also picked up the Northeast-10 Championship in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and continues his season at the New England Outdoor Championship this weekend.
Earning the Rev. Alfred R. Berthiaume ’32 Memorial Awards for going “Above and Beyond” were women’s soccer senior captain Andrea Bates (Holden, Mass./Wachusett), men’s tennis graduate student captain Matt Drolet (Cumberland, R.I./Mt. St. Charles) and senior baseball captain Cody Rocha (Fall River, Mass./B.M.C. Durfee).
Bates, a four-year member of the women’s soccer program, helped maintain consistency with the program during a coaching change as she kept the team together during the winter and non-traditional season. During her senior season, she finished with a team-best 15 points on seven goals and one assist, including two game-winning goals. Bates was a key part of the team advancing to the Northeast-10 Tournament for the first time since 2005.
Drolet, a four-year member of the men’s tennis team, was the team captain this season and enjoyed his best season yet with a 13-5 record at number two doubles. During a transitional time between coaches, Drolet was always willing to host recruits to help rebuild the team, even though he was preparing for graduation and to get a full-time job. After speaking to head coach Dan Munsey, he eventually decided to return for his final playing season and set a great example through work ethic, passion and commitment to excellence as the Hounds advanced to their first Northeast-10 Tournament since 2009.
Rocha, a three-year pitcher for the Hounds, was the first player that head coach Mike Rocco spoke to when he was hired prior to the season. A starting pitcher this season for the Hounds, Rocha was an athlete who loves being out on the baseball field and is always looking to learn new things about pitching or baseball in general. The voice of the players, he was someone that commanded the respect of his teammates throughout the season. This year, he finished with a 4-3 overall record in eight starts with a team-leading 45 strikeouts.
For the William Cating ’64 Memorial Awards, which were given to the “Most Coachable” student-athletes, volleyball senior Alie Carlson (Amston, Conn./RHAM) and football senior captain Matt Colangelo (Cromwell, Conn./Cromwell) were the 2014 winners.
Carlson, who is returning for the 2014 season, appeared in 23 matches in the 2013. She finished her season with 105 kills, 28 digs and 55 blocks. She posted an 11-kill effort in a road win at Le Moyne, along with a season-best 12-kill showing late in the season vs. Merrimack. Carlson also added a season-high seven blocks at home vs. Pace in November. Always asking questions of her coach and looking to improve on the court, she has also excelled academically and recently worked for the department as a marketing intern.
Colangelo, who will serve as an assistant coach for the Hounds in 2014, was named as a Northeast-10 First Team All-Conference selection and a Worcester Area First Team All-Star for his performance in the 2013 season. He ranked third on the team with 69 total tackles, including 29 solo stops and 44 assisted tackles. He also posted 5.5 tackles for loss, one fumble recovery, two interceptions, three quarterback hurries and one pass breakup.
The Francis J. Grimaldi ’70 Memorial Award, given to a student-athlete who shows “Spirit and Courage”, was awarded to field hockey senior Sadie Oliver (Mount Vernon, N.H./Souhegan). Oliver overcame a preseason cancer diagnosis, underwent surgery, and fought thru to compete in the team’s final game of the season on Senior Day. Attending every practice and game, she was heavily in the “15-40” organization that helps raise money to fight cancer and continues to do so as she speaks to young adults about the importance of early detection of cancer.
The Rev. Joseph Pelletier ’32 Memorial Award, which is given to someone outside of athletics for “Outstanding Service to the Department,” was awarded to Bill Smith, director of financial aid. Smith plays a key role in the recruiting of the Assumption College student-athletes and is one of the most accessible and supportive administrators on campus for the Department of Athletics and Recreation.
The Al Banx Memorial Award is given in recognition of “Outstanding Student Service to the Department” and this year was awarded to senior Danielle Driscoll (sports medicine), senior Nancy McAdam (department of athletics) and senior Mike Racine (athletic communications). All three worked in the department throughout their Assumption careers in a variety of different positions spanning nearly every office in athletics.
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