DiAntonio, Lowrey Lead 2012 Athletic Award Winners

Worcester, Mass. (April 30) -- The Assumption College Department of Athletics held its annual Student-Athlete Awards Presentation in Laska Gym, recognizing the accomplishment of the top student-athletes at the College, along with the contributions from others to the athletic programs. In addition to the major award winners, the awards night honored the Most Valuable Players from each of the College’s 23 intercollegiate programs, as well as the recognition of the team captains for the upcoming 2012-13 season.

Rev. Armand Desautels, A.A. Memorial Awards – Premier Senior Student-Athletes
Nick DiAntonio – Football
In the 2011 season, DiAntonio ranked second in the Northeast-10 and 13th in the nation in tackles per game at 10.60. A team captain, he ended the season with 106 total tackles, including a 21-tackle performance against Southern Connecticut that tied the single-game school record. For his performance in that game, DiAntonio was named as the D2Football.com National Defensive Player of the Week, as well as the Northeast-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

For his efforts, DiAntonio has earned a number of conference and regional awards this season. A Northeast-10 First Team All-Conference selection, DiAntonio also received the Northeast-10 Conference Football Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award and was a unanimous Academic All-Conference selection. He also became the 16th student-athlete in Assumption history to earn an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, a total which leads the Northeast-10. In addition, he was named as a Daktronics Second Team All-Region selection, as well as being named to the Don Hansen Football Gazette All-Region Third Team. DiAntonio was recognized as the Worcester Area Football All-Stars Defensive Player of the Year, along with being named as a Worcester Area Football First Team All-Star.

DiAntonio is a double major in math and secondary education, as well as a theology minor at Assumption and will be the valedictorian at Commencement in May. He has received the Assumption College Premier Student-Athlete Award for seven straight semesters for a perfect 4.0 GPA. In the Fall of 2011, DiAntonio was awarded the Ray Marion Award, which is given to a select group of students with the top GPAs in the Assumption senior class. In addition, he was recognized as a two-time Augustine Scholar, an award which is given at the Assumption College Honors Convocation each spring. Recipients of this merit scholarship are nominated by a faculty member or administrator on the basis of their high academic achievement, who have demonstrated initiative and creativity in co-curricular endeavors and who have demonstrated good character.

Jennifer Lowrey – Softball
The 2012 Northeast-10 Pitcher of the Year, Lowrey posted an 18-8 record thus far and was named as the Northeast-10 Tournament MVP after leading the team to the program’s third Northeast-10 Tournament title last weekend. With the team needing a pair of wins to capture the title, Lowrey pitched both games and allowed just eight hits and two runs while striking out a combined 26 batters in 12 innings to help the team advance to the NCAA Tournament. In the process, Lowrey became the all-time strikeout leader in Assumption history with 695 strikeouts entering this week’s NCAA Regional. In addition to her major award and other recognition, Lowrey was a two-time Northeast-10 Pitcher of the Week and was named as a Northeast-10 First Team All-Conference selection for the second straight season.

Overall on the season, Lowrey has posted a 1.79 earned run average and a .189 batting average against, both ranked second among league pitchers. She has thrown 21 complete games, including five shutouts, and reached double-digit strikeouts in 12 games. She is averaging 9.6 strikeouts per seven innings, ranking her second in the Northeast-10 and 15th in the nation. Highlighting her season was a 12-strikeout perfect game in a home win over American International on April 17th, marking just the fourth perfect game in school history. In league play, Lowrey led all conference pitchers with a 1.37 earned run average, along with a .183 batting average against that also led the league. In all, 151 of her 186 strikeouts came in Northeast-10 action, along with all five of her shutout victories.

A psychology major, Lowrey earned the 2011 Fall Assumption College Student-Athlete Director’s Citation for a grade point average of over a 3.50, as well as being name to the 2010 Spring Assumption College Student-Athlete Honor Roll.

Andrew Laska Awards – Male and Female Athletes of the Year
Taylor Larsen – Ice Hockey
Larsen earns his second straight Andrew Laska Award after being named as the Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year for the second straight season. In addition, he was awarded Northeast-10 First Team All-Conference honors for the third consecutive season as well. Larsen wrapped up the season with conference-high 32 points on 13 goals and 19 assists. Larsen was deadly on the power play this season with a conference leading 14 points when playing up a man. He scored five goals and assisted nine others when his team had a man advantage.

Jennifer Lowrey – Softball
The 2012 Northeast-10 Pitcher of the Year, Lowrey posted an 18-8 record thus far and was named as the Northeast-10 Tournament MVP after leading the team to the program’s third Northeast-10 Tournament title last weekend. With the team needing a pair of wins to capture the title, Lowrey pitched both games and allowed just eight hits and two runs while striking out a combined 26 batters in 12 innings to help the team advance to the NCAA Tournament. In the process, Lowrey became the all-time strikeout leader in Assumption history with 695 strikeouts entering this week’s NCAA Regional. In addition to her major award and other recognition, Lowrey was a two-time Northeast-10 Pitcher of the Week and was named as a Northeast-10 First Team All-Conference selection for the second straight season.

Overall on the season, Lowrey has posted a 1.79 earned run average and a .189 batting average against, both ranked second among league pitchers. She has thrown 21 complete games, including five shutouts, and reached double-digit strikeouts in 12 games. She is averaging 9.6 strikeouts per seven innings, ranking her second in the Northeast-10 and 15th in the nation. Highlighting her season was a 12-strikeout perfect game in a home win over American International on April 17th, marking just the fourth perfect game in school history. In league play, Lowrey led all conference pitchers with a 1.37 earned run average, along with a .183 batting average against that also led the league. In all, 151 of her 186 strikeouts came in Northeast-10 action, along with all five of her shutout victories.

A psychology major, Lowrey earned the 2011 Fall Assumption College Student-Athlete Director’s Citation for a grade point average of over a 3.50, as well as being name to the 2010 Spring Assumption College Student-Athlete Honor Roll.

Kelly Meredith – Women’s Basketball
Meredith posted one of the top seasons in Assumption basketball history as she led the Northeast-10 in scoring during the regular season for the second straight season as she ranked among the national leaders at 18.7 points per game. She was named as a 2012 Women's Basketball Division II Bulletin Honorable Mention All-American, a Daktronics All-Region First Team member for a second straight year, and was also honored as both a State Farm Coaches Honorable Mention All-American and as a Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Honorable Mention All-American.

A Northeast-10 First Team All-Conference selection for the second straight year, Meredith finished her Assumption career with 1,612 points, ranking her second on the program's all-time scoring list. She Meredith ranked third in the league in field goals made with 185, sixth in field goal percentage at 54.3, third in free throws made with 132 and first in total points with 510.

Male Freshman of the Year
Tony Fierimonte – Men’s Cross Country
A three-time Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Week, Fierimonte ran as the team’s top runner for most of the 2011 season. Fierimonte placed 36th at the NCAA East Regional and was the sixth Northeast-10 freshman finisher at the event, along with a 42nd-place finish at the Northeast-10 Championship. Highlighting his season were a trio of third-place finishes at the Pop Crowell Invitational, the Shacklette Invitational and the season-opening Keene State Invitational. At the Shacklette, Fierimonte finished as the second freshman in the race, while he was the second Northeast-10 runner at the Shriners Invitational, where he placed 15th overall. He also placed 17th of 211 runners and was the top freshman at the Connecticut College Invitational.

Female Freshmen of the Year
Jess DiPilato – Softball
DiPilato was named as the Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Year after leading the Northeast-10 in batting in conference play with a .452 mark. In addition, she was named the Northeast-10 All-Conference Second Team and earned All-Rookie honors as well. In the regular season, DiPilato led the team with .408 average, ranking her fifth in the league in overall batting. She is also second in on-base percentage in league games at .510 and fourth in slugging percentage in league games at .753. She also ranks among the league leaders in hits with 53 (12th), doubles with 13 (8th), triples with 3 (5th) and home runs with 5 (24th). DiPilato is the third straight Assumption player to claim Northeast-10 Rookie of the Year honors as the Hounds now have four past rookie winners on this year's roster.

Chrissy Lyons – Women’s Tennis
Lyons posted a 14-7 record this season at number one singles, setting a school record for singles wins in a season, besting Melissa Ferry, who had 10 wins in 2008-09. She was a three-time Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Week this season, as well as a one-time Northeast-10 Player of the Week. In conference play she posted an impressive 7-3 mark at number one singles.

Amy McNeil – Women’s Lacrosse
Posting one of the top offensive seasons in Assumption College women’s lacrosse history, McNeil led the team with 60 points on 56 goals and four assists. A one-time Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Week, McNeil scored in all 16 games for the Hounds this season, including eight goals vs. Southern Connecticut on April 4 that tied the single-game school record. She had 11 hat tricks and 14 multi-goal games, along with 26 ground balls, five draw controls and five caused turnovers. McNeil is tied for third in the Northeast-10 in goals, is third in free-position goals and 14th in total points. More than 78 percent of her shots this season were on goal, leading the Northeast-10 in that category.

William Cating ’64 Memorial Award – “Most Coachable”
Erica Micciche – Women’s Tennis
Named as the team MVP and the team captain for next season, Micciche improved throughout the season and developed into a leader for the women’s tennis team. She posted an 11-8 overall record in singles play, including an impressive 8-2 mark in Northeast-10 play. In doubles play, Micciche was 9-11 overall, including a 6-3 when paired with Allison Gorman. She was 5-3 in at No. 3 doubles, including a 5-1 mark in Northeast-10 Conference matches.

Mary Guinee – Women’s Lacrosse
Guinee earns the William Cating ’64 Memorial Award for “most coachable” this season. A sophomore from Topsfield, Mass., Guinee started all 16 games for the Greyhounds this season. She finished the season with a pair of goals, scoring in each of the team’s games during the season-opening trip to Long Island. She finished the season with 19 ground balls, 20 draw controls and 15 caused turnovers.

Ryan Rozsnaki – Men’s Basketball
Leading the Northeast region in assists per game at 8.0, Rozsnaki developed into one of the top points guards in the Northeast-10 during the 2011-12 season. Starting all 28 games for the Hounds, Rozsnaki averaged 8.0 assists per game while playing 34.6 minutes per game. He played 35 or minutes in 16 games this season, adding 3.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game as well. He had 12 games with double-digit assist totals and on January 25, he recorded just the seventh triple-double in school history and first in 14 seasons. In that game, where he played all 45 minutes in the overtime win over Saint Michael’s, Rozsnaki totaled 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

Rev. Alfred R. Berthiaume, A.A. ’32 Award – “Above and Beyond”
Pat O’Kane – Ice Hockey
O'Kane has been named to the Northeast-10 All-Conference Second Team after leading the conference in goal scoring this past season with 14. A two-time Northeast-10 First Team All-Conference selection prior to this season, he added eight assists for 22 points to rank him tied for seventh in the conference. His 22 points ranked him third on the team in total points, while he also added four power-play goals and four game winning goals to help lead the Ice Dogs into the Northeast-10 Tournament Semifinals.

Lisa Gagne – Women’s Rowing
A team captain this season and one of the team’s leaders on campus, Gagne earns the Rev. Alfred R. Berthiaume, A.A. ’32 Award for going “above and beyond.” Rowing at the bow for the Greyhounds, she has competed in each race this season as part of the team’s Varsity Four boat. In addition to her athletic accomplishments, the native of Avon, Connecticut is also a member of the Assumption Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Francis J. Grimaldi ’70 Memorial Award – “Spirit and Courage”
Lindsay Hagerman – Women’s Lacrosse
Hagerman earns the Francis J. Grimaldi ’70 Memorial Award for spirit and courage. The sophomore from Scarborough, Maine appeared in all 16 for the Greyhounds this season, including five starts. Posting four-point games in home wins over St. Thomas Aquinas and Southern Connecticut, Hagerman recorded her first career hat trick with three goals in the win over SCSU. Overall, she finished the season with 14 points on nine goals and five assists.

Rev. Joseph A. Pelletier, A.A. ’32 Memorial Award – “Service to the Department”
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Al Banx Memorial Award – “Student Service to the Department”
Delia Klim
(Sports Medicine), Alex Merriam (Athletic Communications), Jack Weissman/Kyle Pare (Football)