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SC Award Winners Announced At Annual Athletics Banquet

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., May 2, 2004 – Springfield College honored its student-athletes at the annual Sports Recognition Banquet held tonight in Blake Arena.

Here’s a list of the award winners:

Outstanding Senior Female Individual Sport Athlete Award/ Co- Female Scholar Athlete Award
Marisa Clapp, Charlton, Mass.
Clapp is regarded as one of the best distance runners in school history. In cross-country, she earned three consecutive New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Runner-of-the-Year honors, and she is a two-time All-American in the sport. As a member of the track & field team, Clapp earned three career All-America awards and was named the NEWMAC Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year in 2003 after winning the three events at the conference championships. Clapp, who has a 3.94 grade-point average as a sports management major, is one of only five student-athletes in SC history to earn First-Team Academic All-America honors. In March, she was awarded a prestigious NCAA post-graduate scholarship.

Outstanding Senior Female Team Sport Athlete Award/ Co- Female Scholar Athlete Award
Kelly McOmber, Woodbury, Conn.
McOmber, a two-time captain and point guard on the women’s basketball team, led the Pride to three New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship squads, and four post-season tournament bids. She has been named to the All-NEWMAC team as a junior and senior, and, this winter, she was voted to two all-region teams. McOmber ranks second on all-time at SC in three pointers with 102, fourth in steals with 152, and seventh in assists with 237. Her most impressive statistics: she played in every single game of her Springfield College career, and has maintained a 3.94 grade-point average as a physical education major. McOmber, who was an Academic All-District I selection this winter, accepted SC’s Outstanding Junior Female Team-Sport Athlete Award in 2003.

Male Scholar Athlete Award
Mike Smith, Salt Lake City, Utah
Smith, a business management major with a 3.57 grade-point average, is a 2004 USA Men’s Gymnastics Scholar Athlete. He helped the Pride to its second consecutive New England Championship in February, finishing third in the all-around and fourth on the rings. In 2003, he was voted SC’s Junior Male Individual Athlete Award winner after qualifying for the NCAA Championships, then finishing sixth on the parallel bars to earn All-America honors at the 2003 USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships.

Maureen Curry Rege Courageous Athlete Award
Kim Capodeice, Kensington, Conn.
Capodeice, a senior women's soccer team captain and the Pride's top defensive player, was a key to much of the team’s success for three seasons. When she tore her ACL during the early in the ’03 season, it was a huge blow to the team. She remained an integral part of the team, however, attending every practice and every game. The Pride reached the championship match of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament.

Vic Ohanesian Courageous Male Athlete Award
Matt Smith, Midlothian, Va.
On October 5, Smith, a junior swing hitter on the third-ranked men’s volleyball team, was told that he could have Marfans Syndrome, a heart condition in which the aortic valve deteriorates. Smith was advised that undertaking any physical activity that raises blood pressure could prove fatal. Upon further testing, it was later determined that he had a one-centimeter cube tumor on the back of his heart. A surgical procedure through his esophagus found that the tumor to be benign. After months of uncertainty, he was cleared to play on Jan. 11, and started 12 matches.

Springfield Student Female Unsung Hero Award
Amy Bartholomew, Enfield, Conn.
Barthomolew, a senior physical education major, played a critical role on the field hockey team that won 16 games in 2003. Her lone goal on the season was the game-winner against Endicott in the first round of the ECAC Division III New England Championship, and it set the tone as the Pride reached the championship game. It is her ability to lead by example and her willingness to play hurt, however, that made her the choice for the Unsung Hero Award.

Student Male Unsung Hero Award/ Outstanding Senior Male Individual Sport Athlete Award
Pawel Jaroszewicz, East Longmeadow, Mass.
Jaroszewicz, who did not start competing in the 400-meter dash until his junior season, has dominated the event in indoor and outdoor track & field. He recorded first-place finishes in the 400 meters as well as the 4x200 and 4X400-meter relays at the ECAC Division III Indoor Championships in March, and a second-place performance in the 400 meters at the All-New England meet which includes Divisions I, II and III teams. At the NCAA Division Indoor Championships, this senior earned All-American honors with a third-place finish in the 400 meters and was part SC’s 4x400 relay that placed sixth overall.

Outstanding Female Dual Sport Athlete Award
Christina Davis, Orange, Conn.
Davis, a sophomore, is not only a standout goalie for the women's soccer team, but she is one of the top throwers on the women's track & field team. In soccer, Davis logged over 1,600 minutes between the posts, making 72 saves and registering six shutouts as the Pride reached the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships match. In track & field, she competes in all four throws (javelin, hammer, discus, and shot put). Davis has already qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the javelin throw, an event in which she earned is an all New-England honors. She also carries a 3.5 grade-point average.

Outstanding Female Individual Sport Athlete Award
Keriann Hart, Hanover, Mass.
Hart was part of an outstanding class of first-year members of the SC women’s gymnastics team. In just her third meet as a college gymnast at Brown on Feb. 15, she broke an eight-year-old school record in the all-around competition. The following meet on Feb. 22 against Southern Conn., Hart broke her own record with a score of 37.475. In her first ECAC Division III Championship, she placed ninth on the parallel bars and 10th in the all-around, and was a first alternate qualifier in both events for the NCGA National Championships.

Charles E. Silvia Outstanding Freshman Male Individual Sport Athlete Award Michael Gaeta, Manalapan, N.J.
Gaeta compiled a 37-16 record with a team-high 10 pins for the SC wrestling team. He was crowned the New England College Conference Wrestling Association (NECCWA) Champion at 141 pounds and earned an automatic berth in the NCAA Division III Championships. At the national championships, he won five matches en route to a fifth-place finish and All-America honors in only his first appearance in the national spotlight. He is only the third freshman wrestler to garner All-American honors in the program’s rich history, and is the first to accomplish the feat since 1979.

The Jane Duane Outstanding Freshman Team Sport Athlete Award
Mary Kathryn O’Neil, Liverpool, N.Y.
O’Neil helped the women’s volleyball team rattle off a school-record 21-straight victories and a 34-3 record en route to its first New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic (NEWMAC) title and the New England Regional Final of the NCAA Division III Tournament. She competed in all 37 matches for the women’s volleyball team and ranked second on the team in blocks (97). In the NEWMAC Tournament championship match against MIT (Nov. 8), O’Neil drove home seven kills on only eight swings to lead the Pride to a 3-0 sweep of the Engineers and SC clinched an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Outstanding Freshman Male Team Sport Athlete Award
Kyle Cloutier, South Hadley, Mass.
Cloutier is a freshman goalie on the men’s lacrosse team that is ranked No. 9 nationally in Division III. In only his first season at the collegiate level, he has already established himself as on the top goaltenders in the region. Cloutier allows 8.56 goals per game and stops almost 60-percent of the shots he faces. The Pride needed every single one of his 12 saves in Saturday’s 12-11 win over Western New England in the Pilgrim League Championship. Cloutier and the Pride are awaiting the 17-team NCAA Division III Tournament field to be announced on May 9. This is SC’s fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in the last five years

Outstanding Sophomore Female Individual Sport Athlete Award
Meg Young, Hurley, N.Y.
Young competes on the SC women’s cross-country and track & field teams. In the fall, she garnered All-New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) accolades after placing fourth overall at the conference meet. Young also placed 29th at the New England Division III Championships to earn all-region honors, qualifying her for the NCAA Cross Country Championships, where she placed 63rd overall. In track & field, she has already qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships in the 3000-meter steeplechase. She finished fourth in the event at yesterday’s Division III New England Women’s Championships (11:23.04), leading the Pride to fifth place in the field of over 30 teams. Young also carries a 3.5 grade-point average.

Outstanding Sophomore Male Individual Sport Athlete Award
Mike Shaw, Westfield, Mass.
Shaw, a four-time All-American diver, followed a great freshman season with a spectacular sophomore campaign. He won the NCAA Division III National Championship in three-meter diving and was runner-up on the one-meter board, guiding the Pride to a 17th-place finish. The two-time New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Diver of the Year, Shaw holds three school records and eclipsed a 15-year-old record in three-meter diving this season. Shaw, who was selected as an Academic All-American by the swimming & diving coaches’ association, carries a 3.9 grade-point average

Outstanding Sophomore Female Team Sport Athlete Award
Ashley Reves, Orchard Park, N.Y.
Reves was the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women’s Volleyball Player of the Year and went on to be named an honorable mention All-American. She finished the season ranked 15th in Division III with a school-record 592 kills and ranked 29th in the country in aces per game (0.89). Thanks in part to Reves, SC registered a 34-3 record, won its first NEWMAC Championship and made it to the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship match to finish the season ranked No. 23 in the nation.

Outstanding Sophomore Male Team Sport Athlete Award
Derek Yvon, East Longmeadow, Mass.
Yvon, a sophomore guard on the men’s basketball team, has been one of thee top scorers in New England over the last two seasons. After an outstanding freshman campaign in which he won the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Rookie-of-the-Year Award and SC’s Outstanding Freshman Male Team Sport Athlete Award, he enjoyed an even better sophomore season. Yvon led the NEWMAC in scoring at 20.7 points-per-game and free throw percentage at 85 percent, and earned first-team all-conference honors. He is also the starting third baseman on the baseball team.

Outstanding Junior Female Individual Athlete Award
Megan Skinner, Acton, Mass.
Skinner, who holds seven school women’s swimming records, won five events and set two New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) records to lead the Pride to its fourth-straight conference championship in February. The team captain also swam legs on three NEWMAC champion relay teams en route to being named the NEWMAC swimmer of the year for the third-straight season. Skinner, a four-time All-American, finished third in the 200-yard backstroke and 11th in the 100-yard backstroke at the 2004 NCAA Division III Championships.

Outstanding Junior Male Individual Athlete Award
Justin Welch, Woburn, Mass.
During the indoor track & field season, Welch finished second in the high jump at both the New England Division III Indoor Track & field Championships and the ECAC Division III Championships (personal-best 6 feet, 8 inches). At the New England Championships, which features the top Division I, II and III competitors in the region, he registered a fifth-place finish. He went on to earn All-America honors at the NCAA Championships with an eighth-place performance at the meet. As a member of the outdoor track & field squad, Welch placed third at the Division III New England Championships (May 1), leading the Pride to fourth place in the team competition.

Outstanding Junior Female Team Sport Athlete Award
Kim Stevens, North Knox, Maine
Stevens sparked the field hockey team to 16 wins, and to the championship matches of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) and ECAC Division III New England Tournaments. She added her name to an impressive list of SC field hockey alums that have achieved All-America status, garnering NFHCA/STX Second-Team All-America honors as well as being named to the NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad. Not only was she the Pride’s top scorer with 26 points, she is also an outstanding student, carrying a 3.77 grade-point average as a physical education major.

Outstanding Junior Male Team Sport Athlete Award
Brandon Mueller, Bartlett, Ill.
Mueller is recognized as one of the best men’s college volleyball players in the country. His 476 kills accounted for almost a third of the SC offense this season. Mueller ranked first in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) in kills per game (5.24) and points per game (5.88). On Feb. 2, he was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III National Player of the Week after pounding out 56 kills in a weekend trip to Division I power Ball State. He also set a career-high with 38 kills in one match against the Cardinals. He was SC’s Outstanding Male Sophomore Team Sport Athlete in 2003.

Outstanding Senior Male Team Sport Athlete Award
Jesse Baker, Rutland, Vt.
This senior led the football team to its best regular season record in the 111-year history of the program at 10-0. Baker registered a team-leading 70 tackles to go along with four interceptions, five tackles-for-loss and two sacks. This two-time team captain was named to the Freedom Football Conference and ECAC All-Conference teams, as well as the FFC All-Academic team. On Sept. 13, Baker tied a school record with three interceptions in a 22-14 win at Montclair State. He ranks among SC’s all-time leaders in several categories, including tackles (second/301) and tackles-for-loss (fifth/22.5).
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